Secret Garden Smoothie Bar

An eco-friendly smoothie bar, plant & lifestyle store & event space that will offer healthy & delicious smoothies, coffee, tea & snacks.

Sera
Health + Science
$295
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Project Ends on October 1, 2018

Project Description

Help us get our smoothie bar off the ground!

We are offering great rewards including pre-paid smoothie punch cards.

Secret Garden Smoothie Bar is a dream coming true for two best friends, Sera Dixon Llewellyn Gannon, who are OBSESSED with whole-body-health, and, of course, SMOOTHIES! These two women are both health-conscious mothers with a genuine passion for sharing their experience and gathered knowledge of healthwellness and nutrition

Kale Shake with Granola, Blueberries & Toasted Coconut

Kale Shake with Granola, Blueberries & Toasted Coconut

*Combined, the two owners have business and management experience  in the food, restaurant, catering, retail, arts and crafts, fitness and beauty industries, including customer service, photography, website design, floral and botanic design, event planning and management, holistic personal training and horticulture.

Sea Greens & Protein Flower Shake

Our Vision

neighborhood smoothie bar... a sanctuary of health and inspiration where a commuter, artisan or neighborhood local can enjoy a nutritious smoothie, breakfast bowl, or healthy snack in a modern space and urban garden.

"We believe that food is medicine, and will be serving only the highest quality organic ingredients, sourcing as much locally as possible."

*Our smoothies will be nutritionally dense, have plenty of add-in options suitable for specific diets such as veganKeto and Paleo, and most importantly, will taste incredible! Most are designed to be a complete meal, full of proteinhealthy fatsvital nutrients and nutritional supplements.

Green Smoothie Bowl with Banana, Kiwi, Calendula, Bee Pollen & Granola

Green Smoothie Bowl with Banana, Kiwi, Calendula, Bee Pollen & Granola

To play up our garden theme all smoothies will be topped with something crunchy, like granolanuts or cacao nibs,as well as edible flowers, all included in the price!

*On our list of favorite ingredients and supplements are kaleorganic  local berriesadaptogensCBD oilmedicinal mushroomsmatchablue-green algaemicro-greens powderprotein-powdercollagenalmond butteravocado and coconut milk

Pineapple & Mango Lassi with Bee Pollen

Pineapple & Mango Lassi with Bee Pollen

"Secret Garden Smoothie Bar will be designed to inspire!" 

*Our entire space will be bright and modern, bohemian, cozy, full of lush plants, beautiful details, local artwork, and eco-friendly products.

The backyard will be beautifully landscaped and complete with seating, fire pit and string lights

We will be renting out the entire space for private events, contributing to the revenues of Secret Garden while engaging with the community.

Acai Bowl with granola, cacao nibs, dark chocolate, bee pollen and flowers.

Events will play a key part in the community building aspect we are going for at Secret Garden Smoothie Bar. We are planning a variety of events both during business hours and after, and both private and public.

*A couple examples of events we plan to throw would be a sunrise hour-long workout led by co-owner Sera who owns Ocean Soul Fitness, a poetry reading and open-mic night led by co-owner Llewellyn, also an amazing poet and photographer, flower crown making workshopswellness pop-upsastrology meet-ups and a Sunday smoothie party with live music andbackyard yoga.

Carrot, Mango and Coconut Smoothie with Goji Berries

Carrot, Mango and Coconut Smoothie with Goji Berries

Where We Are Now

As of late July 2018, we are in the final stages of planning. We have the PERFECT space leased, with our exact location being central to all of Portland and zoned for high-density residential and commercial buildings, with current construction (including a large hostel!) underway on both cross streets. 

Secret Garden Smoothie Bar is placed between a major parkway and intersecting commuter bike-paths allowing for easy-access and high visibility.

Our new space is getting close to finished!
Our new space is getting close to finished!

We worked very hard on our business plan, and with it ALONE, raised enough start-up funds from family (Thanks guys!) and our supportive community to cover our overhead costs for a year as well as our manufacturing costs for 6 months. There will be a little leftover money from our initial fundraising campaign to contribute towards the buildout of the space, such as building the smoothie bar counter and shelving, and the extra bathroom required for permitting.

The back yard will be beautiful!
The back yard will be beautiful!

