Who We Are
Teeny Bee is a locally owned and operated, one-of-a-kind baby and kids boutique, where babies and families are welcomed and encouraged to touch and try everything. More than just a store, we're a community where families and babies can come and hang out, get inspired and connect with each other.
Since we opened our doors in June 2013, we've been welcomed by the St. Paul community with open arms. While most retail stores take 2 years to break even, we did it in our first 8 months. The store offers clothing, toys, books, and specialty items for children ages 0-3 years, with each item hand picked and time tested by me. We only offer things we know work for real babies and real moms -- you won't find much of anything white here! Kids that come in are encouraged to try out anything in the store, giving their parents the reassurance that any purchases will be a hit at home.
We've been hosting a free, open baby play group on Wednesday mornings since we opened. It's a valuable place for parents to gather, have a cup of coffee and relate to other parents in a space where they know their kids will be safe and happy. We've developed a community of rotating regular moms, babies, toddlers, grandparents, and other family members. As our babies grow and more families come to join us, we've begun to outgrow our space! Many of the babies are beginning to walk, and with new families attending every week, we need space separate from the retail store itself. The basement of the store is partially finished, with a concrete floor and a functional bathroom. With updated lighting, a coat of paint, new flooring, and an updated bathroom, we would be ready to invite various groups into our space to build on our existing community of moms, dads, kids, and extended families.
The Community Room
Our plan for the Community Room is to have it scheduled with free, Teeny Bee sponsored activities half of the time and the other half have it available to outside groups to use for free. Teeny Bee activities would include Music Classes, Art Classes, separate Play Group for infants and toddlers, and Baby Yoga.
We've connected with several childbirth and parenting experts including doulas, lactation consultants and behavioral therapists who are interested in offering classes as well. We expect the rest of the time to be filled by groups of moms and babies that need a place to gather. Members of our existing community of Play Group and Music Class mothers have already expressed interest in using the space for a variety of activities.
Project Duration and Details
The renovation will take about one month and, if the Kickstarter is successful, will occur during the month of April. Costs for the renovation are greatly reduced due to the donation of part of the labor by friends and family - the same friends and family that remodeled the empty space to make the store as beautiful as it is today. We are looking for your help to cover the costs of paint and construction supplies ($1000) and flooring ($4000 including labor, which we are not able to receive for free). If we are able to raise more than our $5000 goal, the extra funds will go to upgraded equipment (chalkboard paint would be fun for one wall!), furniture (couches, comfy chairs, and washable rugs would make the space more inviting), and other finishing touches.
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Risks and challenges
There are minimal risks with the construction costs. My father has committed to donating his time and skills to the project and if he needs help completing the work, we have a list of other skilled people willing to donate their time as well.
The biggest risk is the Flooring. Since we are working with an outside contractor, we could run into scheduling issues that would delay the project. In order to reduce the cost of the project, we are looking at remnant flooring. If we are unable to secure reasonably priced remnants, we would have to choose another material that may cost more or delay the project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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