My NY shopping list

Photo by Joe Pacheco, courtesy of 826NYC
Photo by Joe Pacheco, courtesy of 826NYC

I’m not a shopper by any stretch of the imagination.   I can’t remember the last time I went shopping for something that was necessary for my immediate consumption.  Now, however, for the first time in memory, I’m putting together a shopping list.

My vague plans to attend a trade show in New York in June 2010 became a little firmer as a stumbled across the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co., a real store that sells real superhero supplies.  Really!  I’ve always wanted to visit a store that sells capes and grappling hooks and antimatter!

A little more research shows that this super-awesome fun store is actually a front for 826NYC, a nonprofit creative writing and tutoring center for youth. (See HERE for more info about the store and the program).

The 826 program has a national scope.  As well, many of the centers have a different themed store to both raise funds and raise awareness:

To raise funds, inspire creativity, and advertise our programs to the local community, most of our centers include a street-front retail store filled with unusual products, entertaining signage, and, of course, our books for sale. San Francisco’s pirate supply store sells glass eyes and one-of-a-kind peglegs, 826NYC’s Superhero Supply Company offers custom-fit capes, Seattle’s Greenwood Space Travel Supply Company sells “rare imports from other planets,” 826 Michigan’s Monsters Union Local specializes in bottling screams, 826LA features a time travel store, there’s a secret agent supply store in Chicago, and a Cryptozoology shop in Boston is in the works! (From the 826 National site)

As the blurb from 826 mentions, there are a number of stores, including:

As fun as these sound, they can’t measure up to the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.  For more photos and information see HERE.