Why are we Crowdfunding?
Here at Sophia’s Choice, we are wanting to expand the natural and organic products we offer our customers and need your help to do it.
We are into our 3rd year of trading as a health & wellbeing shop with treatment room, in our local town of Beaminster, Dorset since our expansion in March 2016 from an online shop. We have grown steadily over that time and now wish to offer our customers more of the natural wholefoods they have been asking for.
We would like to supply a range of affordable organic wholefoods to include oats, museli, cereals, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, nut butters, stock & swiss boullion, sugar alternatives and healthy snacks. We would also like to extend our herbal tea range and nut & seed milks. We would love to offer you some locally sourced products as well, such as apple cider vinegar, and local honey.
To make this possible, we need an injection of money into the business. As a small business cash flow can vary from month to month, and it can be hard to expand and grow if the money is not always there to support that growth. Sophia’s Choice has grown organically over the past 4½ years and has been self-funded by myself, however to offer my customers what they are now wanting, would currently take me several months to achieve.
That’s why I have set up a Crowdfunding page to help me achieve that goal.
I would love to push forward with these plans sooner rather than later with the help of our lovely supporters and customers. I am really excited about this opportunity to expand what we currently offer here at Sophia’s Choice and hope you will support our efforts to bring you more of what you are looking for.
Any extra funds raised past our target will be used to further expand the business, so we can continue to bring you more fabulous products to support your health and wellbeing journey.
Sophia’s Choice began life as a Green Family Lifestyle Blog in October 2012, where I began sharing the natural and organic choices we had made for our eldest daughter, Sophia, since she was a baby. The blog grew and evolved over time into an online shop which I launched in November 2013.
The online shop gave me the opportunity to return to work and still be a full time Mum to my youngest daughter. I was able to stock many of the natural and organic brands we as a family had used and others that I had been introduced to and written about on my blog.
Once our youngest daughter was old enough to start school, the opportunity for me to return to my first love, working as a Holistic Therapist presented itself and I decided to combine that with opening a physical shop for the products I had been selling online.
March 2016, saw Sophia’s Choice expand into the shop and treatment room it is today, and it is my hope that as a family business, we continue to grow and serve the community with information, support, treatments and products, so that our customers can continue to make healthier choices for both themselves and their families.
About Founder & Owner Charlie Hughes
Charlie began her career working in the hotel industry, and marketing and PR, before she decided to retrain as a multi skilled holistic therapist in her mid twenties. This led her to qualify in Reflexology, several forms of Massage Therapy and as a Reiki Master / Teacher. She also trained & qualified as an Infant Massage Instructor.
Charlie’s love for natural health has continued to grow over many years and when she had her own children, she deepened her knowledge of holistic health to include natural skincare, bodycare, supplements, and more recently nutrition.
After many years as a full time Mum, Charlie has enjoyed returning to her first love of holistic therapies and has relished the challenge of growing Sophia’s Choice into the health and wellbeing shop with treatment room it is today, which serves the local community in Beaminster.
I have put together a selection of rewards for those of you who wish to support us on this journey. They include vouchers, tickets to our talks / workshops, treatments and wholefood hampers. You can of course pledge to our cause without any reward attached if you prefer.
If you cannot make a pledge, you can still help by sharing our page with friends and family who may wish to support us. Thank you.
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