CAIT SHEA + Sprouted Coffee Bar

Join us in creating a one-of-a-kind design studio, boutique, & lounge in the town that elephants built.

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Project Description

CAIT SHEA + Sprouted Coffee Bar

 

Our (New) Store:

Who, or what, is CAIT SHEA + Sprouted? We are a mix of many things: design studio, boutique, coffee bar, lounge—in short, a multifunctional lifestyle store. We aim to transform traditional retail shopping into a community-oriented experience, a place where people can gather and connect: to feel a sense of ease and belonging. Visitors can view our on-site clothing studio, and purchase pieces from the CAIT SHEA collection in our boutique. The retail store also offers a unique opportunity to support local makers via a carefully-curated selection of environmentally-conscious handmade goods that are, in a similar fashion, trailblazing new, sustainable ideas within their respective industries. Our in-house coffee bar provides a communal workspace where people can sip on our gourmet drink selection and relax in our lounge. We use this space to host events that encourage community development and educational access, from teen open-mic nights to knitting workshops, book signings and how-to talks and seminars. 

Our new storefront location will be settled in the quaint New England village of Ivoryton, CT. Known as 'the town that elephants built', it was established as a piano factory town and hub in the Ivory trade. The building itself was constructed by Ivoryton founder Samuel Comstock in 1873 and was originally the Rose Brother's General Store, which provided factory workers and townspeople with life's daily essentials and housed the local banquet hall. As of now, it sits vacant. We want to breathe new life into this historic building by returning it to its community roots—all while promoting contemporary values of inclusivity and eco-consciousness. Our owner, Cait Shea Clark grew up in Ivoryton, and is excited to bring her ideas and art back home. 

 

Our Team:

CAIT SHEA + Sprouted is a 100% female-owned-and-operated initiative. The brainchild of Cait Shea Clark, whose dream of a slow fashion boutique sprouted into a unique social space. With the help of her talented team of innovative young women this idea has come to life. We are proud to provide versatile individuals with employment and opportunities that allow them to apply their creativity and cultivate their own skills. 

 

Company Mission:

CAIT SHEA

CAIT SHEA is a sustainable slow-fashion line founded by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) alumna, Cait Shea Clark. Our mission is to challenge fashion industry norms of mass-production and ever-changing styles. We aim to return to the days of cottage industry manufacturing and small capsule collections; intentional, well-designed pieces meant to last a lifetime. All of our designs are expertly and lovingly handmade in our Ivoryton, CT, studio using natural fibers and dead-stock fabric, sourced with a local focus and as much transparency as possible. Each item is designed, cut, sewn, and finished by Cait Shea and her studio assistant with the highest quality standards in mind. Inspired by nature and classic tailoring, our designs are meant to be comfortable for all of life’s adventures.

 

Sprouted Coffee Bar

Just a quick word about our coffee (because it really is that good!). In keeping with our sustainable practices, all of our coffee is organic & fair trade by Black Hall Roasters, located just down the river on the shores of New London, CT. In addition to traditional espresso drinks, we also specialize in Ayurvedic, or "naturally healing" drinks, including our turmeric/ginger-based Golden Latte and activated charcoal/cacao Black Latte.  In addition, we carry local, Ayurvedic herbal teas and tinctures from Whole Harmony, as well as the thoughtfully-curated teas from Harney & Sons. While we encourage our patrons to bring their own cup to our coffee bar, we only use compostable, corn-based to-go containers to further reduce our impact. Our hopes are to eventually install our own compost system at our new location. 

Where's the money going?

Plain and simple, we need funds to build the coffee bar and fitting rooms.

While starting a small business always has unforeseen hurdles, we're happy to report that the majority of ours is behind us. We have had the last year to test out our vision at a pop-up in Chester, and are now ready for a permanent home in Ivoryton. 

During this past year we've surpassed all the challenges the Universe could throw at us, including a catastrophic flood which destroyed the CAIT SHEA boutique (we're happy to report that our new home is NOT in a flood zone!).  In order to continue to survive, and thrive, we need support from people like you who are interested in connecting with a brand and a space they believe in. The most powerful tool is that of word of mouth, and we need yours to help spread the word about CAIT SHEA + Sprouted Coffee Bar. Help us by sharing #GoodCoffeeGoodVibes

 

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  • If we have not answered your question in our pitch, please send us a message at: Hello@caitshea.com

 

 

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

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$5
Have Five

Unlimited high-fives every time you come into the shop! Thanks for supporting CAIT SHEA + Sprouted Coffee Bar and for helping to create a community space in the heart of Ivoryton.

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  • Unlimited High Fives
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$15
Have a heart!

Have a heart!

Show off your support with one of our heart-shaped logo decals. We'll send you a couple along with a hand-written "Thank You!" note.

*Also includes free high-fives <3

INCLUDES

  • Logo Decals
  • Unlimited High Fives
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$30
Sprouted Swag

Show your love of "Good Coffee. Good Vibes." with our Sprouted logo T -shirt.

*All shirts are made in the USA from 100% cotton and are screen printed locally in CT.

INCLUDES

  • Sprouted T-shirt
  • Logo Decals
  • Unlimited High Fives

 

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$50
Totes Magotes

Show your support while doing good for the planet with our recycled cotton canvas tote bag!

* Hand screen-printed locally in CT

INCLUDES

  • CAIT SHEA Tote
  • Logo Decals
  • Unlimited High Fives
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$75
Mug Club

Enjoy your favorite caffeinated beverage in your own Sprouted ceramic mug! *Mugs are handmade by a local CT ceramicist.

