As an accomplished designer and skilled doll maker I have opened an independent retail business in the popular Lake Road in Keswick, from where I also design and make unique handmade dolls and other items, which have sold to local, national and ever international customers from across the globe from Australia to the United States.
In addition to my own products, since opening I have helped other local crafters and artists to have an opportunity to retail their own products by selling them in my shop for a small commission. I have personally subsidised the sales space provided in order to help members of the local community.
I have also delivered courses and workshops to like minded local individuals to share my talents with them, which have been amazing.
My vision is to develop my business and my reputation and be able to fully devote my time and energy to making beautiful dolls and other products, which being unique and handmade will sell for a reasonable price that reflects their true value in effort, skill and time, to customers who will love them for many years. Whilst at the same time helping other local crafters and artists to continue with their own work.
Additionally I hope to further share my skills with like minded people by delivering even more courses and workshops to both the local Cumbrian community and tourists visiting the Lake District from the UK and abroad.
To do all this I am in need of funds to help with working capital, including rent for my premises, marketing and some new machinery. My little independent shop and workshop is in a great area with many thousands of weekly visitors passing by on their way from the town to the lake, however this comes at a high price and being a relatively new business I now need to raise money in order to help the business to continue. Please help me to grow Melissa Melo Handmade in to a truly fantastic, unique independent shop, which supports the local community.