Were you in the Ballard library on Saturday Oct 20? If so you saw something unusual and interesting in the meeting room… The first FriendShop Pop Up! Powered by volunteers, this 4 hour, one day surprise drew 300 visitors who browsed a special selection of book lover treats, word related jewelry, books and bags. The custom Ballard bag, a tote designed for the event with artwork from the Library Passport Program, was a hot seller. If you missed the Pop Up you may still be able to get the bag and some of the other merchandise at the Friendshop’s permanent location in the Seattle Central Library downtown on level 3.
Why a Pop Up shop? Friendshop manager, Lisa Lee, explained, “Pop Ups have become popular in the food, fashion and unusual markets such as Free Range Mercantile. The idea behind a pop up shop is for a retail business to pop up in a location different from where their regular business is conducted. The FriendShop responded to the request by library patrons who don’t always make it into the city but want to shop the FriendShop and support the Friends. It was exciting to bring the items from the FriendShop to a neighborhood, sell previously-loved books and to promote the work of the Friends of The Seattle Public Library. We love visiting with our neighbors who don’t always get the chance to see us downtown. ”
Will the FriendShop be surprising other neighborhood libraries with a pop up shop? Lee says, “Yes! We will be doing a Pop Up at another Seattle branch library and are in the process of determining a date and location. Please vote for your favorite branch for a pop up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The FriendShop, tucked inside the magnificent Central Library on 4th avenue downtown, is a rich source for special gifts. Did you know that more than 70 local artists and companies are featured there? When you visit the FriendShop you shop local and find items that will delight your book lover friends. Did you know that all Friendshop proceeds benefit The Seattle Public Library? At the FriendShop you shop local and support the library in one easy trip!