The New Wicked Eden

The New Wicked Eden

From Alexandra Snow

We are raising money to create the new Wicked Eden: an inclusive, diverse event space, play space, rentals for professional and lifestylers, education and classes, group shoots, dance parties, and so much more.

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Update #1

17 days ago

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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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. 

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.

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

  • Perimeter Security Fencing ($10-15k)
  • Repair and seal parking lot (estimate not yet provided)
  • On-demand hot water heater ($1800)
  • Appliances - refrigerator, washer/dryer, commercial floor cleaner ($4000)
  • Repair kitchen and install backsplash
  • Corner shower for second full bathroom
  • Furniture for each play room -- of which there are 6
  • Light fixtures and atmosphere
  • Educational furniture for classroom - seating, whiteboards, projector

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Alexandra Snow posted a new update:
17 days 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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