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Robin’s Letter to Cherry Valley New York Locals

Good to Go Cherry Valley Pizza
Loaded Organic Pizza made with fresh, local ingredients

The following is a letter from Robin Supak to people who live in the upstate area around Cherry Valley New York, including Sharon Springs, Richfield Springs, Roseboom, Cooperstown, and the surrounding towns:

Hello Real Food Lovers,

If you received this letter, it means someone you know thinks you’re interested in a more sustainable and nurturing community, a community where locally grown and prepared food is as important to the soul as fresh air and clean water.

Good to Go is a family-owned, local/organic take-out start-up restaurant that is so close to opening we can taste it, and it tastes amazing.

In July, we received a $22,100 micro-enterprise grant from Otsego County (beating out dozens of other applicants). The grant covers major equipment like an exhaust hood, range, refrigerators & freezers, a water heater, and sinks. Unfortunately, the grant doesn’t cover labor. Using a new crowd-sourcing strategy, we have been selling shares of Good to Go to family, friends, and neighbors for the past year, but we are still $8,000 shy of having the funds to open the store.

And that’s where you come in!

Investors of as little as $100 per share will be paid their share of the LLC profits annually. Six months after opening, we will begin buying back shares in 20 quarterly installments. Stockholders continue receiving their full share of the profits until all shares have been repurchased.

Your investment in this energetic new restaurant will provide Cherry Valley with:

• Locally grown organic meats and veggies
• Multi-day marinades that make even the leanest grass-fed meats succulent
• Sustainable seafood
• Nutritious & deliciously prepared non-GMO food, free of high fructose corn syrup & MSG
• Live foods, like smoothies, kefir, apple cider vinegar, and sprouted foods
• A chef with a fundamental understanding of bio-availability, food pairing & spicing for maximum vitamin, anti-oxidant, and enzymatic absorption
• Personal attention: I’ll make your dishes the way you want them, made with a mother’s love, remembering you & your family’s dietary quirks and restrictions. I’ll generally bend over backwards to make you happy. It’s my M.O.
Investing in Good to Go puts you in the company of distinguished local luminaries, such as: Dr. Michael Geci, Maureen Newman, Donna Harnett, Charlie & Karen Kremer, Rog & Dot Smith (Spurbeck’s Grocery), Angelica Palmer (Green Circle Accounting), Sonia Sola (Nectar Hills Farm), Springfield town supervisor Bill Elsey, and artists Kathy Minnig, Vicki Whicker, and Bill Issac. Acclaimed multidisciplinary designer Harriet Spear is earning shares creating our logo!

I hope you’ll want to join this growing community of healthy, dedicated people who appreciate the importance of locally grown, locally sourced, and most importantly, locally prepared & distributed food.

In Food I Trust,
Robin Supak

You can download the letter here if you’d like to share it with your friends.

Cooperstown Crier Covers Good to Go Grant

The Cooperstown CrierThe Cooperstown Crier ran a story about Good to Go’s micro-enterprise grant yesterday.

Good to Go, a new farm-to-counter takeout restaurant in Cherry Valley, has been awarded a $22,100 micro-enterprise grant from Otsego County. Good to Go focuses on local, regional, organic and other healthy food.

The story focuses on our finances and mentions that we’re still looking for investors. It also mentions our commitment to local and organic food, and why we think it’s important to feature local food–it’s fresher, healthier, better for the environment, and by featuring local food, we can keep our money in the local community.

The story also mentions our commitment to grass-fed meats, which are better for you, the animal, and the planet.

Investors and Skilled Laborers Needed!

Good to Go is happy to announce that we have been awarded an Otsego County Micro-Enterprise Grant! This will help us buy the equipment and materials we need. However, we still need investors–including workers willing to be paid in shares (each share is a 0.1% equity stake in the company and is worth $100). Please go to our Get Involved page for more information on investing (money or time) in our crowd-funded enterprise.

 

Good News Everyone!

Our pet turtle Little Foot
Slow and steady wins the race!

Dear Good To Go Shareholders,

My update (at long last, I know, and I appreciate everyone’s patience) brings very good news.

The micro-enterprise grant Scott so painstakingly applied for in February was awarded to us. Out of about sixty businesses, two were chosen, and we got $22,100 out of the possible $35,000.

Basically, we won! The great County of Otsego, in its infinite wisdom, has decided to believe in me in the form of putting their $ where their mouth is, just as all of you caring folks have. I am so deeply grateful and honored, and I cannot wait to get started.

We reworked the business plan start-up costs to accommodate the new figure, and are waiting (more waiting! Whatever, Rome wasn’t built in a day or even in a year and a half) to sign on the dotted line and find out exactly what we can spend the money on. So far all we know is none may be spent on labor. I am hereby spreading the word that I am looking for people willing to work for shares and/or food down the line. I’ll paint myself, but I need:

  • a plumber
  • an electrician
  • a general contractor

The grant allows us to not have to go to the bank for a loan, practically guaranteeing Good To Go’s success, as our break even mark is so much drastically lower. But I still have to open; I hope by Labor Day (fitting, no?). It will take more money than I have to get there, as even my part-time gallery job is gone now.

If I can’t “gladly pay Tuesday for a hamburger today” where labor is concerned, I need to sell more shares. That worries me because it took a whole year of selling myself just to get to the nest egg of 65 shares, and 37 of those are family!

My hope is, now that I have Otsego County’s endorsement, people that have considered investing will jump to my side of the fence now that success is so likely. So please, encourage your peeps to join you on the Good To Go bandwagon, as we are absolutely, positively Good To Go.

In Food I Trust,
Robin