The Nurturing Nest

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Raised by 20 people in 5 months
Created May 15, 2018
Fundraising Team
Maybe you have heard, but there has been a big transition within The Nurturing Nest. In May, we (Laurie Skiles, Ashley Hogan and Sarah Geo Walton) took over ownership! Over the next several months, you'll be hearing a lot from us as we introduce ourselves, showcase our associates and spotlight the needs The Nurturing Nest meets in our community.
It is so much more than a workplace for all of us.

“The Nurturing Nest is a place of support and opportunities. It brings parents in all parts of their childbearing journey together, relieving fears and worries, normalizing our experiences and making true, possibly forever, connections. It is a place for community, information, wellness and support. It is a place to call home; to call crying and to call in celebration. It is also a place to hang out with my friends and actually feel like a seen and heard adult.” -Sarah

The three of us were already a part of The Nurturing Nest community; Laurie and Ashley work in the boutique and Sarah rents an office. We had built a little village. We were all stunned when Rachel (previous owner) told us she was moving to Austin.

“I had been the manager of The Nurturing Nest for about 4 years when Rachel informed me she was selling The Nurturing Nest. I was instantly filled with fear! Who would buy The Nest? Would it continue to be the same community it had been or would it significantly change? I had poured my heart and soul into this business.” -Laurie

When the offer to buy The Nurturing Nest came up, we didn't think it was even a realistic possibility. We discussed partnership anyway and quickly knew we were the right people to take the reins. The three of us have unique strengths, experiences and ideas. With so many areas to focus on within The Nurturing Nest, we knew it will benefit having multiple people to tend to the soil.
There was just one problem. Money. None of us had enough in the bank for a down payment and our personal assets were severely limited. The Nurturing Nest hadn’t been doing anymore than breaking even and it was difficult to find a loan based on our love for it alone. But where there is a will, there is a way. We scrapped the bottom of every barrel to come up with enough collateral to cover the bare minimum.

“There was never a question of should we take on ownership of The Nurturing Nest. There were doubts related to timing and finding balance, but never to do or not to do..it was always about the how.”
-Ashley

“We literally spent every last penny and even signed over our cars to purchase the business. It took nearly 6 months to get all of the loan paperwork processed.” - Laurie

On May 1, 2018 we officially became the new owners of The Nurturing Nest. Even though multiple financial advisors warned against buying the business, we believe so strongly in its mission and the importance of a resource like it for our community. We could not let it slip away.

“Our community is made up of all of us, and this is our place to be heard and supported and share knowledge during this phase of life. Building humans is hard, raising them is hard, finding a place to learn and connect with other parents should not be.” - Ashley

We truly believe The Nurturing Nest will survive, but we would love to see it thrive along with you. We look forward to growing and nurturing our community here within our doors and as a broader community in Northern Nevada. There is no shortage of ideas on what we can do to offer more, to reach further and to have a greater impact. We are really starting to focus in on what to do first and how to make it happen.

Here is where you come in. With your help, we can expand our offerings, get word out to the broader public and our village will grow. If The Nurturing Nest has had a positive impact on your pregnancy, birth or postpartum life, would you be willing to give back and share your love for us by Donating and Spreading this campaign?

We strive to offer quality products for parents and babies, fitness classes, workshops and education along with free support, information and community building groups and circles that can not be found elsewhere in the Reno area. 
It is very important to us and the families in our community that support be accessible.  In order to keep offering our circles/support groups for free, we ask that you please shop in our boutique, take our classes, tell your friends about us and donate funds when you are able! 

We are able to give so much to our community due to people just like you spreading the word, volunteering their time and donating.

Donation Levels- (see below for reward descriptions)

$25
Entry to win gift basket 1

$50
Two entry to win gift basket 1
You or your business name on a square in our village quilt.

$100
One entries to win gift basket 2
You or your business name on a square in our village quilt.
1 year *Membership

$250
Two entries to win gift basket 2
You or your business name on a square in our village quilt.
2, 1 year *Memberships (one transferable to a friend/family member)
Recognition on our website.

Business Donations:
We are also seeking goods or gift certificates to raffle off.
If this is something your business would like to do, we would love to feature you on social media!
For more info on business donations please email: sarah@biggestlittlebaby.com

(We will be adding to these donation rewards!)
Gift Basket 1:
Gift Cards ($30 value)
1  *Membership ($75 value)
A 3pk fitness class ($30 value)
Products from Ohana Medicinals

Gift Basket 2:
3 year *Membership ($225 value)
Entry to GentleBirth ChildBirth Education (transferable, $325 value)
One Placenta Encapsulation (transferable, $225 value)
Products from Ohana Medicinals
One 60min Massage by Erin Hansen ($70 value)

*Membership: ($75 Value)
Exclusive Discounts, Offers and Promotions
Invites to Members Only Events
Entry Into a Quarterly Raffle
Extra Double Stamp Days
Discounts on Party Rentals
Discounts on Special Events
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Raised by 20 people in 5 months
Created May 15, 2018
Fundraising Team
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