Saying Goodbye to Main Street, part 2 May 19, 2016 14:07
I didn't expect there to be a part 2. I expected to be updating you all with a new location address after our micro loan was funded but... we aren't quite so far out of the woods yet. In this day and age of volatile business practices, land owners are less trusting than they used to be, going less on gut instinct and instead just solid numbers. I can't say I blame them, chances are, they've been burned before. But as a store that is getting stronger every month but still not rolling in dough, proposing less of a monthly rent in exchange for doing a great number of the necessary improvements to the property ourselves means they want to see the cash available to pay someone else to do those improvements.
I'm very fortunate to have a talented group of generous friends who have volunteered their time and energy into helping me out at the new space, but cash on hand to buy materials is not something I have here in the account, just sitting around. I have a business plan that was crafted with conservative numbers for what success we could be when we have a larger, more visible location, but that alone isn't enough to convince our potential future landlords that we are a safe choice as tenants. They want to see some capital.
So what am I asking? If you happen to have any Home Depot or Lowe's gift cards laying about the house that you aren't using, would you consider passing them on to us? We will use them to buy materials to redo the floors, insulate the ceiling, create the cat rescue room, paint the interior and put exterior lighting around the building for safety. We have been asked by many for a paypal link, and I'm afraid that would count as income on our taxes, and therefore be taxable income.
Home Depot gift cards can be purchased online, and are available here the email address is donna @ geekyteas . com
Thank you everyone for being so supportive of us. If there is a way for me to repay your kindness, just ask. I'm happy to do whatever is within my means.
P.S. If donating gift cards isn't your thing, some wonderful customers have donated items for us to eBay off to help raise money for this transition. The auctions are here and include signed items from Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Seth Gilliam, Misha Collins, Jim Beaver, Holland Roden, Seth Green, Sala Baker, Darren Criss, John Barrowman and Gareth David-Lloyd.