On Friday the store put the finishing touches on the spy shop. It's an amazing, ridiculous space crammed with fake mustaches, pocket periscopes, hidden cameras and grappling hooks, all in the name of giving the kids who drop by a neat place to study in. I visited on Monday and put a photo essay together about the storefront and the work done there:
Photo Tour of The Boring Store""...the secret camera-glasses, mustache disguise kits and underwater voice amplifiers for sale in The Boring Store serve a triple purpose: funding new programs for the 826CHI kids, jolting them with quick doses of imagination every time they drop by for lessons and grabbing the attention of every adult (a.k.a. potential volunteer tutor) who secretly thinks he would have made one heck of a spy in another life."