Christopher Ciesiel and Cristin Llewellyn have been entertaining guests in their backyard since 2011, when the husband-and-wife team built a bar in their shed and started stocking the booze. In the years since, Ciesiel has slowly built a reputation around his craft cocktails — thanks, in part, to a few off-site gigs and guest-bartending spots at local bars.
By the spring of 2016, Ciesiel and Llewellyn hope to make the Campground more of an official space. They've got their eyes set on a storefront at 6 Westport Road, on the corner of Westport and Main. To help raise funds for the brick-and-mortar business, the couple has turned to the popular crowdsourcing platform, Kickstarter. They set a goal of $20,000; with 10 days left on the campaign, the Campground is more than halfway funded.
Ahead of the pop-up fundraiser for the Campground on Saturday, July 25, at Morton Ballroom, I chatted with Ciesiel about the ups and downs of crowdsourcing and his plans for the bar.