The Crafters House

Craft Therapy

Find yourself in your Creativity and Recharge at The Crafters House!

Doroethie (Shawn)
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Project Description

Depression, post-traumatic stress, workplace stress and fatigue are only some of the mental health problems that crafting can help relieve.

The Crafters House (“TCH”) was created to inspire people to live life to its fullest. There are numerous studies and report that recognizes the relationship between engagement with the creative arts and health outcomes through engagement with artistic activities, either as an observer of the creative efforts of others or as an initiator of one’s own creative efforts.  Crafting has been proven to enhance one’s
moods and emotions

The Crafters House is a haven that provides escape from the stress of daily chores where people can unwind and rekindle their passion for creating by hand. With a variety of crafting options, customers can find their niche - whether it's painting, graphic design, jewelry making, woodworking or something else. Not only does TCH offer craft workshops and open studio time for adults, but we also offer a Children's Studio for STEAM projects and fun!

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The Crafters House is located in Birmingham Alabama.  Its 4,500 sqft facility contains five separate studios: Painting, Woodworking; Sewing, Graphic Design and Children Studio.  The remaining 2,000 sqft is open space where crafters and makers can make jewelry, paint and throw pottery, scrap book and perfect gift wrapping. TCH warm environment will be open seven days a week for those who need to distress during lunch or participate in an afternoon wine down.   

 

 

Funding Needs

TCH received a limited amount of funds from a small business lender to assist in building out a space large enough to host multiple classes and have an open studio presence.  After reevaluating the inventory and equipment needs to support the business, additional funding is needed.  The funds raise from this campaign will fund inventory for each of the crafting activities; painting, graphic design, jewelry making, woodworking or something else.  In addition, the funds will go to hiring staff and trainers to assist with empowering women to start a business in a crafting trade.

Why Crowd Funding

I explored several funding options, received a small SBA loan and invested a funds from of my retirement funds.   While the funds covered a significant potion of the tenant improvements, it does not cover the funds needed to provide affordable and scholarship based programs to individual of little and no mean.  As a result, I turned to Ifundwomen to help raise the capital needed to offer crafts and entreprenuer classes at The Crafters House.

The Founder

After an honorable discharge from the US Army, I, Shawn Hicks, has worked in the corporate field of Real Estate Development. Throughout my tenure of managing large scale mixed use mixed finance developments, I began the hobby of woodworking. This hobby turned into a part time and seasonal consulting service for neighbors. After a completed self-home renovation, I turned to fewer demanding crafts; jewelry making, painting and needle work.

After 20 years in corporate America, I decided to to create a Real Estate Development Consulting Service, BrillWay Development. Six months afterwards, I felt the same stress and decided that I would share my love of crafting in a retail environment, The Crafters House.

As the sole owner of The Crafters House, I personally thank you in advance for your help in contributing to this wonderful business.

Updates

The Project FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • When will The Crafters House Open?  The Crafters House is currently receiving tenant improvements.  The anticipated completion date is August 26, 2019.  We will have a series of soft openings in August with a grand opening in August.
  • What are The Crafters House hours of operation?  TCH's normal business hours are Monday through Thursday from 10am-8pm, Friday and Saturday from 9am-9pm and Sunday from 1pm to 6pm.
  • How can customers access The Crafters House?  TCH's will have open studio during normal business hours.  Workshops will be posted on our website.  Private events are available for businesses, organizations and birthday parties, weddings and other occasions. 
  • What are some of the entrepreneurship classes offered? There are currently 9 sessions per series: Discover Your Dream, The Business Plan & Logistics, Legal Entities & Insurance, Funding Finances & Budgeting, Branding & Marketing, Website & Social Media, Time Management & Work-Life Balance, Adapting to Growth, and lastly Fine Tuning & Troubleshooting.
  • Do you have any current non-profit partnerships?  Yes, TCH has a partnership with SafeHouse. SafeHouse is a 501©3 non-profit United Way organization providing critical domestic and sexual violence response, prevention and intervention programs for the communities of Shelby, Coosa, Clay, and Chilton Counties in Central Alabama. SafeHouse offers free
    and confidential services that are designed to the needs of each survivor.

