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Maverick Mart at the Marion Mall

$15,000 goal

Campaign created 5 months ago
My name is Bret Kuchar. My wife, Carla and I began a small business back in 2002. We called it Maverick Mart USA. We started with some online selling of various merchandise. Our merchandise has changed several times over the years to meet our customer's needs and wants.
Just this past year, we switched our product offering to the one thing that has really shown us the most success, snap jewelry. Snap jewelry is an interchangeable fashion jewelry that has become very popular throughout our region.
We created a brand, "Snap 2 It Snap Jewelry". We all but abandandoned the online efforts which are expensive and time consuming and moved to Marion, Ohio where we sold our product at county fairs, festivals, and other events. Our customer base is growing rapidly in the Marion area. 
Recently, we met up with management of the Marion Centre Mall. The history behind this mall intrigued us. According to locals, the mall was very popular years ago. Then the economic decline of the past years caused many of the shops and stores to depart. Marion Centre Mall all but shut down. We were invited to display our snap jewelry product at a small vendor event the mall was putting on before Christmas. Although the patronage of the mall was slow, we were getting comments from those who visited us that they were so glad to see us there.  We had a great 2 day event and profits showed that. The next week we came again. Customers showed excitement at our return. They kept asking us to become permanent there at the mall.  The mall staff is great here and want us to become a permanent shop owner too. We are so deeply concerned with the Marion community and its desire to see its mall rekindle the days of success. We want to be a part of seeing the mall become a busseling community center of shopping and socializing again. 
For us to establish ourselves in the mall as a permanent shop keeper, we need help financially. I work a full time job. Carla, my wife has diabetes and other health issues. She is a huge asset to our business, but wouldn't be able to maintain a full time store if I don't help. 
The money I am asking for will do several things for Marion, our business, and my family. For Marion, they will begin to see the resurgence of their mall which offers the community here so much.  For our business, it will mean a greater exposure and position in a community we have grown to love. For my family, it will mean an avenue to possibly retire from working for others and pursue the American dream of operating and profiting from one's own business. We want to give back to the community in this way. This is not a selfish attempt at gaining funds. We need this funding to assure that our business venture in the Marion Centre Mall will be successful and attract more of the community back to this wonderful place. Marion is a community that we have discovered is very social and friendly. We want to be a bigger part of it and build a business that gives back to it. 
The funding will be used to pay for the first year's lease at the mall and increase our inventory to an amount suitable to meet the demand of a permanent location. It will also help to pay for the various business licenses and permits required for a brick and mortar location and for a small amount of advertising to get word to the community that we are here. 
Funds will be needed by mid- February. We are anticipating opening in March 2018. The appreciation we would feel for your help is beyond words. We so want to make an impact in Marion. We want to see this mall grow and revise itself. We want to be a part of this community in a big way.
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We just concluded a second weekend vendor event at the Marion Centre Mall. We had all kinds of interest from customers related to us coming as a permanent store front. Please make our desire to be a part of revitalizing the Marion Mall a reality.
Vendor Event - Marion Centre Mall
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We are attempting to become a big part of helping the Marion Centre Mall resurge to its days of success again. Help us become a part by sharing with your friends and family.
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