As we blaze through this autumn season, we get closer to seeing the end of our renovations at Battery Park. All of the taps are in, the lines have been run and tested by Peter. Mark is deep in a world of ferments and pickles and menu prep. And you, our faithful following are wondering about when you can see/taste/smell all that we have to offer.
Building a BeerBar... like dropping sections of a bridge, has its challenges. Our target for opening is now mid to late November. Meaning just as the weather starts to get colder and the trek across the bridge becomes more daunting due to the big lift, Dartmouth will have a great new beer bar and eatery to call their own.
Here are some shots of how things are/have been looking around Battery Park the last while and what you, the crowdfunder have been able to help along with your contributions. As always, we will have more to come in the near future and as we reach our opening, the excitement can be heard and seen on both sides of the garb our and our soon-to-be-open doors.
That's it! We're done. We're out'a here. it's all kaput!
Sorry, no more rewards, no more choices. It's all finished... we're outa here!
We'll get all the details organized, and get back to you shortly... especially those who supported us in the first place... and throughout this campaign.
It was a blast... especially the last couple of days, for sure.
Let's get together soon... and do this again. No really... we should.
Bye... for now.
$35,263.00 (I can't even keep up with the total at this point)!
70.4% of the goal. Awesome! Really Awesome!!!
$7,650 in one day. Very Cool!
Just about 190 supporters dishing out an average of $185 bucks each to get some serious dishes at the table produced by one of the regions best chefs, Chef Mark Gray accompanied by some of the best beers produced in the region by Peter Burbridge of North Brewing Company.
3 minutes to go!
This Crowdfunding Project is about to sign off.
Thanks everyone for your support. Get ready for your rewards... because that's what comes next!
60 Day campaign run.
$32,188.00 raised as of 8pm tonight.
64.4% of the way there.
$17,812 to go.
4 hours to go.
178 Supporters that we want to thank, thank, thank… and who will get their just rewards; at least 23 of which are returning contributors, and some of which were serial supporters here… you know who you are.
9 tiers to choose from.
7,354 visits to this site.
1 supporter makes a difference.
2 adds up to more.
3 is a crowd!
We want to thank everyone who took a look.
We want to thank everyone who considered joining.
We want to thank those that did, and passed it on to their crowd.
Then again… if you didn’t join…
Ok. So now is the time to get serious about this crowdfund.
This is where the rubber meets the road.
This is when you have to get off the fence. Throw caution to the wind. Make the right decision, and get your just reward.
This is where you need to talk to your spouse, or boyfriend, or girlfriend, about that $75 tier… where the two of you can come to Downtown Dartmouth for a nice evening out at Battery Park and enjoy some amazing beers and taste some serious, award-winning, food in a place dedicated to Dartmouth but meant to be shared by all!
This is where you call up some of your friends, neighbors, or coworkers and talk them into chipping in for an exclusive Private Sunday Dinner, or the $2,500 tier where just about any idea you have, we’ll entertain… staff party, birthday bash, wedding rehearsal after party… whatever. As long as it’s in good taste and doesn’t break any laws… we’re in!
Or maybe something a little more “for me”; like getting a $50 gift card to spend on yourself every month for a few years down the road. Then again, maybe the $400 tier is more your style… so you can share a bunch of gift cards all around.
There are lots of choices, but very, very little time to make that choice. Actually, there are less than 6 hours to go before we pull the plug and shut down this site.
It’s been some ride, especially today! We’re at $4,300 in contributions since this morning, with a total of $31,913.00 for the project to date. That’ 64% towards our overall goal of $50,000.
I promised a “By The Numbers 4.0” blog today. That’s coming later this evening… but for now, I’ll leave you with this… the best spokesperson ever on the subject at hand… this is one for the road.
You guys did it again last night; coming up with another banner evening of contributions which topped the day before, reaching $3,575.00 and making the over all total $27,638.00… with one day left in this project.
