all images courtesy of 344design.typepad.com
This is not just any convenience store, however. It's actually the retail componenet of a free literacy and writing center for kids that was started by author Dave Eggers called 826LA, and the heart of its programming is drop-in tutoring, which is available to kids ages 6 to 18. The story behind why it's a "time travel mart" and not simply a community center is quite clever:
As the story goes, the zoning of the first center at 826 Valencia Street in the Mission District required there to be some sort of retail space in the storefront. Instead of the predictable bookstore or art gallery, Eggers decided to open a pirate supply store; a superhero supply company in Brooklyn followed. He had some ideas for the new space -- a Viking emporium among them -- but "I've been overruled every time."And what a great concept it is! Where else can you help out kids and purchase items from outside the space-time continuum? Here are some more photos from this unique place....
Time-Freezy Hyper Slush Machine