You are lovedAfter 10 years...what has happened to the studio?

 

As some of you may have guessed by the notes on the studio door, our business has been devastated due a lockout by our landlord.  Sadly, it’s much more than just a rent issue.  If you have ever owned a retail business, we're sure you can sympathize with the Austin market.  We have attempted to negotiate ongoing lease and property disputes.  This has led to a legal issue and we can’t tell you how heartbreaking this process has become.

We are moms and educators with a passion for providing art experiences for all ages. Those of you who have come into our cheery, festive studio understand what it means to us.  We’ve worked without pay because we believed so deeply in what we were offering. We never expected to be treated with such disregard, yet here we are.

Summers are usually our “golden time” where we have the honor of teaching and exploring art with your children at our amazing art camps.  This year, it won’t happen.  Also, we’ve had to cancel birthday parties and disappoint many children in the process.  Our adult nights have been shelved, too.

 

We still have faith, and we won't go down without a fight!

 

All the time spent away from our families, all the set-backs, all the tears…for us, it was worth it because we believed in Marmalade—and SO DID YOU.  That’s really what kept us going:  the belief that our community thought our studio is, and still can be, a special place.

We have had several hardcore discussions about what to do next.  We’d like to stay open.  Even if we temporarily transition to being a mobile business.  We’ve talked about things like moving, re-branding, downsizing, installing new artisan storage space, revamping our retail offerings, letting artisans have a “home” with us and rent studio time for classes…honestly, the list goes on. 

There probably isn’t a topic we haven’t discussed.  However, we would really appreciate your thoughts and ideas.  (Or, if you’re interested in purchasing the business, or investing, or something along those lines—we’d love to chat about it!)  We have an email address specifically for this:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

We have been honored to have met so many great folks.

 

Our studio was meant to be a happy space where families could come and create wonderful memories, literally and figuratively. As fellow art lovers, creatives, and community-minded citizens, we hope you’ll want to lend us a hand.
 

We’ve set up a very simple “tipjar” for those of you who can help defray our costs as we move forward by donating whatever amount you can.  Please click:  www.cash.me/marmaladeskies  We plan to move to a more formal crowdfunding effort, but we have opened a no-frills account in the short-term.  We also have a PO box if you'd prefer to send mail there:  PO Box 200212, Austin, TX, 78720.
 

Your prayers are also welcome!

This isn't good-bye!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts--
Anastasia, Brie, Kathy,
Rebecca, and Susan


p.s.  If you have artwork and retail items at the studio, the property owners are going to allow us a very brief access to the studio.  Once we retrieve personal items, we will contact you directly and let you know when and where we are having a “Pick-up Day.”

 


 

Questions? This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 512-695-1694

Marmalade Skies

13450 Research Blvd #229

Austin, TX 78750

@ Hwy 183 & Anderson Mill Rd

512-695-1694

info@marmaladeskiesaustin.com

 

 

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