En Soleil- A Commuter's Retreat

Help us secure a lease for our first pop-up location in NYC. This first of its kind space will change the way people think about commuting!

Stephanie
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Project Ends on December 31, 2019

Project Description

WHAT IS EN SOLEIL?

En Soleil is a comfortable, modern lounge space we are building for on the go professionals in New York City. Guests can relax, refresh, and securely store their bags after work, before heading out to their evening event, without the need to commute home in between.

Think, first class airport lounge meets luxury day spa in the middle of Manhattan! We will also provide vanity and changing facilities where guests can get ready to go from day to night. This type of space is currently nonexistent, but absolutely needed for anyone who commutes in to Manhattan. Are you ready to live En Soleil?

 

OUR MISSION

The mission of En Soleil is to help people extend their day by providing a service that gives them time during the daylight hours to do more of what they want to do, and less time commuting.  We exist to help busy professionals maximize their days with less stress and more comfort by providing a commuter retreat or a "home away from home."

 

In a market research survey of NYC commuters

 

THE PROBLEMS WE ARE SOLVING

1.)  Long commutes between home and work are tiring and TIME CONSUMING.

 

2.) Finding a comfortable, clean space in the city to change clothes, freshen up, or simply relax in between events (going on a date after work, or going to a show after shopping) is INCONVENIENT.

 

3) Carrying multiple bags from place to place is CUMBERSOME, not to mention bad for the back and shoulders.

 

WHAT WE PROVIDE

Secure bag storage and On-the-go Essentials
A break from the daily "grind"

 

Spacious, comfortable changing rooms

 

Vanity facilities to refresh

 

 

 

THE SPACE

We are launching in June 2020 with a 3 month pop-up in midtown Manhattan centrally located to the 42nd St.- Times Square metro station, Grand Central, and Penn Station.

Throughout the summer, we will be hosting select special events that align with our mission of reducing stress and giving guests a retreat from the daily grind of NYC. Donate today to gain exclusive access!

 

OUR MARKET

On an average day in New York City, over 1.5 million commuters pour into Manhattan from other boroughs, doubling the island's population from about 1.6 million to 3.1 million.  Commuters arriving from New Jersey, Long Island, and Upstate NY increase those numbers considerably.

 

WHY CROWDFUNDING?

Crowdfunding is an effective way to prove the demand for a product or service and get the much needed capital to get a business off the ground.

Through our rewards, we are pre-selling a limited number of discounted memberships to our space. By backing this project, you are not only contributing to the growth of a woman-owned business, but also gaining advance access to En Soleil at a great price point!

We will use the funds raised to secure a commercial lease on our first Manhattan location, with the goal of expanding to multiple locations throughout New York, and other cities across the US.

MEET OUR FOUNDER

I envisioned the concept of En Soleil shortly after moving to New York in 2008 and seeing the toll that commuting took on myself and on others as well. As a field sales rep, by the end of a work day I usually need to go home to drop my bags, freshen up, and change  clothes before heading out to my evening event. I want to help other people who work in New York extend their day with less stress, and give them back some time to do the things they enjoy!

I decided to turn this idea into a reality about 5 years ago after undergoing open heart surgery. Faced with the reality of how fragile life is made me approach every day with gratitude and re-ignited my motivation to shape my own destiny.

I am qualified to run this business because I have experience in developing and executing business strategies through targeted sales and marketing for over 12 years in the healthcare industry. I also have an MBA from Florida A&M University where I have cultivated an extensive network of professionals in many fields.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for your support, it truly means the world to me.

 

Sincerely,

Stephanie Alexander

 

Updates

The Project FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Will you provide hourly storage or overnight?
    • We plan to offer both
  • Will you have a place for people to take a quick nap?
    • Not for our flagship space, however if demand for nap space grows we will consider it for future locations!

 

11/08/2019
Monetary Contribution
$40
11/07/2019
1 Month Membership + VIP ticket + more!
$500
11/07/2019
3 Day Pass + our OTGE pouch
$100
Kimberly
11/06/2019
1 Month Membership + VIP ticket + more!
$500
A. Nicole Warren
11/06/2019
Monetary Contribution
$100
Ashley Givens
10/31/2019
3 Day Pass + our OTGE pouch
$100
Omari Murphy
10/30/2019
3 Day Pass + our OTGE pouch
$100
10/30/2019
3 Day Pass + our OTGE pouch
$100
10/29/2019
3 Day Pass + our OTGE pouch
$109
Bettina Benson
10/28/2019
3 Day Pass + our OTGE pouch
$100
Monetary Contribution

"Just Because I Care" No amount is too small (or too large!).

  • All contributors will receive a personalized letter of thanks from our founder.
2 Supporters
Contribute
$25
En Soleil Supporter

Contributors at this level will receive:

  • A personal thank you note from our founder
  • En Soleil's stress-relieving playlist for a chilled out commute
  • Our eternal gratitude!
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$75
1 Day Pass to En Soleil

Contributors at this level will receive:

  • A 1 Day Pass to En Soleil (transferable if you don't live in New York) OR En Soleil on the go essentials pouch
  • En Soleil's stress relieving playlist
  • A personalized thank you note from our founder
  • Our eternal gratitude!
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0 Supporters
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$100
3 Day Pass + our OTGE pouch

Contributors at this level will receive:

  • A 3 Day Pass to En Soleil (transferable)
  • An En Soleil "On the Go Essentials" travel pouch filled with some of our favorite brands
  • En Soleil's stress relieving playlist
  • A personalized thank you note from our founder
  • Our eternal gratitude!
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7 Supporters
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$250
1 Week Pass + more...

