Kickstarter Alert: Building Community With Food: Seattle Cookie Counter

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CookieCounter-BusSeattle Cookie Counter is currently running their second Kickstarter campaign. Their first, two years ago, launched an amazing (and delicious) ice cream truck, and their latest is to open up an actual store front.

I backed the original Kickstarter and have already signed up for two rewards this time around because their treats are so amazing. Chelsea and Chris are also great people who listen to their customers and participate in their community, both of which I think deserves recognition and support. They even made a flavor for me–chocolate chocolate chip cookies with mint ice cream. It was the best frozen dessert I’ve ever had.

Despite how cool and retro their little blue VW bus is, a physical location will allow them to offer even more treats like pies, coffee, and sundaes along with build your own sammie (they often run out of flavors since they are so delicious and are made in advance each day).

I know it’s a local business here in Seattle, so a lot of readers may not be interested in the campaign (though there are some rewards that include flying you to Seattle), but I also know there are people out there who like to help support small businesses that deserve it, and that’s the real reason I’m writing about Chelsea and Chris.

CookieCounter-RaffleBeing a mobile ice cream vendor means that they currently aren’t year round. They currently only operate from June through September. This past June, they had a gran re-opening party to celebrate the start of the season. They had a bunch of raffle items and services donated by local businesses that raised money for Emerald City Pet Rescue as well as face painting and free t-shirts.

CookieCounter-CycleDogsIn addition to Seattle Cookie Counter serving up their ice cream, Cycle Dogs was also there (another local food business I recently backed on Kickstarter) serving up their amazing hot dogs.

CookieCounter-NoBonesAnd No Bones food truck (recently voted best Food Truck in Seattle in the Seattle Weekly 2015 Reader Poll) was also there, serving up their awesomeness. And, yes, they are also a Kickstarter business I supported.

CookieCounter-CharitiesIn addition to having awesome food, No Bones also donates 2% of their monthly sales to a different charity.

So other than all being local food businesses I backed on Kickstarter, what’s the big deal? What I saw at this event was a bunch of businesses who are essentially competing businesses coming together and supporting each other and their community. The owners of our favorite restaurant here in Seattle, Wayward Vegan Cafe (recently voted Best Brunch in Seattle in the Seattle Weekly 2015 Reader Poll), were also in attendance. And all of these folks have already backed the new Seattle Cookie Counter campaign.

I’ve never seen “competing” businesses be so supportive of each other and of their community. Every single one of these business owners knows me and my family by name, knows what we want to eat, usually before we do, and is beloved by our local community. I’ve never seen one of them not packed with hungry and happy people.

Delicious food aside, I’m more than happy to back any of these businesses and continue giving them my money because they make my community a better one to be a part of.


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