Happening right in my ‘hood! Popuphood was launched in December 2011 by Alfonso Dominquez and Sarah Filley to encourage urban renewal in Oakland where — despite a thriving bar and restaurant scene — retail is struggling. The project started in the historic neighborhood of Old Oakland, filling five previously vacant store fronts with five new retail shops, including a jewellers and art gallery. The project’s main focus is to support the local community, providing them with a vibrant shopping area and giving local artists, designers and retailers the opportunity to open their own store for six months, rent free. By building cross-sector partnerships with state and federal governments and economic development professionals, popuphood hope to incubate small businesses and create a dynamic community-centric neighborhood, optimizing empty retail space block by block. The video below explains popuphood in more detail:
But what happens when you ‘run out?’
Leave it to the Europeans (specifically the Italians) to come up with this innovative & stunning audio player for your iPhone/iTouch. Enandis Shop is selling this beautiful ceramic amplifier for the ‘low price’ of 399€ (or $530 USD) it could be yours in either White, Black or Gold. Leave the power cords at home kids: this is the organic way to listen to your music, without upping your electric bill.