Young Blood is Gone?

That’s what we thought when we drove by the Young Blood Gallery down on Glenwood Ave and saw (gasp!) a “For Rent” sign on the lawn and paint thrown over the familiar Young Blood look. Egads!

The good news is, Young Blood is gone only from its old location. Soon(ish?) we’ll see it re-emerge someplace big enough to accommodate it bigger events, bolder shows, and crazier aspirations for the future. (Check out the announcement on the Young Blood site for the official line on the move.) Fingers crossed, it won’t be too long before we see what the new version of the Young Blood Gallery looks like in a new home.

In the meantime, what do you think would be a good fit for that storefront down in Grant Park? Let’s say I wanted to open a store in there… what do you think the odds are that an independent book store or general geek-shop would be able to cut it down there? What would be a good fit, then, since that idea’s doomed?

3 Comments so far

  1. abby on March 10th, 2008 @ 4:53 pm

    huh, Rashid, I completely agree with you — I didn’t realize I would be so annoyed having to login to comment for the first time. It was painless enough, though, not to scare anyone off of making comments!

    Will, what on earth would be in a "general geek-shop?" I made myself laugh aloud when I pictured Young Blood filled with star trek figurines and lolcatz posters and Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans and life-size Princess Leia cutouts (come on, that’s timeless) manned by Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons. I vote for a bar. Neighborhood pub. Or a falafel place. And I’ll go ahead and second your bookstore idea. Bookstore/coffee place.

  2. anica on March 10th, 2008 @ 8:02 pm

    Your mental picture of a geek-store was hilarious–I laughed out loud at your description! I agree bookstore/coffee place.

  3. Will (atl_will) on March 10th, 2008 @ 8:26 pm

    Abby, I’m not sure I’m thinking of specifically a nerd store when I think of a "geek shop." Reckless Records, as one example, is a geek shop. You could have a geek shop that offers books and coffee, too. Really, though, the point of a "geek-shop" is as something that’ll generate reactions for alternatives. Though, to be clear, I’d visit a nerd shop if it stocked indie music, books (comics and otherwise) and a decent selection of oddball T-shirts or something.

    A neighborhood pub could be great in that spot, though it is a little small. But when you said falafel place, I went "Oooooo!" out loud.

    So. Who’s going to step up to open a falafel joint in the old Young Blood space?

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