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Solstice needs a new home and we've found the perfect spot at the Hood River Waterfront. Calling our community to co-create this dream!

Hood River Organic cremini mushroom & goat cheese pizza with lemon zest
Hood River Organic cremini mushroom & goat cheese pizza with lemon zest

THE SOLSTICE MISSION  To create an unforgettable eating and community gathering spot. A place for all to feel welcome and a place to create memories. A place where the food is purchased from farmers we know and respect. A place where food is honored and prepared with love, creativity and passion. A place to bring all your friends, family, children and colleagues again and again. 

WHAT IS THIS KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN FOR SOLSTICE ALL ABOUT?

Kickstarter is a collaborative online tool to fund creative projects. This is ours...a new home for Solstice in Hood River! You can choose to become a backer of Solstice Hood River by reviewing the backer levels in the right hand column and choosing a level and reward that inspires you. We only receive the money you pledge if we reach 100% of our goal. We want Solstice Hood River to be backed directly by the community, so we've chosen Kickstarter as a platform to share our dream and plans and gain support! We want YOU to be involved all the way to the opening of the doors at the GRAND OPENING THIS DECEMBER 2013! So - please pledge as soon as possible to help us build momentum for this project!

Aaron happily serving up slices at the Gorge Grown Farmers Market
Aaron happily serving up slices at the Gorge Grown Farmers Market

THE SOLSTICE STORY  We (Suzanne and Aaron) came to the Gorge in 2006 and have created our beloved café in a funky little warehouse in Bingen.  We have been embraced and supported by the community. We truly love what we do. We are also grateful to have been featured in Sunset Magazine (June 2013), Food Network Magazine (best pizza in WA State 2011), OregonLive.com,  Portland Monthly and have been voted Best Pizza in the Gorge three years in a row by Gorge Guide readers. 

Thanks to six years of loyal support and a devoted following of locals and new friends from Portland, Seattle and beyond, we can finally create our dream restaurant that gives us a much bigger and more efficient kitchen. As one of the first riverside restaurants, we want to offer a beautiful and unforgettable dining experience to our guests. Our building in Bingen has been for sale for years and the improvements necessary to expand and run a sustainable business there are just too costly. And, since we built our two mobile pizza ovens, we need more refrigeration and storage to do more mobile events and catering. We simply need a new, permanent home that will grow with us and allow us to serve a broader local community and beyond! 

THE PLAN FOR THE FUNDS  We have signed a lease and the building is being built right now! The Kickstarter funds will go toward our full project budget of $300K for the following: Build out of new restaurant with sustainable and energy efficient materials • purchase of new commercial kitchen equipment • a pizza-take-out window • indoor/outdoor sunroom • installation of wood fire oven • paging system to let you know your take out pizzas are ready at the waterfront park • furniture and fixtures for dining room and full bar • licensing and permits • initial food and drink inventory • signage • operating costs and more! 

Original design of the space under construction right now. Not shown: outside sunroom, pizza pick-up window & outdoor tables! Courtesy of Surround Inc.
Original design of the space under construction right now. Not shown: outside sunroom, pizza pick-up window & outdoor tables! Courtesy of Surround Inc.

We hope you think our video is sweet, funny and reflects our authentic desire and opportunity to co-create real community around food, fire, friends and the waterfront! Our move will not go forward without your help, it is a critical piece of the overall funding we need to proceed. Once we reach our goal, please DON'T STOP BACKING...we would love to go over our limit so we can go into our first winter super strong! We are in this for the long haul. 

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WHY WE CHOSE KICKSTARTER

The heart and soul of what we do is creating community through food. Kickstarter allows loyal customers and purveyors to be an integral part in getting us there.  Solstice Hood River will be part yours and you will be able to say to your friends: "Let's go eat at my restaurant tonight". We want our backers to feel like they are truly part of the restaurant, because you are! Our success is your success. And please know we will always make our philanthropic role in the community a huge priority. We need to have the healthiest business possible so we can continue and increase our support of the charitable and creative projects we love. 

THE NEW SPACE The interior will be a colorful funky-modern cross of Gorge inspired industrial and rustic rural while retaining the warmth and fun of our Bingen space! The kitchen will be the focal point of the restaurant with the wood fire oven visible from the street. Of course there will be a chalkboard wall and kids play area with family tables nearby. We are also building a full bar at this location and will feature local craft spirits and unique Solstice artisan cocktails. We will offer our same menu from Bingen with the addition of a grill and other Gorge inspired seasonal entrees.

