Save Adobe Books

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Adobe Books
Small Business
San Francisco, California
United States
2 Team Members

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Who We Are:

10 months ago when we heard that Adobe Books was about to be forced out of business by a 4k a month rent increase we formed a group to try to save it.

Adobe has been such an important part of our lives as artists, writers, book lovers, and Mission dwellers -- not only for the books, but for the impromptu events and gatherings, the gallery featuring local artists, the discussions, friendships and connections it has nurtured among us and the generous, welcoming spirit of the place -- that we couldn't see the mission without it. 

So we asked Andrew if he would be willing to stay on as part of a new Adobe books and arts collective, if we could figure out a way -- and he said yes.

For the past 10 months we have been brainstorming and researching, studying alternate business models, reaching out to Adobe's friends near and far and talking to successful bookstores, galleries, and collective businesses -- from Kepler's books to Pierogi Flatfile Gallery in Brooklyn to Rainbow Grocery -- to develop our vision.

 

Our Goal:

Develop a new Adobe that is everything we love about the old Adobe and more -- with a sustainable business plan that can become a model for other efforts like ours to keep culture, the arts, and small businesses alive in our communities.

Now we are ready to go forward. We have a business plan, business partners, an experienced bookstore manager ready to come on board, and some enthusiastic initial investors. We have a strong support network including NOBAWC, Seminary Bookshop, local artists, Rainbow Grocery, and more. We've done our homework and we're committed to our vision. All we need is you.

 

Here's The Vision:

Adobe Books and Art will feature...

  • better books, including a curated selection of new books.
  • original art by new and established artists for sale in flat files and on our gallery walls
  • pop-up stores within the store including San Francisco's own Brown Owl Coffee, the Richmond District's Park Life Store, Groove Merchant Records, and other wares by local artists, musicians, and book makers
  • an exciting mix of programming including art openings, performances, readings, and our traditional spur of the moment parties, curated by members of the collective and friends of the store
  • a fresh look -- replacing the old furniture, repainting, redesigning display space and event space
  • a membership program offering perks and opportunities for co-op members including discounts on books and products and invitations to special events

Last but not least we will be listening closely to you: What's your vision of bookstore/cultural space in the Mission? -- What art/events would you like us to feature, what books/other products would you Like to see us carry, and how would you like to be involved?

 

Will Adobe stay in its current location?

We are at a crucial sink or swim moment. We have submitted our business proposal to the current landlord and asked to be considered as the new tenants in our current location. At the same time we are working with a broker to identify other possible nearby locations in case these negotiations fall through. When we raise these funds, we will be able to secure a new lease at or near the current location, clean and remodel, restock the store with great stuff, and hire necessary staff including an accountant and bookstore manager.

 

The Impact

This campaign and the funds that we raise here will determine the future of the Adobe Bookshop! If you would like to see the store continue as a creative, community-centered space in the Mission, please donate here and spread the word!  

Other Ways You Can Help

If you can't make a donation to the campaign, you can still help Adobe succeed by contributing in other ways.  We would love it if you:

  • Spread the word!  Please forward this campaign on to all friends, colleagues, and family.  Let them know how important Adobe Books is to the community and to the San Francisco art scene.  Help us get the word out about this campaign and drum up support!
  • Join the working group.  We need more people with resources, expertise, and most importantly, energy and time to help out in making this happen.  If you can volunteer some time we would love for you to get involved.  We have meetings at Adobe every Tuesday at 7pm.  Please email us for more info or just stop by!

 

If we don't raise this money, Adobe books will close its doors.  It's that simple.  Please help! 

 

Note: We are also accepting Bitcoin. Please use this address: 13ESufrbntNg6xoSajfH3NfXCxx6Y4ahkQ. The final amount donated to this address will be added to Indiegogo funds. (As of Fri 15 Mar 10:59PM PST)

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$61,344USD
raised by 603 people in 1 month
102% funded
0 time left
$60,000 USD goal
Fixed Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
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This campaign ended on March 15, 2013
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  • $10USD
    Thank You on Web and in Window

    THANK YOU! And when we say Thank you, we mean it. And to prove it, we'll publish your name on our new website and in our store window so everyone knows who has kept this store around!

