A unique café experience is hoping to open up in the heart of York, and it’s looking to the city’s residents for help.
Random Encounter is a new startup looking to open York’s first ever Pop Culture Café this summer. It will be a place for any and all pop culture lovers to come enjoy great food and drink whilst engaging in their favorite hobbies – video games, board games, comic books, movies – Random Encounter will be the ultimate, judgment-free pop culture hub.
This exciting new venture is the brainchild of local couple, Wes Hall and Ellen Stubbings. “We never had a clubhouse, so we decided to make our own” said Ellen Stubbings, Full Time Illustrator and Random Encounter Co-Founder. “We love everything the café stands for and realized there isn’t a place for people to go enjoy and discuss their favorite pop culture hobbies.” On making Random Encounter a reality, Wes Hall, who works full time on bringing RE to life, said “We’ve got a fully costed business plan and we’re working with the Princes Trust, but to make such an ambitious project feasible, we’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign and are asking the people of York for help!”
Launching on May 29th, the Kickstarter was 10% funded in 24 hours. Not wanting something for nothing, Random Encounter’s Kickstarter campaign has 20 unique backer rewards including –
· Lifetime Membership with fantastic perks
· Professionally designed T-Shirts
· One-of-a–kind watercolour painting of your favorite pop culture character by Ellen
· Random Encounter mugs that entitle the owner to one free drink every time they bring the mug with them
…and much more
They encourage you to visit their campaign for yourselves by searching ‘Random Encounter’ on Kickstarter. You can also check them out on social media @randomencounteryork