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You are the jewels. And you deserve to treat yourself to a beautiful and safe place. Let's make the lining spectacular together.
You are the jewels. And you deserve to treat yourself to a beautiful and safe place. Let's make the lining spectacular together.
424 backers pledged $23,122 to help bring this project to life.

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We don't want to miss any detail, but that gets expensive. This space was not previously used for food & beverage service, so it demands a more thorough build-out. This includes a whole new floor, new plumbing/electricity, extensive paint & stain finishes, an ADA bathroom, a tiny kitchen, built-in furniture, and the bar top itself. The remaining beautification is where you come in. The goal we are trying to reach equals about 10% of the overall cost of the project, but that 10% is actually the most important since what it's funding is all of the things that you will be able to see and appreciate during your numerous visits to The Jewel Box. 

This includes:

  • decorative accents = pretty things all around
  • plant-life and their pots = improved air quality and green everywhere
  • freezer equipment for specialty ice production = nice ice! 
  • amazing stemware = appreciates the drink's craftsmanship
  • lighting fixtures = helps achieve visual warmth
  • front window treatment & signage = easy to find yet private
  • communal table for the mezzanine = 2 unique bits of awesomeness

We have a great team working hard on the Jewel Box already. With the help of Petra Simmons' architectural designs and layout, North By East Building Company's build-out of those designs, More & Company's brand/identity expertise, my industry experience, and your contributions, we will be able to take what was already going to be a cool place and make it sparkle brighter.

Risks and challenges

As with any start-up, there are some risks involved. Getting licensed to sell food and liquor relies on passing all inspections. Not receiving this license would be catastrophic. Thankfully, Petra & Peter know what they're doing and can mitigate any snags that pop up. And they've already dealt with a few, trust me. Because it's such a small space and very little cooking is being done, there should be no problem passing all inspections and getting licensed.

It's well known that most restaurants and bars fail within the first year. I've been working in this industry for over 14 years. I've worked as a dishwasher, busboy, cocktail waiter, server, cook, host, bar back, bartender, consultant, and bar manager. And when you go out to eat & drink as much as I do, you start to catch on to what works for Portland and what doesn't. Chances are, if you're all backing this project, we'll be able to make it work and make it work well.

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    You are a STICK-ON RHINESTONE:

    Add some flare to your already bedazzled body with this reward: A Jewel Box logo temporary tattoo!! Is it possible to look TOO good? YES? Prove it.

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    You are a GEMSTONE: It's true!! Your reward at this level is a 4" X 6" color print of the Bearded Lady logo designed by Gemma Hancock of Gemstone Tattoo.

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    You are a CRYSTAL TEARDROP:

    At this level, every cent that is collected from your contribution will go towards that "amazing stemware". So, if you're like me, and a delicious cocktail in a gorgeous glass brings a tear to your eye, this is where your dollars should go. Your reward is a digital photo of the very piece of glassware you helped to purchase, a Jewel Box temporary tattoo, and the warm fuzzy feeling you get from knowing you saved the life of a glass and gave it a comfy home.

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    You are a VALENTINE HEART: This reward level gets you a limited edition SPARKLING HEART/JEWEL BOX temporary tattoo AND an invitation to the HALFWAY TO V-DAY PARTY on August 15th this summer at the Jewel Box co-hosted by the lovely Miranda Valentine! There will be an opportunity to buy & dedicate drinks for your crush. Summer love now equals winter love later. <3 <3 <3

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    You are GOLD CHAINZ: A double-bump to the heart, a peace sign, and some malt beverage poured on the ground in your honor. You'll get that ^ in a thank you video and a beer koozie with the Jewel Box logo. Where my beer geeks at??

