CoCo Boutique Cook Islands

By Elizabeth Downey

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Co Co Boutique Cook Islands

Project 2015-03-28 10:45:24 +1300

Kia Orana

My name is Elizabeth Jamieson, and I am a small business owner. I am Wellington born Kiwi, living in Rarotonga, Cook Islands with my Cook Islander Husband.This is us! (And our dog).

Mr And Mrs + Dog

In August 2013 I opened a small women's clothing store to offer local women comfortable, affordable PLUS SIZE fashion and accessories. This market is huge on the island as 67% of women are plus size and minimum wage is $6.50. Before I opened my doors there was not option for fashionable, affordable clothing (especially plus sizes) apart from asking family/friends travelling back from New Zealand to shop for them and bring clothing back.

The business has blossomed and our plus size products (imported from America) are in very high demand, unfortunately, the premise we currently operate from is small and I cannot provide the volume of stock required without the store looking insanely crammed.

At the moment we are located next door to a lingerie store (to the left of this image). It is a great location near town on the main road.

Store location

PS Stock

Store image

I have been offered a larger space that is located behind my current premise that I wish to develop to expand my store. It is a warehouse that was used for printing fabrics and needs a lot of superficial work to create a space ready for retail

Presently I do not have the money available to make this step and my landlord has other parties interested. I have been placed in a position in which I need to act promptly to secure the space or risk it being leased to a business that may cause detriment to what I have built (interested parties include turning the space into a gym and another, into accommodation.

I am looking for $15,000 to secure this space and expand my business.

This is what the space currently looks like:

Warehouse 1

Warehouse Outside

I know it looks like a bit of a mess, but with a good clear out, a few coats of paint, new lighting, fixtures and signage it will be amazing! I have planned out my layout and exactly what I need to make this space as beautiful as my current store.

Planning of my layout and fixture requirements.

Boutique Plan

When I opened we could not afford a sign (don’t laugh) so for the last two years have made do without one. As part of this Pledge Me fund I have accounted for the cost of having signage made for the building and for a road side sign.

I am a ‘one man band’ and have only had assistance from my husband (and his bank account) to start the business. I built the webpage cocoraro.com from scratch, as well as my various social media pages. I do all the accounting, purchasing, marketing, advertising, promotion etc. I hope to employ an assistant once we have moved into the larger premise.

I do hope you can help me this fund so that I can continue to offer products to the wonderful ladies of the Cook Islands.

Regards

Elizabeth

Comments

Updates 4

Top Blonde!

10/04/2015 at 7:22 PM

Amee!! Thank you so much for your pledge of $21! I will be sure to put something cute aside for you to pick up when you come and visit ;) Thank you so much! Your such an angel! Love you!

Love from a Stranger

10/04/2015 at 2:42 PM

Thank you to (you know who you are) for the donation of $21.

I am working on some cooler rewards at the moment so once this is all over you can take your pick as to recieving thefree beauty pack or whatever I come up with over the next two months :)

Many thanks!!

Julieanne!!! Thank you for your $100

10/04/2015 at 2:16 PM

$100!!!!!!! To know that someone supports your dream enough to pull $100 out of their pocket and place in your hand so that you can continue your dream is ridiculously moving.

 

Julieanne, you have been such a mentor and strong female guide for me during the past few years. Thank you so much for your support and encouragement, and for always having time to respond to my messages when I have questions about everything and nothing.

 

Currently dancing on a rainbow with fairies.  Thank you!!

 

MY FIRST PLEDGE!!!!

10/04/2015 at 11:48 AM

WOW!! Thank you Julianne Olsen for your pledge of $10!!

Every dollar counts and I truly appreciate the help!! Dancing around the store right now!!

 

 

    Pledgers 4

    amee hurrell
    2015-04-10 15:51:46 +1200

    "go get em girl xoxo proud of u ❤️"

    Anonymous pledger
    2015-04-10 14:27:44 +1200
    Julieanne Stephens
    2015-04-10 13:00:20 +1200

    "Coco Boutique is the only one of its kind on Raro. Elizabeth offers a great service - us curvy ladies need Coco!"

