Taylor & Co. Is Here to Stay!

Taylor & Co. Is Here to Stay!

From Andrew Colarusso

Taylor & Co. would not be celebrating its one year anniversary without the support of this amazing community. This fundraiser will help make the shop more sustainable and welcoming!

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Andrew from Taylor & Co. here! 

Taylor & Co. Books has made one year in business and that's because of you, our patrons, our community. Without your consistent support and encouragement, we wouldn't be here! Our first year has been relatively successful! With an approximate profit margin of ~8%, we're doing well for a small retail space. But, because we're small, we're limited in just how much we can earn. 

While we've processed hundreds of thousands in sales in our first year, my own take home pay was $7500 (before taxes). So much of what we've earned has gone back into inventory, monthly expenses, and incidentals. Even so, we've managed to remain in the black (thank God), and we hope to remain so while further developing the shop into a space the neighborhood can truly be proud of. 

This fundraiser will help us pay for new shelving in the kids section (estimated $5000), a competent heating/ac system (estimated $5000), further renovations to the basement, an awning for the door, and more comprehensive inventory management systems. With the improved shelving for the kid's section we can increase our inventory, keeping in stock full volumes of our beloved kids series (rather than just the latest). And with a more useful HVAC system, we can keep the space feeling more comfortable year round. 

If books and stories offer us anything, it's the sense that we're not alone in our joy and our suffering. We're confident Taylor & Co. can continue to serve the community. 

Community is no silver bullet to the myriad difficulties we face as individuals. But community is often our first and best defense against the kind of alienation that estranges us from self and others. Moreover, community is what holds us accountable. We aim to be our best selves for those who need us, and those who support us. 

This store is here because of you, because of your kindness and investment—and a donation from you comes with a promise from us to serve and be present to the best of our ability!

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