This weekend I stopped by “the store” at 826 Valencia in the Mission. No name, no sign, no nothing… I’d never been there before, but my mom was in town and she suggested we see what was inside. Lo and behold, we discovered a pirate store. Yes, a genuine pirate store, this wasn’t some hokey costume shop, this place is serious. I found small cages to hold Tinkerbell, lacey pirate cuffs, a bucket of lard (there’s a scoop inside- you serve yourself…), and many, many, more treasures. The website really doesn’t do it justice. It’s definitely something you have to experience in person. You simply must sit for awhile in the fish theatre and you’ll most likely get “mopped” before you leave (I did, but I won’t ruin the fun for those of you who haven’t had the privilege of experiencing it yet).
And if all that isn’t interesting enough for you, they have a whole series of free literary workshops for kids. I was particularly intrigued by the Guerilla Postcard Poetry class where they give you cameras to explore the neighborhood. You come back and write short poems with your “found” images and then create a postcard out of it all. If only I were somewhere between the ages of 6 and 18…
I was left wondering how in the world this place makes money to survive. I’m pretty sure the majority of their income comes from books they publish themselves. There’s quite a long list of publications to choose from. Actually, it says all the profits from the pirate store go towards the writing center that hosts all the free workshops. So, when you buy that glass eye that you can’t live without, at least you’re supporting a good cause.
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