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This project was successfully funded on December 25, 2011.

In early 2012, we will launch Pop-Hop Books & Curio, a creative retail space merging a bookshop & print studio in Northeast Los Angeles

About this project

What?

In early 2012, we will launch Pop-Hop Books & Curio, a creative retail space merging a bookstore and print studio in the Highland Park neighborhood of Northeast Los Angeles. 

As a bookshop, we will specialize in art editions, literature, zines, children's books, and books as unique art objects. We will also feature handpicked used film, philosophy, graphic literature, sci-fi, cookbooks, new art and design magazines, and publications by small local presses, as well as select design objects, paper products, vintage housewares, collectables and other curios that we find in our continual search for distinctive used books. 

As a print studio, we will give members of the community the opportunity to take things a step further by offering workshops such as screen printing and book binding. The multipurpose design of the space will open up to serve as a forum for talks, readings, screenings, exhibitions and other creative programs and performances. 

We hope to create an environment that is inviting and approachable, dynamic and stimulating, a place you want to stop by every day whether for a social gathering or to inhabit a quiet corner with a stack of our books.

Why?

Highland Park is home to a vibrant artistic community in Northeast Los Angeles that is at a critical stage in its resurgence. The corner of York and Avenue 50 is an epicenter of life in the neighborhood with a handful of new restaurants, bars, shops and galleries in the area, but as we hear from people in the community, there is very little in the way of interactive content. 

Bookstores are one of the few retail environments, other than bars and cafes, where people really hang out. They provide a place where people can relax and find inspiration in books. Pop-Hop Books & Curio will be a catalyst, allowing people to turn that inspiration into a physical form. It will offer a place that fosters inspiration and action in equal measure.

Who?

The partners behind Pop-Hop are writer Sarah Balcomb and designer Robey Clark

Sarah Balcomb was born in New York, grew up elsewhere, and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. Her short fiction has appeared in dozens of literary magazines, she has worked at major art museums and small literary nonprofits, and has taught creative writing in public high schools and at the university level. Her first job, at the age of 15, was at an independent bookstore. She is excited to further develop her love of the printed word within her community of Highland Park.

Robey Clark grew up in Richmond, VA, and studied graphic design at RISD. He has been publishing music and printed matter under the moniker Pop-Hop since 2007. He managed the design lab at the Bronx Museum of Art and has taught screen printing at art institutions on both coasts. He likes reading books almost as much as he likes making them.

How?

All of the design and construction for Pop-Hop’s physical space will be performed by local artists, other friends and ourselves, yet there will still be significant costs for materials, labor and tools. 

Once we’re up and running, the retail portion of Pop-Hop will help fund our programming, but without assistance from outside donors and through organizations like Kickstarter, we won’t be able to get it started right. 

Donate to Pop-Hop’s start-up fund and help establish a new community-oriented artistic venue in Northeast Los Angeles. We don’t think the printed word is at risk of dying; we just want to shine it up a bit.

Please check out the full list of our benefits to the right and images of some of our printed goods below. Donate early and donate often.

Thank you!

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    New Year's Card: These were printed in December 2009 at the amazing Team 8 Press under the supervision of Spencer Hansen. Robey recently unearthed a stash of extras, so here they are. These greeting cards are blank inside, measure 4 x 5.5 inches, and come with a taupe A-2 envelope.

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    Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote:
    Capote began writing Other Voices, Other Rooms after being inspired by a walk in the woods. This classic 70s Signet pocket edition is sized so that you can take it back to where its inspiration began. Go for a walk with Other Voices, Other Rooms!

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    The 21 Balloons by William Pène du Bois: This 1947 Newbery Award winner is a discard from the Fairfield School Library in Van Nuys.

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    Snow White by Donald Barthelme: Another pocket edition from the 70s. Sarah has been collecting editions of this book for a decade. She thinks she might be ready to part with this one. Grab it quick!

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    Fish 'n Skillet Salt 'n Pepper Shakers: A little fish on a little skillet that you can fill with a little salt and a little pepper...in theory. But who cares, these guys are totes adorns!

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    Sanrio Fancy Friends letter holder: This little guy is a lion that you can use to hold your letters. We think. Believe it or not, we can't find another example of this on the Internet anywhere. A rare and priceless item!

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    Souffles, Quiches, Mousses and the Random Egg by George Bradshaw: "The perfect lunch takes place out of doors on a fine day under a shady tree. This is what you should have: a Cheese Souffle, a salad of young greens, fresh strawberries, and homemade brownies." 1st Edition.

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    Vintage Tuffy Truck: This is a toy truck from the '60s labeled as a Tuffy Truck. We would guess this thing has seen about as much playtime as any toy could offer. Put her up on a highly visible shelf where your kids can't touch it.

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    Vacation Snaps by Nana and Grandpa. The limited edition book, edited by Robey Clark, and a photo print of your choice suitable for framing.

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    Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: This book makes a great gift for that family member who loves books that involve labyrinthine knife play. This also happens to be a near mint condition first edition of arguably the best novella of the 1980s.

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    Super Surfer Skateboard: This is the original mass-produced skateboard, from 1965. It's a solid and beautiful wood deck with red clay wheels. Both the wheels and and trucks are in great shape.

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    A Pop-Hop book section dedicated to you or a person of your choice. ALSO, your choice of two of the aforementioned tote bag, T-shirt, photograph, books or prints.

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