The original Sub Pop Mega Mart opened on 1st Avenue next door to the Moore Theatre in 1990s. Now, in honor of Sub Pop’s 25th anniversary, a “pop up” Mega Mart (meaning, it’s small and temporary) has been opened in Georgetown.
A special pre-opening party was held at the shop on Friday, June 7, prior to the shop’s opening its doors to the public on Saturday, June 8, during the annual Georgetown Carnival. Sub Pop staffers (including exec vice president Megan Jasper, and former KCMU music director Faith Henschel-Ventrello, in town to help organize the label’s upcoming 25th anniversary celebrations) and invited guests snacked on pizza provided by Via Tribulani (conveniently located next door) and enjoyed a generous supply of wine and “Loser” pale ale, courtesy of the Elysian Brewing Company (motto: “Corporate beer still sucks”).
Along with CDs and vinyl, you’ll find a nice selection of Sub Pop merchandise: hats, mugs, “onesies” for your newborn and pencils for a mere $1, if you’re looking for an inexpensive souvenir. You can also chill out in a separate front room where you can spin vinyl or play a board game.
Most fascinating is the large collage on one wall featuring artwork and press releases from Sub Pop’s archives, such as the original layout board for Nirvana’s “Sliver” single, among with ads and other ephemera.
The Mega Mart is located at 6003 12th Ave. S. Don’t wait to visit; the shop is currently only scheduled to be open through Sub Pop’s anniversary celebration, set for Saturday, July 13 in Georgetown. Hours are Thurs.-Sat., noon to 8 pm, Thurs.-Sat., and noon to 5 pm, Sun.