Columbus' First Herb Store

$875 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 22 people in 51 months

Columbus is ready for a brick and mortar herb store. We have holistic health practitioners, schools, meetups. Our locavore community that supports regional cuisine restaurants and farmer's markets year round indicate that people are ready for herbalism with a bioregional focus as well.

I am ready to make the store happen for the people of Columbus- I just need a jumpstart. I have applied for a small busines loan, but I am heding my bets with a crowdsourcing campaign.

I have located the perfect (affordable!) storefront that allows for retail sales, rental practitioner space for holistic healers, space for workshops and classes, and a production space for amazing remedies and body care. The space is being held for me until I hear about my loan or campaign.

I have people waiting in the wings to help me paint and build shelving.

I have created realtionships with local farms, gardens, and producers to create an apothecary with an incredible bioregional focus.

All that is missing is an infusion of cash for renovations and beginning inventory. That's where I need your help. I have a budget that will allow me to safely launch with just 10K. None of this budget pays me personally (even though I will be working in the store 6 days a week after launch). This amount gets me paint, shelving, some needed equipment, signage, and most of it goes to inventory:

bulk herbs, essential oils, flower essences, soaps, homeopathy, Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, ready-made herbal remedies and body care.

Once we launch, we will offer weekly classes, inexpensive practitioner space for massage therapists, acupuncturists, and other holistic health folks, and the best place for bioregional herbalism in the area.

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Hello, all!

Thanks to your generous support I was able to secure the space with a security deposit and start painting. I got the great news that the loan is happening and I should be getting my funding next week.

Columbus is getting that herb store!
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So the non-profit lender says I'll have an answer early next week whether I am approved or not. The realtor says he'll hold my ideal space until Wednesday.

Keep your fingers crossed for me and donate now- so that I can put the deposit down on the space (the loan will take a couple weeks to get to me, even after approval)- and I need the money for the space ASAP to beat out the other interested party!
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Friends, need your support now more than ever! I am still in the bureaucratic throes of qualifying for the small business loan, but I may not get approved quickly enough to secure the storefront I need (they are showing it to others and have received applications on it!)

I need your help to secure the space. Please give generously so that I can put a deposit down on the space and secure it as I wait for the funding to come through!
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Update 2/18/2014:

I am currently in underwriting with a local non-profit that helps small business people expand and launch. The retail space that I want is being held for my by the realtor until we know the status of the loan.

The realtor has offered the first month's rent free for renovations! If the loan goes through (or this campaign funds me), I hope to hustle for a spring equinox launch.
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Zachary Schrock
51 months ago

Where are you planning to be located?

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Zachary Schrock
51 months ago

Can I work for you, after you open the store?

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$875 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 22 people in 51 months
Created February 18, 2014
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$25
Vicki Burns
51 months ago

Go Lily!! Many Blessings and Good Fortune to you All :)

$100
Anonymous
51 months ago
$25
Anonymous
51 months ago
LC
$25
linda Chute
51 months ago

Hope to shop in your shop soon!

JB
$25
Jean Burns
51 months ago

With love and support for your endeavors

TS
$100
Thomas Simers
51 months ago

Best wishes!

Zachary Schrock
51 months ago

Where are you planning to be located?

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Zachary Schrock
51 months ago

Can I work for you, after you open the store?

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