We have been a part of the Harlesden community for over 10 years. We have seen the changing face of Harlesden and been a part of so many amazing testimonies and activities, but after the impact that we and many others have faced due to the global pandemic, we think now is the time to go for more!
This project of opening a coffee shop and restaurant is an open door for us to continue to run some of the activities that we already do, as well as develop so many new ones. And our goal is to be able to do this in a place that we can call our own. We want to host people, invite them in, bless them and serve them, and sometimes the starting point for this is a nice cup of tea or coffee!
We have given out countless amounts of cups of coffee and tea over the years, and we have seen how it is a tool to interact with people, to start conversations that turn into relationships where we get to see God's blessing and healing over individuals- so our heart is to continue to do this and more, and the next step, the biggest step, is to finally have a place of our own. Join us in this dream!
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ways to pay and donate
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Bank Name: Natwest
Account Name: YWAM Urban Key London
Account #: 47090952
Sort Code: 50-41-20
kitchen & food
Pastries, cakes, cookies, and more! We'd like to provide both sweet and savory snacks that can be for takeaway or eating in.
We're hoping to have licenses to be able to run a full kitchen, which would enable us to also provide full meals for our customers including serving all day breakfast, sandwiches and other meal options. We want to experiment with different world foods, changing the menu to experiment every 3 months.
As a coffee shop we would provide basic drinks like tea and coffee, but we also want to be able provide other options like milkshakes and smoothies.
In the past, we have run open mic nights and game nights in the base for some people from our neighborhood to join. This is something that we would like to run in the shop on a monthly basis to bring the community together.
There are lots of mums around the area, so we would like to make host a mums and toddlers group/session.
Senior afternoons that will range with fun activities, pampering sessions, and small groups
Youth workshops. We have people on our staff who are photographers, painters, crafstmen, so our aim is to run youth workshops, and give them a chance to exhibit their work by running exhibitions at the cafe.
We want to be able to connect with other organisations and services, to partner up and become food providers, or hosts for different events, and through this to influence people in different spheres and areas of society.
part of our staff have developed a joint business called Attic & Ivy, where they do various things like event organising and decorating, flower arrangements, photography and filmography, and handmade jewellery. Our hope for the future is to be able to collaborate together, to allow the possibility for gifting and talents within our staff to be used to create things and be able sell and bless people with.
The property that we are currently interested in renting is asking for £18,500 up front and then a monthly rent of £1,875. We are making this our target goal for our fundraiser.
To explain our costs and needs for you to see our challenge and help us finance this we have broken things down below.
£1,800 - £2,000 Monthly rent will vary or it may change.
£1,000 - £1,200 Electricity, Gas and Water will vary on a monthly bases .
£200 - £300 Insurance and various other licenses
£100 - £200 Wifi, telephone bills and till/card reader machine.
£500 - £700 Initial repairs on bathrooms and kitchen (we will do most if not all the work ourselves to cut down the costs).
£500 - £800 Paint furniture and decorations for inside and outside seating.
£200 - £300 for crockery, utensils, mugs and other dishes for display
Food & Drinks
£300 - £600 Food: includes all ingredients to make food and baked goods for sale (this can vary with increase of sales).
£200 - £300 Drinks, coffee and tea. This includes milk, juices and soft drinks
£100 - £200 take away cups, cutlery, boxes and napkins.
One of the places that we are looking into comes with all the appliances included.
If we don't get this place, the cost of appliances will vary depending on what is already in the place.
Coffee machines and stove ovens are most expensive and all of this could be between £15,000 and up