Before we jump in, we thought it would be useful to provide a little background here, because it turns out that lot of Denverites are unfamiliar with these guys:
→ McSweeney’s: is an American publishing house founded by editor Dave Eggers, author of the books You Shall Know Our Velocity, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, How We Are Hungry and What Is the What. Apart from a growing book list, McSweeney’s is responsible for four regular publications: the quarterly literary journal Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, the daily-updated literature and humor site McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, the monthly magazine The Believer, and the new quarterly DVD magazine, Wholphin. The publishing house also runs two additional imprints, Believer Books and the Collins Library. (straight from Wiki. Sorry.) More than likely, you’ve seen the covers of their Quarterly Concern in your various design annuals, (example #1, #2, #3, #4).
→ 826 Valencia: 826 Valencia is the non-profit wing of McSweeney’s. It offers reading and writing workshops for kids (pre-teens and upward) at various locations around the country. All of these centers are camouflaged by pseudo-store fronts such as the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. in NYC, or the Pirate Supply Store in SF. This all goes hand-in-hand with McSweeney’s fabulously clever nerd-based humor.
That said, 826 has opened two new stores in as many months.
The Boring Store (which is definitely not a supply store for spies) in Chicago; and the Echo Park Time Travel Mart in LA, which was designed by the super-awesome Stefan Bucher. Click the images for more shots of the respective stores.