Later today, I’ll be posting “By The Numbers 4.0” so everyone can see the stats up to now, but I’d like to share a few right now.
The first CF we did to help pay the costs and defeat the financing interest of building the permanent patio at Brooklyn came in at $23,200, which was 77.3% of the $30,000 goal. 116 people contributed to that campaign; all receiving a “return” on their investment in the form of just rewards from The BrooklynWarehouse.
Our second CF helped refurbish our kitchen at the Warehouse, allowing us to buy new equipment, resurface all the walls and install non-slip flooring; all meant to create a safe and functional environment for Mark and his team to produce the award winning food we’ve become known for. This project garnered $14,195 in contributions from 83 backers. The goal was to raise $28,000 in the 28 days of February. We raised 50.7% of that goal. And every last bit of it went a long way in making that kitchen reno happen.
Now on this final day of this Crowdfund, we sit at $27,638… oh, look… it just went up again… now at $27,888 toward the goal of $50K. That’s 55.8% of the way.
So, we’ve already beaten the record set by the Patio CF and the Kitchen Party CF in terms of cash contributions set and the rewards to be handed out; but we still have one last day, less than 15 hours really, to beat the odds and get the percentage up there to meet or beat 77.3%.
To put that into perspective; in the three crowdfunding projects we’ve run, we have raised over $65,000 to date. In fact, when we ran the first one… we kind’a introduced Crowdfunding to the region; it did make a big impression.
That’s $65,000 in rewards to all those contributors who enjoyed their return in awesome food and good times… some which continue to do so, based on the tier they purchased.
So, how do we make a big story out of this event? How do you share in those rewards on this final day?
That’s the challenge for today… your challenge!
How many of you are reading this right now and thinking it might be a good idea to join, and by doing so reward yourself, but also make a big difference in driving that percentage up, and up, and up.
NOW, truly is the time to take advantage of the tiers available. NOW is the time to Join The Crowd.
So, there are only two days left to go! That’s 36 hours from now, and counting.
Yesterday was a banner day for this crowdfund. It topped all other single day contributions with a total of $2,862.50. That put the overall total at $24,288.00 by the end of the day. And that was awesome to see!
That is the power of crowdfunding showing itself in only a few hours during one single day. I little bit more of that action today and tomorrow will make us even more happy than we are right now… because as far as we’re concerned, this campaign has already been a resounding success!
In all the time we’ve been running this, North Brewing has only been mentioned a few times… not because we dropped the ball… but because Peter, Josh, and their crew have been ultra busy getting everything lined up at North Street and in Dartmouth. So much so that last night was the first chance Peter had in actually writing his own blog post for this site.
So, here it is:
At North Brewing we have had a busy summer and the last 3 weeks were pure chaos! It started with us renting a 26 foot truck (which is the largest truck you can legally drive with a regular license FYI) and driving over to PEI. We arrived and loaded up our new Brew House, custom made and built right in Charlottetown. We turned around and headed back to Agricola St. and that’s when the real fun began! Our friends at Cyclesmith kindly lent us the use of their scissor lift to get our tanks off the truck and then we rolled them across the street and into our brewery. Having removed our original brew house we were under the gun to get the new one up and running before we completely ran out of beer. Flash forward 3 weeks to yesterday when we brewed our first batch on the new system! and yes we still had a few drops of beer left.
With the major work in Halifax completed we are now getting set to install our custom built draught system at Battery Park. There are many reasons that we are excited about this draught system and why you should be too: The system from the couplers to the faucets is 304 stainless, no other metal will be used in the system; we are replacing one of the most difficult to clean parts of a draught system (The FOBs) with a more labour intensive system that will allow us to rinse the lines between each and every keg served (more work for us, better beer for you); we have a custom CO2 and N gas blender to maintain perfect carbonation and eliminate the need for any soft vinyl tubing outside of the walk in fridge; and we will be cleaning our lines weekly with a recirculating pump (a pump is 80 times more effective at cleaning lines than static cleaning). Some of these details might not mean much to those outside of the industry but the bottom line is that the system at Battery Park will always pour a perfect pint through immaculately clean line; that’s good for the beer and good for our customers. When you come to Battery Park you will know that every glass of draught beer you buy will tastes as the brewer intended. If that sounds like a winner to you then check out the crowd fund tiers and grab a sweet deal before Battery Park opens and the deals are gone.