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    You are a PHOTO LOCKET: A cute lil photo booklet for you- Includes 1) before-and-after-build-out photos of the Jewel Box interior, 2) a photo of Nan'l dolled up as the Bearded Lady, and 3) a photo by Nan'l of a bejeweled lemon and 4) a bunch of other hilarious/disturbing photos. :D

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    You are JAW GEMS: This rare reward will be the soundtrack to your summer. Portland natives, Jaw Gems, are letting me make a MIX TAPE out of the music from their upcoming album. You will get a copy of all of this original music and an invitation to the official "listening party" at the Jewel Box where you'll get to chill with the musicians of my favorite Portland group and listen to my mix tape. Get under the table!!

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    You are a LEATHER BRACELET: This reward is very simple. You get a sample bottle of the Bearded Lady's own "Leather Bitters", a Bearded Lady temporary tattoo, and a Bearded Lady 4 X 6 print (designed by Gemstone Gemma).

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    You are STASHED CA$H: Whoa! Where did they pull that money from?? Don't ask

    This reward is a stealth wallet made by Hannah Tarkinson of Ponomo. This sly guy is made of leather and fits everything you need for a night out: a couple credit cards, your ID, and a lil ca$h. These skin sleeves will also don the Jewel Box logo so you'll always remember where you should be spending your money. ;) We'll be sure to fill it with tattoos to get you started, too.

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    You are a CERAMIC BEAD: Speaking of ceramics, Meg K Walsh is making tiny little flasks with the Jewel Box logo on them. THESE WILL NOT BE REPRODUCED! Contribute at this level and you will get one of these bad girls. It could fit in so many stealthy places that no one will have any idea why you have Chartreuse breath.

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    You are a POCKET WATCH: If you missed out on the POCKET BRUNCH series, this could be your last chance to experience it!! This reward secures you a ticket for our cocktail party-themed Pocket Brunch at the Jewel Box one Sunday this fall. All food and surprises are included. Drinks available for sale during the event. Nom nom nom!!!

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    You are a PROMISE RING: This is the one. Your reward is an invitation to a BACKERS ONLY ball at the Jewel Box. You will experience the space before absolutely everyone does - even before the soft opening for friends and family. The night will include specials and surprises and a lot of fun. I promise.

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    You are a CAMEO PENDANT: Every month, my staff and I will meet to experiment with drink recipes. The reward: Make a cameo appearance at one of these meetings, taste some delicious things, hang out with us, and we'll let you name one of the drinks or we'll name it after you! On the night we put your drink on the menu, we'll even reserve a seat at the bar for you! And when we play "Word Up" by Cameo over the stereo, we'll all toast to you. I smell a fun tradition brewing. Word UP!

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    You are a DIAMOND RING: If you like it then you should put a ring on it. The reward? A private bartending crash course with yours truly at the Jewel Box during closed hours, a set of basic bar tools, and some original recipes that you can make at home. Now put your drinks up!!

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    You are a SPIDER BROOCH: This is your chance to take your contribution to the next level. The reward is a one-time free rental of the Jewel Box's mezzanine for up to 3 hours on any night that we're open. I, the Bearded Lady will personally mix your drinks for this secret bash. There is an 8 person capacity for this event. I'll even let you choose 2 of the drink options!! Wha-whaaaaaat? 8 friends chipping in $111 each will equal an unforgettable time at the Jewel Box. Awesome.

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    You are (bound by) GOLDEN HANDCUFFS: This pledge level is specifically for a restaurant or bar staff to enjoy. The reward is that you will have the Jewel Box entirely to yourselves for an employee party and the rental fee is waived (cost of goods not included)! We'll be there to mix drinks and make food. You just bring your awesome staff. There is a 50 person capacity for this party please. We'll even let you choose what drinks we serve! How about that??

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    You are a PEARL NECKLACE: A pearl necklace really brings it all together. That's what you'll get to do with this reward: bring 10 friends together for an all-inclusive private party at my home followed by a "first look" tour of the Jewel Box in all of it's pre-opened glory. In other words, you and 10 friends can back at this level for less than $400 a piece!! Love it.

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