Saturday, 29 June 2013

July Newsletter - Take It and Leave It!

Take It & Leave It - JULY Newsletter

July is all about a Lazy Susan of amazing events we have for you.  The headline act is the new Arts Space and Lounge!  The Lounge now occupies the whole top floor of SHOP with extra seating and goodies to scoff and the Arts Space is now a permenant living gallery, called the 'Take It and Leave It Gallery'.  The idea is that you take a piece of art from the gallery that you like, and donate a piece in its place.  Within the lounge and gallery is also be an area with art equipment permenantly set up from where you create art works to add to the living gallery on the spot (here's some we've already had donated).

But hang on, that's not all, no! - our hugely successful secret events continue (see below for the next one) and we are also planning a cinema night on the Steps for these balmy summer months!



Saturday July 27th

8pm onwards
(film will start as night falls)

SHOP, the Christmas Steps Arts Quarter and 20th Century Flicks have all teamed up to bring you a lovely summery open air cinema on the Christmas Steps!

Those of you that are familiar with what SHOP gets up to may remember that we screen photography stills and films, biannually for the Bristol Festival of Photography and to fill the gap between years, we have teamed up with 20th Century Flicks who will curate the event with their MASSIVE knowledge and love for films.

The bar will be provided by Bristol Cider Shop and Champagne on the Steps!

Keep your peepers on our blog and twitter for further info.



Wednesday July 3rd

6pm - 8pm

In case you didn't know, the idea is to help non-native English speakers with their English speaking and conversation skills.  Non-native speakers are paired up with native speakers and then everyone chats for five minutes on a given subject before the bell rings and we all change around.

If you would like to improve your English, or help others improve theirs, attendance is free, although some people bring food or drinks to share in the break :-)


The Take It and Leave It Gallery

Monday July 1st onwards

From July 1st, the Lounge will occupy with whole top floor of SHOP and the arts space will become a permenant living gallery, called the 'Take It and Leave It Gallery'.

The idea is that you take a piece of art from the gallery that you like, and donate a piece in its place.  Within the lounge and gallery there will also be an
area with art equipment permenantly set up from where you create art works to add to the living gallery on the spot.

*Secret Raw Food Cafe*


Thursday July 11th

Cafe opens at 7pm

  Send us an email to book your place.

We will email you your *secret password*.

The rest is a secret.

To book yourself in email us!

Exhibition: Archetypes

This June - for the last of SHOP's formal exhibitions - the Arts Space was home to Lin Ren, a painter and poet and Laura Kesseler, a photographer.

The exhibiton, 'Archetypes' was a collection of work exploring the archetypes of the self. 

More on Lin Ren:

More on what we are doing with the Art Space next! HERE

Lin Ren

Lin Ren

Lin Ren

Lin Ren

Laura Kesseler

Laura Kesseler

Laura Kesseler

Monday, 24 June 2013

Monday Stock Blog: Unsung Heroes!

These beauties aren't new in this week, but we thought they deserved a little extra limelight through their sheer magnificence.

These are SHOP's ... Unsung Heroes!




Tutti Frutti!

Fruit Salad!

Gold Lame Skirt, no need to say more



50s Film Star Tastic


Suit-able for all obligatory attendance ceremonies.

Blue: One Love

Pick-a-pocket, or three

Anyone for polo?

Anyone for yachting?

Nice shirt ... check!


Monday, 17 June 2013

Monday Stock Blog: HIJACKED!

This Monday, instead of telling you what we have to offer you - we wanna know what you have to offer us!!

As of July 1st, the arts space will become a permenant living gallery, called the ‘Take It and Leave It Gallery’.

The idea is that you take a piece of art from the gallery that you like, and donate a piece in its place.  Within the lounge and gallery there will also be an area with art equipment permenantly set up from where you create art works to add to the living gallery on the spot.

SO!  For this to work it would be really cool if you could contribute. We need art works. Is there something you made that you don't know what to do with?  Well, give it a new lease of life with a new owner, via SHOP - and get something to replace it in return.

We also need frames, art tools, paint sets, etc, if any of you would like to donate anything we - and Art - would be very grateful.

Here's some pics of what we have been given so far!

Friday, 14 June 2013

The Sssssshhhhecond Sssshhhhecret Ssshhhhinema!

Last night saw only the second of our Secret Cinema Nights and we're already having to turn requests for tickets away ... ha ha Ha HA HA HA the power! THE POWER!!!!! It won't go to our heads, promise.

As with the first: our lips are sealed - what was watched between those four walls will remain between us and the lucky few. We can tell you there was popcorn a plenty and someone (identity,of course, well and truly under wraps) even bought candy floss!! (not really cinema food for the purists amongst us, but it worked.)

