Wicked Grounds Community -
What a difference a week makes.
On Sunday, we sent you the heartbreaking email that we would be closing. We'd worked things out to have a few days for a going out of business sale and to avoid our munches suddenly being homeless without notice. As the day went on, more and more of you streamed in to say your goodbyes and get a last drink or length of rope.
I'm not a fan of one-time efforts, as most of you know. I am a fan of sustainability and diversified streams of revenue. As we were trying to avoid closing the cafe early last year, we launched a project on Patreon to expand our kink education and community building efforts in SF and beyond. For those of you who don't know, Patreon is a subscription service for content creators. In our case, we used it to spend more time on the Wicked Grounds blog, revamp some of our educational projects, start our Wicked Grounds party at the SF Citadel, and launch the Kinky Queer Revolution podcast.
Unfortunately, despite our efforts to get the word out about the need for subscriptions, we never could cut through the clutter. Most of you probably never knew the Patreon was there.
On Monday morning, after all those questions about how to stay open, we gave the Patreon subscription model one last shot. Mir sent out a blog and social media push and left things in the hands of the community.
To say you've responded would be an understatement.
If you value Wicked Grounds and have not yet subscribed, we invite you to do so. We are not looking for heroics here -- we'd simply like a small monthly commitment that you can afford to help pay for the kink concierge services we already offer. If you are able to commit to any small monthly amount, it truly helps.
We have also re-launched the Wicked Grounds website & online boutique. When you buy your rope and gear from us, it makes a huge difference in keeping this safe space open.
We are running a skeleton schedule this week to cover scheduled classes and events, and will be back to full operations on Tuesday.
It has been a truly wild week, and we are so grateful to you.
Mir and the Wicked Grounds team
PS: The entire leather district could use your support. Think about the local businesses you love -- the ones you'd be gutted to think of losing -- and give them your time, your money, your word of mouth recommendations, and your tips. Community spaces are precious and need your ongoing support to survive. xo