INCLUDES

  • Logo Decals
  • Handmade Ceramic Mug
  • Unlimited High Fives
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$100
Sprouted Swag Supreme

Show your love of "Good Coffee. Good Vibes." with our Sprouted logo t-shirt AND cozy sweatshirt. *All apparel is made in the USA from 100% cotton and is screen printed locally in CT.

INCLUDES

  • Sprouted T-shirt
  • Sprouted Sweatshirt
  • Logo Decals
  • Unlimited High Fives
0 Supporters
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$200
Love you a Latte

For the ultimate Sprouted Groupie! Share your love of "Good Coffee. Good Vibes." in our Sprouted logo t-shirt, while carrying around our logo tote bag, AND sipping your favorite caffeinated beverage in our handmade ceramic mug (SAY WHAT)!!

INCLUDES

  • Sprouted T-shirt
  • CAIT SHEA Tote
  • Handmade Ceramic Mug
  • Logo Decals
  • Unlimited High Fives
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$500
Barista Experiencea

Love coffee? Come learn the art of espresso with our master Barista, Maya. This is a hands-on experience where you learn (and taste!) the different types of espresso drinks, from lattes to macchiatos to the perfect shot of espresso. You'll also get to take home your own handmade espresso cup (made by Maya)!

INCLUDES

  • Handmade Espresso Cup
  • Sprouted T-shirt
  • Barista Experience
  • Unlimited High Fives

 

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$1,000
Designer for a Day

Spend a day in studio with Cait. Learn how she crafts each collection from sketch to pattern to finished garment. You also get to take home a piece from the CAIT SHEA Signature Collection!

INCLUDES

  • CAIT SHEA Tote
  • CAIT SHEA Signature Design
  • Unlimited High Fives
2 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,500
FREE COFFEE FOR LIFE!!

You read that right, FREE COFFEE FOR LIFE!! Plus all the Sprouted swag!

Though no high fives (that's greedy!)

*But, we will give you a down low ;)

INCLUDES

  • Sprouted T-shirt
  • Handmade Ceramic Mug
  • Sprouted Sweatshirt
  • CAIT SHEA Tote
  • Handmade Espresso Cup
  • Logo Decals
  • oh yeah, and FREE COFFEE FOR LIFE!!
0 Supporters
Select this reward

Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

0 Supporters
Contribute
$5
Have Five

Unlimited high-fives every time you come into the shop! Thanks for supporting CAIT SHEA + Sprouted Coffee Bar and for helping to create a community space in the heart of Ivoryton.

INCLUDES

  • Unlimited High Fives
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$15
Have a heart!

Have a heart!

Show off your support with one of our heart-shaped logo decals. We'll send you a couple along with a hand-written "Thank You!" note.

*Also includes free high-fives <3

INCLUDES

  • Logo Decals
  • Unlimited High Fives
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$30
Sprouted Swag

Show your love of "Good Coffee. Good Vibes." with our Sprouted logo T -shirt.

*All shirts are made in the USA from 100% cotton and are screen printed locally in CT.

INCLUDES

  • Sprouted T-shirt
  • Logo Decals
  • Unlimited High Fives

 

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$50
Totes Magotes

Show your support while doing good for the planet with our recycled cotton canvas tote bag!

* Hand screen-printed locally in CT

INCLUDES

  • CAIT SHEA Tote
  • Logo Decals
  • Unlimited High Fives
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$75
Mug Club

Enjoy your favorite caffeinated beverage in your own Sprouted ceramic mug! *Mugs are handmade by a local CT ceramicist.

INCLUDES

  • Logo Decals
  • Handmade Ceramic Mug
  • Unlimited High Fives
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$100
Sprouted Swag Supreme

Show your love of "Good Coffee. Good Vibes." with our Sprouted logo t-shirt AND cozy sweatshirt. *All apparel is made in the USA from 100% cotton and is screen printed locally in CT.

INCLUDES

  • Sprouted T-shirt
  • Sprouted Sweatshirt
  • Logo Decals
  • Unlimited High Fives
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$200
Love you a Latte

For the ultimate Sprouted Groupie! Share your love of "Good Coffee. Good Vibes." in our Sprouted logo t-shirt, while carrying around our logo tote bag, AND sipping your favorite caffeinated beverage in our handmade ceramic mug (SAY WHAT)!!

INCLUDES

  • Sprouted T-shirt
  • CAIT SHEA Tote
  • Handmade Ceramic Mug
  • Logo Decals
  • Unlimited High Fives
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$500
Barista Experiencea

Love coffee? Come learn the art of espresso with our master Barista, Maya. This is a hands-on experience where you learn (and taste!) the different types of espresso drinks, from lattes to macchiatos to the perfect shot of espresso. You'll also get to take home your own handmade espresso cup (made by Maya)!

INCLUDES

  • Handmade Espresso Cup
  • Sprouted T-shirt
  • Barista Experience
  • Unlimited High Fives

 

3 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,000
Designer for a Day

Spend a day in studio with Cait. Learn how she crafts each collection from sketch to pattern to finished garment. You also get to take home a piece from the CAIT SHEA Signature Collection!

INCLUDES

  • CAIT SHEA Tote
  • CAIT SHEA Signature Design
  • Unlimited High Fives
2 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,500
FREE COFFEE FOR LIFE!!

You read that right, FREE COFFEE FOR LIFE!! Plus all the Sprouted swag!

Though no high fives (that's greedy!)

*But, we will give you a down low ;)

INCLUDES

  • Sprouted T-shirt
  • Handmade Ceramic Mug
  • Sprouted Sweatshirt
  • CAIT SHEA Tote
  • Handmade Espresso Cup
  • Logo Decals
  • oh yeah, and FREE COFFEE FOR LIFE!!
0 Supporters
Select this reward