A couple of weeks ago we were lucky enough to be invited to the opening of the new Christians Café. Christian and his fiancée, Alice, grew up in Knaresborough and so the move from Crimple Hall to their home town seemed natural and exciting.
The café itself was mainly fitted out by Christian, Alice and their friends and family, yet you wouldn’t know it from looking around. They’ve created a breezy, open space, with modern and contemporary design details which really set it apart from other places in the historic town.
At the opening party there was a buzz of excitement and celebration. We spotted plenty of familiar faces from the Harrogate independent scene, including Ruth and Hayden from Bean and Bud, as well as some of Christian’s suppliers like North Star Coffee Roasters, based in Leeds.
Little did the guests know there was a big surprise to come! Christian made a short speech before playing a video projected onto one of the walls.
It launched the Kickstarter campaign which will help fund Christian and Alice’s new quest: Blind Jack’s, a pub in Knaresborough market place. They’re trying to raise £20,000 to buy the pub and create a homely and welcoming space for the community. They want to enhance the existing pub by making changes such as revamping the toilets and introducing a food menu which will mainly feature sharing plates, perfect for enjoying with friends in the new, casual surroundings.
Kickstarter campaigns are a type of crowd-funding. People can pledge money to help a project and then in return they receive a reward from the business. Christian’s rewards include lunch for two, brewery tours, latte making classes and special evenings at Christians Café in Knaresborough.
After seeing the success of Kickstarter campaigns from the likes of Norse in Harrogate earlier this year and Hispi in Didsbury, Manchester, last year, we can see why it’s a great route to go down for both businesses and for guests. It would be great to see a local landmark stay in the hands of a local couple, and for the community to support them in their plans.
If you’d like to find out more and support Christian and Alice, you can visit their Kickstarter page here, but be quick, they only have until 30th September to raise the money!