We set out in early 2020 with the goal of building Everything Bear as a marketplace for members of the LGBT community to purchase goods from a variety of LGBT small businesses, initially focusing on the Bear Community. Our hope was to provide vendors with another avenue to sell your products and bring in additional income, especially during the downtime between in-person sales at events.
Unfortunately, shortly after launching and in the middle of attending our first event to promote the marketplace (TBRU 2020), the world was hit with the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. That event was shut down after just one day, only to be followed by numerous lockdowns, cancelled events, lost jobs, and general economic uncertainty. In short, our timing couldn't have been worse.
We have spent the last year trying to keep things going both by bringing new vendors on board and trying to build up sales, however we've unfortunately reached a point where things are no longer sustainable. Given that, we are heartbroken to announce that, effective immediately, EverythingBear.com will be closing. We have all really enjoyed getting to know and work with each of our vendors over the past year and a half, and we all wish things could have been more successful. Unfortunately things just didn't work out like we'd hoped.
If you have any questions, we're more than happy to answer them. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at events as things start back up and wish for continued success for all vendors.
Thank you all for your support by giving us a shot, and just being patient with us during the last year and a half. You all have been amazing.
Ian, Phil, Brent, & JD