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Last updated March 15, 2019

Love's Sweet Arrow: A Romance Only Bookstore

We are going to open a romance only bookstore in the Chicagoland area, the second in the country.

Love's Sweet Arrow: A Romance Only Bookstore

We are going to open a romance only bookstore in the Chicagoland area, the second in the country.

$12,901
pledged of $76,000pledged of $76,000 goal
146
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, March 10 2019 6:54 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated March 15, 2019

About


Hello! Our names are Marissa and Roseann Backlin and we are a mother/daughter duo who want to open Love's Sweet Arrow.  We have been readers of romance for years, and we would like to share it with you! We are hoping for your help to start us off!


Here we are! Roseann is in her Love's Sweet Arrow shirt and Marissa is wearing a sweater with deer in love! Very on theme!
Here we are! Roseann is in her Love's Sweet Arrow shirt and Marissa is wearing a sweater with deer in love! Very on theme!
Marissa is holding the Heidi book with her older brother and Grandma. While it is not a romance, there is a happy ending!
Marissa is holding the Heidi book with her older brother and Grandma. While it is not a romance, there is a happy ending!

Love's Sweet Arrow is going to be a romance only bookstore. Romance is a genre both of us are passionate about and sadly, it is still the one with the most stigma to it. Because it is a genre that many women read and love, it has the aura of being lesser and less worthy of a quality status. We understand that anyone passionate about romance deserves a place to find it, so we wanted to open a bookstore just for people like us in the Midwest. While many bookstores have a romance section, it is difficult to find authors who go with smaller publishing companies, and many bookstores don't even have a romance section at all. We are just two people who want to open a bookstore, but change can happen with small actions.

We have a couple of potential locations and we are working on a diverse, inclusive inventory so that everyone can find their favorite trope, pairing, kink, and themselves represented on the pages. Our goal is to make everyone walk out with a Happily Ever After!

We have lots of plans in the works. We want to have meet and greets with authors, book clubs, and movie nights where we get together and watch new releases and discuss it as we watch! Roseann is crafty so she would love to have craft night with wine a few times a year! And Marissa is a huge Parks and Recreation fan, so we will absolutely be having Treat Yourself Day and Galentine's Day celebrations! In addition, we are open to lots of other ideas and we are hoping you will share your ideas.

We want our store to be a community venture, so we have plans to give and support the community. On our list of things to do, we would like to have book drives, to both children and incarcerated women, and we will provide opportunities for our customers and the community to donate books. One thing we already do (our immediate family and friends do this with us) is collect non perishables and other things food stamps do not cover every year around the holidays and donate it to a charity. Last year, we donated to the Humane Society, and with our bookstore, we are hoping to have multiple drives like this in order expand how we can help and we will be looking for different charities to support all people in need.

Our budget is 76,000  We figure 52,000 for books, that is around 1200 square feet worth of books, approximately 15 bookshelves full = approximately 7,000-8,000 books. While a majority of our books will be romance, we know the community the store will be located and we want to make sure to have a small children's and YA section. (Also, Marissa is a teacher currently and wants to still occasionally read stories to children!) We are thinking that shelves, tables, lighting, sound system and decorations will be approximately 15,000.  In addition, a sign, a POS system, permits and inspection fees, advertising, and publicity will be approximately 9,000 dollars. However, once we reach our goal, please continue to give. We both know from owning homes that inevitably other costs come up, so it absolutely cannot hurt to have a little extra starting out. 

Thank you, all of you for your incredible generosity. We cannot do it without all of you and we are incredibly grateful for you even coming to this page. We can't wait to get our location and open the store! 

Thank you again!

Marissa and Roseann


Here is a taste of our reward levels! 

Risks and challenges

There are risks and challenges to opening an independent bookstore. We understand that bookstores have days with low sales. So we are going to have events at the store to keep customers coming in, book signings, viewings of new romantic movies, and more. We are working on building up our customer base, and hoping to get our on line sales up and running soon after we open the brick and mortar store. Everyone who we have talked to about our hopes has been so supportive!

In addition, we expect that advertising and promoting the Kickstarter project and bookstore will be a big challenge as well. We have budgeted at least 2000 dollars for advertising, but we have been also utilizing social media to try to get the word out now. The town we are looking at to open the store in has two newspapers, so we are planning to also advertise in those.

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    A handmade bookmark

    When you pledge five dollars, you will get a handmade bookmark made by Roseann-- put it in the next book you buy!

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    Bookmark, pen, and sticky notes

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    Tote with swag, shirt, and hat

    When you pledge 100 dollars, you will receive a tote bag full of swag (a handmade bookmark, a pen, sticky notes, and a Love's Sweet Arrow t-shirt) and a Love's Sweet arrow baseball cap!

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    Tote bag with swag including a surprise!

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    Sponsor one of our shelves!

    When you pledge 250 dollars to sponsor a shelf, you will receive a small recognition on a shelf, as well as a Love's Sweet Arrow tote bag filled with the bookmark, pen, sticky notes, t-shirt, and hat. However, we will have the final say on the name that is recognized, so please no rude words or awful people. Thanks!

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    Swag plus a homemade crocheted blanket

    When you pledge 500 dollars, you will receive a Love's Sweet Arrow tote filled with swag (a bookmark, a pen, sticky notes, a t-shirt, and a baseball cap), as well as a hand crocheted blanket. Each one is different, so we will draw names at random. There are only four of these as it takes Marissa a good month to make one and she has two left to finish.

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    Sponsor our reading corner and swag!

    When you pledge 500 dollars to sponsor our reading corner, not only are your helping us design the perfect quiet spot in the store, you will receive recognition in our reading corner on a plaque and all of the above swag (bookmark, pen, sticky notes, tote, t-shirt, and hat).

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    When you pledge 1000 dollars, not only do you receive the swag (bookmark, pen, sticky notes, tote, t-shirt, and hat), but you will receive an invitation to our private opening! (Invitation only though, you have to get yourself here haha!) We can't wait to see you and show you around!

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    Sponsor our POS system and swag

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