36 hours to go! Let's see what we can spark right now!
Every bit helps; and every supporter gets their just reward!
It's great to start the day with a $1,000 contribution in what remains the last few days of this crowdfunding project. Since then, we’ve seen another $437.50 come in today. The evening is yet to come.
As I said many times throughout this campaign, just a few supporters can make a big difference each day, and each day makes a big difference toward achieving the final goal!
It certainly inspires me to see how it all adds up. Of course, it isn’t really me that makes it all happen; it's up to those who view these posts, read the blog, and get inspired to join; that's where the real action is; that’s how it adds up.
I have this nervous energy to see what happens next! Maybe nothing much… or something quite amazing! It all comes down to the next 56 hours!
Hmmmm… there’s that number “56” again.
So, stay tuned with me as the final days begin to wind down.
Did anyone see that eclipse last night? You know; the supermoon eclipse. Did you miss it?
It won’t happen again for another 33 years. I missed it. I totally forgot about it. I really, really wanted to see it; experience it… just be a part of the event; but I missed it. I fell asleep. Go figure.
That won’t come around again until I’m 88 years old. Hmm…
This Crowdfund ends at midnight, Wednesday. That gives you two full days and the rest of today to decide if you want to join the crowd. It also gives you two full days, and the rest of today to forget about it and miss it. So don’t sleep on it, join right now!
Brooklyn Warehouse’s 8th anniversary just went blazing by this September. We've been kinda busy lately with a whole bunch of stuff, so we didn't make a big deal of it.
But, the success of starting a new business and keeping its doors open for eight years is not a fluke. That’s not to say we had all the answers and knew what we were doing from day one… or even now. Because we didn't, and we don’t.
But hard work has it’s rewards. One, is an eight year run. Another, is learning how to make it work, how to adapt and change with what the crowd wants. And then there’s the crowd itself; the people who make the place their own, support it because it aligns with who they are and what they trust, believe in, or simply wish to support; the regular customer.
Then there’s the other crowd… or the crew, that makes it all run, sometimes as smooth and sweet as a wonderfully executed Creme Brûlée with all its jagged edges, and other times… from deep within the weeds.
In the end, its all about putting a smile on someone’s face and a warm feeling of contentment in their soul. Even if its just a casual meal.
The same holds true for AceBurgerCo., Brooklyn’s streetwise three year old little brother at Gus’, and North Brewing Company, just across Agricola Street.
Eight years of ups and downs.
But we made it.
Now, we're starting a whole new project in Dartmouth with North Brewing, and have as much success as we've experienced in the North End of Halifax.
No doubt, we’ll have the same ups and downs. But that’s how we learn; and that’s how we get better. And that’s really what keeps people coming back; our commitment to getting it right, and putting that smile on someone’s face.
So, as this Crowdfunding Project nears the end of it’s days, consider what we, all of us, from Peter, Josh of North Brewing, George & Leo of BW&ABC, along with their families and their staff, and all our regular customers from the very beginning all the way till now, have accomplished… and what we are all still capable accomplishing in the coming years.
Eat Local. Shop Local. Visit a Farm.
IT'S MARKET DAY. JOIN THE CROWD. DO THE MARKET!
Last night we broke through the 20k ceiling and this Crowdfund is now sitting at $20,475. It doesn't take much for these numbers to rise; two $400 donations late last night made the difference, and sent this project into a whole other level.
The $400 tier is new, and many of you who may have already looked at this campaign and decided there wasn't a tier in it for you... you might want to take another look. The $400 tier is different than all the rest; for 400 bucks you get $500 worth of giftcards, a mashup of rewards from North Brewing, Ace Burger, Brooklyn, and The Battery Park Beer Bar. Different tastes for different folks.
