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Summer Camp is an old gas station that will have workshops, custom art framing, and carry vintage & home goods.
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Progress update!

 Thanks for all the support so far! We have been working on the space and getting it ready for our opening, but we still have a ways to go.

We are set to have a soft opening during the weekend of October 18th and our Grand Opening will be Saturday, November 9th. We would love for everyone to join us!

New reward added! Limited quantities of the "Campfire" or "Lavender" soy handmade candle by PF Candle Co.


Summer Camp- where makers and artists unite.

Any kid who went to summer camp remembers a whimsical place where days are spent exploring, learning new things, and sometimes falling in love. We want to take those childhood memories and create a place that embodies all the things we love about "Summer Camp."

Background

We are custom framers. We are collectors. And we love art.

We have been working in the framing business for ten years and love what we do. From an artist framing for their first show to a experienced interior designer, we have done it all.

Framing is an art in itself...sure, you can get a frame from some corporate chain store. Or you can support a small business that takes each piece and frames it with a level of care and attention you wouldn't receive elsewhere. We encourage the use of Eco-friendly frames and local artisans.

The location

Although we both loved our jobs, we have always had a dream of opening our own space.  We have the experience and we have the motivation, but it seemed like too big of a risk until recently.

We just got married in June and most people know how much those can cost. Since we paid for the wedding ourselves, we took a short weekend "honeymoon" to Ojai before returning to work.
While we were there we saw this cool mid-century gas station for lease that would be our ideal location. On a whim we called the landlord because it couldn't hurt to look into it.

After working out the details we took over the lease in September. 

The Plan

Now that we have our dream location, the hard work begins to bring our vision to life. Our love of mid-century art and design is our main inspiration. The space will have a 1960's summer camp feel and bring together arts and crafts, camping, the outdoors, and all things vintage.

We will offer custom art framing, and carry a variety of vintage, home and personal accessories. We will hold workshops and events, as well as art exhibitions.

Some planned workshops will include:

  • Craft cocktails
  • Basket weaving
  • Beading and jewelry making
  • Silk screening

That's just the beginning. We plan to use the space to feature local artists and support the creative community of Ojai.

Along with a selection of vintage items we will carry goods made in America and support local, small businesses. Some of the products we will supply will be PF Candle Co, Sun and Glory, Make Smith, Preservation Society as well as our our own line of unique goods. 

Progress

After using all our savings for the wedding, we had limited funds for starting up. With the support of some talented friends we were able to bring in some custom furniture and our collection of vintage goods.

The funds

Now comes the hard part...even with what we currently have there is much more that is needed.
Most of our savings was spent on basic start up costs (lease, utilities, filing costs etc) and there are more to come.

Our goal is to raise funds for:

  • remaining start up costs $1000
  • products and merchandise  $2000
  • displays/building materials/landscaping $1000
  • marketing materials/office supplies/website $1000

The Rewards

We want each and every backer to know how much we appreciate your support, so everyone will receive a hand written thank you note. We also have a variety of Summer Camp items that will be given as rewards.

The t-shirt and tote bag will feature the Summer Camp logo.

Please join us on this adventure and we hope you'll come see us at Summer Camp!

Risks and challenges

Every adventure has its mountains to overcome, but we are ready to face ours head on. Time will be our biggest obstacle as we need to get the space up and running before our grand opening on November 9th. We need to get the word out while setting up the space and planning for future workshops.

With limited funds we will have to budget carefully to make the most of what we currently have. We are optimistic that we can bring it all together in time to open!

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    The Trail Seeker- a little bit of adventure never hurt anyone. You will receive a handwritten thank you note as well as our gratitude!

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    The Cub Scout- life is either a great adventure or nothing. You will receive a hand written thank you note as well as earning a scouting patch.

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    The Tenderfoot- adventure is not outside man; it is within. You will receive a hand written thank you note, a camp counselor whistle, earn a scouting patch, and an 8x10 "Summer Camp" print.

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    New Reward! The Eagle Scout- You will receive a hand written thank you note and a scouting patch. You will also receive a Campfire or Lavender candle by PF Candle Co to bring the feel of the Ojai Valley into your home.

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    The Explorer- Adventure is wherever you find it. You will receive a hand written thank you note, an 8 x 10 "Summer Camp" print and a tote bag with a vintage surprise!

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    The Cadette- there is no certainty, there is only adventure. You will receive a hand written thank you note, an 8 x 10 "Summer Camp" print, a tote bag and a Summer Camp t-shirt.

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    The Torch Bearer- You live and breathe adventure. You will will receive a hand written thank you note, a framed 8 x 10 "Summer Camp" print, a tote bag, a personalized Summer Camp t-shirt and a picnic basket filled with goodies!

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