Funded! This project was successfully funded on August 20, 2011.

Update #13

SLOW + STEADY

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It's been too long since we updated everyone;  and let's be real, it's because we're hoping to have dramatic news.  Alas, that's not what's happening right now.  

Just to be clear:  we are 100% on the way to realizing this project.  And regardless of where the store opens, the store will open.  Perhaps it's a romantic commitment to the corner of 128th and St. Nicholas Terrace;  perhaps it's for not having found so perfect a location as that one.  Regardless, we have chosen to go long on that space, maintaining contact with the company through an incomprehensible transition of ownership.  The current manager of the building is Blue Star Properties, and they say they want to continue negotiating the lease with us... if we can wait for the legal work to be done.  They have been saying that, actually, since they took over in January/Feb.  We engaged in discussions with them about this transition, and decided to wait it out.  

Well, the process is taking SLOW + STEADY to a new level.  We are trying to tell ourselves that this is institutional time, meaning that the time scale for a long-term project such as this is longer than, say, the time scale for painting a wall.  (One would not let months of planning and waiting go by when painting a wall, or wait for one hardware store to re-stock the masking tape the painter prefers.  But these are relatively minor decisions, and the elements of a successful painting project may be obtained at another store.  Not so with the location of a business operating under a 10-year lease!)

We are updating at this time because there seems to be some movement in this process, and we didn't want anyone to forget about us.  And of course we wanted to reassure everyone that even though we are developing an ulcer about it, everything is going to be fine.  We have a lot going for us:  time is on our side!  We have not spent a dime of cash, except $1500 on a lawyer to help us through this lease.  (We were lucky enough to find a real estate specialist around the corner from the store:  Tyreta Foster of Foster, Lynch, and Thomas.  We would highly recommend this firm if anyone needs a lawyer in Harlem who knows about leases!  And we are extremely happy to keep this project local.)

We invite opinions, suggestions, and advice at this time.  We are in a holding pattern with regard to the space, but have spoken with other companies about other spaces. Should we pursue another option?  Maybe doing so would not be giving up so much as letting go of a fantasy.  But SWEETWORK PROJECT is, if nothing else, patient and prone to dreaming!  

XOXOSWTRKPRJCT


Update #12 - For backers only

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Update #11

SWEETWORK PROJECT: WHAT'S GOING ON IN SEPT?

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Hi everyone, we hope the fall is finding you healthy and happy.  We just wanted to update everyone about some things we have in the works.  

For those of you who have prizes coming to you, we'll be sending out surveys asking for pertinent information (mailing addresses, photos of your pets, etc.) later today.  Once more, we'd like to thank Isa Chandra, Aubin Pictures, Hot Chip and Le Tigre, and Johanna Fateman for their generous prize donations, which collectively account for over $6,000 of this campaign's funding!!

Otherwise, there are two major things happening:  1. We are now officially negotiating a lease for the site we wish to rent.  We hope to finalize within the month, but let's not jinx it by saying so.  Oops!  2.  We have applied for a major grant from a program whose mission is practically identical to ours, and the process seems to be going well.  We'll keep everyone informed about this, but we're not even going to say ANYTHING to jinx this, because it's potentially too major.  In fact we probably don't even have a chance, so never mind. 

In media news: we have passed into some other category now, as evidenced by this article, http://bit.ly/oyz2q2, which refers to us casually as just another model to be considered.  Thank you Frugivore!!

And finally, a note to all:  we can't overstate the impact that you, as backers of this project, have had on the progress we've made;  literally, the 417 of you have launched this store.  No matter how big we get or successful we become, SWEETWORK PROJECT will always have been born here, on your living room floor— and you were the doula!  Messy but beautiful.  Sorry, we're getting carried away.

XOXOSWEETWORKPROJECT

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Update #10

THE BEGINNING

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We'd just like to say thank you to everyone for this amazing experience.  We've raised $24,695. We really can't express our gratitude for this, or the feeling that comes from seeing so many people do something so powerful together.  

Too many individuals and institutions made this possible to name them all, so we'll leave this with a general thank you, and mention again that we encourage those who supported to continue this journey with us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/sweetworkproject), YouTube (www.youtube.com/sweetworkproject), and Twitter (www.twitter.com/SWTWRKPRJCT).

As soon as we have a date for the opening party you'll be the first to know!

KEEP IN TOUCH

XOXOSWEETWORKPROJECT  08/20/2011 9:37AM

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Update #9

OUR LAST 24HRS

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http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sweetworkproject/pop-up-co-op

Hello, and welcome to the last 24hrs of this campaign!

We won't keep you long, but we'd like to say THANK YOU to everyone who supported this project in ways large and small, and really there aren't any small ways.  It all worked to make this happen.

4 ANNOUNCEMENTS:

We have a YouTube account now so that there are more ways for people to find out about us and see our videos!  www.youtube.com/sweetworkproject

Some recent press:  http://bit.ly/ppqUGn + http://bit.ly/oUl4dJ.  Thank you JEFF MAYS and ADRIANA VELEZ!

The video included with UPDATE #8 is new, in case you thought it was the same old video.  If you plan to share this project with friends today (and we're sure you are!) don't forget to alert them to this video, which shows the beginning of this project's next phase. 

We've overfunded our goal, so things aren't desperate.  HOWEVER we do have a wish list, described in the "About this project" section of the main Kickstarter page.  Please check it out, and then forward, post, tweet, email, and tell anyone and everyone you know.  We could do a lot in 24HRS.  Look at what we've done so far!!

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