Columbus Crowdfunding Roundup – June 2016

roundup of crowdfunding campaigns and kickstarters in columbus

May’s campaign’s went four for four on funding, how will June’s campaigns fare?

A market looks to bring life to downtown Lancaster, a food truck is adding some Argentine flair to Columbus’ dining scene, and a social enterprise aims to create a one-for-one model for tampons. Warrior Wear offers the dude equal of the ubiquitous women’s yoga pant and a new business needs some help building roots. Thinking of building an app? Spectrum hopes to make that easier.

Keep reading for more details on each.

Help Keller Market House Get a Facelift! 

A long-vacant, historic building in downtown Lancaster is going back to is roots. Once the Keller Grocery Store from 1867-1904, the building will soon be a market again, selling local food including vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, cheese, honey, baked goods and more. The business has received grants and community support, but is seeking additional funds to cross the finish line and give the building a facelift.

Barroluco Argentine Comfort Food

A family affair, Barroluco is bringing the flavors of Argentina to Columbus. The concept has evolved over the years from bakery, to fundraising for a food truck with goals to eventually open a full-service restaurant. Funds raised will go towards truck costs, with Barroluco set to hit the streets later this summer.

Help Aunt Flow Give Tampons to Women in Need

Aunt Flow is developing a one-for-one, subscription-based model for tampons. For every box of tampons a subscriber buys, one is given to a woman in need – “taking care of your flow, takes care of her flow.” The social enterprise also aims to reduced the stigma around periods. Aunt Flow is raising funds to purchase the initial order of tampons with the business to begin flowing in September.

Warrior Wear – Men’s Yoga Shorts; Optimized for Performance

A internet search for men’s yoga shorts revealed some interesting results…which were next to nothing. The gap in the market for a yoga brand dedicated exclusively to men led to Warrior Wear. The business is launching with a line of four custom-designed shorts available in two fabrics, and using crowdfunding to pre-sale its wares and gauge demand for its product.

Le Café Phenix

A recent addition to Gay Street Downtown, Café Phenix took nest in the former 39 Below space. Offering an extensive variety of beverages – coffee, tea, milkshakes, smoothies, Italian sodas, frappés and more – as well as baked-daily treats, the café is raising funds to push through the first few month of business after unexpected costs.


In the age of apps, a new business is looking to streamline the development process. Touting a “design-first” process, Spectrum allows anyone to become an app developer, creating mobile apps to websites with no coding required. Founders are raising funds to take Spectrum from about 60 percent complete to the finish line. 

Failed of Funded – May 2016

Tabletop Game Cafe – Funded: $10,315 raised / $8,000 requested

Snap-Eaze, Interchangeable Pasties with a Twist – Funded: $2,333 raised / $2,000 requested
*current status, campaign still open

Unique Hand-Made Coin Rings for Men or Women – Funded: $1,629 raised / $500 requested

Handcrafted Leather Belts, Keychains – Funded: $3,342 raised / $1,000 requested