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Rebuild Kate's Small Biz After Devastating Fire

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While many of us were watching the inauguration unfold, a beloved small business in Boone, NC was in flames.

(Wild Juniper before the fire)

On January 20, 2021 our dear friend Kate Kryder's business, Wild Juniper Cabin, experienced a fire of unknown origin and burned to the ground. We are so grateful that no one was in the house at the time, but unfortunately the damage was so severe that absolutely nothing from the wreckage is salvageable. 

After months of work and years of saving, planning, and dreaming of launching her own business, Kate opened Wild Juniper Cabin as an Airbnb in November 2020. Only two months later, this dream was in ashes.

Kate is an artist, activist, and champion of supporting local. A major part of Kate's mission and business plan is focused on shopping small, championing other women-owned businesses, and supporting the Wautauga county economy.

She took great care to stock the home with local food, partner with 10 other local small businesses to keep the cabin as locally and ethically-sourced as possible, and to create a space where friends and family could gather to make lasting memories.  She also created jobs for locals like cleaning the space and tending to the grounds, while developing a way to support her own family.

With the loss of Wild Juniper not only goes the loss of Kate's dream, but the loss of income for her and the others she had hired to run aspects of the cabin.

Even though the house is gone, Kate is still responsible for a monthly mortgage. And because of Kate's incredible heart and social responsibility, she is committed to continuing to pay the local staff who are now out of work. While her insurance will cover some of the loss, rebuilding the house will cost far more than her policy will cover. 

As Kate's friends and  fellow women-owned businesses, we are inspired by her strength, resilience, and attitude. Kate is determined to rebuild Wild Juniper - but she needs our help! Please consider making a donation to support a small, woman-owned business.

We are grateful you are considering donating to help rebuild this small business and want to show our appreciation!

$5 Donation - Thank You!
$25 Donation - NatterDoodle Digital Coloring Page + Previous Gifts
$50 Donation - NatterDoodle Digital Art Print + Previous Gifts
$100 Donation - NatterDoodle Sticker + Previous Gifts
$250 Donation - $20 NatterDoodle Gift Card + Previous Gifts
$500 Donation - Private NatterDoodle Virtual Coloring Party for you and 5 Friends and a "Penny Jar" from Piedmont Pennies for each person + Previous Gifts
$1,000 Donation - 1-Night Stay at the rebuilt Wild Juniper Cabin & $50 Local Gift Basket (Including  a "Tin Penny" from Piedmont Pennies) + Previous Gifts
$2,500 Donation - 3-Night Stay at the rebuilt Wild Juniper Cabin & $150 Local Gift Basket (Including "Big Penny" from Piedmont Pennies) + Previous Gifts (excluding $1k gift)

Please fill out this quick form  after making your donation!

Thank you for your generosity and for supporting a small, woman-owned business!

Natalie of NatterDoodle and Becca of Piedmont Pennies



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Natalie Keller Pariano
Bethel, NC

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