Keep your eyes peeled for the July Newsletter, if you want in!

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Monday Stock Blog: Man-Up!

Here come the boys, yeah, yeah, yeahhhehh etc...

A fine selection of some of the latest finest mens stuff we've got in while the weather is fine. Fine.

Va-va-voom! (that's cars on the print)

We're in the army now...


I like to ride my bicycle ... in vintage cycling jerseys...

Remember your lapels!

Transitions, before transitions were invented (oh, god - that they weren't invented!)

Norwegian wallet ... why not?!

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Secret Raw Food Cafe Opens It's Doors!

After a long absence from the SHOP calendar, Thursday saw the return of the Raw Food Cafe, this time with a secret twist!

Diners registered their interest via email - after receiving the date within the monthly newsletter - and were forwarded the menu, the location and the secret password for entry (that's right, it will occasionally be elsewhere - not in SHOP).

This one was at SHOP and the menu (BYO), for those of you who might be tempted to come to the next one in July, matched the weather perfectly, if we do say so ourselves...

Starter: Traditional Spanish Gazpacho

Main Course:Aubergine Curry with 'Sunshine' Salad

Dessert: Lemon Pudding

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

SHOP's Guide to the Economic Crisis

We were sent this a long time ago by a SHOP-club member and having rediscovered it recently, thought it might be nice to share ...  All you ever wanted to know about economics but were afraid to ask!


Heidi is the proprietor of a bar in Detroit.

She realizes that virtually all of her customers are unemployed alcoholics and, as such, can no longer afford to patronize her bar.

To solve this problem, she comes up with a new marketing plan that allows her customers to drink now, but pay later.

Heidi keeps track of the drinks consumed on a ledger (thereby granting the customers' loans).

Word gets around about Heidi's "drink now, pay later" marketing strategy and, as a result, increasing numbers of customers flood into Heidi's bar. Soon she has the largest sales volume for any bar in Detroit.

By providing her customers freedom from immediate payment demands, Heidi gets no resistance when, at regular intervals, she substantially increases her prices for wine and beer, the most consumed beverages.

Consequently, Heidi's gross sales volume increases massively.

A young and dynamic vice-president at the local bank recognizes that these customer debts constitute valuable future assets and increases Heidi's borrowing limit.

He sees no reason for any undue concern, since he has the debts of the unemployed alcoholics as collateral!

At the bank's corporate headquarters, expert traders figure a way to make huge commissions, and transform these customer loans into DRINK BONDS.

These "securities" then are bundled and traded on international securities markets.

Naive investors don't really understand that the securities being sold to them as "AAA Secured Bonds" really are debts of unemployed alcoholics. Nevertheless, the bond prices continuously climb and the securities soon become the hottest-selling items for some of the nation's leading brokerage houses.

One day, even though the bond prices still are climbing, a risk manager at the original local bank decides that the time has come to demand payment on the debts incurred by the drinkers at Heidi's bar. He so informs Heidi.

Heidi then demands payment from her alcoholic patrons, but being unemployed alcoholics they cannot pay back their drinking debts.

Since Heidi cannot fulfill her loan obligations she is forced into bankruptcy. The bar closes and Heidi's 11 employees lose their jobs.

Overnight, DRINK BOND prices drop by 90%.

The collapsed bond asset value destroys the bank's liquidity and prevents it from issuing new loans, thus freezing credit and economic activity in the community.

The suppliers of Heidi's bar had granted her generous payment extensions and had invested their firms' pension funds in the BOND securities.

They find they are now faced with having to write off her bad debt and with losing over 90% of the presumed value of the bonds.

Her wine supplier also claims bankruptcy, closing the doors on a family business that had endured for three generations, her beer supplier is taken over by a competitor, who immediately closes the local plant and lays off 150 workers.

Fortunately though, the bank, the brokerage houses and their respective executives are saved and bailed out by a multibillion dollar no-strings attached cash infusion from the government.

The funds required for this bailout are obtained by new taxes levied on employed, middle-class, nondrinkers who have never been in Heidi's bar.

Sound familiar?

Monday, 3 June 2013

Monday Stock Blog: Furniture, Homeware and Elvis!

Why should we only be able to enjoy this sunshine outdoors, hey?! Well, with all this new furniture and homeware at SHOP, we done got for you, it can now be enjoyed inside too...!

Elvis has left the building and entered SHOP - in mirror form!

Gimme some sugah!

Nestle up to these beauts!

Fancy a brew?


For the paperboy/girl who has everything!

Put some junk in this trunk!

50s Bathroom cabinet, dismembered body parts not included.