Those that know us at The Kind Grind will know we’ve had a bit of a rough journey to get where we are now, a multi award winning fully vegan coffee shop in Torquay. Since the week after we opened we’ve been hit with bad luck and unexpected expenses, caused due to things like our boiler breaking and getting burgled.
Just as we felt we were getting somewhere we’ve had another devastating and unexpected set back. The flat roof over our kitchen has fallen into disrepair and the heavy rain has caused it to leak in numerous places leaving our kitchen flooded and a large part unusable, limiting our menu and our ability not only to sell food but also to provide it as part of our Suspended Coffee iniative. As far as Suspended Coffee goes this couldn’t have come at a worse time with the weather worsening meaning even poorer conditions for the local homeless community and those on low incomes struggling to heat their homes who use our shop as not only somewhere to get food and drink, but to get company and reduce isolation.
We’re incredibly proud of all we’ve achieved, most recently making the final three in the Devon Life Food & Drink Awards for Best Coffee Shop, the only coffee shop in South Devon to make it through. Being proud of our achievements makes it extra hard to ask for help but we really can’t afford to be without our kitchen fully functioning at this time and do not have the spare cash to carry out the emergency repairs needed to fix our roof (which are our responsibility as per the lease) so we are reaching out to our friends and supporters to see if you can help us get fixed up and back to normal service as soon as possible.
We have had quotes to replace the flat roof and have realised it’s unaffordable so we are opting for repairs rather than replacement which will not last as long but should see us through the next few years problem free until we are in a better financial position to carry out larger works ourselves, and comes in as a far less costly option and quicker to fix. The cheapest quote is £500 to get the roof work done. If we can raise any more than this it will go towards replacing two rotten wooden windows upstairs that are also letting water in that have been quoted at £165 for the small one and £375 for the bigger one. We want our shop to be here for years to come so really hope to get it fixed up!
On 20th December we were broken into again. Thanks to new security measures we’d put in place he got away with nothing and was swiftly arrested. The man in question made a full admission to ours and two other local businesses burglaries however magistrates let him go. Significant damage has been caused to our front door and we had to close for 2 days so this further unexpected set back has meant finances are tighter than ever and our need to raise the money for the ongoing repairs is even greater. We truly appreciate every pledge made to not only help us continue as a business but to help us stay positive and continue on x