AVA Bar & Lounge: The Exodus from East Liberty

AVA Bar & Lounge will move from East Liberty to North Oakland, in 5 weeks. We need your help to fill in our immediate funding needs. Back to we're it started.
Justin Strong
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Small Business
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States
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Here's the skinny

Ava Bar and Lounge, better known as the sister lounge of the Shadow Lounge since 2007, provided the pre-gentrification vibe of East Liberty (not Shady Side or Eastside). We offer a lounge environment with sophisticated reasonably priced drinks, and a music vibe featuring Golden Era & Classic Hip Hip, Soul, Jazz, World, and Open Mic.

But now it’s time for a change. Ava Bar and Lounge is getting bigger and better in North Oakland!!! Imagine Ava’s relaxed and eclectic vibe now as a two level lounge, sizeable bars on both floors, and the smell of fun comfort food radiating from the kitchen. This sounds great doesn’t it, but what about parking? Not even an issue, a huge public lot is a hop-skip-and-jump away (literally, we tried it). The same great music and drinks in a new location.

But we need your help! The clock is ticking and we have 35 days to cross the t’s and dot the I’s. We don’t want to be closed for more than a week, and in order for this to happen, cash is king! This is where you come in: we thought it would be great to get all of you in the Shadow Lounge/ Ava Bar and Lounge community involved and offer some fun perks in exchange for contributions to making this new space a reality! Thank you for joining our campaign and for helping us make Ava Bar & Lounge a better place!

The main cost for our relocation is about $35,000.

What We Need & What You Get

$35,000 Good lawd that’s a lot of money…. Or is it?

·         License Transfer & Fees- $5,000

o   What’s a Bar and Lounge with no drinks?

·         Kitchen Readiness- $20,000

o   You want to eat don’t you?

·         Remodeling- $10,000

o   We want to look pretty for you!

The Impact

Shadow Lounge and AVA have been credited for not only launching the renewal of the East Liberty Night Life but helping to revitalize the business core of East Liberty.

Be a part of the change in North Oakland.  We did it in East Liberty, now will do it again

Other Ways You Can Help

Spread the word… tweet, facebook, instagram, email, text, phone a friend, phone ten friends, send a carrier pigeon, use a bull horn…. However you communicate let everyone know!  

Rome wasn’t built in a day…but Ava can be built in a week!

*** Everyone that contributes will be invited to a private launch party at the new location ***

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raised by 58 people in 1 month
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$35,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on July 19, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $7USD
    Quit Smoking Now!

    Do you want to quit your cigarette smoking habit? Let us help you! Every time you get that urge to buy a new pack of squares...just give us the money instead! See that was easy.

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $20USD
    Feel Good About Yourself

    This is for all the people that want to show some tangible love energy in the form of US Currency. Plus you'll get a thank you email.

    18 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $100USD
    Fight the Power

    Most folks know the story behind the end of of the Shadow Lounge and Now AVA in East Liberty; this a way to Stick it to the Man. You get a AVA Bar & Lounge Pass, gaining access to weekly events (e.g. Jazz Night and Open Mic Night) at no cover for a Year.

    15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $400USD
    Ball so Hard Weekend

    You and 3 friends get on the guest list for the Exodus: AVA Bar & Lounge Moving Party on Sat. July 27, 2013 + Reserved Couch Area + Free Bottle of Champagne + Overnight Stay at the Dome House (3 bedrooms) + Transportation to and from the Dome House & AVA. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1114987

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Did I tell you I love you?

    Now we're cooking. - (2) AVA Bar & Lounge Passes for a year - Host your own private happy hour with a complimentary $300 drink and food package (must be used by the end of 2013)

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $5,000USD
    Be a Boss

    Whether you like it or not, you are now an 1.25% owner of 7th Movement Development, LLC. This parent company includes, AVA, the future Shadow Lounge, Strong Dry Cleaners, and any other future projects we get in to. Of course there are legal papers that will also go along with this level of support. Plus you never have to pay any entry fee!

    2 out of 4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
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