Treehut plants seeds for design and manufacturing expansion in San Francisco’s SOMA district with $4.43M in SBA 504 financing

Meet two of Capital Access Group’s latest borrowers, Julia and Johannon Olson, co-owners of Treehut, a design and manufacturing company that handcrafts watches and eyeglasses made of real wood. Capital Access recently helped the husband-and-wife team secure financing to purchase a 7,333-sq. ft. industrial-warehouse building in the center of the city’s thriving South of Market neighborhood.

Over the past four years, Treehut experienced exponential growth. Julia and Joh started operating Treehut out of their basement, and then moved the business twice to accommodate its growth, but leasing space was never a long-term solution.

“We are a manufacturing business, which requires us to customize the space to fit our needs,” said Julia. “Not a lot of landlords are fans of renting space to us for that reason, so we decided it was time to purchase property. Now we have the flexibility to make the space the best use for our manufacturing facility.”

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Longview Stables wrangles 15 acres for an equestrian facility

Capital Access Group provided $2,650,000 in total project financing to Lisa Durbrow and Cydney Shald, co-owners of Longview Stables, to purchase an equestrian facility located at 3777 Vineyard Road, Novato, CA. The property includes 15.1 acres of land, a residential building, and multiple horse stables and riding arenas.

Lisa and Cyd, a mother-and-daughter team, have been in business together since 2010. They currently lease space in Nicasio Valley, CA, and will move the business to the new property later this year. They couldn’t have done it without support from Capital Access and the SBA 504 program.

According to Lisa, “The only way that we were going to be able to secure this purchase was with the SBA 504 loan. Our banker told us about the program, and Capital Access Group took a leap of faith in us and our business. They had faith that in what we could do.”

“Working with Capital Access Group was super-easy and seamless,” she said.

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Redwood Montessori

Redwood Montessori School purchases property to make the business their own

Capital Access helped another North Bay business, Redwood Montessori School, to access $320,000 in total project financing to purchase a 1,215-square-foot building at 11201 Main Street, Penngrove, CA. Now the business owners, Aishwarya Kancharla and Daniel Turner, have a monthly mortgage payment that is lower than their rent!

The Redwood Montessori School’s physical environment plays a central role in the overall curriculum, so it was in important development for the business owners to purchase the building. From the developmentally-appropriate classroom layout to creating an outdoor area that enriches children’s interaction with the equipment, the natural environment, their teachers, and peers.

“It feels amazing to own the property,” said Aishwarya. “The low down payment made it possible to buy the property, but beyond that, our monthly mortgage payment is lower than our rent! Now, we can do what we want, what we feel is appropriate for the success of the academic program and our students.”

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