Tuesday, May 22, 2012
I checked out Plan B, a truly unique merchants’ cooperative, a couple of days ago.
Opened since October 2011, this shop is located at 2180 Gottingen Street and is open 7 days a week. (http://planbhfx.ca/
Featuring more than 25 merchants and artisans, Plan B is the solution for super small entrepreneurs. Working together, they can now have a permanent, brick and mortar street level space at an affordable cost.
Basically, they added up the costs involved with leasing the space and expenses, and divided it by square foot to determine the rent. For example, a small cubby rents for $30 a month.
All the members pitch in and work in the store a day or two a week.
While there are other artisan co-ops, this is the only mercantile co-op in the city.
And what’s sold in the store is even more unique than the operation itself.
There’s lots of vintage here -- clothes, video games, vinyl, and so much more. Jewelry, electric cigar box guitars, fascinators, mid-century furniture and accessories, featured original artwork and even taxidermy. Yes, taxidermy. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
You really never know what you’ll find here and the stock changes all the time.
So plan to check it out more than once, plan to spend a lot of time there, and plan to always find something interesting.
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