Llewellyn's husband (Llewellyn's a co-owner), Mike Munzing (of Munzing Structural Engineering) bought the building in which we are housed and is currently finishing up renovation of the entire building and property, to be completed by August 1st 2018. His office will be the entire second floor, and Secret Garden will be on the first floor. We mention this because we want you to understand how AMAZING this place is going to look once it is completed, both inside and out. Also, because Mike is helping us with our architectural plans and permitting, for our building phase, which is happening soon, among other things. 

Mike designed our space to have high-ceilingsbeautiful lightingpolished cement floors and lots of light. We will be decorating and building the bar with a modern-industrial meets bohemian design, lots of reclaimed woodwhite tilebold wallpaper and bright accents along with TONS of plants, thanks to Sera (co-owner who runs a floral and botanic design company called Hyacinth Orange.

Floorplan of ground floor!
Floorplan of ground floor!

Why We Need Your Help

While we are flush with a business planpassion and knowledge, we are low on start-up funds. This is where YOU come in... We are seeking funds to purchase our:

  • Equipment (Triple-Sink, Handwashing Sink, Mop Sink, Containers etc.)
  • Appliances (Blenders, Dishwasher, Refrigeration, Ice machine etc.)

Everything adds up so quickly! We won't be able to get this project off the ground quick enough without your generous support, so thank you in advance! We put together some wonderful rewards to entice y'all to help these two best friends make their dream a reality.

Cauliflower & Cacao Smoothie Bowl

Cauliflower & Cacao Smoothie Bowl

Risks and challenges

Our main challenge is coming up with the necessary start-up capitol required for the build-out and purchasing of appliances and materials. 

We are using a multi-pronged approach to secure start-up capitol. Sera has applied to several Portland small-business grants and already got word that she is approved for a $5000 grant! Additionally, we are both contributing personal savings and are preparing now to apply for small-business loans depending on the outcome of this Kickstarter campaign. 

We are putting our hearts, soul and life savings into this project and will be moving forward no matter what. 

The equipment is all priced and picked out according to the budget we came up with in our business plan. We have begun the permitting process. We have a list of all of the necessary licenses we need as soon as our permit is approved. An amazing team of supportive friends and community is on hand to guide us in permitting, design, bar layout, bar design and buildout, lighting design, landscaping and marketing.

The main risk is not getting people in our shop buying smoothies! Which is why we are hiring an advertising professional to outsource our advertising such as emails and local mailings of coupons. We are also planning on working with a marketing and business coach who will be assisting us in developing our marketing strategies while encouraging us to refine our brand mission and outreach strategy.

Luckily, we picked a perfect location that is underway with heavy development of high-density buildings so we are confident that with proper outreach to our target market and community building via our events, we will have plenty of customers. Plus we believe our outstanding, healthy offerings will speak for themselves!

Updates

The Project FAQs

 

 

09/19/2018
6 Smoothie Punchcard
$35
David Alport
08/16/2018
Stainless Steel Logo Pint + Smoothie
$25
Prunelle
08/16/2018
20 Smoothie Punch Card
$100
Alison micha pecquet
08/03/2018
Smoothie Vouchers for Homeless
$100
07/20/2018
6 Smoothie Punchcard
$35
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

0 Supporters
Contribute
$5
Secret Garden Stickers

Do you love stickers?

Thanks for your support!! You get a pack of 3 different Secret Garden stickers to stick all around. We love ours on our water bottle!

0 Supporters
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$25
Stainless Steel Logo Pint + Smoothie

+ 1 Secret Garden stainless steel pint glass complete with reusable lid and straw, with our cute black heart logo on it! Reduces waste while keeping your drink chilly!! Lightweight & PERFECT for the river or any outdoor adventures!!

+ 1 Smoothie included when you bring in your tumbler to Secret Garden Smoothie Bar for the 1st time (If you don't live here we will make a free smoothie voucher to donate to the homeless from you)

+ 1 pack of Secret Garden Stickers

1 Supporter
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$30
Smoothie Vouchers for Homeless

Want to DO GOOD while supporting us? Purchase this package and receive 4 "Free Smoothie" vouchers to donate to the homeless or those in need of some quality nutrition. 

