Sunday night, an all-star cast of drag performers lead by host Kristie Champagne will hold a benefit edition of Le Faux at Julia’s to raise money to help keep the Atomic’s Capitol Hill shop open:
This is the mother of all benefits, people! We have the cast of “Le Faux” at Julia’s on Broadway, The One The Only Inga, Waxie Moon, Eddie Van Glam and The’Trojan Original and Kitty Kitty Bang Bang performing, as well as a live auction full of awesome goodies! You don’t want to miss this. Get your tickets today, and help save Atomic Cosmetics / Xerion Skin Science!
CHS reported on owner Jennifer Dietrich’s call for help and quest to raise $100,000 in October.
CHS has learned more about the financial difficulties surrounding the business. Shawn Dietrich tells CHS that he decided he did not want to be part of a business loan required to keep Atomic afloat after his decision to seek a divorce from Jennifer. He declined to comment further on the situation citing the advice of his attorney. Jennifer Dietrich also declined to comment on the divorce.
She did talk about the personal situation that has impacted her business in this recent interview:
Well, it’s a complicated story, but basically, my husband and I were business partners, and we are in the process of divorcing. This has created a large amount of financial strain on the both of us, and as a result, on the business. We had planned an expansion, and had secured an SBA loan to do so, but now, due to the divorce, that is not happening. In addition, the business account was compromised, leaving us essentially at zero. I was ready to give up, but then after talking to the team, we decided it wasn’t going to go down without a fight. So we set up the gofundme campaign, and threw that Hail Mary.
The online fundraising gift certificate sales drive continues here — Dr. Jen says that at just over $14,000, they’re at about half of what she would like to raise. “Thanks to the fundraising efforts, we’re probably going to make it,” Jennifer Dietrich tells CHS.