Monday, 3 December 2012

Monday Mural: Magma for Russian books, bears & more


Magma Books on Oldham Street is open daily until 6.30 p.m. (6.00 p.m. on Sundays). This independent bookstore started in London's Covent Garden, and also has a branch in Clerkenwell. They headed north in 2002. The story of owners Mark (he is Brazilian) and Montse (she is Spanish)  is rather inspiring...If you can't pop in in person have a virtual wander over to Magma Books.

They proclaim: "Can't this thing we call ‘shopping' be changed into a rich and inspiring activity? Isn't that why we go out wandering through the streets in the first place, for a breath of fresh air? To use that dreaded term, can't retail be more creative? We believe the answer is yes. Though we're not quite there. In fact, we're not even sure as to whether we will make it at all. But, with your help, we will certainly give it a go."

Ok, today's photo is not really a mural but I liked the display and the pale blue surround, so I'm still going to link with Monday Murals .

9 comments:

  1. great illustrations! i love an independent book store!

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  2. I like their take on things. I do think that shopping for the holidays should be "meaningful" however it is that we achieve that! :)

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  3. The snow on the windows makes this photo for me. Their vision for the bookstore must resonate with the public if they're opening their 3rd shop. Says something about Manchester's hip vibe that this is their first shop outside of London. May they continue to enjoy success. Thanks for contributing to Monday Mural.

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  4. That's a great window display!

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  5. Much success upon their well sounding adventure !

    Please have a good Tuesday.

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  6. I really like the snow on the window too! I'm going to have to play with that idea!

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  7. Like the snow on the window also...makes me want to go in and browse!

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  8. Looks very inviting. They have a wonderful philosophy, although I've never considered going into a bookstore a shopping experience; it's more like returning to the mothership.

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