Books & Books Co-op Pop-Up Store Grand Opening
Congratulations to Books & Books, which in a week, on Tuesday, June 28, will hold a "pop-up party at our newest pop-up store," which is called Books + Books + Bikes + Lebo. The store is a cooperative venture between Books & Books, a local bike/outdoor store called No Boundaries and graffiti artist LEBO, and is located in the Wynwood section of Miami, Fla., an area that's transforming into an arts district.
Books & Books owner Mitchell Kaplan said that when a 10,000-square-foot space became available on a temporary basis, "I thought I'd try to put together an idea that had been kicking around for a while: marry a remainder bookstore with another indie business, and No Boundaries was a natural fit and a great partner." Because the Wynwood area is known for its graffiti, "it made perfect sense to invite LEBO, someone I've admired for a long time, to show his work in the space. He also agreed to design the outside of the building and is in the process of 'painting' some of the interior walls, as well."
The store will sell books, bikes, running and outdoor gear, art, vintage vinyl records (which Books & Books has been selling for some time), and perhaps typewriters and vintage cameras.
"We've had a soft opening for a few weeks now," Kaplan said, "and everyone who wanders in is entranced by the mix."