Like most other small businesses affected by COVID-19, Bridge Nine experienced a series of setbacks and difficulties throughout the beginning of 2020. Things have undoubtedly been tight as we have dealt with a new normal of a closed office, furloughed staff, and limited resources, but we have persevered and have been working hard to support our bands and customers.
Unfortunately, "when it rains, it pours." We were informed by our landlord that the building Bridge Nine has been in for the past 13 years is now being sold. We are now facing either a sizable increase in our rent or, more likely, we will have to relocate -- both options that will present significant financial challenges outside of our usual commitments. We know that our fans and customers are dealing with their own hardships so please know that we are not looking for handouts. In an effort to fundraise for Bridge Nine's next chapter, we are asking those who are financially able to consider helping us get through this with one of the following exclusive options in our store:
1. Buy a "RAID THE VAULT" Mystery Box
Every time a record has been pressed, Chris has kept a few copies for the Bridge Nine archive. Every test pressing, each color of vinyl - we've put a few aside in what we jokingly called our "Vault". Well, the time has come to empty it! Each "Raid The Vault" Mystery Box you purchase includes a random and very exclusive Test Pressing of a Bridge Nine release as well as three out-of-press variants of records the label has released over the past 25 years. All of the heavy hitters are included and nothing is off limits. Each box is $100, we are accepting multiple orders, and while we won't be taking requests, we know you won't be disappointed. Every person who purchases a Raid The Vault Mystery Box will also be entered into a drawing for a FULL BRIDGE NINE VINYL DISCOGRAPHY, which includes one copy of every vinyl record that Bridge Nine has released!
2. Buy a "25 Years of Bridge Nine" Pack
Since 1995, we've been working on releases for our favorite bands. Our 25th anniversary showcase (originally slated for next month) may have been bumped for the foreseeable future, but it's still our year to celebrate and this t-shirt helps illustrate two and a half decades of Bridge Nine through the label tees we've made over the years. This package includes a black 25th Anniversary t-shirt & die-cut sticker, as well as a 21"x21" organic cotton bandana.
3. Buy our first 25th Anniversary Mystery Item
We're custom designing and making a few surprise items over the next year as we celebrate this milestone. This exclusive item celebrates a big chunk of the label's catalog. You're not going to know what this is until you receive it, but that's half the fun! Grab one while you can for $20.
4. Buy a Mystery Poster Tube
We started offering this a couple of months ago and the response has been great, but if you haven't ordered one yet, get on it! We'll pack a poster tube with 30+ promotional posters of all sizes. Tubes are $25 and if you like Bridge Nine, you're guaranteed to get a bunch of stuff you're going to be stoked on (with no folds and creases!)
5. Buy a Bridge Nine T-Shirt
Pick up a Bridge Nine t-shirt or other merch item to show your support. We even have a new design featuring BRIDGE NINE spelled out in the notable letters of our bands logos from over the years. White ink on a black 100% cotton t-shirt. Can you spot all of the bands that we pulled from?
6. Buy a Bridge Nine
"The First Nine Years" Box Set,
or the accompanying book
We still have about 100 or so box sets of the 1,000 that we pressed. We also have an overrun of the 128 page book that is included inside, so if you've slept on the box set, help us out and pick one up!
And if a five 7" box set isn't your speed, you can now grab the book by itself for just $10!
7. Grab a Brick of 20 Mystery CDs for $20
Collect CDs or know someone who wants new music? Get 20 random CDs in one box for just $20 while we clear out some space in our warehouse!
Again, we understand that a lot of people and businesses are in dire straits these days, but if you can help support through the above fundraising initiatives we would be very grateful. If you're unable, please help spread the word to those that can!
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