The Last Word Coffee Shop Rebuild

$1,410 of $10k goal

Raised by 35 people in 13 months
Marshall Hicks  CHARLOTTE, NC
The Last Word is a used books and media store located in Charlotte, North Carolina.  We are a community-focused business in multiple ways, primarily in that all of our inventory comes from our customers.  We host a wide variety of community events, such as painting classes, kids art classes, open mic nights, art shows, and book signings.  We sell locally made items on consignment and we are always looking for more ways to be a part of the city's culture.  

In November 2015, we closed our location in order to move into a historic building space. We wanted to own our building, and this 50 year old hardware store was perfect.   We're confident that our customers support would see us through the move, and that we will be just as successful now as we were in the old location.

Back in the old spot, we had a small coffee bar inside the store.  This coffee bar was small, but successful.  We grew to be passionate about coffee and yearned for a bigger space for coffee, and our baristas were excited for the opportunity to learn more about the coffee community.  With this new location, we have set aside an area of the store to dedicate to the coffee shop, and we are hoping to build it soon.  Being an old building, the space needed more repairs on it before we could re-open, so opening the coffee shop has been put on hold until we can get back on our feet.

 We decided to create this GoFundMe campaign as an inquiry into the community; we want to provide the same set of services to our customers as we did at our old location, but in order to do that, we need your help.  We have the best customers: kind, hard-working people who have a love of books, music, movies, and video games. Our customers are students, teachers, bankers, doctors, stay-at-home moms, architects, servers/bartenders, industrial workers, and beyond, and the one uniting factor is the love of media and the written word.  We provide a vital service to all members of the community by providing a place to unload gently used items and pick up good-as-new media and books, as well as a space to engage with the community.  A coffee shop is the natural next step in this process.

We are looking to purchase a few items in order to make this coffee shop successful,  such as a display case for baked goods, a rinser, sinks, a refrigerator, a bar, tables and chairs, comfy couches. There are other unseen costs, related to plumbing and installation that will come up as well.  The total that we are hoping to raise has been meticulously researched so that we can find the absolute best products to create a perfect cup of coffee for you, the customer. 

If you love The Last Word, coffee, books, movies, music, or video games, consider donating to us.  It would mean the world to us. 

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Update 2
Posted by Marshall Hicks
12 months ago
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We hit $1,000 in donations this past weekend! Thank you so much for the contributions made thus far. Every little bit really does help get us closer to our goal.
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13 months ago
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Wow! $305 in less than 24 hours. Special thanks to all the day one donations and the support we've received since launching the GoFundMe. Don't forget to share the fundraiser on the various social media platforms.
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$1,410 of $10k goal

Raised by 35 people in 13 months
Created February 23, 2016
$25
Anonymous
12 months ago
BC
$20
Branyn Calegar
12 months ago
$100
Al Stoner
12 months ago

With much love to my Last Word family!❤️

TP
$25
Tamara Plota
12 months ago
$50
Anonymous
12 months ago
$50
Steven Putnam
12 months ago

Can't wait to see coffee at The Last Word again.

MH
$50
Matthew Hill
12 months ago
$50
Anonymous
12 months ago
BS
$50
Brittany Starcher
12 months ago

I love The Last Word so much! I can't wait for the new coffee shop to get built!

KS
$50
Kenneth Starcher
12 months ago
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