Local Coffee Shop Owners Seek Funds for Bar Expansion

By Katie Honan on April 28, 2014 7:08am 

 The owners of Norma's are asking for donations to help furnish their future bar, Julia's.
The owners of Norma's are asking for donations to help furnish their future bar, Julia's.
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RIDGEWOOD — The owners of a popular coffee shop are asking for the public's help in making their plan for a cozy, unpretentious bar a reality.

Denise Plowman and Crystal River Williams opened Norma's on the corner of Catalpa and Forest avenues in 2012, and now they're looking to expand to wine, beer and savory snacks at Julia's, their future bar.

They've secured a location on Woodward Avenue, and have launched an online fundraiser to help get fun pieces to the spot to help match the quirky interior of their coffee shop, they said.

"We've got rent, plumbing, electrical and licensing fees covered, what we need help purchasing is the custom furniture, glass wear, cheese boards and decor pieces," they wrote on Kickstarter.

They hope to raise $5,000 in 30 days, and are already at more than $1,000.

The goal, they said, is to make a "warm and inviting place" that will serve snacks made out of CSA veggies and sourced from New York farmers, along with sangria, sparkling cocktails, beer and wine.

Menu items will be focused on local and they'll also sell jarred items like jams and salsas that customers can bring home.

"New York, and specifically Queens, have been good to us and we want to show our support for our home by buying and promoting local," they wrote.

The Kickstarter will also hopefully help them find salvaged wood and other items for their interior, they said.

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