If you don't live in Portland, we are more than happy to pass them out for you! Thank you for your support! #dogood

 

1 Supporter
Select this reward
$35
Stainless Insulated Logo Tumbler + Smoothie

+ 1 insulated and vacuum-sealed 16oz stainless-steel tumbler with our really cute black heart logo on the side. Includes heavy-duty, clear, BPA FREE plastic lid and straw. Keeps drinks cold for 24 hours while reducing waste. (Plus if you bring it into the store for a smoothie you get a DISCOUNT!) Perfect for camping or taking your smoothie on-the-go to work or the gym!!

+ 1 Smoothie included when you bring in your tumbler to Secret Garden Smoothie Bar for the 1st time (If you don't live here we will make a free smoothie voucher to donate to the homeless from you)

+ 1 pack of Secret Garden Stickers

0 Supporters
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$85
Secret Garden Fan Pack: T-Shirt + Logo glass + Smoothie + Stickers

Each pack includes:

+ 1 Secret Garden t-shirt or tank top of choice

*Pick from "Kale Shake", our "Logo", or "bevies" Tee-Shirts or tanks in both mens and womens sizing. (See below for description)

+ 1 Secret Garden Stainless Steel Logo Pint with Straw & Lid

+ 1 Smoothie included when you bring in your tumbler to Secret Garden Smoothie Bar for the 1st time (If you don't live here we will make a free smoothie voucher to donate to the homeless from you)

+ 1 pack of Secret Garden Stickers

*T-Shirts: Black Fabric with White Printing.

*The "Kale Shake" tee says "My Kale Shake brings all the boys to the yard" on the front. The "Logo" one is our black heart logo, sweet and simple yet dark and edgy, and the "bevies" design is a list of all our fav beverages on the front (smoothies, tequila, kombucha, water, coconut juice rose, coffee). They're awesome. We will be trying on all the shirts before we print to make sure we pick out the cutest cuts that you will ACTUALLY WEAR!. Do It!

Pics coming soon!

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$100
20 Smoothie Punch Card

+ Pre-pay for 20 smoothies and get a great deal with our punch card! This comes out to $5/smoothie which is cheaper than any on our menu = Win Win

This is open for Portland residents only or anyone who travels here frequently. This punch card will not expire and makes for a great gift.

For gifts - We will mail a card via snail-mail and will have the actual punchcard at the smoothie bar for your first order.

1 Supporter
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$225
PDX Personal Training & Smoothies

PDX Personal Training & Smoothies

+ 1 month of twice a week personal fitness training from Ocean Soul Fitness.

+ meditation, yoga, nutrition advice & your whole month-long workout plan!

*Get a jump start on your health with this total body package. 

Brought to you by one of the owners, Sera Dixon, also owner of Ocean Soul Fitness, a Holistic Personal Training business here in Portland, OR. 

This can be scheduled anytime starting in September of 2018 and beyond (No training during October as she will be in Indonesia getting certified as a Yoga Instructor!)

*Please email if you are interested and we can work out an ideal time for you!

0 Supporters
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$275
5 Hour Event Space Rental

+ Throw a 5 hour private party at our smoothie bar (A $500 value alone!) for up to 30 people after our shop closes (anytime between 4pm - 10pm). The whole place will be YOURS including our beautiful patio out back. 

Water and glassware will be on hand. We will have bar seating and a large table for your party. We also have a sound system for your tunes of choice. You may provide anything else you want, as far as food and beverage go.

A great idea for a birthday party, work party or any sort of gathering.

This can be scheduled anytime in November of 2018 or beyond, and potentially before then. Email us with any general questions or inquiries regarding specific dates. We estimate about 4 round tables would fit in the space should you want to hire catering for a seated dinner. Thank you for your support!

 

0 Supporters
Select this reward

Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

0 Supporters
Contribute
$5
Secret Garden Stickers

Do you love stickers?

Thanks for your support!! You get a pack of 3 different Secret Garden stickers to stick all around. We love ours on our water bottle!

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$25
Stainless Steel Logo Pint + Smoothie

+ 1 Secret Garden stainless steel pint glass complete with reusable lid and straw, with our cute black heart logo on it! Reduces waste while keeping your drink chilly!! Lightweight & PERFECT for the river or any outdoor adventures!!

