Covid19 Small Business funds for Amphora Home

My name is Debi Spellman-Wirth. I am a 66 year-old entrepreneur that was fortunate enough in 2008 to have had the opportunity to realize my dream and open my own store "Amphora Home" in Park Ridge, Il.
I have always been drawn to creative ways to create home design that looks like it costs a fortune, but doesn’t. In fact my prices are wholesale or below. 
While growing out of spaces and moving to different locations in the area, the Mission Statement has always been the same: To help people to afford a beautiful home. 
I am a closeout buyer. That means I look for and purchase pieces that are brand new and of high quality, but at substantially lower prices. It takes work and time to hunt for and source the right pieces. Then I can pass the savings on to a young couple starting out, a family looking to replace their sofa as their family grows, or an older couple that is downsizing. There is no price gouging, greed, or up-selling; just honest and affordable shopping for beautiful quality furniture and home decor.My customers become friends and family, and many times just stop in to bring me up to date on what's happening in their lives. My store is their home away from home!
This is my talent and my passion: Connecting to people in a world of disconnection; listening, sharing stories, laughing, and helping them get exactly what they want. I do whatever it takes to make them feel comfortable and special.
I was 2 days away from opening my second store when COVID-19 hit. I have been closed since March 7th. I have at least another 30 days to go (May 31st.) before we are allowed to slowly re-open.
Sales that pay for rent and invoices, that pay for my  workers, utilities, and everything else it takes to run stores have come to a screeching halt. It is now more than two months of no sales, but the bills keep coming. 
I have applied for every loan and grant made available, but my small business can’t compete for funds with the larger businesses that are getting the money. I have written my Federal and State Senators and Representatives, the Mayor, and the Governor, looking for help with ways to keep my business from going under, but there have been no responses.
I am not good at asking for help, but this time I really need it. I cannot lose these stores I have  worked so hard for. 
Amphora makes a point to give back to the community, to families who need furniture and cannot afford to purchase it. We deliver furniture to anyone that is in need. It comes from our model home stagings and from well taken care of furniture from the homes of our customers.
I will be the most grateful and prudent custodian of your gift. It will allow me to help others in the community, keep workers paid, and continue the tradition of a small business trying to make a big difference.
My goal down the road was to have been able to hire anyone who has the same talent and passion that I have and set them up in their own store; someone who knows they can make a difference but didn't have the connections I have forged over the last 20 years. By helping me hold on, I will continue to be able to help others. There is still a need for brick and mortar stores and not just the impersonal shopping found online. We are wired to connect with one another. No matter where you are, you can become part of the Amphora Home family. Help me to continue to pay it forward and to honor the way we treated each other a long time ago.

Donations

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  • Denise Reeder 
    • $25 
    • 4 mos
  • Cindy Grau 
    • $25 
    • 4 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 4 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 4 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $75 
    • 4 mos
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Organizer

Debi Spellman 
Organizer
Park Ridge, IL
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