Fund a Feminist Bookstore

$10,865 of $35k goal

Raised by 14 people in 20 days
Hello friends!

We are Max and Tessa Janes, two feminists looking to open a sex-positive bookstore and sex toy shop. We are two plucky young soon-to-be graduates from Acadia University and request your assistance in helping us start our new business!

Who are we? 
Tessa is a young woman who has always wanted to be a teacher. After coming out and becoming an active member of the LGBTQ+ community, she found a passion in educating the greater community. 

Max is a trans person who has wanted to teach sexual health for a number of years. They have enjoyed doing sexual health workshops for local non-profit groups in the recent years and made valuable connections within the community.

What is Valley Vixen?
Valley Vixen is a bookstore and sex shop that will be located in Wolfville, NS. We will sell intersectional feminist literature, LGBTQ+ pride supplies, sex toys and sex peripherals. In addition, we will host sex- and feminism-themed workshops regularly, at little to no cost. 

So far, we have written a business plan including a two-year budget forecast with both best and worst-case scenarios. In addition, we have legally registered and opened bank accounts for the business. We have business insurance and have also set up accounts with all the distributors that we need. 
We have secured a location (3 Elm Ave) and signed the lease. We are currently looking for an accountant to handle our business finances, and have begun taking resumes for hiring employees.

Why are we opening this store? 
When Max started university, they realized just how little they knew about sexual health and sexuality. After interacting with other local feminism-based bookstores/sexual health shops, Max developed a passion for providing sexual education where they had not received it. 
With the goal of spreading education in mind, Max and Tessa are endeavoring to open a bookstore and sex shop that fills a niche in the Annapolis Valley. There is no other shop in the area that focuses on promoting healthy sexuality. Additionally, there is no shop in the Valley that sells high-quality sex toys at reasonable prices, and we intend to fill that gap. 

Why are we crowd-funding? 
In this economy, it's hard to get money without already having it. Since we are both just beginning our adult lives, we are having difficulty in securing a bank loan. 
Multiple financial institutions have acknowledged that our business will do well, but we fall short in our credit history (we don't have any!). As such, we are turning to crowd-funding to fill the space where we would normally be receiving a bank loan. We also hope to obtain small business loans and grants from the government and will update the GoFundMe page as we receive updates to our finances.

Lastly,
Thank you for taking the time to consider donating to us. Without the help of you and people like you, this wouldn't be possible.
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Update 3
Posted by Max Janes
15 hours ago
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Happy Sunday!
We are nearly 1/3 funded! We are so happy and grateful to everyone who has shown us so many varieties of support from financial backing to spreading the word and offering to help put together shelves and promotional events!

What we can do and have done so far!
-We have ordered our Point of Sale system and are waiting to receive it so we can begin to put inventory information in.
- We can pay for radio advertising
- We've started ordering inventory from the suppliers that will take longer to ship products for opening
- We can pay our first two months rent
- We can use the funding as starting capital to speed up the process of getting a company credit card so we can stop using personal credit (makes taxes simpler)
- We can pay the remainder on our outdoor sign

A note about giving!
If you want to contribute a significant amount of money to us (you can decide what that means to you), please contact us directly and we can set up the contribution as a loan-style investment. It is in our interest to give back to the community that is helping us reach our dreams. We want to benefit the community at least as much as they benefit us, if not more. Our dream is to strengthen the communities we are a part of and make positive, permanent change on whatever scale we can reach.

Hugs,

Max & Tessa
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Update 2
Posted by Max Janes
17 days ago
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Dear friends!

Thank you for your kind donations! I'm going to post regular updates letting you know what your contributions are helping us do.
With the $3,270 we've raised so far, we can do or have done:
- Paid our security deposit for our retail space
- Can purchase our POS system and begin setting it up
- Pay our first months rent
- Show that we have some start-up capital to banks as leverage for business credit/small business loans

Thank you again! You are all amazing people and we appreciate you so much
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Update 1
Posted by Max Janes
19 days ago
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I can't edit it to show up here, but we have had a private investment in the amount of $3000! Thank you!
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$10,865 of $35k goal

Raised by 14 people in 20 days
Created March 6, 2017
CM
$1,500
Carl & Ellie Metzger
16 hours ago

Wishing you the best and sending much love!

$25
Anonymous
16 hours ago
$6,000
Anonymous
1 day ago(Offline Donation)
JL
$25
Joan Langevin Levack
12 days ago

Best of luck!

$25
Anonymous
12 days ago
TB
$20
tzomi burkhart
17 days ago

love you!

TO
$100
The Rolled Oat
18 days ago

We wish you luck!

$20
Anonymous
18 days ago
DK
$50
Devon Koeller
19 days ago
RS
$20
Rachel Sparling
19 days ago

This is so awesome, rooting for you two!

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