It has been a while since I have made a post. It is not because I had little to say. It is simply because since June 16 I have been running ever since. I cannot believe that this journey has placed me on a thread mill that has not stop button. I am not sure if I had the stamina in the beginning to keep up. I am not sure if I have it now. I would be a liar if I said that the work has been easy. IT HAS NOT!
BUT, I would not trade one moment for the world.
I have met so many great people. I mean I thought I knew people, but Dayton has shown me different. Third Perk has proven to be such a melting pot. I can never predict who will walk through the doors, who will sit down and have a conversation, what plans are being built as a result from being here at Third Perk.
I have heard a few say, "this space is special", "I feel protected here", "I get such a good feeling being in here". I am blessed just knowing that Third Perk has met the objectives that I set out for it to make. It is sophisticated; it is safe; it has great products with excellent customer service. So although I have worked very hard (harder than I would have ever imagined) it was worth every swore limb and all the sleep lost. I would do it again.
Before we opened our doors I submitted a proposal to become a vendor at the new library opening. It promised to be a mega complex and something that our are had never seen. This is a picture of the library under construction:
I will have a coffee shop! I felt that it should be me. I applied, I interviewed, I won the opportunity!
Oh wait. I have exhausted all me resources to make the first cafe happen. BUT. This location could sustain the downtown cafe. The library would be a great advertisement for our full service location.
The picture above is a cart similar to what we will use at the library. That cart is pretty pricey. It is going to cost between 25,000-40,000 including the equipment. But how cool is it going to be?
After knowing that commercial funding was not an option for me. I have looked again towards alternative means to make this project happen. I launched an Indiegogo Campaign on December 16. (It needs help, I think it has grown stale). I have a gala planned for January 16, The Dreamer's Gala. It will be an interactive evening filled with fun, an auction, great food and a room full of beautifully dressed people. The Dreamer's Gala will live on after this year. I am going to use the Dreamer's Gala as an avenue to grow capital for entrepreneurs in the City of Dayton looking to build businesses in the City of Dayton. I will be the change that I long to see. I will provide funding for new businesses, but not without help.
I hope that you feel compelled to help me in my new project. You can donate by clicking the following link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/third-perk-branching-out#/
If you are so inclined to get gussied up and support us through attending the Dreamer's Gala you can purchase a ticket at Eventbrite by clicking on the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-dreamers-gala-third-perk-tickets-19825401309?aff=es2
Here is a sample of some of the amazing art work that will be auctioned off that evening: