“Before we turned into a culture of disposable everything, you drank sodas at the soda fountain or you had a seltzer man,” Crowell says in a the fundraising pitch for his Under Pressure Seltzer Works. “Like you had a milk man only carbonated.”
Details on how to help your friendly neighborhood seltzer man reach his $2,830 goal are below. It sounds, if nothing else, like an investment in a relatively sustainable business. “These bottles are created to last forever,” Crowell says.
Under Pressure Seltzer Works is a soda delivery operation on Capitol hill, aiming to re-introduce the Seltzer Trade to Seattle. Recycled, Antique glass bottles with valve tops (Think three stooges) delivered to your door, replacing disposable bottles with antique containers and incredibly carbonated water, bottled on Capitol Hill.
After two years collecting antique bottles from around the nation and sourcing the machine required to fill an antique seltzer bottle, Under Pressure is raising money in order to begin delivering by spring.
I’ve created a fundraising campaign with rewards at http://www.indiegogo.com/Underpressure
Help from the neighborhood will make possible repairs, and the purchase of filtering and delivery equipment which has remained elusive.
Inspired by the Seltzer Trade in South America, Seltzer delivery is a trade once commonplace which can still be found in New York, Boston, and San Francisco. As a collector, an environmentalist, and a drinker, I hope there’s room for a small startup here on Capitol Hill once all the final equipment is arranged.
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Meanwhile, in other Capitol Hill-related entrepreneurial news, we received a press release from Seattle U biz student Alexandra Abraham about a company she has taken a leave of absence from her schooling to launch. Introducing DripCatch. Tom Douglas-approved, apparently:
DripCatch™, LLC announced today that it has begun manufacturing and distribution of a new, low-cost safety device that could significantly minimize the risk of costly “slip-and-fall” accidents in the food & beverage industry. The device, known as a DripCatch basin, snaps tightly underneath commercial glass and dishware racks and fits snugly into dollies to prevent excess water from leaking or spilling in kitchen and dining areas.
According to celebrity chef, award winning restaurateur and culinary writer Tom Douglas, “It’s great to find a product that makes you smack yourhead and go ‘Perfect! That’s just what we need!’ It keeps our floors dryer, our employees and customers safer, the restaurant cleaner and mehappier… win win win!”
Regional restaurant design, supply and distributor, Bargreen Ellingson, recently awarded DripCatch™ an exclusive distribution agreement coveringnine western states and British Columbia.
Alexandra Abraham, the 22-year old SU business student and inventor of DripCatch™, said, “I’m extremely honored by the help and support I’vereceived from restaurant industry icons, Tom Douglas and Bargreen Ellingson in launching our new company and safety product. When people of thiscaliber take the time and interest to support young entrepreneurs like me, anything is possible.” Alexandra also mentioned “the patient support andguidance provided by DripCatch™ manufacturer, Cashmere Molding of Woodinville, WA has been invaluable.”
According to Alexandra’s business advisors, DripCatch’s™ attractive pricing and risk mitigating characteristics make the market for this product/device almost too big to quantify. Every commercial food service business in the world is a potential customer.