I bet there’s some celebrating going on at Peeve’s Public House & Local Market right now. The business met its Kickstarter goal around lunchtime Friday, meaning it will move forward with opening Fresno’s first market carrying only local foods. The market is designed to be a showcase for Fresno foods and give a boost to its fledgling food businesses. You can read more about the plans here. Construction is scheduled to start Monday and the peeps at Peeve’s hope to have the market open by Nov. 24, just in time for Thanksgiving.
If Peeve’s didn’t reach its goal of raising $18,500 in pledges by Saturday, Kickstarter wouldn’t give them any of the money. As of Friday morning, it was still about $2,000 short. Fundraising on the page continues until Saturday afternoon (they’re at $19,106 as I write this). Any extra money raised will go toward paint and decor.
It’s been pretty cool to watch people proactively take on this cause without the folks at Peeve’s even asking. One customer pledged to get 10 people to donate $100 each. A taco night fundraiser by James Collier brought in lots of money and awareness. Raizana Teas held a fundraiser too. The sense of community and loyalty that surrounds Peeve’s is pretty impressive and it paid off today.
Peeve’s Public House & Local Market has the pub part of its business up and running. Now it’s gearing up to open the local market. The business, which you can read more about here, is launching a Kickstarter.com campaign to open a market in the former jewelry store connected to the business.
Peeve’s staff and supporters have a vision: A downtown market where they can sell local eggs, honey, kimchi, ice cream and other products. It will double as a “hey, look what we have in Fresno” showcase and a way to help local foodie businesses grow. Peeve’s needs to raise $18,500 by Nov. 2 that will pay for renovations and coolers. People can make pledges as small as $1 online via Kickstarter. If Peeve’s doesn’t reach its Kickstarter goal, nobody pays a dime. Lots of people start Kickstarter campaigns (and lots of them fail). But it looks like Peeve’s stands a good chance of making it. They’ve already raised more than $10,000. And if you know fans of Peeve’s, you know they’re a loyal, downtown-loving, forward-thinking group of people who are mobilizing.
You can see the video that details the campaign at the bottom of this post (check out Peeve the dog stealing the spotlight during the credits). And if you’re not on board with Kickstarter, there’s two other ways you can help Peeve’s reach its goal.
The first is with tacos. Local foodie James Collier is hosting a taco night fundraiser at Peeve’s Tuesday. In addition to the tacos, if you donate $10 or more, he’ll buy you a beer (possibly Tioga Sequoia’s limited release, Bangarang Red IPA). And Raizana Teas is hosting a fundraiser Wednesday. More on that here.
It’s a hard-partying college student’s dream: An iPhone case that is also a bottle opener.
A Fresno State grad and three current engineering students are hoping to launch just that with the unveiling of CarbonForce and the Kickstarter campaign raising money to pay for manufacturing it. The phone case is made from carbon fiber — used in airplanes and high-end bicycles — which is stronger than steel. They have the prototype, they just need the money to start making it.
You can watch their video from Kickstarter below. (The entertaining part is at the end, where they pop open not beers, but Cokes.) If they get the $12,000 they’re looking for, college students everywhere will be able to pop open a brewski without even leaving their desks.
OK, I’m exaggerating a bit with the drinking emphasis. The inventors tell me they aren’t even big drinkers. But what do you think, blogland? Greatest invention since sliced bread? Appalling instrument of out-of-control drinking? But most importantly, would you buy it?
DATES: Yes, that’s dates, as in plural. This year, the festival expands to two days — Sept. 30 (a Friday) and Oct. 1 (a Saturday). This is year No. 4 for the festival, so it’s nice to see it growing at a steady pace.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: Once again this year, the F.U.S.E. folks have set up a Kickstarter campaign to support the festival. Like last year, there are a number of rewards for people who donate — from exclusive festival swag to big corporate sponsorships. They have a goal of $4,444 (it being the fourth year and all) to be reached in 44 days. More in the video below.
Judging from previous Beehive posts, many people around here are proponents of Fresno developing a more dynamic mobile cuisine scene. Now, chef Martin Franco (formerly of Pangea, among other local restaurants) is hoping Fresnans will put their money where their appetites are. Specifically, he’s looking to locals for help Kickstarting his new culinary endeavor — a food cart he’s calling Taste Kitchen.
Using Kickstarter (as Creative Fresno and Blake Jones did), Franco is hoping to raise $4,000 in the next month. Donors receive incentives ranging from a hearty thanks ($1) to a free salad or side ($10) all the way to a private meal for four and your own sandwich ($1,000). Here’s Franco explaining more with the help of the some mouth-watering visuals:
Obviously, I’m a big supporter of Fresno’s local music scene. So one of the things that makes me most optimistic about the scene here in the Fresno Urban Sound Experience festival. It showcases local musicians of all genres, seeks to unify our local scene — and brings people downtown to do.