Bound For Freedom: Art Gallery, Bookstore, Cafe, & FairTrade Goods

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Desire to bring freedom from slavery & oppression worldwide through a local business venture.
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Austin & Kelsey Bock
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Small Business
St. Joseph, MI, Michigan
United States
9 Team Members

UPDATE:

We Have a Store Front!!! Thanks to all who have supported us over the years. Our new store is located at: 

404 State Street in St. Joseph, MI 49085

Our hours are tentative but most everyday we are open from at least 10am - 6pm, but usually way longer!!!

Check out our website at www.BoundForFreedom.org for more details.

DON'T EVER DESPISE SMALL BEGINNINGS!! KEEP DREAMING!!!


We Are All Bound For Freedom

Mission: Bound For Freedom commits to the pursuit of freedom by being a retail location promoting fair trade products (that give impoverished and previously enslaved individuals the opportunity to make a living for themselves) and redemptive artwork, books and media in a cafe atmosphere.

Our desire is to sell freedom-producing merchandise that are designed, made and collected globally to give opportunity to men, women and children caught in the vicious cycles of slavery. We will sell items created by artisans all over the world, as well as from our own home town. We have found a suitable, but still unacquired location in St. Joseph, Michigan where we currently reside. This store, we hope, will be a tea and coffee serving, cafe style, art gallery, with available merchandise in the realms of art, books, media, clothing, jewelry, nutrition and so much more.

As a contributor you will be helping us not only acquire the needed market space, but also cover a sizable portion of the startup costs, as well as instantly bringing freedom to people around the world. My wife and I are blessed to live in the US, and after many times of traveling to different places around the world we have seen the poverty and brokenness so many people live in around the world. It is our calling to give these people opportunity because we have been given so much opportunity in our own lives.

A Financial Mountain & The Treasures of Climbing

The start up costs for Bound For Freedom are going to reach and possibly exceed $20,000. This cost will cover roughly 2 months rent, building rennovations, website & branding, furnishings, merchandise (books, media, freedom bringing merchandise from retailers and artisans found below, and art from local artists) and many more. The rent alone for the building we desire to be located in is over $4,000 a month, totaling well over $50,000 per year including utilities, and insurance. 

Even though we are asking for $15,000 (3/4 of our start-up costs) we are counting on more money coming in from monthly and yearly sponsors local and abroad, and a hopeful overflow from this campaign. Our desire as a business is to become a not for profit organization that is kept open by our loving sponsors and kind donations ($50,000 per year), but is self sustaining in every other aspect.

Perks for helping, so many good ones, look somewhere over that way----->

Visible, Tangible Impact

Instantly from the funds that you donate 3 very powerful things will be occuring

1) You are allowing us as a company to open its doors to the public by acquiring a building and starting to pay rent (hopeful open date March 4th, would love to open earlier)
2) This in turn allows us to begin to purchasing/supplying/selling merchandise and art for the actual store itself so that it can begin self sustaining
3) Lastly and most importantly this provides money to organizations who are bringing freedom and opportunity to men, women, and children across the world. Organizations include, but are not limited to:

 
http://www.tradeasone.com,

http://www.meant4moreapparel.com

http://www.4the1.org 

http://www.saribari.com

http://www.noondaycollection.com

http://www.31bits.com

http://www.betterwayimports.com

http://threadsofhope.com.ph

http://www.infuscocoffee.com

http://www.christiani-tea.com

http://www.tenthousandvillages.com

https://www.sevenly.org 

So instantly from your donations men, women, and children all over the world will be getting freedom from sex slavery, hunger & malnutrition, poverty (through providing jobs), suicidal tendencies/depression, unfair working conditions, abuse, orphaned children, lack of education, and many many more

Spread the Word & The Word is Bound For Freedom

If you know of anyone who may be interested in making a contribution please contact them and promote our store (use the Indiegogo share tools)
Or if you yourself would like to know more information, please don't hesitate to email us at austin.bock15@gmail.com or call us at 269-930-9330, we would love to share more of our vision and passion with you. Also be checking back frequently for updates and upcoming website 

Thank you so much for helping us bring unity to people all over the world through freedom

 

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$655USD
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$15,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on January 12, 2013
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  • $20USD
    Enthusiast

    1 "Bound For Freedom" Sticker to brag about your giving and our store via your computer, car, water bottle, or place of your choice.

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    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $50USD
    Activist

    1 "Bound For Freedom" Sticker to brag about your giving and our store via your computer, car, water bottle, or place of your choice. 1 Freedom Influenced Art Print & Name on our "Activist Wall of Freedom"

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  • $150USD
    Zealot

    1 "Bound For Freedom" Sticker to brag about your giving and our store via your computer, car, water bottle, or place of your choice. 1 Freedom Influenced Art Print 1 Bound For Freedom led KeyChain Light that constantly glows to show your desire to shine light into the darkest places & Your Name on our "Zealot Wall of Freedom"

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  • $300USD
    Reformer

    1 Bound For Freedom Sticker to brag about your giving and our store via your computer, car, water bottle, or place of your choice. 1 Freedom Influenced Art Print 1 Bound For Freedom led KeyChain Light that constantly glows to show your desire to shine light into the darkest places 1 15% off entire store purchase coupon (some restrictions may apply) & Your Name on our Reformer Wall of Freedom

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  • $500USD
    Abolitionist

    1 B4F Sticker, 1 Freedom Influenced Art Print, 1 B4F led KeyChain Light that constantly glows to show your desire to shine light into the darkest places 1 Your Choice of either - 1 Bag of Freedom inspired fair trade coffee your flavor choice or 1 Tin of Freedom inspired Tea of your flavor choice to relish the freedom you have brought around the world as you take one victory sip after another 1 20% off entire store purchase coupon & Your Name on our Abolitionist Wall of Freedom

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  • $1,000USD
    Revolutionary

    1 B4F Sticker, 1 Freedom Influenced Art Print, 1 B4F led KeyChain Light 1 Your Choice of either - 1 Bag of Freedom inspired fair trade coffee your flavor choice or 1 Tin of Freedom inspired Tea of your flavor choice 1 Freedom Inspired T-Shirt of your choosing to show people everyday just how much of a Revolutionary you are (shirt styles to follow on website later) 1 25% off entire store purchase coupon & Your Name on our Revolutionary Wall of Freedom

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