Friday, March 26, 2010

Kiss Coffee Shop

Kiss Coffee Shop Franchise Planned for AustraliaPosted on Mar 24th 2010 1:00PM by Matt Glazebrook Comments (16) Print | Email More Global branding machine and occasional rock band Kiss are set to extend their empire Down Under. Australia's first Kiss-themed coffee shop will apparently open late this year -- because what goes better with aging, spandex-clad glam metal than a stiff mug of flat white?

Kiss CoffeeHouse Melbourne will begin serving thirsty caffeine-addicts on Dec. 31, provided java entrepreneur Steve Agi can find investors to help him foot the AUS$5million (£3million/US$4.5million) bill for the joint, says the Sydney Morning Herald.

For a mere AUS$250,000 ($227,000/£152,000) stake, backers will gain membership to the Kiss Army, receive signed band merchandise and have a chance to meet Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, et al.

This on top of the opportunity to rake in a profit from Australia's hordes of coffee-loving Kiss fans (minus licensing fees to the 'Detroit Rock City' rockers and international music promotion megacorps, Live Nation).

And if wary would-be shareholders are looking a reassuring precedent: The original Kiss CoffeeHouse in Myrtle Beach, S.C, has been successfully flogging imaginatively named "rockuccinos" and "rockiatos" to American tourists since summer 2006. Rock 'n' roll!

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