Help start a neighborhood market in Oakland

The Portside Community Market will be the long-awaited grocery store for Oakland's Jack London district and surrounding neighborhoods.
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Tommaso Boggia
Small Business
Oakland, California
United States
7 Team Members
Help start a neighborhood market in Oakland is sponsored by Cutting Edge Capital. Funds raised in this campaign will be used to support the democratization of investing.

Sunday 1pm update :  $100 Oliveto gift certificate and whole grain pizzas claimed

      


Our mission is to provide access to healthy food and high quality groceries, to create good jobs for the local community, and to play a leading role in the revitalization of Oakland’s waterfront.

We are developing a mid-sized community market in Oakland’s Jack London neighborhood. The market will feature an array of sustainably grown produce and proteins, a deli, a bulk section, a community gathering space, and more.

The team behind the development of the market is committed to empowering workers with ownership and decision making at their place of work. For this reason and more, the market will be structured as an employee-owned cooperative

We are negotiating possible locations ranging from 5,000 - 10,000 sq. ft. in the Jack London neighborhood (I-880 to the waterfront, MLK to Oak St.) 

Your contribution will give us the funds necessary to hire a team of lawyers that specializes in small-business friendly financing structures. Thanks to your contribution, they will help us initiate a form of fund-raising called a Direct Public Offering. Through the DPO we will be able to offer investment opportunities in our enterprise to members of our community and beyond, rather than simply to certain high-net worth individuals the feds call “accredited.” We believe our neighbors are sophisticated enough to know that it's worth it to invest in their community, and we want to give them an opportunity to do so.

This campaign is the initial test of our theory that, when given the opportunity, people will support local entrepreneurship.We chose grassroots fund-raising so that members of our community can be involved from the very beginning, play an integral role in the success of our business, and help bolster to the ongoing development of our wonderful neighborhood.

Our startup team is composed of 7 young Oaklanders passionate about food justice and sustainable economic development. We have diverse backgrounds in community organizing, financial services, retail consulting, cooperative grocery store startups, fundraising, and food service management. For a complete list of team members, visit our website.

Depending on our fundraising success, we hope to be opening our doors late 2014. 

We are always looking for feedback and support from our community. By contributing to our page, you are helping us get the capital we need to get started. If you want to do more to help us provide this essential service to the community, contact us

We have a Facebook page, Twitter handle & website. Please let your neighbors know about us!

If you wish to receive a combination of rewards, donate the total amount and we'll be in touch. For example, if you would like some sauerkraut ($50) & a tote bag ($75), you can donate $125.  We'll make sure both perks get to you.

In order to keep costs low, we would love to deliver as much as possible in person and not via mail. If you live outside of the Bay Area, we will be happy to mail you your rewards. Depending on how successful we will be and the timing of various suppliers, we hope to be commencing distribution of rewards by mid-January.

Special thanks to Bicycle Coffee, Baia Pasta, & Mr. Espresso for meeting with us and making themselves available to film in their great production facilities. 

The success of this project will hinge on our ability to secure enough financing to take us through the startup and launch phases. What we are raising on Indiegogo will give us the capital to hire lawyers and accountants to initiate other rounds of fundraising.

We conducted a neighborhood survey that yielded great results in terms of validating our vision and the need for what we plan to offer. If we can get to the point of opening our doors and we continue serving our community, this project will be a great success; in large part thanks to your generosity and trust.

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$18,503USD
raised by 233 people in 1 month
93% funded
0 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 December 15, 2013
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Select a Perk
  • $25USD
    A GROCERY STORE WOULD BE NICE

    A Portside Community Market sticker

    60 out of 500 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $50USD
    I WANT A GROCERY STORE

    An 8oz batch of sauerkraut & a Portside Community Market sticker

    27 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $75USD
    I CRAVE A GROCERY STORE:

    A Portside Community Market grocery bag with a sticker

    18 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $100USD
    I NEED A GROCERY STORE

    A Portside Community Market T-Shirt (of your preferred size) and a sticker inside your Portside Community Market grocery bag

    34 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $250USD
    DESPERATE FOR A GROCERY STORE

    A Portside Community Market coffee mug, a pound of neighrhood coffee (Mr. Espresso or Bicycle Coffee), and a sticker inside your Portside Community Market grocery bag

    10 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $500USD
    OPEN UP ALREADY

    2 Tickets to the Portside Community Market underground restaurant and a sticker inside your Portside Community Market grocery bag

    4 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $1,000USD
    NEIGHBORHOOD PHILANTHROPIST

    Your name (or chosen short text) inscribed on one of our community tables for eternity. Also receive a sticker inside your Portside Community Market grocery bag and one of the other rewards not included in this blurb.

    2 out of 4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2014
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