The Hive Altrincham : Coffee shop & deli expansion

by The Hive by @vh_interiors in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

Total raised £8,020

raised so far

98

supporters

With your help, Steven & Gareth will turn two empty shops adjacent to The Hive, into a coffee shop and deli for the local & wider community.

by The Hive by @vh_interiors in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 12th May 2023 we'd raised £7,732 with 89 supporters in 42 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

About the project ... 

If you've ever visited The Hive or used the Metrolink via Altrincham, you'll probably be familiar with the two empty looking shops adjacent to The Hive.

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For the last decade they have been used as storage units for an Irish Music company (Take a look inside on YouTube). But we now have an opportunity to lease them or to even buy them!

This is where you can make a difference to the look of Grosvenor Road, to the provisions available to the local residents, and to the services we can provide to other independent businesses in the area. 

1679741029_screenshot_2023-03-25_at_10.42.03.jpegThe main idea we've been working towards and the one that sparked this campaign, is to create a coffee shop in the two shop units, with a deli area to stock Italian deli products, as well as locally sourced provisions such as: 

  • Local dairy milk (sold via a refill dispenser)
  • Oat & Coconut milk 
  • Local farm fresh eggs
  • A selection of locally baked bread
  • Luxury loose chocolates & truffles
  • Jarred goods, oils & dressings
  • Pastas & Flours
  • Seasonal locally grown flowers

Click here to take a 360 tour to visualise how the space will be used!

With your help we will create a new space where our current regulars; along with new patrons can source quality provisions, as well as enjoying breakfast, lunch and small plate options in an area suitable to gather and socialise in all year round, regardless of the weather!

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The coffee shop area will be a space where people can come to either spend some time alone with a book, socialise with old friends or meet new acquaintances; whilst enjoying a cup of their favourite beverage. The expansion will allow us to expand our menu to include alcoholic drinks, as well as hot and cold sandwich options for breakfast or lunch and small plate snacks.

The expansion will also allow us to host a variety of local events on set evenings. We already have locals waiting to host book clubs, yoga classes, flower workshops, table styling events, language lessons and bingo / quiz nights to name but a few. We will also pay your kindness forward, by offering the space out for FREE one evening a month to other small businesses, event hosts or community groups.

About the funds raised.

Obviously we have what we need to make the best coffee possible such as an espresso machine, a coffee grinder and the sundries that go with running a coffee shop. But the expansion from a catering trailer with 8 outdoor seats, serving drinks and sweet treats; to a bricks and mortar shop with 20 indoor seats and 16 outdoor seats, with an expanded menu is a little too much for us to finance organically in a short period of time. 

So the funds raised will pay for the following: 

  • Various counters, cupboards, shelving units, drawers etc
  • Installing 1 x public toilet, sink and baby changing facility
  • Electrical lights, sockets, switches etc
  • 1 x Sink and other plumbing supplies
  • Floor and wall tiles as well as supplies
  • Shop sign and window decals
  • 1 x Dishwasher
  • 1 x Convection oven
  • 1 x Ice Machine
  • 2 x Under counter fridges
  • 3 x Freezers
  • 1 x Grab and go fridge
  • 1 x Loose chocolate display cabinet
  • 1 x Cake display cabinet
  • 4 x Outdoor tables and 8 x chairs
  • 9 x indoor tables, 14 x indoor chairs and 2 x indoor benches.
  • Crockery
  • Milk dispenser

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In the next few weeks we will start the physical work ourselves (extra hands will be welcomed) so if you are thinking of the famous Liam Neeson quote "I don't have money, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career". All financial, physical or practical contributions, will help us install everything we need as soon as possible with the intention of opening before November 2023, so please do contact us offering those skills!

Once we have opened the new coffee shop, the plan is to save for a deposit throughout 2024 to buy the General Store & Coffee Shop. Who knows, if there happens to be a millionaire philanthropist reading this, we could even buy the property and be mortgage free by November! 

Either way, we will continue to work hard to secure The Hive's future at the heart of the local community, with ourselves at the helm for the rest of our working life, just as a 1950's shopkeeper would have done.      

About The Hive as it is and as it was!

The Beverage Bar is approaching its 2nd anniversary and the General Store & Beverage Bar both continue to grow in popularity as a place where the local community can meet and socialise over drinks.1679835503_32_grosvenor_road,_altrincham_-_1960's_local_shop_2.jpegWe have also become a convenient location for many people to buy their weekly provisions, such as our eco friendly refills, plastic free hardwares, natural bath and body care items and Williams Handbaked goods.