+ 1 Smoothie included when you bring in your tumbler to Secret Garden Smoothie Bar for the 1st time (If you don't live here we will make a free smoothie voucher to donate to the homeless from you)

+ 1 pack of Secret Garden Stickers

1 Supporter
Select this reward
$30
Smoothie Vouchers for Homeless

Want to DO GOOD while supporting us? Purchase this package and receive 4 "Free Smoothie" vouchers to donate to the homeless or those in need of some quality nutrition. 

If you don't live in Portland, we are more than happy to pass them out for you! Thank you for your support! #dogood

 

1 Supporter
Select this reward
$35
Stainless Insulated Logo Tumbler + Smoothie

+ 1 insulated and vacuum-sealed 16oz stainless-steel tumbler with our really cute black heart logo on the side. Includes heavy-duty, clear, BPA FREE plastic lid and straw. Keeps drinks cold for 24 hours while reducing waste. (Plus if you bring it into the store for a smoothie you get a DISCOUNT!) Perfect for camping or taking your smoothie on-the-go to work or the gym!!

+ 1 Smoothie included when you bring in your tumbler to Secret Garden Smoothie Bar for the 1st time (If you don't live here we will make a free smoothie voucher to donate to the homeless from you)

+ 1 pack of Secret Garden Stickers

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$85
Secret Garden Fan Pack: T-Shirt + Logo glass + Smoothie + Stickers

Each pack includes:

+ 1 Secret Garden t-shirt or tank top of choice

*Pick from "Kale Shake", our "Logo", or "bevies" Tee-Shirts or tanks in both mens and womens sizing. (See below for description)

+ 1 Secret Garden Stainless Steel Logo Pint with Straw & Lid

+ 1 Smoothie included when you bring in your tumbler to Secret Garden Smoothie Bar for the 1st time (If you don't live here we will make a free smoothie voucher to donate to the homeless from you)

+ 1 pack of Secret Garden Stickers

*T-Shirts: Black Fabric with White Printing.

*The "Kale Shake" tee says "My Kale Shake brings all the boys to the yard" on the front. The "Logo" one is our black heart logo, sweet and simple yet dark and edgy, and the "bevies" design is a list of all our fav beverages on the front (smoothies, tequila, kombucha, water, coconut juice rose, coffee). They're awesome. We will be trying on all the shirts before we print to make sure we pick out the cutest cuts that you will ACTUALLY WEAR!. Do It!

Pics coming soon!

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$100
20 Smoothie Punch Card

+ Pre-pay for 20 smoothies and get a great deal with our punch card! This comes out to $5/smoothie which is cheaper than any on our menu = Win Win

This is open for Portland residents only or anyone who travels here frequently. This punch card will not expire and makes for a great gift.

For gifts - We will mail a card via snail-mail and will have the actual punchcard at the smoothie bar for your first order.

1 Supporter
Select this reward
$225
PDX Personal Training & Smoothies

PDX Personal Training & Smoothies

+ 1 month of twice a week personal fitness training from Ocean Soul Fitness.

+ meditation, yoga, nutrition advice & your whole month-long workout plan!

*Get a jump start on your health with this total body package. 

Brought to you by one of the owners, Sera Dixon, also owner of Ocean Soul Fitness, a Holistic Personal Training business here in Portland, OR. 

This can be scheduled anytime starting in September of 2018 and beyond (No training during October as she will be in Indonesia getting certified as a Yoga Instructor!)

*Please email if you are interested and we can work out an ideal time for you!

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$275
5 Hour Event Space Rental

+ Throw a 5 hour private party at our smoothie bar (A $500 value alone!) for up to 30 people after our shop closes (anytime between 4pm - 10pm). The whole place will be YOURS including our beautiful patio out back. 

Water and glassware will be on hand. We will have bar seating and a large table for your party. We also have a sound system for your tunes of choice. You may provide anything else you want, as far as food and beverage go.

A great idea for a birthday party, work party or any sort of gathering.

This can be scheduled anytime in November of 2018 or beyond, and potentially before then. Email us with any general questions or inquiries regarding specific dates. We estimate about 4 round tables would fit in the space should you want to hire catering for a seated dinner. Thank you for your support!

 

0 Supporters
Select this reward