HELP LAUNCH CURIOUS SOFA IN 2014
Curious Sofa's fundraising campaign is now on Indiegogo. Read more here.
Many of you may know, I opened my first retail store in 2000 with a desire to offer local Kansas Citians an alternative to the stuffy brand name, home furnishing and gift stores they had been used to seeing. With travels to New York, Chicago and San Francisco I loved visiting the independent boutiques with their curated style and unusual merchandise and wondered why no one had done something similar back home.
With 20 years of experience as a freelance photo stylist, I knew creating this next business venture would be a natural extension of my visual talents. It was always my desire to bring an inspirational mix of comfortable furnishings, uncommon objects and offbeat gifts to Kansas City but with a relaxed and creative atmosphere for the local shopper.
With 1,600 square feet inside an 1890's storefront, Curious Sofa was born in the Crossroads district of Kansas City, Missouri on September 16, 2000. After 4-1/2 years, potential growth and customer demands moved us to the Prairie Village shopping center (in a former GAP location). Now with 3,700 square feet, I was able to take Curious Sofa to the next level.
For the next 5-1/2 years, my staff and I put Curious Sofa on the map with local and national press, special events and my popular blog. Customers came from around the country to see what all the fuss was about and I am proud to say, they never left disappointed. With magazine notoriety and rave Yelp reviews I was so happy customers understood what I was trying to achieve.
After 10 successful years and much hard work I desired an easier pace and decided to close the doors to Curious Sofa and concentrate on online sales only. For over three years now, buying, selling and promoting the website have been my full time job. Now an opportunity has risen to open another retail venue, but I need your help to get started.
The West Bottoms of Kansas City has become the new vintage shopping mecca with abandoned warehouses being filled by new entrepreneurs offering a once a month shopping experience. I have been asked by a group of dealers to resurrect a smaller version of Curious Sofa inside a new venue to open soon. After a two month special event Christmas show in the Bottoms, I had many locals tell me how much they missed my store and their desire for me to return. Now I have the perfect opportunity, but this requires a few road trips and finances to gather amazing antiques and new inventory. Can you help?
My customer base is solid and my ideas are endless but I was not prepared to start a new venture; can you help?
- Maybe you understand my situation.
- Maybe you have a soft spot for creative entrepreneurs.
- Maybe I lifted your spirits when you visited the store.
If you can help, GO HERE.
I would love your support to do it again. Thank you for reading!
PRODUCTS & SERVICES: Curious Sofa specializes in vintage style using a neutral palette. Whether a new or antique item- it's all about the design.
On any given month you may find vintage sofas, chandeliers, paintings, old frames, country side tables, textiles, ephemera, jewelry, clothing and more. A touch of country, some industrial, a little Victorian; always with unique displays.
Along with 20 other dealers, the new Curious Sofa will be housed inside one of the old warehouses in downtown Kansas City. With at least 500 square feet of space, Curious Sofa will return on a smaller scale offering the same comfortable style customers grew to love. With this new venture Curious Sofa will also launch a second brand to fit with the younger, artistic customer of the West Bottoms (stay tuned for that!)
HOW WE'RE DIFFERENT:
A Yelp review by Carrie H. says it better than I can:
"Do you ever imagine you're in one of those magical holiday movies where they show a bustling, whimsical store in a big city like New York or Chicago? They span across showing smiling shoppers and you half expect people to start into song? That was what it was like at Curious Sofa. I looked at shoppers faces that were lit up like kids on Christmas morning discovering the small presents they too can have.
This place just exuded whimsy and delight, beautifully decorated with character that makes Curious Sofa a store unique unto itself. Filled with antiques, French inspired furnishings, and unexpected touches--everything is for sale. It is the delightful displays that made me wander for much longer than I had expected to.
When I get my own place, I would love to have someone from Curious Sofa interior decorate. Could you imagine? Everyday coming home to fairy tale elegance?"
If you can help, GO HERE.
A $5 DonationGlad to help!With your donation of $5 or more, be the first to know of the Grand Opening.(You may donate without a perk if you wish).
$10Can't wait!With your donation of $10 or more be added to my VIP mailing list and receive a postcard designed by me, inviting you to the Grand Opening.
$25, I believe in you!With this $25 donation or more, you will receive your choice of a free t-shirt, tote bag, or jewelry item at the Grand Opening.
Let the buying begin!With this donation of $50 or more, you will receive a 20% discount for online ordering at CuriousSofa.com.
$75Curious Sofa AssistantWith your donation of $75 or more, you can help Curious Sofa get open. Schedule an afternoon with me as I set up my store. Ask questions, help unload and see the magic begin!
$100Curious Sofa FanWith this donation of $100 or more, you will receive a 2 hour personal phone or email consultation for your home or business.
$250Curious Sofa FamilyWith your donation of $250 or more, you will receive a free logo design, business card or postcard created by me for you or your business
$500Best Friends ForeverWith this donation of $500 or more you will receive 6 hours of in-home design consultation. (60 mile radius of KC).
$1,000Private InvestorWith this donation of $1,000, I will be your private tour guide through the Round Top, Texas Antique Fair, Spring 2015. Gather your friends, book a room and let's go junkin'! (No more than 5 to a group please).
$2,000Business InvestmentWith your donation of $2,000 or more, receive a free website design created by me for you or your business. E-commerce or brochure style.(You may donate without a perk if you wish).