Help get Power Plant Cafe up & running!

by Power Plant Cafe in Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

Help get Power Plant Cafe up & running!
We did it
On 28th September 2019 we successfully raised £14,370 with 159 supporters in 28 days

Power Plant Cafe is a new vegan cafe and shop opening in Plymouth. Unfortunately we’ve had a few problems setting up and we need your help!

by Power Plant Cafe in Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Our shop section will initially open with a slightly reduced stock. If we manage to hit our stretch goal, we'll invest the extra into expanding our product range!

Hi! We're Amelia, Elaine & Mike who used to run Ethica vegan store, on Armada Way in Plymouth.

Power Plant Cafe is our new project just around the corner, combining a brand new vegan cafe and shop under one roof.

Unfortunately we’ve had a few problems with setting up our new place and need your help to get it finished!


Veganism is thriving but we still find that there’s a lack of fresh, healthy & tasty vegan lunchtime options around, and there are lots of new/specialist products being brought out that aren’t available in Plymouth!

 Cafe -

Our mission is to create vibrant, energising lunches and light bites that are kind to animals and don’t break the bank.

We’ll start with a smallish menu of brunch foods, sub sandwiches, salads & noodle bowls, as well as local handmade cakes and ethical teas & coffees. For folks in a hurry, we’ll have a deli fridge of takeaway sandwiches & salad pots, all packaged using biodegradable or compostable packaging. 

 Shop -

The shop area will mainly sell specialist, hard to find vegan products, as well as organic staples, natural cleaning & laundry products and body care. We really want to help people reduce their plastic waste as much as we can, so we’ll have a refill station for household and bodycare products, as well as various packaging return schemes, and a range of zero-waste products like toothpaste and deodorant.

Power Plant’s aesthetic has been inspired by photos we found of old abandoned power stations, with retro design, distressed metal machinery, and plants springing from every surface. Expect bold colours, industrial style with a hint of Art Deco, and lots of plants!


Unfortunately our new project didn’t start off as smoothly as we’d hoped!

After we first viewed our new property and agreed to take it, squatters took over the building and caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to the place. To speed up the process, we arranged to organise the repairs for the landlord, but it’s still led to the project being delayed by almost three months and racking up extra legal fees.

We raised over £50,000 to invest in Power Plant Cafe initially, from money we’d saved up and help from the bank, but with no income since closing Ethica, and both personal and business bills still going out, the delays have taken a chunk out of our funds. This means that unfortunately we won’t be able to finish setting up the cafe side of Power Plant without some help.

   What the money will be spent on:

We’re hoping to raise an extra £10,000 through our Crowdfunder to help finish the remaining building and decorating, and to fully kit out our kitchen upstairs so we can start making some awesome vegan food!

We’re going to open the shop early to try help raise funds for the extra setup costs, but will have to open with a slightly reduced stock. If we manage to hit our stretch goal, it will let us pick up some new lines that we’ve had our eye on and expand the range of products we can carry! 


The good news is we’re in, have completed all of the repairs that were needed, and started building and decorating our new home! 


  • Restored the original wooden flooring
  • Removed the suspended ceiling to make the most of the natural light
  • Repainted in our brand new colour scheme
  • Built the walls that will house the new kitchen
  • Decorated the customer toilets
  • Started hoarding plants
  • Started assembling the shop area and ordering stock


Starting in September we’ll be opening the shop 3 days a week and we’ll continue to work on the cafe setup the other 4 days, including:

  • Building the counter area, seating and tables from reclaimed wood.
  • Kiting out the counter with new coffee machine etc.
  • Installing hand-wash area for the cafe staff
  • Ordering all the cups, plates and cutlery
  • Making our new sign
  • Buying a new EPOS system for the cafe
  • Painting the kitchen
  • Buying and installing all the kitchen equipment
  • Decorating the cafe with artwork, extra plants, a community notice board, book shelves etc

Next spring we want to build an outdoor seating area for the cafe so everyone can enjoy their food in the sunshine!


Thanks for reading and a huge thank you in advance to everyone who can donate or share our Crowdfunder and help bring Power Plant Cafe to life! :) 

Amelia, Elaine & Mike


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Power Plant Supporter!

Thanks for your support :) Come in for any hot drink on us and we’ll add your name to our funders art wall in the cafe to say thanks!

£10 or more

Tea & Tote!

Get a Power Plant branded, organic ‘EarthAware’ tote bag, any hot drink and we'll add your name to our funders wall!

£15 or more

Tea for Two!

Treat yourself and a friend to any hot drink and cake, and we'll add your name to our funders wall!

£20 or more

Lunch for One!

Treat yourself to any meal, drink, and a cake on us and we'll add your name to our funders wall!

£35 or more

Lunch for Two!

Treat yourself and a friend to any meal, drink, and a cake and get your name added to our funders wall!

£40 or more

5 of 25 claimed

Sponsor a (Power) Plant!

Our new cafe will have plants everywhere! For this reward you’ll get a personalised marker with your name on a plant of your choice, and you can come in for a hot drink and cake on us while you choose yours!

£50 or more

3 of 10 claimed

Coffe Lover!

Get a reusable glass coffee mug with a free tea/coffee and get 20% off all your hot drinks for a year! Plus we'll add your name to our funders wall :)

£100 or more

8 of 10 claimed

Power Plant Regular!

Get 10% off all your food and drinks for year, plus 10% off all shopping for a year! And we'll add your name to our funders wall :)

£200 or more

2 of 6 claimed

Daily Grinder Card!

Need that morning cappuccino before you can get going? Get a free daily hot drink of your choice, plus 20% off all food for a year! We'll add your name to our funders art wall as well :)

£500 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Power Plant Hero!

As well as our eternal gratitude, you'll get the Daily Grinder reward card, a plant sponsored in your name, a Power Plant branded 'EarthAware' tote bag, a reusable glass coffee mug, lunch for you and a friend, and your name added to our funders wall!

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