Whilst this blog is usually writing about whatever I’m actually supposed to be writing at the time I have, on occasion, written about other people who are doing good things locally. It’s not exactly as if I have vast numbers reading this blog and the people in question will instantly get a massive boost in numbers. It’s more that it’s very easy to be negative about anybody making cool projects from scratch and sometimes you just need to know that somebody else appreciates what you’re doing.
This will be one of those posts.
Give me a bit of space to set the scene here…
Carlisle is not a massive city. In fact I could pretty much get away with saying that Carlisle is like eight different villages sellotaped together with a shopping district in between. Sometimes it even has the attitude to match. Anything cultural seems to get storied away in small pockets of the city and only let out for a couple of hours a day for grazing purposes. The usual big chain stores exist in Carlisle but it seems a bit tougher for the smaller, individual shops who may specialise in a particular field. Most bigger cities I’ve been to have stores dedicated to comic books and general geekery almost by default. Carlisle never really has, until now.
1Up is in very early days having only just opened their doors at the tail end of 2017. I’ve been in a couple of times firstly to check it out and then to buy new pieces for the X-Wing Miniatures game and some new Batman comics. I don’t know the guys who run it but they always come across as really friendly and willing to put the time in to this fantastic venture.
Building such a business from scratch is difficult and they’ve recently started a crowdfunder to pull some initial cash together and get furniture for the store so they can make it not only a shop but a hub for the culture in the local area. You can read the details on the link right here…
A lot of the time when any new business is covered by the local press the words ‘This is just what Carlisle needs’ are spoken even when it’s the 100th bar or sandwich shop in the city centre. Those words are true for this project however because there is certainly nothing like this in the area. Carlisle does indeed need something like this.
If you have some money going free then please chuck it in the pot. If you’re near Carlisle then pop on by and see for yourself the start of something a bit special. Even if you’re miles away or in another country altogether then still donate. You’ll have the warm glow of knowing you’ve helped somebody get a good project on the road.