In a video on the fundraising site, owner and head roaster Candy Schibli explained that she is trying to combine roasting, packaging and retail operations currently in D.C. and Williamsburg, Va.
A regular at the Riverdale Park Farmer’s Market, Southeastern is looking to move to a building at 4701 Queensbury Ave., formerly the home of the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation.
But Schibli said the build-out will cost about $300,000 more than she has lined up, so she’s looking at loans, grants and the Kickstarter for options.
“We’ll use these funds to install our plumbing and HVAC, upgrade our electricity, install fire rated dry-wall, our roasters, light fixtures, seating, etc.” she wrote. “Inside this family-friendly safe-space cafe, we will open for coffee cuppings, work-space, local author sessions and books, outdoor meet-ups, community based foods and goods, community driven demos and talks.”
Southeastern roasts about 250 to 300 pounds of coffee a month for clients such as Village Cafe at Union Market.