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Our goal: Create the world's perfect milkshake
Our quest to make the world's perfect chocolate milkshake led us to crafting our own gourmet ice cream.
The result was thick, creamy milkshakes in six different powerful flavors: chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter, espresso, mint and strawberry. How could anything be better?
Then things went crazy!
The milkshakes grew bigger, crazier, totally outrageous and stunningly photogenic!
On some, toppings erupted down the cup - and Lava Shakes were formed. On others, desserts exploded out of the top and became Volcano Shakes. So that's what we named our business!
We needed the right location to test our idea.
Since we didn't know if customers would be interested, we wanted the rent to be cheap. So we found a store front on a corner in Honolulu's Chinatown. Because of super expensive real estate in Hawaii, the space we chose was tiny and in an undesirable neighborhood - which is exactly what you look for when you want a deal.
Our Volcano Shakes became an overnight sensation.
Out of nowhere, Volcano Shakes went viral online!
We became a hot spot for local families with kids, couples, date nights, birthdays, and locals with family visiting from the mainland! Our customers loved it!
Eventually, we were featured on some local and national food blogs, Japanese tour books, and we just filmed a shoot for a national tv show airing next year.
The word has gotten out that Volcano Shakes isn't just a place to grab dessert or a snack, but it is a place to share a fun food experience with friends and family.
When our Volcano Shakes are served, there is always a chorus of "Wow!" and "Oh my gosh!" from our guests. You hear plenty of "ooh's" and "aah's" from people passing by.
While kids get really excited about such outrageous desserts, we've learned something we weren't expecting: apparently, adults love to play with their food just as much as kids do, at least when they're enjoying something as fun as a Volcano Shake!
But neighborhood & building problems hurt our business
Our customers have been begging us to move somewhere with seating, parking and in a better neighborhood.
To solve the seating problem, we built some tables and chairs and set up an outdoor seating area on the sidewalk. While the homeless in the neighborhood would still panhandle, harass and intimidate our customers, they felt it was better than no seating at all.
Unfortunately, the city soon decided they didn't want us having sidewalk seating and forced us to dismantle it. Customers with kids have said they won't return until we move.
This is where you can help!
The great news is that we have secured a new location for Volcano Shakes, and we'll be opening it in just a couple weeks!
Unfortunately, the upfront costs are very high to get into any of these locations. Not only is commercial real estate already incredibly expensive in Honolulu, build out costs for a new restaurant are beyond what we can squirrel away ourselves.
For us to grow this into what we know it can be, we're asking you to give the most generous contribution you can in this fundraising drive to help us raise the money required to open. The money we raise will be put toward the construction costs and additional equipment we'll need to make our next location a success.
Mahalo, me ka Aloha - (Thank you, with love)
Pete and Meghann
Just click the link below and choose the amount your are able to give. Mahalo! (Thank you!)