New Ballard business aims to satisfy people's late-night munchies
Two young entrepreneurs in Ballard have launched a business based on their own need to keep the party going without anyone having to make a beer run when snacks or refreshments run out.
iHaveMuchies.com is a late night door-to-door delivery service which delivers snacks, beer, wine, tobacco and various sundries ranging anywhere from TP to plastic cutlery between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m.
"It really was a function of my own need," said co-founder, Noel Davenport. "I looked online thinking there has got to be somebody that delivers that type of food but found nothing so I decided there need to be something."
Davenport said the concept was simple and the hard part was making the business a reality.
"[Our business] is a new platform. It's a grocery store without a store front and we still had to apply for the same kind of alcohol and tobacco licenses," said business partner and attorney, Mark Arthur.
Located on Leary Way between Fremont and Ballard, ihavemunchies.com serves the Ballard and Fremont communities, delivering everything from beer to toilet paper.
"We really want to keep partiers off the road," Davenport said. "And we try to be pretty price sensitive. It's so expensive to go out nowadays and our service allows people to stay in."
With little to no mark-up, a six-pack of PBR from ihavemunchies.com will cost you $5.99, which is similar to most stores.
Davenport added that the delivery fees get smaller the bigger the order is. Delivery fees for orders $60 and up is $2.99 and while smaller order have a $7 delivery fee.
They launched their business only four weeks ago, but already they're looking into possibly expanding their delivery radius to include Greenlake, Queen Anne and other nearby neighborhoods.
Davenport said cheap beer is by far their most popular item but they're also seeing other needs such as mothers needing diapers.
Arthur said they want to hear feedback from the community on what they need and want to cater to the community's need.
Davenport and Arthur both have day jobs and see this business as a "labor of love", Arthur said.
In an effort to keep the overhead costs low, Arthur and Davenport have been working a lot of shifts themselves, shlepping orders in the late night hours.
"It's a cool service and it's something I would use," Arthur said.
As the company grows, Arthur and Davenport hope to employ bike messengers and invest in community involvement.
Both guys share a love for dogs and said they'd like to promote the animal shelters by conducting an adoption events and participates in the furry 5k.
They're also like to sponsor a climbing team and will have regular trivia team.
"This business was born in Ballard and we hope to be a Seattle staple for many years to come," Arthur said.