Save Four Star Video Heaven!

Madison's first and best video rental is bent on staying open as a cooperative. The store's profit is reliable, but we need your help to make the purchase.
Brittany Hofer
Small Business
Madison, Wisconsin
United States
5 Team Members

Short Summary

Your favorite neighborhood video store needs you help! The staff of Four Star (Nick, Helen, Lewis, Matt and Andy) are trying to buy the store from the current owner and become a cooperative. Unfortunately, none of us have enough money to buy the store outright. That's where you come in! We need to raise funds immediately so we can renegotiate our lease at the end of April. We operate at a solid profit, but, after thirteen years of dedication, the current owner is ready to move on to other things. If you want this Madison cultural landmark to stick around, start breaking open those piggy banks!

What We Need & What You Get

We need around $50,000 for our initial investment. In addition to the store becoming a worker cooperative, we will redouble our efforts to get even more of the movies you want! We also have a lot of cool store memorabilia and prizes, like mugs, t-shirts, the potential to get your name up in the store or even on a rental case! We are also committed to welcoming the community into the store with events and community outreach.

The Impact

Madison's best video store will remain open for you to get every movie your heart desires. We all get to keep working at a place we really believe in. We will be a co-operative which means that we will be in total control and will listen to what you want!

Other Ways You Can Help

Tell EVERYONE you know to contribute! The more people who are involved the better.

Update 4/10/14: Just to address a common concern we've been hearing, the reason we chose flexible funding for this campaign is so we would have some funds to negotiate with even if we didn't reach our $50,000 goal. If we are unable to reach an arrangement with the current owner to keep the store open, then we will refund all donations to the best of our ability. Please be sure to include an email address or other contact information with your donation.

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raised by 89 people in 1 month
15% funded
No time left
$50,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on April 24, 2014
Select a Perk
  • $50USD
    Four Star Mug

    A Four Star Mug or Travel Mug Full of Delicious Candy. Pick Up Only.

    34 out of 140 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $100USD
    T Shirt

    A T Shirt with a cool design representing Four Star Video.

    10 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $500USD
    Your Name in Lights

    Your name will be up on our wall as a major contributor. Also, one film case of your choice will have a 'brought to you by [YOUR NAME]' credit.

    4 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    That movie nobody has heard of

    We will buy one commercially available film of your choice and stock it in the store.

    1 claimed
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