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The Bloom Collective reopens with open house and Really Really Free Market

July 12, 2010

Bloom Open House & Really Really Free Market
1 – 4 p.m. Sat. July 17
671 Davis St. NW, corner of 5th and Davis
Really Really Free Market,
Refreshments, Free used book with new membership

Summer Hours (Starting July 17): Monday 12pm – 6pm, Wednesday 8:30 am – 1pm;
Thursday 1pm – 7pm and Saturday 12pm – 4pm

Last spring, The Bloom Collective packed up its books, DVDs, posters, zines and two comfy sofas. The space which had been generously donated to the collective on Wealthy Street was no longer available and it was time to move on. The transition from a free space to one with rent, lease agreements, insurance and no bookshelves hasn’t been an easy one. Now, that The Bloom is ready to re-open, its core members can’t help but celebrate—and hope their old patrons and new neighbors will join them.

“My hope for The Bloom is that we will be able to offer a safe space for the community and for other groups organizing in the area, as well as continue to be a valuable resource for radical literature, zines, DVDs and other materials in Grand Rapids,” says core member Emily Donohoe.

The Bloom Collective’s new space is in a lower level room in the Steepletown building, 671 Davis St. NW, at the corner of 5th and Davis. Steepletown is home to several community service organizations, counseling services and alternative healers. While no longer in a store front location, The Bloom will still offer regular hours while increasing focus on partnerships with other groups working on radical social justice issues.

“I think the new space for the Bloom helps to facilitate new partnerships and new possibilities,” says core member Jeff Smith. “We are now in a more working class neighborhood with an increasingly larger Latino population, which will be a challenge for us, but also a great opportunity to develop relationships with people that have been forgotten or marginalized in this city.”

All of The Bloom Collective core members are excited about Saturday’s Open House and Really Really Free Market. During the event, they will be asking visitors to write down ideas on how The Bloom can be more relevant to movement building here in Grand Rapids. As always, people interested in volunteering or becoming core members with The Bloom are encouraged to talk to any core member to get that process started.

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