Gumball Collective takes over former Fried Bologna space

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July 15, 2013
By: Mike Munzenrider
Mike Munzenrider

A new art and retail space called Gumball Collective, has popped up at 158 13th Avenue NE, in the space which formerly housed Fried Bologna Vintage.

Gumball Collective opened July 5, and according to Ann Meyers, a member of the collective, “there’s a lot going on in here, this tiny little space.”

Meyers, who makes clothing and curates Gumball Collective, along with painter Doug Talalla and writer Jen Kohan, make up the business.

The space is filled with Meyer’s recycled and upcylced clothing and Talalla’s paintings, along with sewing machines and records.

As of now, Meyers said the space is about half-full, and the group plans to offer sewing and art classes in the future.

The space was originally to be called “Northeast Collective,” though Meyers said she and her partners decided on the “silly and simple” name following a discussion at 331 Club in which Talalla expressed a desire for gumball machines inside the space.

Gumball Collective is an opportunity for artists to get their work seen; “We’re looking for more artists that recycle and upcycle,” said Meyers, adding that it’s been a challenge to find people who do so.

Gumball Collective is open from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday and closed Monday and Tuesday.

More information is available at the still-forming www.gumballcollective.com. A more complete website is in the works.