THE REWARDS  To thank you for backing and becoming a part of Solstice Hood River we are offering amazing rewards that are listed in the column to the right! Here is a sample of what we are offering:  Mobile pizza parties at the location of your choice! • tickets to the PRE-OPENING PARTY • pizza tossing classes with Solstice pizza chefs  • S'more lovers club • your name on the supporters chalkboard of love • goody bag of pizza slice tokens • kids pizza making parties • Pizza of the Month Club •  Waterfront Park Pizza Party • AND MANY MORE...check out all the rewards to find the best fit for you!

YOU HAVE OUR ENORMOUS GRATITUDE!  THANK YOU! 

Peace, love & pizza! Suzanne, Aaron, Jenner & Rune
Peace, love & pizza! Suzanne, Aaron, Jenner & Rune

Thank you!

Suzanne and Aaron 

Please contact us with questions: solsticechefaaron@gmail.com or solsticesuzanne@gmail.com

BIG THANKS TO OUR TEAM! 

One of our greatest blessings is to be surrounded by incredibly talented folks and firms who are working with us to make this project a reality. They include McLaughlin Design and Construction/Breff McLaughlin, Evolution Business Consulting/Michael Church, Catalyst Performance Consulting/Stephanie Hartman, Key Development Corporation, Copper West Properties, Hood River Law Offices of Jaques, Sharp, Sherrerd, FitzSimons & Ostrye and Surround Architecture. We are grateful for our generous loans from Mt. Hood Economic Alliance, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District and private investors.  

Our smashing creative team for this Kickstarter project was videographer Giselle Kennedy gkennedycreative.com and photographer & designer Jennifer Jones jentakespictures.com.  Musician Ben Bonham www.benbonham.com, provided his original music for the video soundtrack. 

Our Kickstarter creative dream team Giselle (gkennedycreative.com) and Jen! (jentakespictures.com)
Our Kickstarter creative dream team Giselle (gkennedycreative.com) and Jen! (jentakespictures.com)

 Thanks everyone! 

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The biggest risk we face is that we do not reach our funding goal. If we don't, it's highly unlikely this project can go forward as we cannot do a smaller or scaled down version. This is a critical last piece. We are already on a very tight budget, using as much existing equipment and furniture as possible. However, we feel very confident that our business model, our funding strategy of a mix of our own resources, economic development loans, private investors and Kickstarter, our experience, passion and creativity and our amazing rewards for backers will attract the desired financing.

We acknowledge that restaurants are risky and opening in a new location in a seasonal area is risky. Our business plan addresses cash flow, sales and expense forecasts, and market analysis. Six years of creating a strong regional brand and solid customer following paired with an in-depth risk management plan provides a solid base to launch this project and address any un-foreseen challenges we may encounter.

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    FOR KIDS ONLY! Your name on the special Kickstarter kid chalkboard of love created by Solstice boys Jenner (7) & Rune (4)!

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    FOR GROWNUPS! Your name on the Kickstarter chalkboard of love and our huge gratitude. Every pledge adds up and helps!

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    PIZZA SLICES! Five wooden mobile pizza slice tokens plus, our huge gratitude and listing on our Kickstarter chalkboard of love.

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    WHOLE PIZZA! One Solstice artisan pizza of your choice! Plus, our huge gratitude and listing on our Kickstarter chalkboard of love.

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    The Mini OUT OF TOWNER Package! One NEW Solstice Hood River T-shirt and two Solstice stickers. Plus, our huge gratitude and listing on our Kickstarter chalkboard of love.

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    DINNER for two at the new cafe in Hood River! Includes one large salad, a large speciality pizza, and a wood fire s'more. Plus, our huge gratitude and listing on our Kickstarter chalkboard of love.

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    S'MORE CLUB! A s'more a month (May-October) during the summer-time (when you can burn off those calories :) Plus, our huge gratitude and listing on our Kickstarter chalkboard of love.

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    Pizza Tossing/make your own pizzas with one of our charming Solstice Pizza Chefs. Followed by of course, Pizza! Plus, our huge gratitude and listing on our Kickstarter chalkboard of love.

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    FAMILY PIZZA SUPPER! Eat at the cafe or for take out! Good for one large green salad and two large speciality pizzas. Plus, our huge gratitude and listing on our Kickstarter chalkboard of love.

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    LOCAL'S PACKAGE! A new Solstice Hood River t-shirt, large specialty pizza, five mobile pizza tokens & two solstice stickers! Plus, our huge gratitude and listing on our Kickstarter chalkboard of love.

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    PRE-OPENING PARTY - two tickets to sample our NEW menu! Two Solstice stickers. Plus, huge gratitude and listing on our Kickstarter chalkboard of love.

