Total loan: $10,000


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Milwaukee, WI, United States / Retail

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A loan helped will help us expand into more space and offer more gifts, unique art, and to expand your shopping experience.

Kira's story

I lived in Milwaukee as a kid until my mom moved us to the suburbs thinking that it would be a better place to grow up. It was a struggle because we were a poor family in a higher income area. I moved back into the city during High School, and have been here ever since. Back in 2001, I opened a gift shop in Riverwest that also offered local artist goods on consignment. I had to close when street construction seemed to drag on forever killing any walking traffic because even the sidewalks were torn up. I learned a lot from that experience, and feel it has helped me navigate this new shop. I am lucky enough to live just a half a block from Swoon, so it is a quick walk to work, and I can fly down if an employee is having any trouble. I hope to continue to be able to run my little shop in this neighborhood as me and my husband have both started businesses in the area and have been community members in this particular neighborhood for twelve years now, and it is such a magical community with amazing neighbors.