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Help Nice Ice Baby Ice Cream Grow!

$5,514 of $200,000 goal

Raised by 73 people in 2 months
Help Nice Ice Baby Ice Cream Grow! 
OUR STORY 
Nice Ice Baby Ice Cream is a family-run business out of Belleville, Ontario (with a second location in Prince Edward County), that makes it's own artisan ice cream, gelato and sorbet.  Nice Ice Baby began in 2016 but we have been in the food industry for nearly 20 years (we also have a cafe and catering company and banquet hall:  www.theurbancollective.ca) and we really love what we do!

This has been an exciting couple of years for our company as we have garnered a lot of praise for our product and our business model but now we have hit a major roadblock that is threatening to keep the world from enjoying our amazing ice cream. ( www.niceicebabyicecream.com)

The Ontario government (OMAFRA) is mandating that we expand our operations to open a  dairy plant or be forced to shut down a good portion of our revenue streams. According to the Milk Act, we are not allowed to sell ice cream away from the place of manufacture. Simply put, since we do not have a dairy license, we cannot distribute our ice cream away from our commercial kitchen (at our Belleville cafe), which means closing down our Wellington scoop shop and not being able to use our ice cream truck or cart or offer our ice cream at any catering events. Oh nooooooooo...

Despite having a health-inspected commercial kitchen with zero infractions and a product deemed completely safe for consumption, the unintended consequence of this rule is that it is preventing us from maintaining and growing our small business which would mean cutting a lot of jobs. To take on this necessary next step of our business, we need a lot more capital than we can raise all by ourselves.  Since borrowing from traditional banks is near impossible for us creative types, the only feasible way we can move forward with this is to ask our community for help.  

THE SOLUTION
Nice Ice Baby needs to expand and soon! In order to get Wellington open this spring and to make good on our cart & truck bookings we need to show OMAFRA we mean business.  We can either grow exponentially or be forced to shrink dramatically and that doesn't sound like much fun at all. We have less than 2 months to raise $200,000, but we are determined to do it. We are doing everything we can to make this project come alive. It is a major endeavor but we are ready and willing to take it on. Now all we need is you...and your financial support! Our community has always supported us so we have faith that this time will be no different. Every dollar counts! 

To encourage your awesome generosity, we have created some amazing rewards!  And that's not all...backing this project would also mean stimulating the local economy, increasing jobs, promoting tourism, restoring a heritage building, helping us forge local business partnerships, and of course,  you would receive our most heartfelt thanks!
You will also help to make a lot of people really happy. 

Visit our websites for more rewards information! 
www.theurbancollective.ca
www.niceicebabyicecream.com


A big thank you goes to Aaron & Angela Bell for helping us make the video and Emily Anne Photography for donating the ice cream photo sessions! You guys are awesome!
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We have 2 more events coming up!
A Family Fun Day this Saturday April 14th at Nice Ice Baby Ice Cream Cafe (the NEW Urban Bistro) 26 Victoria Avenue, Downtown Belleville, from 11am to 5pm. We will have guest scoopers, kids crafts, and a chance to win a custom ice cream cake!

Also, our County Fundraising Party on Saturday May 5th at Fields on West Lake (Bloomfield, PEC) from 7pm to 11pm. We will have food by Urban Catering, ice cream by Nice Ice Baby, cash bar, a silent auction, mystery booze pull, live acoustic entertainment and an original ice cream art sale.