    Julianne Olsen
    2015-04-10 08:15:39 +1200

    "Best wishes reaching your goal"

    Followers 1

    Followers of CoCo Boutique Cook Islands

    Co Co Boutique Cook Islands

    Project 2015-03-28 10:45:24 +1300

    Kia Orana

    My name is Elizabeth Jamieson, and I am a small business owner. I am Wellington born Kiwi, living in Rarotonga, Cook Islands with my Cook Islander Husband.This is us! (And our dog).

    Mr And Mrs + Dog

    In August 2013 I opened a small women's clothing store to offer local women comfortable, affordable PLUS SIZE fashion and accessories. This market is huge on the island as 67% of women are plus size and minimum wage is $6.50. Before I opened my doors there was not option for fashionable, affordable clothing (especially plus sizes) apart from asking family/friends travelling back from New Zealand to shop for them and bring clothing back.

    The business has blossomed and our plus size products (imported from America) are in very high demand, unfortunately, the premise we currently operate from is small and I cannot provide the volume of stock required without the store looking insanely crammed.

    At the moment we are located next door to a lingerie store (to the left of this image). It is a great location near town on the main road.

    Store location

    PS Stock

    Store image

    I have been offered a larger space that is located behind my current premise that I wish to develop to expand my store. It is a warehouse that was used for printing fabrics and needs a lot of superficial work to create a space ready for retail

    Presently I do not have the money available to make this step and my landlord has other parties interested. I have been placed in a position in which I need to act promptly to secure the space or risk it being leased to a business that may cause detriment to what I have built (interested parties include turning the space into a gym and another, into accommodation.

    I am looking for $15,000 to secure this space and expand my business.

    This is what the space currently looks like:

    Warehouse 1

    Warehouse Outside

    I know it looks like a bit of a mess, but with a good clear out, a few coats of paint, new lighting, fixtures and signage it will be amazing! I have planned out my layout and exactly what I need to make this space as beautiful as my current store.

    Planning of my layout and fixture requirements.

    Boutique Plan

    When I opened we could not afford a sign (don’t laugh) so for the last two years have made do without one. As part of this Pledge Me fund I have accounted for the cost of having signage made for the building and for a road side sign.

    I am a ‘one man band’ and have only had assistance from my husband (and his bank account) to start the business. I built the webpage cocoraro.com from scratch, as well as my various social media pages. I do all the accounting, purchasing, marketing, advertising, promotion etc. I hope to employ an assistant once we have moved into the larger premise.

    I do hope you can help me this fund so that I can continue to offer products to the wonderful ladies of the Cook Islands.

    Regards

    Elizabeth

    Comments

    Top Blonde!

    10/04/2015 at 7:22 PM

    Amee!! Thank you so much for your pledge of $21! I will be sure to put something cute aside for you to pick up when you come and visit ;) Thank you so much! Your such an angel! Love you!

    Love from a Stranger

    10/04/2015 at 2:42 PM

    Thank you to (you know who you are) for the donation of $21.

    I am working on some cooler rewards at the moment so once this is all over you can take your pick as to recieving thefree beauty pack or whatever I come up with over the next two months :)

    Many thanks!!

    Julieanne!!! Thank you for your $100

    10/04/2015 at 2:16 PM

    $100!!!!!!! To know that someone supports your dream enough to pull $100 out of their pocket and place in your hand so that you can continue your dream is ridiculously moving.

     

    Julieanne, you have been such a mentor and strong female guide for me during the past few years. Thank you so much for your support and encouragement, and for always having time to respond to my messages when I have questions about everything and nothing.

     

    Currently dancing on a rainbow with fairies.  Thank you!!

     

    MY FIRST PLEDGE!!!!

    10/04/2015 at 11:48 AM

    WOW!! Thank you Julianne Olsen for your pledge of $10!!

    Every dollar counts and I truly appreciate the help!! Dancing around the store right now!!

     

     

      amee hurrell
      2015-04-10 15:51:46 +1200

      "go get em girl xoxo proud of u ❤️"

      Anonymous pledger
      2015-04-10 14:27:44 +1200
      Julieanne Stephens
      2015-04-10 13:00:20 +1200

      "Coco Boutique is the only one of its kind on Raro. Elizabeth offers a great service - us curvy ladies need Coco!"

      Julianne Olsen
      2015-04-10 08:15:39 +1200

      "Best wishes reaching your goal"

      Followers of CoCo Boutique Cook Islands

      This campaign was unsuccessful and finished on 31/05/2015 at 11:00 PM.