To raise funds, inspire creativity in students, and advertise our programs to the community, all 826 centers feature a street-front retail store filled with unusual products, student publications, and information on its programs. As students are welcomed into the writing center through the doors of these playful storefronts, the stigma often associated with tutoring is removed, providing a gateway for students to explore the endless possibility of writing and connect with families, teachers, and volunteers.
Our storefronts proudly sell superhero supplies, dinosaur eggs, and student publications alongside books by established authors, helping to imbue students with confidence in their voice and allowing students to see the impact of their own work. Every purchase helps support the work of our chapters.
Read on to explore below!
The 826 Boston Greater Boston Bigfoot Research Institute has all the necessities for your Bigfoot, Research, and Institute needs! Visit today before you end up in a hairy situation.
For Sale: Cryptozoologist’s Career Starter Kit, unofficial Yeti Hairball, Baby Giant Centipedes, and Sea Serpent Secretions.
The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. has a not-so-secret mission. Every purchase supports 826CHI’s free writing programs, which provide thousands of Chicago students with a platform for self-expression.
For Sale: Diversion safes, fake mustaches, emergency bowties, invisible ink pens, and magnifying glasses.
826DC is proud to introduce Tivoli’s Astounding Magic Supply Company. The District’s only illusionarium and de-lux haberdashery now stocks everything a budding magician needs. Every purchase makes real magic happen—in the writing center beyond the secret door.
For Sale: Stage fright antidote, micro escapes, capes, white gloves, pizzazz, and juggling balls.
826LA is home to The Time Travel Mart, with locations in Echo Park and Mar Vista. Both locations sell everything you need for any kind of trip through the fourth dimension because once you’re too far inside the wormhole it will be a real bummer to have to swing back.
For Sale: Dinosaur eggs, robot milk, dodo chow, duel starter kits, time-machine parts, and sometimes coffee.
826michigan has two stores serving the robotic needs of the Great Lakes State: the Detroit Robot Factory in Eastern Market in Detroit and Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair in downtown Ann Arbor. Both stores feature products for robots, humans, and robots disguised as humans.
For Sale: Positronic Brains, Emotion Upgrades, Robo-scout Survival Gear, robot kits, cords, and connectors.
The 826NYC storefront sells capes, grappling hooks, antimatter, and more. All the proceeds from the store go directly to 826NYC.
For Sale: Capes, masks, grappling hooks , muscles, antimatter, secret identity kits , suction cups.
The Pirate Supply Store and King Carl’s Emporium are the Bay Area’s top outposts for all your nautical needs.
For Sale: Hooks, flags, message bottles, rat traps, peg legs, pirate perfume, wax seals, dice, and lard (for bartering, not sale).