1679747220_tripadvisor_travellers_choice_2022.jpgThe last 18 months have seen our strong work ethic rewarded with mentions in the press and several awards. Our proudest being those voted for by the public: Business of the Year 2021, Hospitality of the Year 2021 and Micro business of the year 2022 in the Altrincham and Sale Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. We were also rewarded with the Travellers' Choice 2022 by Tripadvisor.

Our "edge of centre" location, means we are convenient for Altrincham office workers and public transport users; whilst also being in the heart of a fabulous residential neighbourhood. During the 20th century, the two shops were home to various well known businesses such as:

  • 1679758220_32_grosvenor_road,_altrincham_-_1950's_greengrocer_2.jpegLesley Sparkes' greengrocers, butchers and provisions
  • Alan Merrill's greengrocers & butchers
  • 1679758201_32_grosvenor_road,_altrincham_-_1950's_butcher_2.jpegThe Butterworth's bakery and confectionery
  • Rona & Benny's antique shop
  • 1679758258_32_grosvenor_road,_altrincham_-_1990's_hardware_store_large.jpegDorothy Jackson's DIY shop
  • Mrs Crawford's secondhand bookshop
  • 1679758288__pine_shop._.jpegMargaret & Tony White's pine shop
  • Jared Harris' Carpet shop
  • Lynn Bingham's "Zappy Pot Stop" shop

About us, the people asking for support!  

1679750513_cc932e_d5a53a9b79c54c46afc6533ddf5727d4_mv2_large.jpegIf you don't know us, we are Steven and Gareth; the founders of The Hive in Altrincham, a multi award winning micro business.                                               

We've been a couple since 2005, for the first decade of our relationship Gareth worked in high end fashion retail as a sales assistant and visual merchandiser; and Steven worked shifts in front line roles for two of the four emergency services.

We were like ships passing in the night, so to spend more time together, we decided to set up our own business doing something we both enjoyed, which started out as buying and selling vintage items.

We began our business at Altrincham Market in 2015 trading 4 days a week and opened The Hive in 2018. We tried juggling the market stall and The Hive, but working separately defeated the purpose of us giving up our guaranteed salaries, annual leave, sick pay and pensions in order to spend more time together.

So in mid 2020 we left Altrincham Market, rebranded The Hive into a General Store, and used our savings to buy everything we needed to set up the Beverage Bar, which we opened in April 2021. 

Since starting out in 2015 our business has been funded completely through organic growth. We both have a strong work ethic and it has always been really important to us that we were self-funded by our own hard work rather than owing money to banks or suppliers. We currently run the business as sole traders; apparently though "raising business finance can be difficult as lenders and investors tend to favour limited companies" but we believe it shows we have more faith in what we do, after all we can't rack up debts, file for insolvency and relaunch under a different trading name!

So please subscribe to our website or follow us on Instagram, YouTube or Facebook for regular updates from the project!


And finally ... 

Some small print to cover a few anticipated questions.

Can i buy a REWARD as a business?

Yes. REWARDS can be from individuals or businesses. But we would kindly ask for our VAT purposes, that DONATIONS are made by non business donors UNLESS you remain anonymous.

"3.19.1 An acknowledgement of an individual donor?s generosity, for example in a printed brochure or on a plaque. This must be a simple acknowledgement and not an advertisement for a business or some form of business sponsorship. A commemorative type plaque recording the name of the individual donor and that they provided a donation, would not be considered a benefit. However, a sign which also promoted a business would be an advert and so would be considered a benefit."

Can i remain anonymous if i make a DONATION?

Yes. Where we mention about your name being on gold plaques, on our website or on a plaque in store, you can remain anonymous if you wish to do so.

How are the coffee for a week, month & year rewards calculated?

The Hive is open 6 days a week and this has been taken into account in all of the rewards, we also take 2 x 1 week vacations a year. So this too has been taken into account for the coffee for a year reward.

Coffee for a week is based on  3.20 a day for 6 days with a 10% discount. 

Coffee for a month is based on the  3.20 for 26 days with a 15% discount.

Coffee for a year is based on  3.20 a day for 300 days with a 20% discount.

What are the RISKS & CHALLENGES of the project?

Running a business always has risks. Statistics show "of UK businesses founded in 2016, just 38.5 percent were still operating in 2021".  We started our business in 2015 and continue to grow organically. 

The success of The Hive General Store is as a result of our own hard work and determination to learn new skills and to adapt to what people want and need. This project will be no different. 

