Indiegogo= SUCCESS!

From the bottom of our hearts, Thank You.

We have had a lot of ups and downs throughout this business start up, and our indiegogo was definitely a high point. We set our goal at $8,000 because that was the minimum we needed to raise. Because of you, our friends and family, we have successfully raised $9,270! That is unbelievable! Being a young couple, money has been our biggest mountain in starting Steller Hair Company. By God’s grace and your generosity, that mountain has shrunk dramatically. We feel so encouraged!

I also wanted to update you on the status of our space. Two days ago the landlord of the building
called me to say that there is now another business interested in the space. This other business is completely viable and is already an established company with money. We are not. We are going to find out hopefully today if the landlord is going to stick with his commitment to us or go with this other business.

This situation definitely discourages us because we have been working so hard for this space. It seems perfect! But we trust that if this is the space, we will get it. If its not the space, there will be a better one. Our timeline is still the same, we just need to sign a lease!

Thank you for all of your support and love, we feel it 🙂

Love, Katie and Mike

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New Space! Surprise!

So this is a big update!

The space that we had been planning on having Steller Hair Company fell through about a month ago, this seemed like a bummer at first, until we looked across the street and saw an even BETTER PLACE! We didn’t want to announce anything about the new space until we knew that it was going to work out.

We are reviewing the lease this week with the landlord and our lawyer, so (lord-willing) we will be signing a lease at the start of September!  Our timeline is still the same (hopefully opening this November).

The address for the new space is 2388 University Ave W. Saint Paul, so if you are driving down University, feel free to wave! We love this location because it is conveniently located right off of the 94/280 junction, as well as right on the border of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

Once we sign the lease we will be putting up more photos and info, but for right now check out our indiegogo site for an exclusive photo 🙂  Our big thing right now is funding, the build out will cost less than the other space, but the rent is quite a bit more.

We are praying that we reach/surpass our indiegogo goal by September 1st.  We are amazed at everyones generosity.  We couldn’t ask for more amazing friends and family.   This adventure is a scary one, but we firmly believe this is what we are called to do, so that makes it extremely exciting!

Thank you for your support!  Check out the photo at http://www.indiegogo.com/stellerhairco?c=activity&a=833105

More to come soon!

Love,

Katie and Mike

Tattoo Fundraiser (They went to Jerred!)

If there is one word to describe Mike and myself right now it is THANKFUL.

A few weeks ago, our good friend Jerred (also our amazing tattoo artist), suggested that the way he would like to support us and our salon would be to hold a tattoo fundraiser for Steller Hair Company. He would tattoo all day and give all of the proceeds to our start up costs! We couldn’t believe it!

The fundraiser was on August 8th 12pm-9pm at The Holy Mackerel in Saint Paul (we highly recommend this shop for tattoos and piercings!). Mike and I stopped by the fundraiser after work to bring Jerred some dinner and see how things were going, he had been tattooing ALL DAY and still had a line of 10 people to go! The wonderful people that came out to show their support through getting a tattoo were a mixture of friends, clients and our amazing students!  As the evening got later, Bambi, one of Jerred’s friends and coworkers jumped in and started helping. This blew us away, because she did this without needing to and for free! What a kind and selfless gift, thank you Bambi! Jerred finished up his 20th tattoo around 1am (so much for finishing at 9!!)

Altogether, the fundraiser brought in $1,000, which we will be using towards our stations in the salon. So Thankful.

Jerred is one of the sweetest, smartest (seriously, he knows everything about EVERYTHING) and talented guys we know.  We are so thankful for his friendship and investment in our lives.

Thank you to everyone who has been supporting us, we are overwhelmed with encouragement!  If you are looking to help us financially, we need to reach our goal on indiegogo by September 1st (we are only a little over $3,000 away!), and please continue to spread the word about Steller Hair Company!

Much love, Katie and Mike

 

Short Update!

Hi Everyone!  

I just wanted to write a quick post to let you all know that things are going GREAT!! Not as planned, but even better than we could have planned :).  I am waiting for a couple of important things to be 100% confirmed, and then we will announce our big news! 

Update on our Finances: 

We have now officially raised $4,250 on IndieGoGo!!! AMAZING!  We are over halfway to reaching our $8,000 goal (which we NEED to reach by September 1st).  So what happens if we DON’T reach our goal? IndieGoGo will take a whopping 9% of our donations.  What happens if we EXCEED our goal?  We get to use it towards the salon!  Right now we are raising JUST enough to get what we absolutely need to start up Steller Hair Company, but there are lots of things that we would love to get that aren’t ESSENTIAL.  A few of those items are:  An Espresso Maker (We want to be able to serve our guests tasty refreshments while they are in our chair, as well as if they are just hanging out in our lounge), Washer/Dryer (We would love to be able to do all of our towels in the salon space, instead of having to bring them to the laundry mat, this will save us TIME and MONEY), Table/Chairs for our breakroom (Explanation needed?) 🙂 Last but not least, A Projector/Screen (the reason for this item is still top secret! But we promise you will love it!)

 

Mike and I have been so encouraged by all of your excitement, prayers and donations.  You have helped us realize, even though this is a scary leap of faith, this is exactly what we are suppose to be doing. We believe that with all of our hearts!  So thank you for being a HUGE part of our journey so far!   🙂

 

Love you all, Katie and Mike (and Jedi…AND Rooney)

If you are interested in helping us financially, please visit http://www.indiegogo.com/stellerhairco

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