We did it!
We're opening the doors of the new space tonight for our very first event with the incomparable Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore! The space should be up and running as a bookstore with regular hours in just a few days (stay tuned for details!) and the cafe should be open very soon as well. Thanks for your contributions to this campaign; without your support, none of this would have been possible. Be sure to stop by soon--we've got a great line up of events planned already!
We're ready to start sending out the rewards for the campaign, but we thought we'd give you a chance to pick them up in person----and catch a sneak peak at the new space. This Saturday, 7/20 (during Artscape), we'll be tabling with free coffee outside the new space at 30 W. North Ave. from 12-8; stop by, get a look at the beautiful work-in-progress that is soon to be our new location, have some free iced coffee from our new in-house roaster Thread Coffee, and leave with your buttons, tote bags, or t-shirts. (We'll mail out what's not picked up soon; but any money we can save on postage will be really helpful....we had 370 funders for this campaign!)
And if that's not enough to tempt you to stop by: how about a special Vegan BBQ from 4-6:
More info and RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/688169024533984/
The Red Emma's Collective
Just wanted to drop you all a line and share some pictures of the interior of the new space you are helping fund: it’s going to be gorgeous and massive.
View and share the full album here:
Part of the team explores the new space
One of the biggest reasons we are excited about our move is that when we’re operating at a larger scale, we can be that much more intentional about where the food and drink we serve in the cafe comes from.
The most exciting development on this front: our partnership with Thread Coffee, which became a part of the Red Emma’s family of projects this December, and which will be roasting delicious fair trade coffee in the new location. Thread’s model (and ours) is based on transparent relations with the farmers behind the coffee beans; listen to our new roasters talk about the politics of coffee and solidarity in the video below:
Wow! Thanks to everyone who has donated so far, we’ve passed our first milestone, and can start the process of ordering our new coffee roaster!
Now, we need another $4,000 to be able to get our commercial stove; remember, you can’t spend a Sunday morning eating vegan pancakes in the worker-owned radical bookstore and restaurant if we don’t have the money to buy a stove—-spread the word!
Now we need a stove...