Seriously, if you’re into the DIY arts scene or creating poetry/art/music of any kind, owner Dave Jones is your muse. He’s interested in showcasing your work either in his store BohoZone (looking at you painters, artists, carvers etc.) or during a performance set in the back room gallery, ZoneToo. Monthly, open-mic poetry readings also include a featured poet and live streaming for those who want to tune in online. It’s also open to musicians. For anyone up-and-coming looking to read some of their work or hear new voices—this is the welcoming space where you can do just that.
Dave has used ZoneToo for Mini-Concerts (nearly 90 so far!) on First and Third Fridays every month as well as the poetry reading every third Wednesday, still his openness to new community events remains. He’s hosted everything from writing workshops to meditation sessions in the versatile back-room gallery, and he’s always considering new suggestions.
The shop, BohoZone, is aptly named. Stepping through the front door is a portal into a bohemian world with vinyl, local art, sketch books, paint brushes, mini notebooks, temporary tattoos, and a smattering of vegan odds and zen ends. I’ve already gladly paid for pocket notebooks, old school hip-hop mixtapes, a large sketchbook, even what have become some of my new favorite sunglasses at the tiny boutique.
BohoZone’s inventory is constantly rotating with new curiosities.
Finally, for anything he can’t fit into his shop or schedule in for ZoneToo, Dave maintains a crowdsourced blog that publishes your poems (along with a recording of you reading them!), an album review of your choosing, or even just a think piece about your approaches to a balanced lifestyle.
Dave currently offers $5 in store credit for anyone interested in contributing an article, review, or some other piece of original media and content to the blogspace. It’s the opportunity to put your work out there to new eyes, earn a coupon you’re going to want to actually use, and lend a hand to a friend that’s done so much for the community already.
Pitch any blog content ideas directly to Dave at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or reach out to sign up for his PoetryZone, MusicZone, and Dreamer’s Collective mailing lists.
Blog post by Christian Stock.