 

Eric Pinckney
08/16/2019
Monetary Contribution
$300
08/12/2019
Create with Us Gift Card
$50
Andrea M Peterson
08/07/2019
Monetary Contribution
$250
08/05/2019
Sponsor an Entreprenuer Workshop
$1,500
Monetary Contribution

Give what you can to support The Crafters House.  Your contribution will help us with final interior improvements and help us create a place where people can recharge and reset.

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$50
Create with Us Gift Card

This gift card will be provided to all backers as away to come to The Crafters House and Find yourself in your Creativity!

For those who are not in a position to travel to The Crafters House, a personalized crafting kit will be mailed directly to you.

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Monthly Member
  • 10 Hours a month
  • One free craft a week, valued up to $25
  •  Access to all tools
  • Unlimited access to glues & paint

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Ultimate Craft Therapy
  • Unlimited Monthly Access (except when closed for private event)
  • One free craft a week, valued up to $25
  •  Access to all tools
  • Unlimited access to glues & paint
  • 10% off supplies & workshops

Additional Supplies not included

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$1,500
Sponsor an Entreprenuer Workshop

The program will consist of 10 sessions over a 10 week period. And will reoccur twice per quarter.  Sponsors will be listed in the workbooks provided to each participant.

Session 1 - Discover Your Dream

Session 2 - The Business Plan & Logistics

Session 3 - Legal Entities & Insurance

Session 4 - Funding, Finances & Budgeting 

Session 5 - Branding & Marketing

Session 6 - Website & Social Media

Session 7 - Time Management & Work-Life Balance

Session 8 - Adapting to Growth

Session 9 - Fine Tuning & Troubleshooting

Session 10 - JUST DO IT!!!

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$300
Sponsor a STEAM Workshop

A workshop consists of 10 children.  Workshops will be offered once every week.

Children's Studio ages 12+ can enjoy a variety of STEAM projects:

  • Access to 3D printer
  • 3D pens
  • Slime Station
  • Building Blocks
  • Printed Augmented Reality Coloring Books
  • Painting and other crafts available at The Crafters House
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Monetary Contribution

Give what you can to support The Crafters House.  Your contribution will help us with final interior improvements and help us create a place where people can recharge and reset.

2 Supporters
Contribute
$50
Create with Us Gift Card

This gift card will be provided to all backers as away to come to The Crafters House and Find yourself in your Creativity!

For those who are not in a position to travel to The Crafters House, a personalized crafting kit will be mailed directly to you.

99 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
$49
Monthly Member
  • 10 Hours a month
  • One free craft a week, valued up to $25
  •  Access to all tools
  • Unlimited access to glues & paint

Additional Supplies not included

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0 Supporters
Select this reward
$99
Ultimate Craft Therapy
  • Unlimited Monthly Access (except when closed for private event)
  • One free craft a week, valued up to $25
  •  Access to all tools
  • Unlimited access to glues & paint
  • 10% off supplies & workshops

Additional Supplies not included

100 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,500
Sponsor an Entreprenuer Workshop

The program will consist of 10 sessions over a 10 week period. And will reoccur twice per quarter.  Sponsors will be listed in the workbooks provided to each participant.

Session 1 - Discover Your Dream

Session 2 - The Business Plan & Logistics

Session 3 - Legal Entities & Insurance

Session 4 - Funding, Finances & Budgeting 

Session 5 - Branding & Marketing

Session 6 - Website & Social Media

Session 7 - Time Management & Work-Life Balance

Session 8 - Adapting to Growth

Session 9 - Fine Tuning & Troubleshooting

Session 10 - JUST DO IT!!!

1 Supporter
Select this reward
$300
Sponsor a STEAM Workshop

A workshop consists of 10 children.  Workshops will be offered once every week.

Children's Studio ages 12+ can enjoy a variety of STEAM projects:

  • Access to 3D printer
  • 3D pens
  • Slime Station
  • Building Blocks
  • Printed Augmented Reality Coloring Books
  • Painting and other crafts available at The Crafters House
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