Getting a business up and running can be a lengthy, costly endeavor, and the husband and wife duo of T.J. and Vera Obias, who've been working for five months to get their project, Du Jour Bakery, off the ground, know that as well as any mom-and-pop shop owners. To help them finance the opening inventory (they've entered the home stretch and plan on opening by the end of the month) they've set up a campaign on Kickstarter, with some great perks for those who contribute.
T.J. and Vera are both highly accomplished pastry chefs, well-respected in the industry, and they'll be bringing their high-end creations to the space last occupied by Perch Cafe, on Fifth Avenue between Fifth and Sixth Streets. They'll be opening "more than just a bakery": "great coffee, baked goods, specialty cakes, brunch, lunch and eventually dinner" will be on offer, according to the Kickstarter page. More details about their backgrounds can be found here.
The minimum pledge is only $1, and there's no maximum. If you donate $10 you'll get a shoutout on their Facebook page, $30 gets you a cupcake and t-shirt, and the rewards just get better from there, going all the way up to $500: a bag filled with homemade goodies, a free daily coffee and pastry for a month, a pound of coffee beans, recipe cards, signed books, and a three-course dinner for up to four prepared by the chefs.
So far they've raised $5,000 of their $7K goal. Help these local folks out; you'll be well-rewarded!