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What does my membership get me?
Your membership gets you access in 2-4 week periods once each season to the Narrow Bridge Candle store and also access to limited edition offerings, giveaways, and digital content (when capacity allows). The store offers artisanal hand-made 100% Beeswax Jewish ritual candles in support of BDS of Israel. Purchases in the store are in addition to your Patreon membership which grants you access to the store.
What will the cost of candles be to members?
The sliding scale prices of the candles are staying the same as before. All the products and their prices are listed year-round on the website. Your Patreon membership gives you access to the store and hopefully covers much of the overhead/operational costs of running the business. The cost of the candles pay for the materials and labor to create the candles themselves.
Why can’t I buy candles directly from the Narrow Bridge Candles website like before?
The previous Narrow Bridge Candle model is no longer sustainable for jonah. Just like small organic farmers rely on Community Supported Agriculture, we are shifting to a community supported business model that sustains our community and our rural, queer, disabled candlemaker under capitalism. Closing the store to the public and moving to membership through Patreon allows us to do just that.
When will the store be open?
The store will open for a 2-4 week period once each season.
How will I know when the store opens?
Patreon Members will receive a message through Patreon notifying them when the store is open and they will be provided with a code that gives them access to the online store.
Are there limits on how much I can order?
NBC is striving to meet the candle needs of all Patreon members (hopefully 300 people in 2020). jonah is planning on making a certain amount of candles for the year based on a combination of capacity and projections of the candle needs of 300 members. Some items may sell out. We’ll do our best there and evaluate as we go so that jonah can make better and better projections but we can’t guarantee everyone will get all the candles they want at any given time.
Can I buy candles without a membership?
For most people, no. We are still working out the details but hope to offer non-member store days for BIPOC folks and folks with very low access to resources. There has also been interest in a BIPOC fund/pay it forward option that could increase the financial accessibility of our offerings. Follow @narrowbridgecandles on Instagram and turn on notifications for this account to hear about days the online store will be open to non-members in support of financial accessibility. We are doing our best here. Be in touch if you have questions or suggestions.
If I have a subscription to a ritual box or recurring order do I need to support the Patreon campaign to keep it?
You are invited but not required to become a member through Patreon if you already have a recurring order or subscription. We are continuing ritual box subscriptions without Patreon membership as a thank you/courtesy to the subscribers who are already making such a big investment in Narrow Bridge Candles. We welcome any ritual box subscribers who have the desire/ability to also become sustaining members through Patreon.
Can I become a member without signing up through Patreon?
Generally no. We are trying to streamline labor and costs by consolidating members all in one place. You have until March 10th or until we reach our goal of 300 people (whichever comes first). If you want to make a one time donation you can send it through Paypal [email protected] or Venmo Jonah Aline Daniel. or e-mail [email protected] if you would like to mail a check or have some extenuating circumstance for which a Patreon membership is not possible..
How does this new model support financial accessibility and the justice work you do?
Because we are committed to making candles available to people with different access to resources in any way we can, this is a sliding scale campaign with many different membership levels, and the candles themselves are sold on a sliding scale.
*Additionally, you can email [email protected] to access a $3/month membership for BIPOC, disabled folks, and folks with very low access to resources.
*If you are a BIPOC person interested in accessing a free membership, e-mail [email protected] and jonah will arrange this with you.
If you would like to donate to our BIPOC Pay it Forward Membership Fund please set up a one time or recurring payment in the amount of your choice through Paypal [email protected] and we will disburse the funds as free BIPOC memberships. Make sure you include the note "Pay it Forward."
And also just a reminder Narrow Bridge Candles has always and will continue to donate a portion of EVERY SALE to important justice work!