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Rent/Local Inventory for Parable

We have a HUGE opportunity where Pierce County, WA will match any donation up to $10k. We are a community retail space and need to grow!

$5,640
pledged of$10,000 goal
120
28Days Left
Fund it
Campaign Ends on January 1, 2022

Project Description

Owners in Local Paper about to open Parable
Owners in Local Paper about to open Parable

Parable was formed based on a knowing - a knowing that something else is possible. In the midst of racial and health pandemics - opening a business seemed risky but also imaginative timing. The more we thought about it, the more we remembered all of the exploratory solutions that arose during times that felt chaotic and unjust.

In the fall of 2020, a retail space in our neighborhood opened up. We passed by the windows of the empty space day after day and allowed ourselves to dream. We envisioned neighborhood youth popping in and out for a story circle. We could see people singing, dancing, and sharing stories over a warm cup of tea. We imagined elders resting in a big comfy chair with an old book.

We applied for the space and were pleasantly surprised when we were chosen. Daydreaming turned out to be a segue into a reality that we tirelessly worked to write into existence. The intense local and global changes happening around us felt difficult but we knew it was not the end. As we reflected on one of our favorite books, Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler, we were reminded that "the only lasting truth is Change."

And so there we were- we planted the seeds for a community space that could offer events and products that affirm the members of our diverse neighborhood in the Mckinley Hill area and beyond. And with many hands and offerings and waterings, we rose to the occasion and are continuing to grow. By holding fundraisers, collecting books, selling at markets and online, we raised enough funds to renovate our current location and officially opened our doors on August 21st, 2021. 

We are family-owned, community-owned, lgbtq-owned, Black-owned, woman-owned. Our family has Southern roots and through various migrations, we ended up in the Pacific Northwest. Parable is co-owned by three family members who are cousins and sisters. 

Soft Opening
Owners before "Soft" Opening in August, 2021

This round of funding will go towards curating more local artists, authors, and creators while securing rent for six months so that we can co-create a beautiful space worry-free. We have an INCREDIBLE opportunity with our local county where they will match every dollar up to $10,000

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What will the funds go to?

Half will go towards rent and half will go towards stocking our shop with local artists, authors, and creators.

  • Why are there no rewards?

In order for our county to match funds, we cannot give incentives/sell product, sorry!

  • When will you be matched?

As soon as mid-November, hence our deadline!

 

Kristin
12/02/2021
Monetary Contribution
$100
Danielle
12/01/2021
Monetary Contribution
$20
Lucia Dill
11/30/2021
Monetary Contribution
$100
KH
11/29/2021
Monetary Contribution
$30
Jenna
11/29/2021
Monetary Contribution
$75
Abbe Salk
11/14/2021
Monetary Contribution
$100
Melissa
11/14/2021
Monetary Contribution
$100
Parkers!
11/13/2021
Monetary Contribution
$50
Tina Clayton
11/13/2021
Monetary Contribution
$50
11/11/2021
Monetary Contribution
$750
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