We've been hard at work for weeks setting the foundations with the lease, planning permissions, building regulations and Crowdfunder.  We will be doing as much of the process from planning, ripping out, laying the floors and building the counters our selves as possible; so the main risks are underestimating how long it will take to do the works. But we will be working as hard as possible to open before Autumn.

There is also the risk that we won't raise enough funds to fully kit out the coffee shops before Autumn. If the fund raiser isn't as successful as anticipated, funds raised will be prioritised and allocated the most important needs such as repair and building supplies to ensure that we are able to open up on schedule. This will not affect sponsorship of donations. We will keep promoting the Crowdfunder campaign and exploring other financing options to assist the project if funds do become a concern. 

Rewards

This project offered rewards

£45 or more

REWARD - FLOWER WORKSHOP

This eco conscious workshop will be run by our friend Andrea from The Nectar Bar, you will make small bouquets using locally grown flowers and reclaimed bottles for vases. This workshop will last between 1 - 1.5hrs and includes a complimentary drink and sweet treat and will take place in August 2023 at The Hive in Altrincham. You will also be able to ask questions and get tips on what flowers to grow in your own garden.

£17 or more

REWARD - COFFEE FOR A WEEK

BUY NOW & DRINK LATER - We will provide you with 1 regular coffee a day for a whole week when we open the doors to our new coffee shop! Based on current prices this will save you 10% on lattes. We may have to limit the numbers of drinks redeemed in any specific week, by allocating weeks if demand becomes too high! But we will obviously work with you to make sure you get your caffeine fix as and when you want it!

£25 or more

DONATION - HELP US COVER OTHER COSTS

There will be plenty of other expenses to cover, so your generosity will help us pay for things such as skilled tradespersons, skip hire & other supplies! We will acknowledge your pledge on our donors website and on a donors plaque in store. You will also receive a VIP invite to the pledgers event. (Individual / non business donors only due to VAT rules)

£30 or more

REWARD - 2 HOUR VENUE HIRE

BUY 1 HOUR GET 1 HOUR FREE - You can take advantage and pre book our space for 2 hours for the price of 1 hour once open. (Max 25 guests - does not include catering or drinks) . Staff will be on hand to sell food and drink to guests if needed.

£40 or more

REWARD - TWO WEEK SUPPLY FOR HOME WORKERS

IDEAL FOR THOSE NOT LOCAL TO THE HIVE - This pack will feature 250g of award winning coffee beans (caffeinated or decaf), a pack of large luxury biscuits (ginger or oat), a traybake (all butter flapjack or jam slice) and a large branded shopper tote bag. This reward can be posted within the UK and will be fulfilled within within 3 weeks.

£60 or more

DONATION - SPONSOR 1 SQ MTR FLOORING

The 50 square metres of flooring will cost approx £3000. So your generosity will buy us 1 square metre of flooring that we will lay with our own bare hands! We will acknowledge your pledge on our donors website and on a donors plaque in store. You will also receive a VIP invite to the pledgers event. (Individual / non business donors only due to VAT rules)

£65 or more

REWARD - AFTERNOON TEA FOR 2

Our afternoon tea with an Italian twist will start with a glass of Prosecco on arrival. The spread of Italian savoury treats will include sandwiches, snacks, meats, cheeses and olives. Whilst the sweet treats will incorporate panettone, cannoli, and other Italian inspired confectionery and biscuits; and also includes a coffee or tea per person. This reward will be available to redeem by prior appointment once we open the new coffee shop.

£70 or more

REWARD - COFFEE FOR A MONTH

BUY NOW & DRINK LATER - We will provide you with 1 regular coffee a day for a whole month when we open the doors to our new coffee shop! Based on current prices this will save you nearly 15% on lattes. We may have to limit the numbers of drinks redeemed in any specific month, by allocating months if demand becomes high! But we will obviously work with you to make sure you get your caffeine fix as and when you want it!

£110 or more

REWARD - COUPLES LATTE ART CLASSES (2 people)

We will show you how to make award winning coffee and a few basic latte art patterns! You'll each then grind the beans, pull the shot, steam the milk and finally pour the milk showing off your skills whilst going up against a your partner, friend or relative. The overall winner will get a bag of coffee. Drinks and cakes provided for free. Approx 1 hour long. Date to be booked.

