San Francisco, CA--If Mari-Lyn Harris can get enough support, Fremont will soon have a new pie bakery and a community kitchen. The idea behind Sedona Pies is pretty simple: help us to serve the local community.
To help fund Sedona Pies, Harris is turning to the community to raise $7,500. Backers are not paid back with interest, though. Instead, they get perks and rewards for being early supporters. For example, those puttin in $100 will get a "virtual hug," an ART CARD to say "thank you," two 5-inch pies, 5% off your first order and your name on the backer wall.
Those who bump up to the Partner level for $250 receive three 5-inch pies in a pie-making party and your name on the Baker wall. For a thousand dollars, you can become a "Big Cheese" with a "Wine & Pie Party, a three-month supply of pies, a cup of coffee and conversation with Harris.
"There is so much need for people to be fed, not just for food, for inspiration, for encouragement, and a feeling of belonging - that I fit in, you fit into a place called 'community,'" says Harris.
The Community Kitchen is a a commercial kitchen - a place where people gather for community dinners, cooking clases, even a community garden and conversations. It is to help and support people who are in need to be fed. "I would say we all want to be fed at some level," says Harris.
"I really think this will a unique for Fremont," say Harris. Menu items include: wine, beer, and Spirt pies - sweetened naturally with Agave (level of sweetness depending upon the recipe and flavor). The atmosphere too will be unique - creating a local community hangout for conversations, cooking demos, and pie-making parties. It's going to be your local marketplace. Entrepreneur Mari-Lyn Harris has more than ten years of hospitality/business development experience. She is a people person who enjoys meeting new people and making a difference.
To handle the process, Harris has teamed up with a website called "Foodstart." Its founder, Alex Sheshunoff, says crowdfunding sites - especially those focused on specific industries - represent the future of small business financing. "But, it's not a new idea," he acknowledges. "In 1923, the Green Bay Packers did the same thing by offering early backers a special entrance, behind-the-scenes tours and discounts. They now have 360,000 members - and the most passionate fans in football."
The Sedona Pie Campaign ends December 31, 2013. For more information, visit http://foodstart.com/sedonapies.