As she heads into a third year of business with a brick and mortar shop, Jennifer Dietrich said financial difficulties could shut down her venture. She’s looking for $100,000 in donations to keep the business afloat:
Hello to all who love the Glitter Palace! We recently have hit a financial brick wall – a business loan, that we were expecting to secure, has fallen through. With these funds, we were going to be able to keep up with our growing demand, as well as expand our operations at our Capitol Hill flagship store.
Without those funds, however, we’re in a place where we can’t afford our brilliant team, or to continue our mission.
That’s where we need your help. Your donations via GoFundMe are immensely appreciated – and in exchange for your financial help now, we’ll give you a gift certificate for the same amount. Not in Seattle? Not a problem – we’ll give you a gift card with a custom coupon code to use online. Donate over $250, and we’ll not only give you a gift certificate for your donated amount, but will throw in an additional $25 gift certificate to use for yourself, or to give as a gift.We need your business and financial support more than ever before. Atomic has grown so rapidly, even in just the last year, and we were looking forward to making this next leap forward – and I hope we can count on you to help make that happen.
Dietrich promises any donations at $250 or above will receive a gift certificate for the amount donated.
Dietrich promises all donors will receive gift certificates for the amount donated.
UPDATE 10/15/2014 9 AM: Via Twitter, Dietrich said, “We don’t need $100K to stay open. We need enough each week to cover costs. Every bit helps!”
UPDATE x2: CHS reached Dietrich by phone Wednesday morning but she declined to discuss the drive and said she wouldn’t have time today to discuss the matter further. We’ve asked her via email for more about the financial situation the business is facing and why the planned loan fell through. We also asked if the store remains open in the meantime.
Dr. Jen’s House of Beauty opened in a space left vacant by a smoke shop in summer 2013 — just in time for Pride. A biochemistry PHD, Dietrich said she was inspired to create her non-toxic Atomic Cosmetics and Xerion Skin Science lines as she helped burlesque and drag performer friends put their faces on. Dr. Jen’s, Dietrich says, is a response to the chemicals and toxic materials normally found in mass-marked skin care and makeup products.
Dietrich is also known as a vocal and active organizer for public safety in Pike/Pine and, especially, for the burlesque and drag performers in her community. Meanwhile, last month CHS reported on Dietrich’s expanded business goals and investment in new production resources.
The company behind Atomic Cosmetics is owned by Jen Dietrich and her husband Shawn, according to state records. We have messages out to her about the situation but have not yet heard back about the fundraising drive.