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The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, January 19 2019 7:29 AM UTC +00:00
$1,933
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
31
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, January 19 2019 7:29 AM UTC +00:00

About

We are a small Bean-to-Bar chocolate maker located in the Pacific Northwest in the small town of Rainier, Oregon. We currently make a number of different chocolate bars direct from cacao beans from various countries across the world. Each of our bars are single origin and we are offering a couple of different origins. We also make absolutely wonderful Scottish Shortbreads from a 100+ year old secret family recipe. We have also taken to dipping the shortbreads in our own chocolate for a double treat!

We have been selling our product through our local farmer's markets and to passengers on cruise ships that come through a local port. This winter we are also selling through local bazaars and holiday markets across our region. Our products have proven to be good sellers and have been enjoyed by many people.

Island Princess in Port in Astoria, OR
Island Princess in Port in Astoria, OR

We have been working out of our home but recently the opportunity has come to upgrade to a dedicated commercial kitchen. The space is available immediately however it needs a bit of work and some equipment upgrades to make it functional. With a little more help we will even be able to open a retail store front as part of the operation!

One of our earliest displays and offerings!
One of our earliest displays and offerings!

Our booth at a recent Christmas Bazaar in a neighboring town.

Our booth at a recent holiday bazaar
Our booth at a recent holiday bazaar

Our upgraded Chocolate display showing some of our products including several seasonal chocolates like our Peppermint White Chocolate and our Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate. We have also been offering a Peppermint Dark Chocolate and Peppermint Milk Chocolate both of which have crushed peppermint candy mixed into the chocolate as well as more sprinkled across the back!

One of our new chocolate display racks. Chocolate bars shown are examples of the bars we will be sending in the backer rewards.
One of our new chocolate display racks. Chocolate bars shown are examples of the bars we will be sending in the backer rewards.

We also offer Traditional Scottish Shortbread. These cookies are made using a secret family recipe passed down for several generations in my family. Shown here are the shortbreads that have been partially dipped in our delicious chocolate! These are always an excellent seller and any time we have offered them, we have never gone home with any left.

Our Scottish Shortbread dipped in our delicious chocolate! Also pictured here are the mini bars from the $3 backer reward. The shortbreads in the tray are a mini we used for a special event.
Our Scottish Shortbread dipped in our delicious chocolate! Also pictured here are the mini bars from the $3 backer reward. The shortbreads in the tray are a mini we used for a special event.

Recently we have been calling local commercial realtors in an effort to locate a potential property where we can put in a commercial kitchen. We have been operating under our states Cottage Food law which permits us to work in our home kitchen as long as we only sell within our state and only direct sales. In order to be able to take orders online, sell in stores, and ship product, we need to have a commercial kitchen that is inspected by the local health department.

A nearby town happens to have what can be called the epitome of an urban mall in it's death throes. Occupancy rates are well below 50% and the food court is completely vacant! They happen to have 4 spaces available for rent with one of the spaces up for rent actually occupying two of the 4 spaces giving it 2 kitchens. In total this would give us around 800 sq ft of kitchen and retail space to handle our needs. 

They are open to us occupying the space for our business even with the knowledge that initially we would not have a retail store front open. We plan to open the retail counter later in the year but we need to be in the kitchen as early as possible so we can have product ready for a large Farmer's Market in our area and several large regional events.

This is where this Kickstarter comes in. The space has not been occupied in over a year. It was left is pretty horrific condition and what we saw on our walk thru (shown below) was AFTER they had had at least a partial cleanup done after the tenants had vacated. There is several commercial refrigeration units that are functional and at least a couple that are not. Anything in the space we are allowed to use. Or not. There is a fire suppression hood which will be needed for the bakery ovens for the shortbread. It has not been inspected or serviced since 2012 where it is supposed to be done every 6 months.

We need to THOROUGHLY clean and revamp the space. We need to have the hood serviced, cleaned, and the fire suppression system inspected by the relevant authorities. We need appropriate insurance, business licenses (different state from our current location. We live on the border between Oregon and Washington), health department inspections and certifications, as well as some needed equipment changes to take advantage of the space.

