Our mission is to perpetuate continuous and positive influence and change in the community through Best Friend. But NOW, we need your assistance to make this happen. We have had several requests to open up another location. As many of you know; we are a small family-owned & operated Food Truck on Division Street. We hope to create a space and environment that inspires people and makes positive changes in our PDX community and beyond.
One good act, one positive space, can lead to generations of great change.
We have dreamed of owning this sort of cafe for years, but we knew the implications of debt financing in such a start-up situation would create financial pressure on the business. We wanted to start small and experience an organic growth, as this would mitigate risk and give us time to learn the ins and outs of the business. We built Best Friend in the Fall of 2015 and set up in the alleyway next to Genies. We sold specialty coffee, tea, elixirs, pour-overs, juice, smoothies, and locally crafted Gluten Free/Vegan sweets from Margalaxy. As soon as we opened our cart, we started building great relationships with customers and making great friends along the way. We self-financed the entire operation and continued to do so until the Juice Cart was able to sustain itself. It took a lot of hard work, but it was sweet to see it flourishing on its own; to gain a glimpse of that organic growth and effect we had been longing for.
We are proud of our initial success as young entrepreneurs, we'd never thought we'd be the proud parents of a healing and rewarding Juice Cart on Division Street.
Now it’s time to expand, to make more room for greater possibilities with Best Friend. After several weeks of planning, we are excited to announce that Best Friend has signed a lease for a cafe space within inner PDX in the Westmoreland Neighborhood on 28th & Gladstone. We will be in Jolene's First Cousin, A new housing model designed to help folks transition out of homelessness. The building itself houses people looking to get off the streets and into a warm place of their own. Best Friend will be in the base of the building, offering drinks, grab and go options, making it affordable to all members of the community - no matter their orientation, race, or where they live. We will have healthy options for every member of this community.
We are beginning build-out as soon at the building is up; we expect to open sometime in July/August. In the meantime, we are working with local artists, and some dearly skilled friends to make this a reality. We will build out a new space, with up-cycled materials from the ReBuilding Center. Our new space, signage and bar buildout will meet the high quality standards the location demands. Having the opportunity to move into such a well-suited, permanent retail location after 3.5 years of operation is a blessing and truly exciting.
We look forward to a bright and deeply connected future for Best Friend in Portland.
As part of creating the ripple effect we want to see in the world, Best Friend is committed to:
* Fair trade, sustainably sourced, high quality coffee (Bike Delivered Coffee Beans by Courier Coffee)
* Partnerships with local entrepreneurs and community-oriented businesses for needed services and products.
* Living wage standards for all staff and investment in their training and growth, including providing support and compassion to one's life existence.
* A welcoming space that accepts EVERYONE
* Investment in the community we serve, through health and wellness.
* Warm service and relationships that sustain our customers during their time in our establishment and beyond.
We would welcome your support, as an investment in our mission and our plans for Best Friend.
With your generous donation, we'd love to gift you some BF rewards for the truest of fans!
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$25.00 Donation - Limited Edition BF Coffee Mug!
$50.00 Donation - Limited Edition BF Coffee Mug + BF Totebag + $10.00 Gift Card!
$100.00 Donation - BF Coffee Mug + BF Mason Jar + BF Totebag + $20.00 Gift Card
$250.00 Donation - BF Coffee Mug + BF Mason Jar + BF Totebag + $60.00 Gift Card
$500.00 Donation - BF Coffee Mug + BF Mason Jar + BF Totebag + BF Pocket Tee + BF Enamel Pin + $150.00 Gift Card
$1000.00 Donation - We'll name a superfood smoothie after you!
Please give as much as your heart desires to help bring Best Friend TOO a reality.
Thank you in advance for assisting us in planting a nourishing space into our future community.
Chan & Margaux
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