Hello dear friends!
I am Elle Tatum, Licensed Dispensing Optician and Proprietress of Elle's Island Spectacle Optical Boutique on Bainbridge Island WA.
COVID19 has really had its way with all of us, hasn't it? I hope everyone is staying heaIthy. It is no secret that it has been devastating for so many small businesses, and this third month of business closures has completely wiped out all financial reserves/resources available to me and to Elle's Island Spectacle. I need your help to save this unique Island small business and my livelihood.
Unfortunately, Covid19 restraints hit just as i had gotten back to work after a pretty grueling three-month brain trauma and hospitalization, which caused the initial financial upheaval. With quite a stack of medical and hospital bills on the table next to me, lagging rent, utility bills being juggled, but slipping fast, and several optical shop vendors that need to be paid, I cried when I had to withdraw the very last of my monies, anywhere, which had been carefully set aside for "vet or dental emergencies". It had dwindled to only a few hundred dollars, but I knew I was down to "bare skin" and it was chilling as I wondered whatever might become of me (at nearly 68 years old - yikes) without my beloved little business, which happens to be my only source of income.
I have hit the perfect storm and I need your help, please. I have looked into every likely source of small business assistance, hitting a dead end at each one, for a variety of reasons. Gratefully, BY LAUNCHING THIS COVID19 #SMALLBUSINESSRELIEF CAMPAIGN, GOFUNDME AND OTHER SPONSORS WILL MATCH the first $500! #smallbusinessrelief. Therefore, I need to swallow my pride and trust the process suggested and made available to me by our community leaders of commerce.
Island Spectacle, with its amazing and unique artisan eyewear collections, has a special niche in our Island Community that I cherish and I will do whatever need be to keep her afloat (kinda like a child). My heart and soul are in this sweet little optical boutique! Located in my home, we are beloved roommates, and I actually built her myself, repurposing my Son's old "garage band room". It is hard to separate, in my heart, this inspired space from my own equally inspired, but humble home. In addition to this vast offering of awesome frame collections, I am also an educated, degreed, licensed optician, having practiced on the Island for over 25 years, so I know my stuff! I provide technical expertise and heartfelt customer service and I very much miss actively being involved in my opticianry work and this gem of an optical boutique! Like a seed in the soil, however, I have been using this downtime to step back and re-examine many aspects of the business and to study! We have a good thing going here - we can't let the very special Island small businesses slip away, along with the Island flavor and character that they have created. With your help, I will be able to get the Island Spectacle finances back into a state of health, with the guidance of our experienced and eager, new-found, volunteer business manager and coach. We have set up budgets and paths to create future stability and growth. With new-found spectrum of client needs, I also intend to invest in a covid19-budget-friendly eyewear line so that you have "options" as you navigate the impact of covid19 in your own lives and budgets!
At Island Spectacle, we are actively "getting ready-to-be-ready" and plan to get our toes wet this week. We are able to provide a private, one-on-one eyewear styling experience, by appointment, practicing hygiene sensitivity by every possible means! This little biz has learned to change with the times, as needed, and with your generous help, we will do so again!
- Maggi O'Brien
- J DARLENE EPSTEIN