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Anyone in Kalamazoo fancy a cup of coffee?

physicsduck has spent a tremendous amount of time and effort working on a project called Astrolounge, intended to serve the college and local music communities in Kalamazoo. Unfortunately, he's run into some difficulties with the landlord--difficulties that threaten to scuttle the project.

So, in true open-source, community-building style, he's looking at a nonintuitive solution to the problem--buying the facility by raising money through the sale of ten dollar gift cards for five bucks. The upside: It solves the problem with the landlord, gives the group a way to finance the build-out, and helps distribute caffeine to needy college students throughout Michigan. The downside: it takes a lot of $5 sales to build a cafe.

Now, if it were me, I'd be all over this like white on rice--can't get enough bang for my caffeine buck! Hell, I spend more than five bucks on hot chocolate alone every time I walk into a Starbuck's--that paragon of bland, soulless corporate consumerism. Sadly, however, I don't live anywhere near Kalamazoo, Michigan.

However, I suspect some of you do, or know folks who do. And this is no idle project, folks; these guys are willing to bust ass to make this happen.

(Lots more cool vids like that here.)


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Sep. 15th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
Hey, thanks for the good PR! :)
Sep. 15th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
If I was home (and I only mean that in the sense of where I grew up) I would SO head over to K-zoo to meet you!

Come to CO damnit! :)
Sep. 15th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks man :)
Oct. 10th, 2008 11:59 am (UTC)
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