Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Buy A Rebuilding Gift Certificate And Help Red Hook Lobster Pound Back On Its Feet After Sandy

The Red Hook Lobster Pound is just one of the many businesses in Red Hook that was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy two weeks ago. Ever since, its owner Susan Povich, whom I first met and interviewed when she started the lobster pound back in 2009, has been trying to rebuilt her business at 284 Van Brunt Street, which was under four feet of water. She estimated that this will take at least two months, if not longer.

Most importantly, it will take some much needed funds. To that end, she has started a Rebuilding Gift certificate sale/fundraising campaign through Small Knot,com.
It's an easy way to help a local business get back on its feet.

Here is more information on the fundraiser.

Purchase gift certificates to rebuild the Red Hook Lobster Pound
The whole community took a whoopin from that Storm Sandy. She filled up our tanks with more salt water than we could handle. We need to rebuild our lobster tanks, walk-in, kitchen and store. We need new equipment on top of new walls and floors! We also thought that it was high time for a bathroom! Our staff is so wonderful and we would love to be able to employ them to help during the rebuild.
Red Hook is a special place. It is the closest that NYC has to a fishing village, which is one of the reasons we moved here 15 years ago and opened the Red Hook Lobster Pound 5 years ago. We gave so much of ourselves to this project, it was heartbreaking to open the door on October 30.
The water raced down our main street and flooded The Pound and the commissary with over four feet of water, and there is extensive damage. Two of our vehicles are not functioning, our food truck needs to be totally rebuilt. We had to demolish all the walls, take up the floors, trash the lobster tanks and all our inventory.
We are rebuilding! This time with a/c and a customer W.C. We are reaching out to you to help us. Anyone that would like to help out, please e-mail: info [at] redhooklobster [dot] com, or tweet us @Redhooklobster.This could mean manpower, tradesmen, designers, painters, comedian, garbage bags, or anything else you can think of to lend a hand. Anything is appreciated.
We are raising this money through a special gift certificate program. For every gift certificate that you buy now, 75% of the purchase price will be yours to use at any of our locations and 25% will go directly to the rebuild. Buy now, lobstericiousness later! It makes a great Christmas or Chanukah present (for the Traif in all of us). Oh, and when we reopen the picnic room (bigger, expanded, A/C Heat and the all important W.C.) we will have a special party to thank all of our helpers and contributors.

To buy your certificate, click here.


Anonymous said...

If the pound didn't have proper insurance and now needs capital to rebuild, they should be offering to redeem their gift certificates at 125% of the purchase price to the buyer once the restaurant reopens, not the other way around.

counterfugue said...


Hmmm... said...

Agreed. All due respect and sorry for what you are going through, BUT there is FEMA relief for businesses, no? I can understand gift certificates, but they should be for full amount. How is this building good faith with the community?

Anonymous said...

FEMA provides little or no relief for business recovery. Think of the 25% as a large tip to say welcome back if/when they reopen.

Many of our small Red Hook businesses need your support so consider this a donation. see:

If you prefer to give elsewhere, that's fine, but we are trying to keep small business alive in Red Hook and we desperately need your support!

Hmmm... said...

My apologies. My remark was insensitive. I understand now. Thank you.