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Homer Whales are unique soft-form toys individually hand made by Abigail Kokai in Homer, Alaska.
Homer Whales are unique soft-form toys individually hand made by Abigail Kokai in Homer, Alaska.
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*Images depicted represent sizes; color and fabrics may vary, as each whale is unique. 

HomerWhales are unique soft-form toys individually hand made by Abigail Kokai in Homer, Alaska. A few months ago, Abigail had dreamed of making a “Wishing Whale” for the Homer Spit, after watching whales chasing salmon through Kachemak Bay. Then a good friend gave her some denim jeans to repurpose. She drafted up some patterns in a range of sizes and started making denim whale toys and HomerWhales was born. Additional fabrics include remnants from Nomar, a prominent marine fabrics retail and manufacturing business located on Pioneer Ave. in Homer, and patchwork pieces assembled from quilting fabrics, as Abigail is also an avid quilter. Each whale is unique, and she spends a lot of time selecting fabric combinations for each whale. The fin whale is her favorite, although she has also developed a super-rad orca pattern that she is really excited about. They are safe for all ages and intended for use as toys or home décor pillows.

The GIANT Whale is pretty Gigantic!
The GIANT Whale is pretty Gigantic!
The Medium-size Orca is practically as big as him!
The Medium-size Orca is practically as big as him!
This lady looks super happy with this small-size whale and small-size orca.
This lady looks super happy with this small-size whale and small-size orca.
Small and GIANT Whales
Small and GIANT Whales
Small and Medium Orca
Small and Medium Orca
Small Orca Variety
Small Orca Variety
Small Whale Variety
Small Whale Variety
I'd like to one day fin-bump a whale.
I'd like to one day fin-bump a whale.

Philanthropy:  5% of all profits will be donated to North Gulf Oceanic Society, a center for Whale Research located in Homer, Alaska.

12 Small Fin Whales will be donated annually to hospitals in Alaska, beginning with the South Peninsula Hospital.

Costs Associated with Initial Business Registration: $2,250
Print marketing materials: $200 Woven fabric labels: $300 Business registration: $75 Name registration: $275 Accounting fees: $250 Website domain and development: $600 Business mailing address: $150 Direct mailing campaign: $400 

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Funds raised through this campaign with fund the initial launch of the product and an intensive marketing campaign. HomerWhales will market to wholesale vendors, nationally and internationally. Marketing will include personally attending Wholesale Markets in Anchorage in 2016, a website, a facebook brand page, and direct mail marketing to gift shops in coastal Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Hawaii – all places where whales migrate annually. From there, it is expected to create its own revenue to establish a permanent workspace in Homer, AK.

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    (2) stickers: “I Got Their (Hump)Back” 3.5"diameter, and “The Whales are HERE" 3x4"

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    (2) 8x10”Mini-Posters: “The Whales are Here” and illustrated “Certificate of Support for HomerWhales” and (2) stickers: “I Got Their (Hump)Back” 3.5"diameter, and “The Whales are HERE" 3x4"

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    (1) Newborn fin whale, approx. 7" and (2) stickers: “I Got Their (Hump)Back” 3.5"diameter, and “The Whales are HERE" 3x4"

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    Most Popular Whale Size! Approx. 12"
    (1) Small fin whale and (2) stickers: “I Got Their (Hump)Back” 3.5"diameter, and “The Whales are HERE" 3x4"

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    Most Popular Orca Size! Approx. 12"
    (1) Small orca and (2) stickers: “I Got Their (Hump)Back” 3.5"diameter, and “The Whales are HERE" 3x4"

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    (1) Medium fin whale, approx. 20" and
    (2) stickers: “I Got Their (Hump)Back” 3.5"diameter, and “The Whales are HERE" 3x4" and
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    (1) Medium orca, approx. 20" and
    (2) stickers: “I Got Their (Hump)Back” 3.5"diameter, and “The Whales are HERE" 3x4" and
    (2) 8x10”Mini-Posters: “The Whales are Here” and illustrated “Certificate of Support for Homer Whales”

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    1) GIANT whale, approx. 30" and
    (2) stickers: “I Got Their (Hump)Back” 3.5"diameter, and “The Whales are HERE" 3x4" and
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    Wholesale Pricing! Pod of (7) small fin whales including one specialty custom print fabric small fin whale and 8 stickers and 2 mini-posters. Great for gifts or sell in your own retail space!

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    Wholesale Pricing! Pod of (6) small orca including one specialty custom print fabric small orca and 8 stickers and 2 mini-posters. Great for gifts or sell in your own retail space!

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    Wholesale Pricing! Pod of (12) small fin whales including one specialty custom print fabric small fin whale and 14 stickers and 2 mini-posters. Great for gifts or sell in your own retail space!

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    Become a Homer Whales super fan: 4 stickers, 2 mini-posters, (1) specialty custom print fabric small fin whale, (1) specialty custom print fabric small orca, (1) specialty custom print fabric medium fin whale, (1) specialty custom print fabric medium orca, and (1) specialty custom print fabric GIANT whale

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    Custom personalized patchwork (full size) quilt with Homer Whales specialty printed fabric and (2) matching GIANT Whales, Personalized hand-illustrated original artwork “Appreciation of support for Homer Whales”

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