£115 or more

DONATION - SPONSOR A CHAIR

There will be 14 chairs in The Hive! So your generosity will buy us a chair! This chair will literally have your name on it. We will engrave your name on a 50mmx25mm gold plate and attach it to the chair! We will also acknowledge your pledge on our donors website and on a donors plaque in store. You will also receive a VIP invite to the pledgers event. (Individual / non business donors only due to VAT rules)

£120 or more

REWARD - WEEKLY PROVISION HAMPERS

1 Large branded shopper bag and 4 x weekly provision hampers. Each with an individual value exceeding £35 will contain essentials such as bread, eggs, milk and coffee beans as well as treats from the deli such as pasta, sauces, savoury snacks and sweet treats. Vegan / GF options will be available and we will accommodate your preferences.

£180 or more

DONATION - SPONSOR A TABLE

There will be 9 tables in The Hive, so your generosity will buy a table! This table will literally have your name on it. We will engrave your name on a 90mmx38mm gold plate and attach it to the table! We will also acknowledge your pledge on our donors website and on a donors plaque in store. You will also receive a VIP invite to the pledgers event. (Individual / non business donors only due to VAT rules)

£220 or more

REWARD - LATTE ART TEAM BUILDING (4 people)

We will show you how to make award winning coffee and a few basic latte art patterns! You'll each then grind the beans, pull the shot, steam the milk and finally pour the milk showing off your skills whilst going up against a colleague, the overall winner will get a bag of coffee. Drinks and cakes provided for free. Approx 1.5 - 2 hours long. Date to be booked.

£270 or more

DONATION - SPONSOR A DISPLAY CABINET

Your generosity will buy either the loose chocolate cabinet or the cake cabinet! This cabinet will literally have your name on it. We will engrave your name on a 50mmx25mm gold plate and attach it to the cabinet! We will also acknowledge your pledge on our donors website and on a donors plaque in store. You will also receive a VIP invite to the pledgers event. (Individual / non business donors only due to VAT rules)

£400 or more

REWARD - LATTE ART TEAM BUILDING (8 People)

We will show you how to make award winning coffee and a few basic latte art patterns! You'll each then grind the beans, pull the shot, steam the milk and finally pour the milk showing off your skills whilst going up against a colleague, the overall winner will get a bag of coffee. Drinks and cakes provided for free. Approx 2 - 2.5 hours long. Date to be booked.

£765 or more

REWARD - COFFEE FOR A YEAR

BUY NOW & DRINK LATER - We will provide you with 1 regular coffee a day for a whole year when we open the doors to our new coffee shop! Based on current prices, if you drink lattes or cappuccinos this will save you over 20%. - By a year we mean a rolling 12 month period (Dec to Dec / Jan to Jan etc)

£880 or more

DONATION - SPONSOR AN APPLIANCE

Your generosity will buy an essential appliance such as a fridge, freezer, pot wash, ice machine or an oven! It will literally have your name on it as we will engrave your name on a 90mmx38mm gold plate and attach it to an appliance! We will also acknowledge your pledge on our donors website and on a donors plaque in store. You will also receive a VIP invite to the pledgers event. (Individual / non business donors only due to VAT rules)

£1,100 or more

REWARD - 4 HOUR EVENT SPACE HIRE

Seating up to 25 people inside. The coffee shop will be a wonderful place to host events. This package will be available to book once the new shops open. It will include hot drinks and a food platter including sandwiches, bar nibbles and cakes. Email [email protected] if you have any questions.

£1,800 or more

DONATION - SPONSOR THE GRAB & GO FRIDGE

Your generosity will buy the grab & go fridge, it will be stocked with cold drinks, breakfast pots & sandwiches. It will literally have your name on it as we will engrave your name on a 100mmx50mm gold plate and attach it to the fridge! We will also acknowledge your pledge on our donors website and on a donors plaque in store. You will also receive a VIP invite to the pledgers event. (Individual / non business donors only due to VAT rules)

£2,900 or more

DONATION - SPONSOR THE PUBLIC BATHROOM

There will be an ambulant bathroom for the public to use. So your generosity will allow us to buy and install that! It will literally have your name on it as we will engrave your name on a 100mmx50mm gold plate and attach it to the door! We will also acknowledge your pledge on our donors website and on a donors plaque in store. You will also receive a VIP invite to the pledgers event. (Individual / non business donors only due to VAT rules)

£340 or more

DONATION - SPONSOR THE BABY CHANGING STATION

Your generosity will allow us to buy and install a baby changing station for the bathroom. It will literally have your name on it as we will engrave your name on a 90mmx38mm gold plate and attach it to the baby changing station! We will also acknowledge your pledge on our donors website and on a donors plaque in store. You will also receive a VIP invite to the pledgers event. (Individual / non business donors only due to VAT rules)

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