One of the kitchens. Commercial fridge and necessary sinks here. Ceiling tiles need repaired/replaced and thorough cleaning.
One of the kitchens. Commercial fridge and necessary sinks here. Ceiling tiles need repaired/replaced and thorough cleaning.
Part of the currently closed in store front. It was an Ice Cream shop with a refrigerated table for custom blending ice cream. Much of counter missing.
Part of the currently closed in store front. It was an Ice Cream shop with a refrigerated table for custom blending ice cream. Much of counter missing.
Second kitchen space. They were serving food prepared here. The number of extension cords hanging from the ceiling tiles in this place was amazing. The hood is here. This is also the second store front. May be the best to renovate later into our retail space.
Second kitchen space. They were serving food prepared here. The number of extension cords hanging from the ceiling tiles in this place was amazing. The hood is here. This is also the second store front. May be the best to renovate later into our retail space.
Non-functional walk-in but easily repaired. Functional reach-in commercial fridge next to it. This one was plugged in and running. Someone had left their lunch in it. A year ago...
Non-functional walk-in but easily repaired. Functional reach-in commercial fridge next to it. This one was plugged in and running. Someone had left their lunch in it. A year ago...
The second dish clean area. The white case is a double sided reach thru refrigerator case. No clue if it is functional. Note another extension cord hanging from ceiling.
The second dish clean area. The white case is a double sided reach thru refrigerator case. No clue if it is functional. Note another extension cord hanging from ceiling.

It is in rough shape but not as bad as some I have seen. With some serious cleaning work we can renovate this space into a fully functioning kitchen once more. Later down the road we intend to renovate the retail counter to allow onsite sales. That will be a different project and due to the nature of the environment will require contracting out the work. With the serious lack of mall traffic though, the retail counter is lower priority. We still hope to have it ready for summer but for now the desire is to get the kitchen running and get the chocolate flowing!

 With your help we can turn this space in a shopping mall into a chocolate destination! All of the rewards will be prepared in the space once it is fully renovated. We will document the cleanup and renovation so our backers can see the progress and transformation of this space into something wonderful!

About Us

We are a small family run operation based in the Pacific Northwest. I was born and raised here in Oregon and have been selling in farmer's markets and similar off and on since I was 15. I have always experimented with different ideas and approaches. I have two bachelor's degrees in Electronics and Electrical Engineering. My wife of 7 years and mother of our children was born and raised in Cameroon on a small family run cacao farm growing beans very much like the ones we are now using. It was shortly after we met 15 years ago when we talked about where she was from and what her family did that the kernel for the bean to bar concept was born. She was decidedly uninterested at the time as it did not bear good memories for her. She recently came to me and told me she was ready for us to do chocolate leading us to launch into this.

The Scottish Shortbread comes from my family. It has been passed down for the last few generations in my family and we are passing it to our children as well. In the case of this recipe though the origin story of the recipe has its own origin story. My great grandfather's parents immigrated from Scotland to Canada and he immigrated to the US after WWI. Traditionally the shortbread recipes have been passed down through the women so he did not have the recipe. A local Scotsman at a local grocery store in Grants Pass where my great grandparents were living found out that my decidedly German descent great grandmother did not know how to make Scottish Shortbread he took it upon himself to pass along his family recipe to our family. My great grandparents were running a second-hand shop/pawnshop/furniture store that kept three families fed through the Great Depression and so like so many of the "family heirlooms" in my family, the recipe was adopted. We have a saying that we have many family heirlooms. We just couldn't tell you WHOSE family they are from!

Risks and challenges

There is really not a lot of risk. We are an already established company with product already available. The single biggest risk would be the mall deciding it is not profitable to keep the doors open and closing down. To date, that does not appear likely.

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    Scottish Shortbread

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    You choice of any four bars. You can get one of each or you can get all of a single type. Choices include: Peppermint White Chocolate, Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate, 50% Milk Chocolate, and 75% Dark Chocolate. The milk and dark chocolate are made with Rain Forest Alliance certified beans from the Ivory Coast. We will send a survey on campaign completion for individual selections. We will also include you on our Backer Wall in our kitchen that will be visible to all who visit.

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    Four bar pack with inclusions

    You get four bars of chocolate with inclusions. Currently we are offering our 50% milk and 75% dark chocolates and you can pick from your choice of almond, Oregon hazelnut, Oregon dried cranberries (Crannies), Sea Salt Almond, or strawberry. Other options may come available as well. Currently all of our chocolates are made with Rain Forest Alliance certified beans from the Ivory Coast. We will send a survey on campaign completion for individual selections. We will also include you on our Backer Wall in our kitchen that will be visible to all who visit.

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    Chocolate of the Month

    Get a bar each month through out the year. Each month we will send you a bar of chocolate. You can try a new chocolate each month through out the year with seasonal flavors. If you would prefer you can also just get the same flavor each month. You can also specify nuts or not. Dairy free options will also be available. We will occasionally add in a specialty bar we are offering as well so you may have some months with more than one bar. We will send a survey on campaign completion for individual selections. We will also include you on our Backer Wall in our kitchen that will be visible to all who visit.

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    One year of Chocolate AND Shortbread!

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    Year of chocolate with 4 bars per month!

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    Year of MORE Chocolate and Shortbread

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