Inwood Pop Up Repair Shop Reaches Funding Goal

By Nigel Chiwaya on May 6, 2013 9:44am 

 Sandra Goldmark and Michael Banta, the founders of Pop Up Repair, have raised over $9,000 to open the shop for the month of June.
Sandra Goldmark and Michael Banta, the founders of Pop Up Repair, have raised over $9,000 to open the shop for the month of June.
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INWOOD — The uptown theater couple who took to the Internet for help to open a one-month repair shop in Inwood has reached their funding goal.

Inwood residents Sandra Goldmark and Michael Banta raised more than $9,000 to open Pop-Up Repair, a 30-day experiment in which uptowners will be able to get their broken goods fixed.

"A big THANK YOU to all of you; we have reached our first funding goal," Sandra Goldmark wrote to donors on April 30. "Thanks to you we will be able to open the Pop-Up Repair shop for 4 weeks, starting June 1st, here in Inwood."

Goldmark, who set out last month to raise $8,000, said the store will set up shop at 4975 Broadway near West 208th Street in the former home of Dichter Pharmacy, which moved to a larger space on May 1.

When it opens, Pop Up Repair will provide residents a place to go to get all sorts of broken goods fixed, from chairs and cabinets to kitchen items. Goldmark and Banta, who work in the theater program at Barnard College, will be joined by several other theater professionals, from cabinet makers and puppet designers to stagehands and costume designers.

They have also received help from several community groups, including the New York Fixer's Collective and GrowNYC, which offered the Pop-Up Repair team a table at the Inwood Farmer's Market. The team will be on hand at the market at the end of May to provide free clothing repairs.

"We're going to have a little table we'll do free repairs to let people know about the shop," Goldmark said. "We'll sew buttons on or punch extra holes in a belt. Little free repairs."

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