Tuesday, January 8

826 Valencia

Have you guys ever heard of The Pirate Store or 826 Valencia? I stumbled upon this curious shop after an incredible meal in the Mission (post coming soon) and couldn't help but ask the employee a million questions about the store and non-profit connected to it. Founded by Dave Eggers and Kevin Powers, 826 Valencia is dedicating to helping kids of every age better their writing in a fun, classroom-type setting. I can't think of anything better. (I applied to be a volunteer. It's too cool.) They host creative and enticing workshops that I would love to attend, you know, if I wasn't several years over the age limit. Storytelling, Singable Stories and Comic Drawing... just to name a few.

Anyways, by this point, I needed to make a purchase because I was so psyched on the place, so I bought the latest 826 Quarterly which is a collection of poetry, fiction and essays all written by kids ages 6 to 18. This was my favorite (obviously):

Too cute, huh? Slash I couldn't have said it better myself.


Jess | the Jess Journals said...

That is way too adorable! Love.

Allie said...

I love this way too much. Thanks for sharing!

Anna Elizabeth {Photographs and Memories} said...

That place is the best! Not the mention it's decorated in pirate theme, which if I was a kid, I would be SO stoked about and hang out there all the time (which i want to do now..). So glad you're having a fun time exploring the city!!

The Egg said...

this is too cute

xo the egg out west.

Cara-Mia said...

I had to stop in there while on my honeymoon in SF! Such a cute shop! That's awesome you'll be volunteering there.

katie said...

eep, i love dave eggers & basically everything he does. this sounds adorable, i hope you get to volunteer!! <3

jumpseat monalisa said...

Dave Eggers' TED talk is amazing and explains more about the mission of the program: http://www.ted.com/talks/dave_eggers_makes_his_ted_prize_wish_once_upon_a_school.html

they also have a bunch of other chapters with equally as odd storefronts - time travel mart, superhero store, robot supplies, bigfoot research center - it's seriously amazing.

Jess said...

I love this place! When I was in there, I couldn't help but ask tons of questions too! The books are adorable (my favorite was a book of letters to Michelle Obama from little kids). I asked why it was a pirate shop and a writing center in one, and they told me that the are was zoned for retail, so they had to sell something too, and of course the most logical thing is a pirate supply shop. Duh haha. I've thought about volunteering there too!

Glad you're having fun :)

xoxo Jess
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