Hermit Woods Seeks Support through Crowd Funding on Kickstarter

MEREDITH — The owners of Hermit Woods Winery have created a zany video and posted it on www.Kickstarter.com, a crowd-funding website, to ask for public support.

Hermit Woods opened just three years ago in the home of one of the owners, Bob Manley. Since then, they have achieved a great deal of success and their business has grown. "We cannot make another bottle of wine in our small basement and our tasting room is often full to capacity." "We realized that to continue to produce high quality local wine and serve our customers in the manner they have become accustomed, we needed to find another location," says Bob Manley, one of the three partners who started the business.

To that end, the three partners enlisted the help of Ellen Mulligan (their Real Estate Agent), Meredith Village Savings Bank, and Belknap County Economic Development to locate and purchase a new home for their winery. Having found what they report to be the ideal location, a downtown Meredith building located at 72 Main Street, they have begun the process of transforming the building into their winery. "The building has good bones but needed a lot of work," said Bob. "As with many large projects of this type, we have underestimated the scope and are running out of funds to see the project through."

This is where Kickstarter comes in. Bob and his partners have turned to this popular crowd-funding site as a means to raise the final capital they need to finish their tasting room. They have set an ambitious goal of $28,000 which they claim will see them through to the finish, but have until January 10 to raise the money or they will not get a dime.

"We would not be here today if it was not for the generous support of our friends, family, and the many thousands of people who have visited our winery since we opened. We have known from the beginning that we could not do this alone, and now more than ever, we need your help," says Bob.

You can learn about their project by visiting www.kickstarter.com and searching for Hermit Woods Winery, or by visiting www.hermitwoods.com or their Facebook page www.facebook.com/hermitwoods. If you happen to be in Meredith, stick your head in the door at 72 Main Street. If one of the owners is there, they would be happy to show you around and tell you about their plans.