Big news, folks. We are organizing our first Volunteer Work Day this coming Saturday, July 31. This is your chance to lend a huge hand to the new store. Registration is at the bottom of the post. Please register so we know how much lunch to bring for everyone!
The first step to getting the store ready is demolition. Specifically, there are three non-structural interior walls that need to come down. We will be tearing out drywall, removing fiberglass insulation, pulling disconnected wire, scraping up linoleum, and if we can get the right resources we might even pull down some studs.
To participate, you must bring:
- Work gloves
- Close-toed shoes or boots with thick soles
- Long-sleeved shirt and pants that can take a beating
- Proof of medical insurance
We will meet on Saturday, July 31 at 9 am in the parking lot outside the store. (Yes, you can come late.) We’ll work until about Noon, break for lunch, then work until about 5 pm. (Yes, you can leave early.)
You can park in the lot or on Manhattan St. Remember: the store is behind Sake Cafe, facing Manhattan, not facing the main mall parking lot.
There is the slightest chance we won’t have the lease signed in time, in which case the Work Day will be moved to another Saturday. We will email everyone who registered, edit this post, and make a new post confirming the changes.
We will provide drinks throughout the day and lunch for all pre-registered workers. Please register here so we can get an accurate head count. There is some power to the space, so we will most likely have working air conditioning and a few lights. Most of the electric wiring will be disconnected for safety reasons.
We will not have working plumbing. We will either beg for bathroom use in a neighboring store or restaurant or rent a porta-potty for the day.
Safety & Health
We will be using heavy tools, putting lots of dust in the air, and handling fiberglass. These are potentially dangerous activities! You will be required to sign a liability waiver which essentially says we can’t be held responsible for injuries. You will not be forced to do anything you’re not comfortable with, naturally.
There is very likely mildew and possibly mold. If you have serious respiratory problems like asthma or allergies, you might want to sit this one out.
If you have experience with demolition or similar, indicate it on the form below. If you have tools for demolition (hammers, crowbars, scrapers or chisels, ladders, wheelbarrows, etc.), let us know in the experience section and plan to bring them. Extra gloves would be welcome, just in case someone forgets theirs.
[contact-form 1 “Work Day Registration”]