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Raised by 13 people in 5 months
Julie Baron  FELTON, CA
My name is Julie Baron.
I am a photographer and an artist, a crafter, a maker.
In 2013 I suffered what my doctor called a “dissociative event”
This was brought on after years of undiagnosed depression combined with several deaths in the family, and an extremely stressful situation at my Job. The resulting breakdown left me with PTSD, anxiety disorder, and feeling suicidal.
I was put on disability, but that ran out over a year ago and since then I have been unable to get a job.
My husband owns a little Ukulele shop, where he sells his hand made ukuleles, as well as Tiki and Hawaiian themed art, and gifts. It is doing OK, but it is not quite making ends meet for a family of three in todays economy.
But I have a plan to get out of this, and help heal myself at the same time.
So far the most therapeutic activity has been making art.
You can see small sample of the things we make on our etsy site: http://www.etsy.com/shop/tikiali
And you can see our ukulele shop here:
http://www.ukulelesoffelton.com
I want to open a small gift shop to sell the other non Tiki / ukulele art and gifts we make.
We have a great location lined up, literally right next to our Ukulele store. We get a fair amount of foot traffic, and many people looking for gift items. We think the Ukulele store is a good draw, but think we could do better by expanding in to more  of the items we make  that are not neccesarly Tiki or Ukulele theme. To do this, we need funds. I am hesitant to go down the credit card road again, as it always seems to go nowhere but debt, and with interest rates for me at over 29%, I think it would be foolish. We have resources to “get in the door” but, need a bit more for supplies, paint, fixtures, and a few things we can’t make our selves, as well as hopefully being able to pay some of our unemployed artist friends to help.
Please help me to heal myself, help us keep our goal of self-sufficiency, and the dream to make a living by providing neat hand made art, crafts, and interesting gifts. Our Grand Opening date is currently Dec. 10th, 2016
This gives us a little over a month, but we opened the Ukulele store in 11 days, and Nov. 25th will be the sixth anniversary for that!
Thank you so much in advance for your generosity!
It is hard and humbling to ask for help.

Check out our new website! http://www.baronhook.com
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Update 11
Posted by Tiki King
1 month ago
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So! Here we are in February, 2017. Thanks to everyone who has helped us through these past months. To be honest it has been tough, we fell a bit short of our goal, holiday shopping season was way down, and the rain has really made things slow. But, we are hanging on and moving forward. We are working on revamping the website, and the store is filling out with all kinds of really fun stuff.
If you have not yet, please come visit us at the store!
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Update 10
Posted by Tiki King
3 months ago
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More Pictures are up! Days two and Three! Follow along in the adventure!
http://www.baronhook.com
If you already donated, thank you so much! If you haven't, we are still in need of donations, Thank you in advance for your generosity!
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Update 9
Posted by Tiki King
3 months ago
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Pictures of our new space are up! These are the "before" pictures.
check it out! http://www.baronhook.com
Click on "Progress Pictures" on the left.
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Update 8
Posted by Tiki King
3 months ago
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We got the keys!!!
We have started work on the new store!
9 days till opening! Still a lot of work to do, but we are energized!!!
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$790 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 13 people in 5 months
Created October 15, 2016
$250
Anonymous
3 months ago
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$20
Manirose Bobisuthi
3 months ago

Keep the faith! All in good time!

JK
$25
Jerilyn Kass
4 months ago
WC
$20
Warren Casey
5 months ago
KR
$10
Kellie Rice
5 months ago
PM
$100
Paul McConnell
5 months ago
DZ
$25
Dana Zed
5 months ago
$100
Anonymous
5 months ago
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JS
$50
judy simon
5 months ago
CW
$100
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5 months ago
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