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Help us open Chico Chaihouse!

Creating a welcoming, inclusive space to reflect, connect and build community (over a pot of delicious tea!)

$16,926
pledged of$26,000 goal
107
31Days Left
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Campaign Ends on July 15, 2024

Project Description

For the last 20 years we've been making masala chai for coffeeshops, stores, and our booth at the Saturday Chico Farmers' Market. We brew and blend everything from scratch in our tiny chai brewery in my hometown of Chico. 

 

We’ve completely outgrown our current space, but luckily we’ve found a bigger one. It’s a bit of a fixer upper, with good bones and a great location.

 

This new building also has room for our newest project - Chico Chaihouse. A beautiful space where you can come in, relax, and enjoy a cup of tea. We’ll of course be serving masala chai, and also matcha, tea lattes, and a new lineup of house-made teas, like Chico Breakfast Blend and Lavender-Chamomile. Plus we’ll have a menu of nourishing, delicious toasts from local ingredients with vegan and gluten-free options.

 

Tea in its basic concept, is essentially plants steeped in water, which is inherent to all cultures. Often, in modern times, it’s a chance to sit down, take a deep breath, and reset. Conversations over a pot of tea can bridge gaps and deepen relationships, whether it’s with friends, colleagues or even people you disagree with. In this time of disconnection and divisiveness, we’re creating something unique, reflected in our mission statement: “to make and serve delicious tea with integrity and kindness in a beautiful, inclusive space to foster reflection, connection and conversation in our community”
 

And here’s where you come in! We’ve been growing steadily every year, but for a step this big we need community support. Any contributions will go toward raw materials, renovations, teahouse items and hiring more staff to make and serve tea. With your help, we'll open this fall!

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Q: How do I contribute?
  • A: From the main page of our iFundWomen campaign, click 'Fund It,' and select the amount / reward you would like!
  • Q: Do I get anything for my contribution?
  • A: Yes! We have a selection of tiered rewards to show our appreciation for any amount you may want to contribute. Any contribution will earn their name on our donor appreciation board at Chico Chaihouse.
  • Q: When will I get my reward?
  • A: We don't have an exact date, but you can start collecting your rewards as soon as we open the doors to Chico Chaihouse. We're estimating that will be early August. Certain rewards will be scheduled, like our soft opening party, and donors will be notified when that event is assigned a date.
  • Q: Can I donate a custom amount of money?
  • A: Yes! To customize your contribution without choosing an award, choose the 'Monetary Contribution' option. Your name will still be included on the donor appreciation wall (if you want it there!).
  • Q: What happens if we don't meet our monetary goal?
  • A: Luckily if this happens, we will get to keep any money we earn (thanks iFundWomen!) and all contributors will get their promised rewards.
  • Q: How will the funds be used?
  • A: We will be using the funds we collect to cover raw materials and labor for the opening months of Chico Chaihouse. For more information, please reach out to us and we will be happy to dive in to the details with you.
  • Q: Is there a deadline to contribute?
  • A: Yes, the deadline for contributing is set at May 25th at the moment, but we can extend the deadline if we need to.
  • Q: How do I stay updated on the campaign and progress on Chico Chaihouse?
  • A: We will continue to keep everyone who wants to be updated on all progress with this project. To make sure you're staying in the loop, subscribe to our weekly newsletter (link below) or follow us on social media @chicochai.

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  • Q: How can I contact the campaign organizers with other questions or comments?
  • A: If you have any further questions or comments, please don't hesitate to reach out to [email protected]. We will get back to you as soon as possible!