Contributors at this level will receive:

  • A 1 Week Pass to En Soleil
  • An En Soleil "On the Go Essentials" travel pouch filled with some of our favorite brands
  • An En Soleil T-shirt
  • En Soleil's stress relieving playlist
  • A personalized thank you note from our founder
  • Our eternal gratitude!
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0 Supporters
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$500
1 Month Membership + VIP ticket + more!

Contributors at this level will receive:

  • A 1 Month Membership to En Soleil (transferable)
  • VIP ticket to our NYC launch party
  • An En Soleil "On the Go Essentials" travel pouch with some of our favorite brands
  • An En Soleil Tshirt
  • En Soleil's stress relieving playlist
  • A personalized thank you note from our founder
  • Our eternal gratitude!
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2 Supporters
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$1,000
En Soleil MVP

You're the real MVP!!!

Contributors at this level will receive:

  • A 3 Month Membership to En Soleil ($1500 Value) (transferable)
  • 2 VIP tickets to our NYC launch party
  • Access to special events throughout the summer
  • An En Soleil "On the Go Essentials" travel pouch filled with some of our favorite brands
  • An En Soleil T shirt
  • En Soleil's stress relieving playlist
  • A personalized thank you note from our founder
  • Our eternal gratitude!
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0 Supporters
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$5,000
En Soleil Angel

You're an angel!

Contributors at this level will receive:

  • A 1 Year Membership to En Soleil+ entry to special events in the space
  • 2 VIP tickets to our NYC launch party
  • Access to special events throughout the summer
  • 2 En Soleil "On the Go Essentials" travel pouches filled with some of our favorite brands (One for you and a friend!)
  • 2 En Soleil T-shirts (One for you and a friend!)
  • En Soleil's stress relieving playlist
  • A personalized thank you note from our founder
  • Our eternal gratitude!
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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

"Just Because I Care" No amount is too small (or too large!).

  • All contributors will receive a personalized letter of thanks from our founder.
2 Supporters
Contribute
$25
En Soleil Supporter

Contributors at this level will receive:

  • A personal thank you note from our founder
  • En Soleil's stress-relieving playlist for a chilled out commute
  • Our eternal gratitude!
100 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$75
1 Day Pass to En Soleil

Contributors at this level will receive:

  • A 1 Day Pass to En Soleil (transferable if you don't live in New York) OR En Soleil on the go essentials pouch
  • En Soleil's stress relieving playlist
  • A personalized thank you note from our founder
  • Our eternal gratitude!
50 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$100
3 Day Pass + our OTGE pouch

Contributors at this level will receive:

  • A 3 Day Pass to En Soleil (transferable)
  • An En Soleil "On the Go Essentials" travel pouch filled with some of our favorite brands
  • En Soleil's stress relieving playlist
  • A personalized thank you note from our founder
  • Our eternal gratitude!
13 Left
7 Supporters
Select this reward
$250
1 Week Pass + more...

Contributors at this level will receive:

  • A 1 Week Pass to En Soleil
  • An En Soleil "On the Go Essentials" travel pouch filled with some of our favorite brands
  • An En Soleil T-shirt
  • En Soleil's stress relieving playlist
  • A personalized thank you note from our founder
  • Our eternal gratitude!
20 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$500
1 Month Membership + VIP ticket + more!

Contributors at this level will receive:

  • A 1 Month Membership to En Soleil (transferable)
  • VIP ticket to our NYC launch party
  • An En Soleil "On the Go Essentials" travel pouch with some of our favorite brands
  • An En Soleil Tshirt
  • En Soleil's stress relieving playlist
  • A personalized thank you note from our founder
  • Our eternal gratitude!
8 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,000
En Soleil MVP

You're the real MVP!!!

Contributors at this level will receive:

  • A 3 Month Membership to En Soleil ($1500 Value) (transferable)
  • 2 VIP tickets to our NYC launch party
  • Access to special events throughout the summer
  • An En Soleil "On the Go Essentials" travel pouch filled with some of our favorite brands
  • An En Soleil T shirt
  • En Soleil's stress relieving playlist
  • A personalized thank you note from our founder
  • Our eternal gratitude!
10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$5,000
En Soleil Angel

You're an angel!

Contributors at this level will receive:

  • A 1 Year Membership to En Soleil+ entry to special events in the space
  • 2 VIP tickets to our NYC launch party
  • Access to special events throughout the summer
  • 2 En Soleil "On the Go Essentials" travel pouches filled with some of our favorite brands (One for you and a friend!)
  • 2 En Soleil T-shirts (One for you and a friend!)
  • En Soleil's stress relieving playlist
  • A personalized thank you note from our founder
  • Our eternal gratitude!
5 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward