$2,300
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
11
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, January 16 2010 7:50 AM UTC +00:00
$2,300
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
11
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, January 16 2010 7:50 AM UTC +00:00

About

Hello, and welcome to project Casa Artelexia. Who and what is Casa Artelexia??? I am Elexia and my father/business partner is Andres. One year ago, we started a family business importing artistic Mexican products. My father makes several trips a year to Mexico where he works with a group of artists and craftsmen from all parts of Mexico to create high-quality unique gifts, decor and furniture. We work very closely with the artists and strive to create working relationships that are beneficial to both. We pay the artists and craftsmen fair wages and try to keep our retail prices reasonable, passing the savings directly to you, our customer. Since March 2009, we have sold our products at various outdoor markets and have received tons of positive feedback on the quality and uniqueness of our products.

Until now, our main retail venue has been the La Jolla Farmers' Market, where we have had great success. Most recently, we have started to sell our products at the wholesale level and we are currently in stores in New York, Colorado, Georgia, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Ohio, Washington and Oklahoma. We also have an online store at www.artelexia.com.

Our next phase of the business is to open a retail store in downtown San Diego in order to help us bring Mexico's art and culture to you. We also aim to use the store's location as a "cultural center" for events and a meeting place for Mexican/Latino artists looking to promote their work. We believe in a close-knit community and hope to become a local leader in the Mexican and artist communities. We are working closely with local Hispanic cultural organizations in an effort to increase the public's knowledge of Mexico's rich history, culture and arts.

As you know, the start-up costs for a small business can get quite expensive. In this economy, small business loans are next to impossible to secure. While we are investing our time, money and hearts into the next phase of Artelexia, we need your help to make this dream a reality. We have joined this fund-raising website in order for us to be able to reach out to you to ask for your much needed support. For every level of donation, there will be a “gift” from Artelexia as a thank you. You will also be able to follow our progress on this website, which will allow you to see your donation at work.

Here is just one example of a series of events to be held at Casa Artelexia: Every 3rd Thursday of the month, Casa Artelexia will host a Loteria Fundraiser Fiesta. Guests will be charged a small fee to play and will win prizes. All monies raised will go towards various charities and organizations which share a common goal and vision with Casa Artelexia.


If we can raise $10, 000 through your generous pledges, the funds will go towards a portion of our start-up costs, which will include:
• painting the interior and exterior of the building
• installing proper lighting
• repaving the front steps
• supplies, such as cash register, counter, furniture, phones, bags, wrapping supplies,
• insurance
• decor
• landscaping the backyard, which will be made available to local artist events and hosting cultural meetings
• signage

We hope that you appreciate where we are going with Artelexia, follow along with our progress, tell a friend and contribute toward our goal of raising $10,000. All donations, regardless of amount, are greatly appreciated. This project truly means so much to us and we firmly believe that with your help we can make a difference. We thank you for your support.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    We'll send you a Loteria bookmark, a THANK YOU VIDEO with a PERSONAL MESSAGE JUST FOR YOU and an invite to our first Loteria Party!

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    All of the above and credit on our website as being a donor. Also, when you come to visit our store for the very first time, we'll have a special little gift waiting just for you!

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    All of the above and you will receive a beautiful wooden cross covered in milagros for your home!

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    All of the above and we'll donate a fashionable tote/bag in your honor to Rachel's Women's Center, an organization that helps homeless women.

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    All of the above and we'll donate a brand new cuddly children's pillow in your honor to La Cuna, an organization that works on finding loving homes for Latino babies.

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    All of the above and a very special thank you gift package specially made for you by us, Andres and Elexia! Coupons and super fun stuff included included!

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    All of the above and your name, or a name of your choosing, will be placed on our wall of donors at Casa Artelexia. Picture of your name on a wall included!

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    All of the above and you will be invited to an exclusive Happy Hour at Casa Artelexia. We promise to make it an extra special occasion that you will never forget! It will be delicious, beautiful and most of all, magical! This would give us the opportunity us to thank you in person. ALSO, receive 15% off at Casa Artelexia for 1 year!

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    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    All of the above is included and we’ll name one our products after you or the person of your choosing! Not only will this item be named after you but we’ll mail you one of your very own to have on display in your home! How cool is that!?!?! Special video with us personally thanking you included. Wait, there’s more, you will also receive 20% off at Casa Artelexia for 1 year!

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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    All of the above is included and you'll be invited to an exclusive dinner at Casa Artelexia. It will be a mini fiesta complete with music, food, tequila, good company, gift bag and more - and it's all for you! Also, receive 30% off at Casa Artelexia for 1 year!

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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    ALL OF THE ABOVE (that is quite a lot) and we’ll name one of our rooms after you, the person of your choosing, or your company! The thousands and thousands of people that will pass through Casa Artelexia will see your name on a plaque just above the entrance to one of our very special rooms! This plaque will be here FOREVER and EVER!!! AND that's not all, you also receive 40% off at Casa Artelexia for 1 year!

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Funding period

- (63 days)