So get in with the crowd and share with your friends, family, co-workers... whomever. It's a nice way to put a smile on someone's face.
There are only nine days left to get into the crowd with us at The Battery Park in Downtown Dartmouth; a collaboration between the people behind AceBurgerCo, The Brooklyn Warehouse, and North Brewing Company, all located in North End Halifax.
We've been running this crowd fund project for some 47 days and it is coming to a close.
Like any crowdsourcing campaign, it has had its peaks and its lulls, but at this stage we need to hit some serious high notes to reach our goal.
It's not unheard of. Many successful funding projects of this nature hit a tipping point very near the end of their run and then go over the top. Check it out here; www.entrepreneur.com and here; www.kickstarter.com
Some of these, like last year's crowdsourcing campaign known as The Ice Bucket Challenge, are insanely successful and shed massive amounts of light and resources on those who drove the campaign to success.
Wouldn't it be cool if Dartmouth was one of those places where such an insanely successful crowdfunding campaign originated! Wouldn't it be cool if Halifax was a part of that drive and success.
The success of any crowdsourcing project doesn't come from those who organize it or run it in the background, like I'm doing now. It comes from those who's attention is captured, and interest peaked; who's pocket book is opened and who's own social networks are accessed. It's about engaging in an idea that makes sense to the contributor, the supporter... you.
So we have nine days to go and a long way to get to 50 Grand. Let's go for it!
So, just as promised; we changed up the format for the last 10 days remaining in the Crowdfund Campaign. We wanted to make it easier for you to see and decide what level of participation you wanted to Join the Crowd at. To the right are all the tiers we're offering, showing the level of contribution and how many have already backed each tier.
We've added a new $400 tier with a value of $500 in gift cards for you to share with your friends & family. These will be redeemable from March 2016 and on. We've also switched up the $1,000 tier by offering it over two and a half years as suggested by some backers of this tier; it made sense to us to shorten the redeem-ability of the original offer from 5 years to 2.5.
Along with this, we have been talking to organizing members in the kitchen at Margaret's House, a community meal service, located directly across the street from us. We will be supporting them and a couple of other well deserving community projects with a portion of the proceeds from this crowdfunding campaign - so the more we receive in our effort to reduce our financing needs, the more you will be supporting their efforts too!
For more info on Margaret's House; visit www.margarets-house.ca/about.html
This is the time to get involved and truly engaged in this crowdfunding project! We have less than 10 full days to reach our goal, and the closer we get to it, the more we strengthen the establishment of Battery Park and bring more energy and focus to Downtown Dartmouth, and do a bit of community building along the way.
And to those of you who have already supported this effort; now is the time to really, really hit up your social networks to get more of your crowd involved!
46: days since we started this crowdfunding project on August 7th.
10: days remaining as of right now... and the countdown begins in earnest!
18,450: where we sit right now.
50,000: where we want to be by September 30th, midnight.
36.9%: where we are percentage wise.
Let's get it past 50% in the next few days... the clock is ticking!
Later today we are going to make some minor changes to this website to make it easier for you to make a final decision to join in the crowd, but you don't have to wait till then to send your support our way. This crowdfund is winding down, and when its done, its done. If you've been sitting on the fence, jump off with both feet right now; you have everything to gain in this win-win project. You join the crowd and you get the benefit.
Another part to this crowdfund that's happening behind the scenes is an effort to connect with some of the surrounding community based services to offer our support once the campaign ends; a portion of the proceeds we collect through your support will go to one or two, or more of these deserving members of the community who are doing good work. So Joining the crowd has an added feature built into it, making it a win-win-win situation.
Right now keep in mind this is Day 10 in a countdown to zero and we haven't reached our goal. The closer we get there the more win-win-win happens.
More on all this later today. Right now I have to get back to building a keg fridge!