 

 

Amanda & Joe
06/14/2024
Tea & toast for two
$150
Kendall Smith
06/09/2024
Tea & toast for two
$150
Susan Mason
06/08/2024
A cup of chai
$25
Hope Munro
06/04/2024
A cup of chai
$25
Sarah Burke
06/04/2024
Tea & toast for two + 2 tins
$250
06/03/2024
A cup of chai
$25
Tea Lover
06/02/2024
Two cups of chai
$50
Janelle McCarthy
05/31/2024
A cup of chai
$25
Nathan Bryant
05/31/2024
Two cups of chai
$50
Danny
05/25/2024
Tea & toast for two
$150
25.00 USD
A cup of chai
  • A free cup of chai at Chico Chaihouse.
  • Your name on our donor appreciation board at Chico Chaihouse.
26 Supporters
Select this reward
50.00 USD
Two cups of chai
  • Two free cups of chai at Chico Chaihouse. Use just for you or bring a friend!
  • Your name on our donor appreciation board at Chico Chaihouse.
40 Supporters
Select this reward
150.00 USD
Tea & toast for two
  • Two free teas and two free toasts at Chico Chaihouse. For yourself or you and a friend!
  • Your name on our donor appreciation board at Chico Chaihouse.
18 Supporters
Select this reward
250.00 USD
Tea & toast for two + 2 tins
  • Two free teas and two free toasts for just you or you and a friend at Chico Chaihouse.
  • Two 4oz tins of loose leaf chai (of your choice!).
  • An invite to our soft opening party!
  • Your name on our donor appreciation board at Chico Chaihouse.
10 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD
Tea & toast for two + 4 tins
  • Two free teas and two free toasts for just you or you and a friend at Chico Chaihouse.
  • Four 4oz tins of loose leaf chai (of your choice!).
  • An invite to our soft opening party.
  • Your name on our donor appreciation board at Chico Chaihouse.
3 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
Bespoke tea blend (10 tins)
  • 10 tins of a bespoke tea blend made for you by Sarah.
  • Two free teas and two free toasts for you or you and a friend at Chico Chaihouse.
  • An invite to our soft opening party!
  • Your name on our donor appreciation board at Chico Chaihouse.
8 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
2,000.00 USD
Tea blending class for 8
  • A private tea blending workshop with Sarah at Chico Chaihouse for you and 7 friends.
  • An invite to our soft opening party!
  • Your name on our donor appreciation board at Chico Chaihouse.
4 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward

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Rewards

25.00 USD
A cup of chai
  • A free cup of chai at Chico Chaihouse.
  • Your name on our donor appreciation board at Chico Chaihouse.
26 Supporters
Select this reward
50.00 USD
Two cups of chai
  • Two free cups of chai at Chico Chaihouse. Use just for you or bring a friend!
  • Your name on our donor appreciation board at Chico Chaihouse.
40 Supporters
Select this reward
150.00 USD
Tea & toast for two
  • Two free teas and two free toasts at Chico Chaihouse. For yourself or you and a friend!
  • Your name on our donor appreciation board at Chico Chaihouse.
18 Supporters
Select this reward
250.00 USD
Tea & toast for two + 2 tins
  • Two free teas and two free toasts for just you or you and a friend at Chico Chaihouse.
  • Two 4oz tins of loose leaf chai (of your choice!).
  • An invite to our soft opening party!
  • Your name on our donor appreciation board at Chico Chaihouse.
10 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD
Tea & toast for two + 4 tins
  • Two free teas and two free toasts for just you or you and a friend at Chico Chaihouse.
  • Four 4oz tins of loose leaf chai (of your choice!).
  • An invite to our soft opening party.
  • Your name on our donor appreciation board at Chico Chaihouse.
3 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
Bespoke tea blend (10 tins)
  • 10 tins of a bespoke tea blend made for you by Sarah.
  • Two free teas and two free toasts for you or you and a friend at Chico Chaihouse.
  • An invite to our soft opening party!
  • Your name on our donor appreciation board at Chico Chaihouse.
8 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
2,000.00 USD
Tea blending class for 8
  • A private tea blending workshop with Sarah at Chico Chaihouse for you and 7 friends.
  • An invite to our soft opening party!
  • Your name on our donor appreciation board at Chico Chaihouse.
4 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward