The New Wicked Eden

The New Wicked Eden

From Alexandra Snow

We are raising money to create the new Wicked Eden: an inclusive, LGBTQIA+ event space, creators space, and playspace for industry professionals and lifestylers. Education, classes, shoots, parties, and more!

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Update #5

28 days ago

Construction is moving along, with the electrical and plumbing already done and half of the drywall roughed in. We're now waiting on the city inspection of the same plumbing and drywall before the soundproofing insulation can be installed and the rest of the drywall closed up. We're waiting on the revised plumbing plans to be completed and submitted to the city for approval. The ethernet and cabling will come next so the space is fully wired for livestreaming classes and wifi coverage for the whole space.

Unfortunately, unaccounted expenses keep piling up but we're continuing to stay focused on the completion. We've officially settled on themes for every room (yay!) and are meeting with our new designer in a few weeks to start working out the details of the color palettes, furniture, and sourcing the interior decor. We can't wait to start posting sneak peeks of the design!

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We're building the first million-dollar creative space, but we can't do it alone.

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Background

For as long as I've been a professional, my dream has been to own my studio building-- to have full freedom to build something new and never again be at the mercy of a landlord. However, buying commercial space is incredibly difficult for normal business owners, virtually impossible for a queer woman in my industry. I've had this dream shot down more times than I can count, but I never gave up. I rebuilt my business from scratch 7 years and worked so hard to make it look good on paper, to recover my credit and respectability from my divorce, and to build the business savings (which means paying myself a LOT less).

In January, I decided to try again after finding an ideal building. This started the most grueling, brutal process of a commercial loan.. and let me tell you, it's impressively hard.

For the last 4 months, I've spent 20+ hours a week PLUS my actual job (even while traveling to Greece and with COVID) playing this never-ending game of proving that I deserve this loan. Mountains of paperwork. Excruciating financials. Non-stop problem solving. Panic inducing emails. Hundreds of hours on the phone with the IRS, the state, accountants, the lender. Battling the misogynistic seller's agent who tried to cancel the deal constantly because he had another buyer lined up offering more if my deal fell through. My team did their best to pick up the slack and keep things running while I did battle on this every day.

We did it!

But I can now officially say that we did it! I signed the papers on Monday and got the keys yesterday! I'm now the owner of a beautiful, freestanding brick building just south of downtown. It will be offices, event space, rental photo/video studio, and production space -- 6000 SQ ft of possibilities.

This space will have 6 fully themed playrooms that will be available for rental, including overnight. Each room will be sound dampened and have separate entrances, but will also enter into the adjoining rooms.

It currently has 1 full bath and 2 half baths, with one bath becoming another full bath so noone has to wait for a hot shower.

Now the real work begins to transform this building into the new Wicked Eden, which will include a great deal of renovations and build out.

A Wicked Eden Documentary

On Dec 2nd, 2022 the documentary "A Wicked Eden" was released to the public. It spent a year in film festivals but was 7 years in the making, and it directly mentions the space we're trying to build. This documentary is a phenomenal representation of our industry and highlights why we need your support.

Please note that we do not profit from this documentary in any way and it was done only to help raise awareness, which is why your donations mean so much to us. 

You can watch the documentary on Amazon Prime here: A Wicked Eden Documentary

Why so much?

I have already leveraged myself and my production company pretty hard to get this loan and it includes a big chunk of the construction build out. However, the loan did not include anything other than walls, electrical, flooring, and some plumbing. Everything else-- from the appliances to light fixtures to furniture and equipment to security fencing-- needs to be crowdfunded. 

The cost of construction materials and labor has been exorbitant. What used to cost $10-20k for small construction now costs 5x that, which has really put us in a spot. We will be taking advantage of as much volunteer labor as possible, however we must adhere to permits and building codes which means most work has to be done by qualified professionals.

The current estimated cost of this space is 1.1 million dollars.

Right now the most important things we have to obtain are:

  • Perimeter Security Fencing ($20k)
  • Ethernet and wireless internet throughout all 6000 sq ft - $1800 - COVERED
  • Repair and seal parking lot ($8k)
  • On-demand hot water heater ($1800) - COVERED
  • Appliances - refrigerator, washer/dryer, commercial floor cleaner ($6000)
  • Repair kitchen, new cabinets, and backsplash ($3800)
  • Corner shower for second full bathroom ($6000)
  • Furniture for each play room -- of which there are 6 ($25k)
  • Light fixtures and atmosphere ($8k)
  • Educational furniture for classroom - seating, whiteboards, projector ($2000)
  • Lounge room seating for the community space ($2500)

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Alexandra Snow posted a new update:
28 days ago

Update #5

Construction is moving along, with the electrical and plumbing already done and half of the drywall roughed in. We're now waiting on the city inspection of the same plumbing and drywall before the soundproofing insulation can be installed and the rest of the drywall closed up. We're waiting on the revised plumbing plans to be completed and submitted to the city for approval. The ethernet and cabling will come next so the space is fully wired for livestreaming classes and wifi coverage for the whole space.

Unfortunately, unaccounted expenses keep piling up but we're continuing to stay focused on the completion. We've officially settled on themes for every room (yay!) and are meeting with our new designer in a few weeks to start working out the details of the color palettes, furniture, and sourcing the interior decor. We can't wait to start posting sneak peeks of the design!

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Alexandra Snow posted a new update:
2 months ago

Update #4

On Dec 2nd, 2022 the documentary "A Wicked Eden" was released to the public. This was 7 years in the making, and it directly mentions the space we're trying to build as it follows the journey of Alexandra Snow and Daddy Des as they've rebuilt Wicked Eden from the ground up. This documentary is a phenomenal representation of our industry and highlights why we need your support.

Please note that we do not profit from this documentary in any way and it was done only to help raise awareness, which is why your donations mean so much to us.

You can watch the documentary on Amazon Prime here: https://www.primevideo.com/region/na/detail/A-Wicked-Eden/0FB6X5R79MN9JVUMP0P1RWINA1

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Alexandra Snow posted a new update:
2 months ago

Update #3

Woooooo it's finally happening! The construction kickoff meeting is tomorrow, and we're finally underway. The next few months are going to be very critical and I'll be posting lots of updates on TikTok. Here's a sneak peek:

https://www.tiktok.com/@dominasnow/video/7171575254165441838

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Alexandra Snow posted a new update:
4 months ago

Update #2

Things have been stalled the last few months as the rising costs of materials and labor threw our project into a bind with the terms of our loan. We had to get an increase in the loan to cover the costs, which has pushed back the construction start. I'm trying to keep things in perspective, even though this means paying for an empty space that we can't do much with yet, and just keep being patient while the lending aspects are solved. I knew this project would be expensive, so I'm just battening down the hatches while we wait.

We're considering doing an in-person fundraising event in December to let people see the space, comment if you'd like to be included on the invite list!

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Alexandra Snow posted a new update:
6 months ago

Update #1

Hi everyone!

Good news.. the plans have been submitted to the city and we've already started the process of ordering building materials in advance of the construction starting. It looks like we'll be starting construction in about a month!

I'm so thrilled to imagine the classes, parties, and events that we'll be hosting this time next year. Can you imagine with me?

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