Jam Bookshop - help launch a new independent shop

by David Ziggy Greene in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Jam Bookshop - help launch a new independent shop

£9,697

£18,000 target 8 days left
53% 267 supporters
This project will only be funded if at least £18,000 is pledged by 9th July 2022 at 2:15pm

Please help launch a small business bookshop. Supports creators. Lets an illustrator survive while doing social good. Helps the High St!

by David Ziggy Greene in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

About Jam bookshop:

Your support will help make Jam an unparalleled independent bookshop: half of the space will showcase a hand-picked selection of essential literary genres and classics, while the other half will focus on a specialist range of must read graphic novels and art/illustration/design books.

The shop I am hoping to secure is in the heart of creative Shoreditch, London. It is on the famous street that made Banksy and other street artists famous. It has a small basement for a cool little gallery & events (signings, book clubs or art groups and hosting relevant podcasts.) Funding helps me confirm this great place.

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There will be a bookbank. This will be a little invention for books like the food donation boxes that supermarkets display. People can buy a book to donate to the bookbank box which will be put on display a number of times a week (always available by request). Those that can't afford a book can come and take a donated book for free.

Space permitting, there will be a dedicated section of foreign language graphic novels to promote international creators.

And where possible, there will also be art prints, clothing, gifts and other products made by unique creators.

I have deep, persistent love for books, creativity, music, illustration, communal encouragement and the pursuit of being unique.

All these loves will be reflected in Jam Bookshop.

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Why:

I am looking at following a dream I've had for 20+ years: to open my own bookshop.

But... while spending 12 years as a freelance illustrator in London does strengthen your determination and skill at surviving in tough climates, it doesn't exactly leave you... rolling in excess cash for such a project.

Sure, it could be seen as radical to open a bookshop in choppy times on the high street but I honestly believe that this kind of radical risk is what people need to take to help society survive. Let's not give up on the things we love!

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About me:

I have been an acclaimed illustrator while working in both journalism and publishing. My work has been printed regularly in some of the most read publications in the world. I have sold-out self-published books and have had books released by small to huge publishers in the UK and France.

Also, I created the UK & Ireland-wide event Small Press Day which takes place on one day a year, in dozens of shops to promote the next wave of small press publishing creators. It has been running and growing each year since 2016. I believe that the future fades if we don't harness the creativity we have now. Shops are a big part of that.

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I have the knowledge and insight to run a efficient bookshop business using my 6 years' experience of working in bookshops with strong sales, stock control, systems management and display responsibilities.

Your help:

When I launched this crowdfunder I was aiming for £25,000 to secure a shop location that I had been offered. But despite all my efforts there was a sudden dispute between the agent and the landlord about the rental amount. In the two weeks after I had agreed to let the shop, the agent placed another £20,000 on top at the last minute! So that shop fell out of my budget.

Now! I am looking at more affordable rents so I'm hoping to raise £18,000.

This will cover

- Securing an amazing shop in a great location in London. (£15,000+)

- Contribute to the purchase of initial stock

- Shop fitting /signage

- Building a removable ramp for weelchair access from street level

- Other costs / fees / rates etc

This crowdfunding can ease the burden that new businesses like this take on, helping it get into stable profit sooner.

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Thank you for anything you can spare.

Every penny is deeply appreciated - no donation is too small (or large!).

David

www.jambookshop.com (to be launched with successful project)

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£5 or more

£5 Reward

A big thank you for helping start something great. (via an email too)

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Tote bag + bookmark

£26 or more

20 of 100 claimed

Kate x David Tote bag

Limited edition (100) tote bag + Bookmark. This specially designed tote mixes 2 musical legends: Kate Bush and David Byrne. Two of my most popular designs combined!

£26 or more

9 of 100 claimed

Gorilla mood tote bag

Gorilla mood Tote bag. Limited edition (100) tote bag + Bookmark.

£30 or more

41 of 100 claimed

£30 Reward

Ltd Edition Print + Bookmark. An exclusive, signed print by David Ziggy Greene. A4 size, colour.

£40 or more

8 of 50 claimed

Kate x David T-shirt

Limited edition (50) T-shirt + Bookmark. This specially designed tote mixes 2 musical legends: Kate Bush and David Byrne. Two of my most popular designs combined!

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Pick a book + tote bag + bookmark. Order a book from us when the shop opens.

£75 or more

8 of 20 claimed

£75 Reward

Jam Bookshop T-shirt + pick a book + tote bag + bookmark.

£100 or more

8 of 12 claimed

£100 Reward

Drawing workshop + T-shirt + pocket notepad + pick a book + tote bag + bookmark. Attend a 3 hour drawing workshop in the shop with David Ziggy Greene. Date tbc with attendees.

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