10/5 Update: Our Indiegogo is now LIVE!
Y’ALL. It has been quite a summer. I think we can all agree on that. It’s been quite a summer.
We want to let you know that we are still working hard to get our physical shop up and running full time at 2001 St Claude. When we started this part of the journey, back in April, we admit that we thought we’d be open a lot sooner. Especially once we had gotten our zoning approved — frankly, we thought that would be the most challenging bit, but the city has been remarkably understanding on that front. We are very grateful.
But these renovations have really slowed us down. We haven’t given a lot of detail on that so far — mainly because it’s not particularly glamorous — but it’s serious stuff. In order to get us up to code as a full time commercial space, our building needs an extra layer of fire protection between our unit and the adjacent apartments beside and above us. We also need to make the space ADA-compliant, by expanding our current restroom and constructing a wrap-around wheelchair ramp. In the past months, we’ve had a contractor come in and give us a quote for the work needed. We’re planning to assist with it as much as we can ourselves, but at the end of the day, we will need professional help.
When we factor in the architect’s fees and permits, it all comes to a little over $10,000.
It’s more than we have in our rainy day fund, to say the least. Dynamo was started with our own savings, as well as a few hundred dollars from one of our grandmothers. We’ve grown slowly, and we’ve never spent beyond our means. We’d consider a loan, but sexuality-related businesses are actually ineligible for SBA loans.
So, at long last, we’ve made a decision. We’re going to ask for help.
In the next couple of days, we’ll be launching our first (and hopefully only) Indiegogo campaign, to raise as much of the money as we can towards these renovations. We’ll be shooting for the full amount, but we do plan to go forward with the renovations even if we don’t quite make it. Every little bit helps, and we have a very patient landlord. However, the more we can raise, the sooner we can open – and the more events we can host when we do.
We’ve created a list of perks that we think will pique your interest. They’re actually pretty personal — a collection of gifts from our allies in the local sex-positive community, as well as items handmade by us. Did you know that we can draw and cook and make pasties and lead tours? We totally can, and we’ll do it for you.
We’re committed to bringing a full time sex-positive shop to New Orleans. And this week, we hope you’ll help us make that commitment a reality.
Thank you. We love you.
– Nico and Hope