After three years of planning, tonnes of research and plenty of coffee, our project is finally ready to launch!
Say hello to Quills Coffee Shop!
So where did the idea come from?
Like all great ideas, it involves a book lover and a hot tub...
At university, Lee recognised how important it was to have a space to read and study, and so tried to find such a magical place. Soon he found himself in a Goldilocks situation. The library was too quiet, stuffy and formal, and although it boasted quality resources, it suffered poor vending machine drinks and worse vending machine food. So onwards he travelled to the local coffee shop, where he found better food and drink with a somewhat relaxed atmosphere, but at the cost of crowds, tiny tables, and high prices.
Getting the balance right was tricky, and often meant only staying for a short amount of time. From this, the idea to offer a better reading, study and social experience was born: the study-equivalent of the 'just-right porridge'.
The idea lingered until Lee graduated and met back up with his friend Mark. Not long after, the pivotal 'light bulb' moment happened… in a hot tub. On a cold night in Liverpool after a tough day, the two discussed how they wanted to do something different and make some small difference to the world. Mark suggested setting up a business, and Lee explained his idea. Thus, Quills Coffee Shop was born! Skip forward three years, and they've found a prime location, brought in architects, and sourced some of the best coffee and cupcakes man has ever known.
Now the magic needs to happen.
Part of the fun of creating Quills is the chance to work with a wild variety of people - from steampunk consultants to local independent bakers. As well as generating much-needed funding, using Crowdfunder gives us the opportunity to tell lots of people about Quills, its desires to work with local educational institutions and its ability to promote small businesses.
What will we do with your money?
The funds generated will be split into three main areas; construction, stock and the lease.
Working with our architects we've created an inventive, functional and welcoming design with considered sound dampening materials. Plus, we'll have areas for different uses (including a reading room!) and a power system where sockets can be pulled down from the ceiling to your laptop table.
Having scoured the earth - well, the north west - we put our taste buds to work and found the best local coffee, cakes, and created a food menu full of brain-boosting ingredients (avocado and chicken works wonders).
A funky shop with a basement level for: acoustic sessions, book groups, art displays, discussion groups and, well, pretty much anything else you can think of (except that). Did we mention our reading room? And we'll have our team split to keep both our long stay and short stay customers happy! Yes, we support all types of coffee (and tea and hot chocolate) lovers.
So, help us make Quills happen! Spread the knowledge, give a little (or a lot) and be rewarded!