We Are The Missfits opened four months before COVID-19 hit, now they need help. | Photo courtesy of We Are The Missfits

Local business We Are The Missfits is asking for help with rent relief.

The Missfits is a boutique store for kids and tweens, opened in November 2019. Along with clothes, the store sells unique toys and knick-knacks for educational and creative purposes.

“We have tried to avoid asking for help as long as we possibly can, but with the continued impacts of the pandemic still ongoing, we are forced to reach out and ask for your help,” organizer Jonathan Bemis wrote on the GoFundMe page. “We appreciate to no end the loyalty from our neighbors and customers, and could not have made it this far without your continued support for our sweet local store.”

The store hasn’t received rent relief and only 30% of their Payroll Protection Program [PPP] loan was granted.

“We’ve unfortunately exhausted all of our personal funds,” Bemis wrote.

Currently, the owners are without salary, managing with only one paid employee.

“However, rent remains our largest ongoing expense and we would appreciate any assistance that you could provide during this difficult time,” Bemis wrote. “Our goal is assistance with the remainder of rent owed for 2020. We humbly ask for your support in any way shape or form you can provide it during this difficult time. We are exceedingly grateful in advance for your generosity.”

As of today, Missfits raised $2,135 of its $20,000 goal. 26 people have donated and left encouraging messages for the store.

“We love this store! Curated items for children that you won’t find on Amazon,” customer Lauren Herrington wrote. “My girls think it is so special to go shopping at Missfits and I hope everyone else discovers how amazing they are so the store can make it through the pandemic.”

Check out the GoFundMe page here.

We Are The Missfits, 9660 Audelia Rd., Suite 105