Hope to see you all there!
This Saturday April 14th from 11am-5pm!
Sat. May 5th at Fields on West Lake, PEC
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An update on our quest to Build Urban Creamery:
Our crowdfunding campaign has reached $3900. Thank you to everyone who believes in us!
We raised another $3000 at our Launch party! Thank you to everyone came, everyone who donated silent auction items and everyone who added to our bucket!
We still have a long way to go but are making progress!
We have been busy with calls, emails and meetings with various people of government and there is a little hope (more if we were cheese makers this year but that’s another story).
In the meantime we are tackling the mountain of paperwork required by the powers that be to prove our business is worthy of a loan.
We continue to work diligently educating and inspiring people with our mission to save jobs, create more jobs and keep making our awesome artisan ice cream, without letting the system get us down. It is a very daunting process but we are committed to seeing it through.
We are organizing 2 more events:
A family fun day at Urban Bistro on Saturday April 14th. Come out and support our small business by purchasing ice cream, delicious food from our new menu, buying a ticket to win an ice cream cake or giving a donation. Watch out for some Celebrity Scoopers!
Also an event in the County at Fields on West Lake on Saturday May 5th, where we will have food by Urban Catering, Ice Cream by Nice Ice Baby, a cash bar, silent auction, a mystery booze pull, live acoustic entertainment and an ice cream art sale! We hope to see you all there!
We hope you will have faith in us, see our potential, recognize the good we do in our community and help back this project. We are offering some pretty awesome rewards if you do!
Thank you again to all who have already donated. Please help spread the word and help save Nice Ice Baby Ice Cream!
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My mom told me that Nice Ice Baby Ice Cream had a mention in the Wellington Times. She thought it was a bit unflattering, and certainly the comments were. Since no one contacted us for an interview, I left a bit of our side of the story in the comment. If you liked to read it please visit:
http://wellingtontimes.ca/what-price-for-your-craving/#comment-7969
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Well, it's been a week of ups and downs. Thank you to all who have supported and encouraged us. We haven't given up hope and are continuing to look for new ways to help us weather this storm. There is obviously lots of confusion about why we would qualify to request help from our community. Business owners often have to put on a brave face for their customers, even when they are scared to death about losing everything they have risked so far (and then some, in our case, with a debt load that would make most people faint). We have always poured a lot of love into our work and we hope it shows. Social media is a double-edge sword and anyone working in customer service knows, no matter how hard you try, it's impossible to make everyone happy...even with ice cream! Tim and I have given back a tremendous amount to our community over the years, in over $450,000 in products and services as well as countless hours at fundraising events and on committees. We want to continue to make a positive impact in all the lives we touch. We have built our careers being in service to others. A lot goes on behind the scenes, that no one sees: the worry, the sleepless nights, the equipment failures, the criticisms that cuts way too deep. When you own several customer-service-based businesses, you are open to attacks from so many directions. But you put on a smile and push through it and focus on the good. And thankfully, despite our problems, we know we have much to be grateful for. As usual, it is all about the people. Thank you to everyone who offered an encouraging word in the last few days. We really appreciate it. We still have a long road ahead of us, and because of those that have supported us, we have strengthened our resolve. We hope lots of people will come out to our party this Saturday March 24th.

I want to thank all of the generous people who donated for our silent auction: You guys are awesome!
Kate's Kitchen, Pure Honey Boutique, Reiki on Wheels, Fitness Guild, Ideal Bike, Capers, La Maison D'Eva, Lafferty's, Signal Brewery, Muskoka Brewery, Jenna Faye Photography, The Drake Devonshire, and Kelly S. Thompson
This Saturday March 24th at Urban Hall!
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$5,514 of $200,000 goal

Raised by 73 people in 2 months
$15
Level 1
Make a pledge without a reward. Backers at this level just want to show Nice Ice Baby a little love and support. Thank you!
$25
Level 2
Backers at this level receive a postcard featuring owner Sharon Huckle's original ice cream art
$50
Level 3
Backers at this level receive their name in perpetuity on our Founders Wall at Urban Creamery & 1 exclusive invite to our celebration party at Urban Hall
$60
Level 4
Backers receive: 2 scoops of ice cream at one of our locations and 1 exclusive invite to our celebration party at Urban Hall
$75
Level 5
Receive: 6 art postcards, 1 Nice Ice Baby button, your name on our Founders Wall at Urban Creamery & 1 exclusive invite to our celebration party at Urban Hall
$80
level 6
Receive: 6 free scoops at 1 of our shops, your name on our Founders wall at Urban Creamery & 1 exclusive invite to our celebration party at Urban Hall
$100
level 7
Receive: 3 free pints from 1 of our shops, your name on our Founders wall at Urban Creamery & 1 exclusive invite to our celebration party at Urban Hall
$250
level 8
Receive: Lunch for 2 at Urban Bistro (includes ice cream!), your name on our Founders Wall at Urban Creamery and 1 exclusive invite to our party at Urban Hall
$500
level 9
Receive: Lunch for 4 at Urban Bistro (includes ice cream!), your name on our Founders Wall at Urban Creamery and 2 exclusive invites to our party at Urban Hall
$1,000
level 10
Receive: our ice cream cart with 2 flavours at your event*, your name on our Founders Wall at Urban Creamery and 2 exclusive invites to our party at Urban Hall
$1,500
level 11
1hr. ice cream photo shoot w/Emily Anne photography for up to 6 people*, your name on our Founders Wall @ Urban Creamery & 2 invites to our party @ Urban Hall
$2,000
level 12
Learn to make ice cream (+more*) with 3 of your friends ! And your name on our Founders Wall at Urban Creamery & 2 exclusive invites to our party at Urban Hall
$3,000
level 13
Ice Cream Truck at your event with 6 flavours & a sundae bar*, your name on our Founders Wall @ Urban Creamery, 4 invites to the Celebration Party at Urban Hall
$5,000
Epic level 14
Ice cream truck & sundae bar*, Ice cream making session+ for 4*, Lunch for 4 at Urban Bistro*, 6 postcards, 4 party invites, your name on our Founders Wall!!
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