Originally due to close in July, the shop, which is run by Danish siblings Karen and Anders, has bagged the semi-permanent lease along with the not-for-profit radio station East London Radio, who operate from their studio at the back of the premises.“We’re absolutely delighted to be staying in Leytonstone for the next three years,” says Karen. “We had no idea what to expect from our E11 pop-up stint, but it only took us a short while to realise that this is exactly where we want to be. The local community is so diverse and incredible, if it wasn’t for so many of our superstar customers, there is no chance we would have been able to stay. People have shown such overwhelming support and kindness towards us, and really gotten involved with the project by donating books and furniture, sharing ideas and even volunteering their help with the refurbishment.” Artists have also come out and approached the pair too, with suggestions for future collaborations. “We would very much like to be a go-to venue creatives and musicians use for showcasing their work. And we have a list of events lined up for the Leytonstone Festival and the Arts Trail this summer, including cheese and booze tastings, gigs, art exhibits, live drawing and poetry readings – and we can’t wait to see them executed.”
But right now the pair are busy with the refurb. “We’re trying to get down and dirty with the handiwork ourselves, although we both have ten thumbs so I am not sure we aren’t just slowing the process down.”
We doubt that very much.