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Brick And Mortar Café for The Irie Cup

Opening your Tea Oasis in Huntley, Illinois

$5,800
pledged of$40,000 goal
63
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Project Description

You should always know when and where to find premium loose-leaf tea: The Irie Cup wants to create your tea oasis in Huntley, Illinois

 

You’re always asking us, “Where are you located?,”  or "Do you have a tea shop?" and we heard you and the time has come to bring our tea oasis to life.

 

We want to give our tea community a real café/retail experience, with regular operating hours.  A place where you can get away from the business of life to relax over a few cups of tea with your friends or family. Discover, sip, and savor Caribbean-inspired blends as well as traditional blends from around the world. 

By funding our Tea Oasis, you’ll always know where to find The Irie Cup. But you’ll also benefit from:

  • Faster shipping times                                                                                                                                Our proposed site is feet from the USPS; which improves our processing time for shipping.
  • Discover new flavors and blends                                                                                                                               The new space and commercial kitchen will give us room to create and experiment.
  • Less waiting for out-of-stock items                                                                                                                     More storage = more in-stock items

 

joe and Shanda at the market

 Plus:

  • Support a Black-owned business
  • Support a woman-owned business
  • Bring new traffic to Huntley

 

Everyone deserves access to high-quality, responsibly sourced teas, and the health benefits that come with them. We want to create a space where you can find relaxation over a cup of tea alone or with loved ones. Enjoy a good and pleasant cup that not only tastes good but is good for you.  We want to build a space where everything is “Irie.”

 

Will you help us bring back loose leaf tea to the northwest suburbs and fund our shop in Huntley?

 

happy irie Cup Customers

 

  •  When do we plan to open the shop?                                                                                                                                      Our goal is to move into the space this fall/winter with our grand opening in 2023
  • How will we spend your money?                                                                                                                                               The Irie Cup will use these funds to repair, remodel, and paint the existing space, purchase necessary equipment and train and hire employees.
  • Who is behind The Irie Cup?                                                                                                                                                         The Irie Cup is a family-inspired, owned, and operated company, run by husband-and-wife team Joseph and LaShanda Lewis. Their three growing children often lend a hand, too.
irie tribe

 

Will you join the Irie Tribe and be a founding contributor?

 

WE LOVE WHAT WE GET TO DO!

It has truly been a blessing to get to serve you since 2020 online and in person at the markets. All the late nights, early mornings, planning, developing, correcting, setting up, tearing down, traveling are more than worth it when we see your smiling faces and hear your beautiful stories.

You have encouraged us so much to continue on our journey and we couldn't be more grateful for our #irietribe. We couldn't have made it this far without your support.

In order to reach our goal and make this a reality, we need you. Every dollar and every share will help bring our tea Oasis to life and service to our community. 

- Joseph & LaShanda Lewis

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Where can I try your tea now?                                                                                                                        Order our tea online any time! You can also find us outside of Chicago, Illinois, at various farmer’s markets. Follow us on socialmedia to see where we’ll be next.
  • Where can I find more information on The Irie Cup?                                                                                          Check our website, orfeel free to send us an email at [email protected].
  • When will you store open?                                                                                                                                         We hope to have a grand opening Early 2023
  • What will your operating hours be?                                                                                                              Tuesday-Friday from 7-5pm Saturday from 7-3pm
  • When will I get my rewards?                                                                                                                              Reward items will ship as purchased; free tea at grand opening will be redeemed with coupon.Private tea tasting will be coordinated with Joe and LaShanda after October 1
  • Can I contribute more than $5,000?                                                                                                               Yes! Contact us at [email protected] find out more.

 

 

Kari R Johnson
11/17/2022
Free drink at grand opening
$35
Theresa Greiner
11/15/2022
Monetary Contribution
$1,200
Theresa Greiner
11/15/2022
Grand Opening Tote w/ Goodies
$150
Derrick Davis
11/15/2022
Monetary Contribution
$10
Stephanie Martinez
11/09/2022
Spill the tea
$75
Rick Leslie — ServPro of Elgin / NW Kane County
11/09/2022
Spill the tea
$75
11/08/2022
Monetary Contribution
$100
Andrea Gambill
11/08/2022
Grand Opening Tote w/ Goodies
$150
Hannah K
11/05/2022
Free drink at grand opening
$35
Tiffany S Green
11/02/2022
Monetary Contribution
$50
20.00 USD
Holographic Sticker

Custom designed "Irie Cup" grand opening holographic sticker.

3 Supporters
None available
35.00 USD
Free drink at grand opening

Free tea at the grand opening

  • free grand opening holographic sticker included.
  • free drink only redeemable at the store. 
  • Or a coupon for a free sample size blend
    •  (out-of-state customers only)
15 Supporters
None available
75.00 USD
Spill the tea

Recieve a limited edition grand opening tea blend and shout-out on our social media platforms.

  • Free grand opening holographic sticker included.
  • Free cup of tea at the grand opening. (only redeemable at store)
  • Or a coupon for a free sample size blend
    •  (out-of-state customers only)
9 Supporters
None available
150.00 USD
Grand Opening Tote w/ Goodies

Free grand opening tote with grand opening tea blend 

  • Shout-out on our social media platforms
  • Free grand opening holographoc sticker included.
  • Free tea at grand opening. (only redeemable at store)
  • Or coupon for a free sample size blend
    •  (out of state customers only)
14 Supporters
None available
1,500.00 USD
Private tea tasting for party of 10

Private tea tasting in our new location for up to ten people. 

  • Privately led tasting of up to 8 blends 
  • Gift bags for each guest
  • Light food pairings
0 Supporters
None available

About the Entrepreneur

Rewards

20.00 USD
Holographic Sticker

Custom designed "Irie Cup" grand opening holographic sticker.

3 Supporters
None available
35.00 USD
Free drink at grand opening

Free tea at the grand opening

  • free grand opening holographic sticker included.
  • free drink only redeemable at the store. 
  • Or a coupon for a free sample size blend
    •  (out-of-state customers only)
15 Supporters
None available
75.00 USD
Spill the tea

Recieve a limited edition grand opening tea blend and shout-out on our social media platforms.

  • Free grand opening holographic sticker included.
  • Free cup of tea at the grand opening. (only redeemable at store)
  • Or a coupon for a free sample size blend
    •  (out-of-state customers only)
9 Supporters
None available
150.00 USD
Grand Opening Tote w/ Goodies

Free grand opening tote with grand opening tea blend 

  • Shout-out on our social media platforms
  • Free grand opening holographoc sticker included.
  • Free tea at grand opening. (only redeemable at store)
  • Or coupon for a free sample size blend
    •  (out of state customers only)
14 Supporters
None available
1,500.00 USD
Private tea tasting for party of 10

Private tea tasting in our new location for up to ten people. 

  • Privately led tasting of up to 8 blends 
  • Gift bags for each guest
  • Light food pairings
0 Supporters
None available