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    ENGRAVED DINING ROOM CHAIRS! Choose your name, family name, business name or in memory of a loved one engraved! Claim your seat at Solstice! Includes a Solstice T-shirt. Plus, our huge gratitude and listing on our Kickstarter chalkboard of love.

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    MORE ENGRAVED BAR STOOLS! We have 10 more bar stools available for a lovely honor plaque. Choose your name, family name, business name or in memory of a loved one engraved! Includes a Solstice Hoodie. Plus, our huge gratitude and listing on our Kickstarter chalkboard of love.

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    YOU CHOOSE (one for local, one for out of towners!) Either a fun and memorable ride around Hood River with Aaron in our red '71 VW Solstice bus visiting his favorite haunts and lunch at the new cafe OR your name engraved on a bar stool and a Solstice hoodie. Plus, huge gratitude and listing on our Kickstarter chalkboard of love.

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    GLUTEN FREE PIZZA OF THE MONTH CLUB! Receive one 10" gluten free wood fire pizza each month for every month of 2014, pick up at Solstice Hood River! Plus, our huge gratitude and listing on our Kickstarter chalkboard of love.

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    KIDS PIZZA PARTY! Up to 10 kids will make and fire their own pizzas at lunch! Includes dough stretching & tossing lesson, veggie sticks and one juice box each. Plus, our huge gratitude and listing on our Kickstarter chalkboard of love.

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    DINNER FOR FOUR at the new cafe in Hood River! Includes salads, speciality pizzas & dessert. Two tickets to our Pre-Opening Party! Plus, gratitude & listing on Kickstarter chalkboard of love.

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    SHARE THE LOVE! 10 Mobile pizza slice tokens, 10 wood fire s'mores and 6 large pizzas to share with your friends, family or staff. Plus 2 tickets to our Pre-Opening Party and our huge gratitude and listing on our Kickstarter chalkboard of love.

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    PIZZA OF THE MONTH CLUB! Receive one free wood fire pizza each month for every month of 2014, pick up at Solstice Hood River! Two tickets to our Pre-Opening Party! Plus, our huge gratitude and listing on our Kickstarter chalkboard of love.

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    PIZZA PARTY FOR 25! Waterfront Park or Your Office! We'll reserve the picnic shelter or personally deliver and provide pizza, drinks (non-alcoholic), and tableware! (Not a mobile oven party) Two tickets to our Pre-Opening Party! Plus, our huge gratitude and listing on our kickstarter chalkboard of love.

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    PRIVATE SUNROOM PIZZA PARTY FOR 25! Includes wood fire specialty pizzas and salad in our glass enclosed sunroom overlooking the Waterfront Park. Plus two tickets to our Pre-Opening Party! (worth $100) Plus, our huge gratitude and listing on our Kickstarter chalkboard of love.

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    SOLSTICE SUNROOM DINNER FOR 20! A three course dinner party in our glass enclosed sunroom overlooking the Waterfront Park. Great for a birthday, retirement or office celebration dinner. Includes salad, dinner entree and dessert. Plus Two tickets to our Pre-Opening Party! (worth $100) And, our huge gratitude and listing on our Kickstarter chalkboard of love.

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    SOLSTICE CELEBRITY! (Local or out of town) This is all about naming rights! A seasonal pizza, inspired by you will be named after you and four large pizzas to share with friends are included! You may also name one of our NEW signature drinks and your name will be forever etched on a bar plaque. Locals get two tickets to our Pre-Opening Party (worth $100) and you will also receive a Solstice goodie bag with two hoodies, two hats and stickers. Plus, our huge gratitude and listing on our Kickstarter chalkboard of love.

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    MOBILE PIZZA FEAST FOR 25! Name your private location and we'll work together to set an available date Sunday-Wednesday! Artisan pizza, salad & s'mores. Includes all tableware. Two tickets to our Pre-Opening Party! Plus, our huge gratitude and listing on our kickstarter chalkboard of love. Surcharge of $250 for Portland venues.

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    SOLSTICE ANGEL! A year's worth of pizza (two large pizzas a week) or a mobile pizza party for 50 of your adoring friends & family! Includes artisan pizzas, salads and s'mores. You may also name one of our NEW signature drinks and your name will be forever etched into one of our bar stools. Plus four tickets to our Pre-Opening Party! (worth $200) You will also receive a goody bag of Solstice swag including t-shirts, hoodies, hats and stickers. Plus, our huge gratitude and listing on our Kickstarter chalkboard of love. Includes travel to Portland or Seattle area (within 250 miles). San Francisco Bay area or elsewhere requires a $.50 per mile surcharge. Unavailable in high Gorge season (June 15-Sept 15)

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