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Vine bakery wants to move downtown! We need your help to make it happen.
Teresa Zokovitch
Small Business
Gainesville, Florida
United States
2 Team Members

Short Summary

We are excited to have an opportunity to move our bakery downtown! “WE” are Dean and Teresa. Dean is the baker and work-around-the-clocker, and Teresa makes pasta and manages the business aspects. Our current warehouse location in the NE industrial neighborhood provides very limited retail space, is too hot, and will not allow us to be licensed as a restaurant/cafe.  This fundraising effort is just for that purpose. This move would allow us to become much more than a wholesale bakery.

display case

We have been in business for nearly 2 years. Our specialty is organic sourdough breads and organic pasta. It has always been our decision to work with only organic flours. We believe it is a healthier choice. We started selling our goods at the farmer's markets and wholesale to downtown restaurants. Soon afterwards we were able to sell our food at the Citizen's Co-op and Ward's Supermarket. Our offerings have grown to traditional types of pastries, coffee, and most recently we attained a beer and wine license.

Wine at Vine

Dean has nearly 20 years of restaurant experience in Gainesville. He would love to put that experience to great use and share it with the community. Teresa has been the office manager at Satchel’s Pizza for 8 years keeping the books tidy and right. While we will continue to provide our breads and pastries to local businesses, we will also be able to provide the general public with a bakery and cafe experience.

spinach pasta

While we feel we’ve been in business long enough to have a viable concept and product, banks won’t loan money to such new businesses. We need your help to make our dream a reality. Every dollar counts!

What We Need & What You Get

The new location at 627 N Main Street has not been used for any kind of food service for some time, and the fundraising will go to equip the building for our business. Moving and remodeling is expensive. We’ll hire a contractor to pull permits and run new gas lines. We’ll hire professionals to help us move the ovens and install a hood over them to vent the heat. We’ll be installing sinks and additional plumbing for new work areas and build out an enclosed workspace. ANY and ALL funds will be used to make this move happen for us.  This is a unique opportunity for the community to make an investment in the equity of Gainesville by helping to create a great downtown bakery/cafe for all to enjoy. 

bread tshirtcroissant tshirt

Our perks are coffee, pastries, bread, pasta, wine and tshirts. If you haven’t tried our goods, please come see us at the Wednesday market downtown or the Saturday market at Haile. We use only organic flour and put love and quality ingredients into everything we do. By helping us fund this move, you will get the satisfaction of helping us achieve our dream while improving your town.

The Impact

The community response to our products has been tremendous.  Our growth has been steady. It is this response that is allowing our dream to continue. This project expands the growing downtown business community and fills a void, enriching Gainesville's dining options and hiring people too.

soup and croutons

The location on Main Street is convenient in its proximity to Publix and downtown. After grocery shopping at Publix you can easily stop in for artisan bread and homemade pasta. Imagine biking up for coffee and a scone on a Saturday morning.... Gainesville is such a great town and this downtown bakery will make it that much better. If we can make this dream a reality, we hope to expand and be able to serve soups, sandwiches, and even vegetarian dishes and fish. This is the beginning of something BIG. Be a part of it. 

Sundried tomato fettuccine with chanterelles and broccolini

Other Ways You Can Help

If you just don’t have a dollar to give right now, please consider helping us by sharing our campaign on facebook, twitter, or your blog.  The more people that see this campaign the better chance we have of raising the money we need. Every dollar counts. Thanks so much. Really.


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raised by 195 people in 22 days
71% funded
No time left
$20,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
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This campaign ended on February 18, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $1USD

    Pat yourself on the back. You believe in downtown Gainesville! Every dollar counts. Believe it.

    1 claimed
  • $5USD
    Believer with 5 bucks

    We believe you have earned a free cup of coffee for your faith in your hometown.

    13 claimed
  • $10USD
    Sweet Tooth

    Come in and try a flaky croissant, on us! Or maybe you prefer a hearty scone. You choose any of our scrumptious pastries.

    17 claimed
  • $15USD
    Staff of Life

    Our breads are divine! Choose from any of our hand crafted loaves of organic goodness. Once you have tried them, you might exclaim: "Everything else is Wonder Bread!"

    22 claimed
  • $25USD
    The Fashionista

    Get Your exclusive "Gainesville Sourdough Representation!" T-shirt. This, my friends, is going to be a collector's item.

    38 claimed
  • $50USD
    The Italian Pony

    Hello... Gainesville! This perk offers a chance to experience what makes the Vine so divine. You'll get your choice of artisan bread, fresh pasta AND enough of our amazing red sauce to whip up a gourmet meal in a flash. Just boil water.

    40 claimed
  • $100USD
    The Italian Stallion

    The same amazing meal offered in the Pony (above) PLUS a bottle of fine wine. Now you have something to drink while the water boils...that's what I'm talking about! Baddabing!

    13 claimed
  • $150USD

    Our pasta makes a gorgeous palette for your culinary creativity; vibrant red beet, sunny carrot, earthy whole wheat. It is so simple and delicious. You will be amazed how easy it is to create a new pasta masterpiece when you receive a free pasta every month for a year!

    8 claimed
  • $200USD
    The Bread Head

    Bread lovers, this is for you! 12 different artisan loaves are coming your way. One delicious wholesome loaf every month for a year.

    9 claimed

    The Creator

    Design and name your own pastry! We will christen it at our shop and offer it to the loving public. YOU, as creator, will receive one free every week for a year. 52 pastries!

    10 out of 10 claimed
  • $750USD
    The Java Jive

    You get a free cup of coffee at our shop every day for a year! Seriously one of the strongest values for the buck, no math needed. If you drink coffee, you need to drink it with us!

    3 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    You say Artisan I say Artesian

    Dean will draw from his "deep well" of knowledge to give you a baking class. Session to include: step-by-step guided tour through sourdough bread making, take home sourdough starter and cast iron dutch oven complete with hot pads. Invite your friends and family to break bread that you made with your own hands!

    0 claimed
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