15  Oct

Campaigns to Love: Brooklyn Oenology Winery Tasting Room

Forget Bordeaux, did you know you can get incredible wines grown right her in New York state?  And you don’t need to head all the way out to the countryside to enjoy a wine tasting – you can do it right in Williamsburg at Alie Shaper’s cozy Brooklyn Oenology Winery Tasting Room.  Opened in 2006, this former warehouse space has been transformed into an adorable farmhouse and feels like you’re just steps from the vineyard.

Brooklyn Oneology, or BOE, stocks a variety of New York made wine, beer, cheese, charcuterie and other picnic items. They also hire Brooklyn artists to display their works of art on the peelable labels on bottles, and have an event space for musical guests.  

And the wine is no joke.  Alie gets her grapes out in the North Fork of Long Island and produce it in the neighboring town of Mattituck. Did you know Long Island is home to a vast number of vineyards, rivaling the Finger Lakes winescapes. New York state ranks third in wine production behind California (of course) and Washington.  

Brooklyn Oenology Winery is on Smallknot with a campaign to replace their broken down refrigerator — and they’re using this as an opportunity to offer you some awesome perks.   The little fridge that Alie bootstrapped when they opened the tasting room has gone to refrigerator heaven, and the new one will showcase more locally made goods for you to enjoy.    

There’s only a few weeks left, so invest in BOE today and enjoy a wine tasting class (or two) or even a wine country tour for up to 6 people! Through a little Smalknot magic you can get a great price on BOE’s offerings while helping to support a local business. Your investment will help this entrepreneur grow their small business and mission to bring amazing and locally sourced wine right into your neighborhood.

Indulge in some crisp wine, stay for the music and enjoy the slow ambience in the heart of Brooklyn.  

You can find the campaign here. 

Brooklyn Oenology Winery
209 Wythe Ave.
Brooklyn NY
Twitter: @bklynoenology 

8  Oct

Campaigns to Inspire: Juice Hugger Cafe

Smallknot is a way to help local businesses in your community achieve great things.  Invest in a Smallknot campaign and you’ll get great value for your contribution in the form of goods, services and special benefits — all while helping passionate entrepreneurs grow their dreams.  Today, we’re featuring Juice Hugger Cafe in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn.  You can find them on Smallknot here

Juicing is all the rage these days, and with good reason.  With obesity rates and diabetes on the rise, it’s no surprise that people everywhere are looking for healthy alternatives and making more health-conscious food choices.  Cold-pressed juices made with fruits and vegetables are an increasingly popular way to lose weight, detox, or boost your veggie intake.  While it’s not unusual to find cold-pressed juices around the city, they’re often expensive and almost always in high-priced neighborhoods.

And that’s one of the reasons why Juice Hugger Cafe is so exceptional.  Opened in October 2011, Juice Hugger’s storefront is in Crown Heights, Brooklyn on Rogers Avenue, and they’re committed to bringing fresh and affordable organic juices to a neighborhood that often lacks a lot of healthy choices.  They sell their own line of cold-pressed juices and nut milks, and a variety of juice cleanses that will get you feeling energized in no time.  And with prices starting at just $3.50 for a juice, anyone can enjoy it.  Oh - and did we mention they deliver?  

Co-owner Carl Foster knows the power of juicing first hand.  Just a few years ago he was 5’9” and 220 lbs., and desperately looking for ways to get healthier.  After a friend introduced him to fresh pressed juices, he lost more than 60 pounds through a combination of healthier choices and moderate exercise.  When friends started asking him to make juices for them too, the company began to grow organically.  Together with his fiancee and business partner Kelly Keelo, Carl began bottling juices and selling them online and at festivals and corporate events.  Last year, they opened their first storefront and have quickly become a mainstay of the neighborhood.  

Juice Hugger is on Smallknot today looking to upgrade the cafe and make it more comfortable for everyone to enjoy. Carl and Kelly are looking to build additional seating that will create more of a lounge area in the space, and they plan to upgrade their refrigerators, freezers and ovens so they can expand their offering and selections.  

Invest in Juice Hugger Cafe today and you can get great values on juice packs and juice cleanses.  It’s rare indeed for Juice Hugger to offer any kind of a discount, and this is a great way to jumpstart a healhty lifestyle.  Your investment will help these entrepreneurs continue to grow their business and bring even more healthy, delicious juices.  There’s only about a week left in the campaign, so now’s the time to get in on the deal!  

Feel good, get healthy, make a difference in your community.  What’s not to like?  

Find Juice Hugger’s Smallknot campaign here. 

Juice Hugger Cafe
85 Rogers Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11216
Twitter: @juicehugger

29  Aug

Announcing the Smallknot/Accion Co-Funding Program

Smallknot is thrilled to announce today a new partnership program with Accion serving the East Coast and Online, a leader in U.S. microfinance.  The Smallknot/Accion East program is a revolutionary co-funding alternative for small business owners, blending crowdfunding and microlending.  Under the partnership, small businesses can leverage crowdfunded capital raised on Smallknot to unlock business loans from Accion.  Crowdfunded collateral raised via Smallknot will help small business owners get access to potentially larger loans than those for which they would otherwise qualify, while building meaningful business credit for the business owner. 

We couldn’t be more excited to combine forces with Accion in bringing this program to market.  Accion East and Online is part of the U.S. Accion network the largest microlending network in the U.S. With over $340 million lent since 1991, Accion is committed to bringing affordable microfinance solutions to small business owners nationwide and has helped thousands of small businesses grow and thrive. 

Our very first campaign in partnership with Accion launched yesterday: A7, makers of hand-crafted leather camera straps here in Brooklyn.  Co-owners Melissa Patenaude and Craig Hackney are seeking $7,500 to fund their new fall line and increase their distribution.  It’s a beautiful product, and their previous limited edition run received great reviews in magazines like GQ and across the internet.   

The Smallknot/Accion program is an innovative new way of leveraging the power of crowdfunding to bring increased access to capital for small businesses looking to expand and grow. In addition to building business credit and unlocking capital, the partnership will help promote the visibility of all our Smallknot campaigns.  

For more information about the Smallknot/Accion co-funding program, and to find out how to apply, click here.