    100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $25USD
    I Saved Adobe Books Button

    An "I Saved Adobe Books" Button to put on your shirt, book bag, purse, curtains, shoelace, where ever you'd like to look to be reminded that you're awesome because you supported Adobe Books!

    83 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • $45USD
    Adobe Books T-Shirt

    Show the world how cool you are by sporting this awesome Adobe Books T-Shirt! If you contribute this amount, you'll also get an "I Saved Adobe Books" button and a Thank you on our website and in our window. Bonus!

    90 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $75USD
    Infinite City Map - Signed

    Get a broadside map signed by Rebecca Solnit herself from her Infinite City series! If you contribute this amount, you'll also get an "I Saved Adobe Books" button and a Thank you on our website and in our window. Bonus!

    36 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $100USD
    Photo Portrait by Andrew

    Get your very own image taken by Andrew McKinley himself with his wonderful film camera. Then, we'll not only give you the original hard copy, but post a scanned version on Facebook for everyone to see how awesome you are! If you contribute this amount, you'll also get membership to the Adobe Co-op. You'll be officially a part of the new business and will receive discounts and other perks. You'll also receive an Adobe button and a Thank you on our website and in our window. Bonus!

    54 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $250USD
    Writer Package - Signed Books!

    Get a signed copy of Sister Spit by Michelle Tea and a signed copy of Infinite City by Rebecca Solnit! Two amazing books by two amazing local authors! If you contribute this amount, you'll also get membership to the Adobe Co-op, receive an "I Saved Adobe Books" button, and a Thank you on our website and in our window. Bonus!

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $400USD
    Shaun O'Dell Print

    A limited edition print of a Shaun O'Dell work. Check out some of his work here: http://shaunodell.com/ If you contribute this amount, you'll also get membership to the Adobe Co-op, receive an "I Saved Adobe Books" button, and a Thank you on our website and in our window. Bonus!

    6 out of 400 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $500USD
    Interactive Sculpture Workshop

    A full day workshop in building interactive sculpture? Yes! We're excited about it too! The amazing Kal Spelletich is offering this unique experience in which he will introduce you to the world of interactive sculptures and robots including a tutorial on welding , and a walk through of the mechanical workings of the sculptures. If you contribute this amount, you'll also get membership to the Adobe Co-op, an Adobe books button, and a Thank you on our website and in our window. Bonus!

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $750USD
    Photo, Lunch, and O'Dell print

    Enjoy an opportunity to have lunch with Andrew McKinley, the man who started it all, and get your image captured by his camera. We'll give you both the original and post a scanned version to Facebook. Also with this package, you get a limited edition Shaun O'Dell print! If you contribute this amount, you'll also get membership to the Adobe Co-op, an "I Saved Adobe Books" button, and a Thank you on our website and in our window. Bonus!

    2 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Host Your Event At Adobe!

    Got a birthday coming up? Anniversary? Reunion? Or just want an amazing venue for a Scrabble tournament for the evening? If you contribute this amount, you'll get access to Adobe to host a private event. We'll give you the space and help you plan so that your happening will be the event of the season! If you contribute this amount, you'll also get membership to the Adobe Co-op, receive an "I Saved Adobe Books" button, and a Thank you on our website and in our window. Bonus!

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $5,000USD
    EVERYTHING!

    You’re a total rock star! For showing your total compassion for all things Adobe, you get one of each of our amazing rewards listed at the levels above. This includes the two signed books, a signed broadside map, a print by Shaun O'Dell, an Adobe T-Shirt, a Button, a private lunch with Andrew and photo session, and the ability to host an event of your choice at Adobe! You'll also get membership to the Adobe Co-op and a Thank you on our website and in our window. THANK YOU!

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
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