West Shore

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Raised by 62 people in 25 months
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West Shore Coffee is an independent woman-owned small business bringing a bright gathering place to our beloved neighborhood offering quality espresso drinks, other beverages, snacks, lunch and friendly vibes.

Located beside University of the Sciences campus, we will cater to the needs of that community, but also aim to foster connection and engagement with our neighbors.

We will create a hub of activity that thrives and connects. With community engagement built into the business model, West Shore will act as a center that serves the local clientele and gives back to the surrounding neighborhoods.
Additionally, we are committed to making monthly donations to local organizations that work toward social, racial and economic justice. We strive to be a sustainable business that fights for and encourages environmental, animal + human rights. 

The awesome folks at University City District
are guiding us through the process of fundraising the starting costs through grants, loans and other small business programs.

So far (with your support) we have secured a corner storefront location in Philadelphia's smallest neighborhood, West Shore. It's on Woodland Avenue, within easy walking distance of busy Baltimore Ave, Clark Park and the local Universities.




The funds raised through this campaign will be used to purchase equipment and furnishings, start-up costs, build a website, marketing/ PR + branding, paying the babysitters etc. 

Thank you for your generosity!
We look forward to serving you!
From the bottom of our hearts, 
xo
West Shore Coffee

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oh, and by crappy snags I mean-
They “evicted” me illegally for no reason via email, locked me out without notice with some of my belongings inside and sued me wrongfully for owing rent I do not owe. They sent the court papers to the address of the store (I was locked out of) instead of my house because they wanted me to not know about the court date, not show up and lose by default.
The storefront was supposed to be renovated first, then I would start paying rent. I put a $3,000 deposit down last May when I signed. No renovations have been made to the property.

But they did receive a $15,000 grant from the city to fix it up (using my lease because that program only applies to commercial property owners that have tenants.)

Now, surprise! They are opening a cafe in the storefront and they are in possession of all the plans I’ve spent 2 years, so much energy, intention and love tirelessly working on.

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Dear Supporters:
Thank you for your continued belief in me and West Shore Coffee. Your support is the fuel it took to get as far as we did. I am grateful to feel the abundance of strength in my corner.
Unfortunately, West Shore Coffee ran into some crappy snags with the landlord and can no longer occupy the storefront at 4600 Woodland Ave. I got the deposit back and withdrew my contract with them.
Next steps are yet to be decided. Better believe I am still scheming and dreaming, though. I hope to put your money to good use for future business endeavors soon.
Since most of the funds were recently returned to me, refunds are an option- if you would like. Please contact me personally about a refund and I will gladly oblige.
XOXO
Sochi
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What's your favorite way to brew coffee?
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Hello! Back at it now at West Shore. Still hustling to raise funds to build this dream. I am working on some applications for additional loans and trying to not get discouraged by the fact that I was not awarded the grant. I am not giving up. West Shore is supposed to be. So it shall... Onward! Your continued support is all I need for morale and oomph! I love you.
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Keri Schregel Golas
23 months ago

I hope that your vision and beauty spreads far and wide, and that West Shore gets known for being filled with people like you. Love hearing your story!

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$4,360 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 62 people in 25 months
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JH
$22
Julia Harton
19 months ago
EG
$50
Erica Gaudios
20 months ago
LG
$18
Louis Greenstein
20 months ago

Happy to help support a West Philly business!

$20
Hugh Wattles
20 months ago

I can't wait for that first cup of coffee, Sochi!

PM
$50
Pauline & Dave Mariano
22 months ago
KV
$30
Karena Valentine
22 months ago
$30
Hugh Wattles
22 months ago

Its gonna be great! :)

CS
$40
Carol Parker Stein
22 months ago

What a beautiful effort!

HM
$10
Harmony Meussner
24 months ago

Go after your dreams, lady!

BM
$50
Beata Maslanka
24 months ago

All the best!

Keri Schregel Golas
23 months ago

I hope that your vision and beauty spreads far and wide, and that West Shore gets known for being filled with people like you. Love hearing your story!

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