Dear PoPville – Pulp has been saved on 14th Street!

“Dear PoPville,

Today (Sunday, 16 October) some friends and I went into PULP and saw this sign on the the front door, offering great news:

“It’s a ‘Miracle on 14th Street’! Thank you for all your good energy! We’re staying open under new local ownership. Stay tuned for details!”

We talked to a staffer who said a local private investor came through at the last minute — just Saturday morning!– and bought the shop which saved it from closing.

Hooray! This is one of the best stocked independent shops in the city with friendly and helpful staff and a pioneer of the renaissance of 14th Street. (Just have a look at the before-and-after photo of the shop’s site in the photo behind the counter.)”

Pulp is located on 14th St just north of S St at 1803 14th Street NW. Thanks to all who sent emails about this.

14 Comment

  • YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • That’s great news!

  • Awesome! I really love this store.

  • ledroittiger

    I’m happy they found the funding and it’s cool that they were innovators before 14th St. took off, but I really don’t need a stationery store. I guess I don’t need 3/4s of the crap on 14th St. either though…

  • Yeah! I know I’m biased but 14th Street definitely needs to keep the balance right between retail (especially of the homegrown variety) and restaurants/bars.
    Now if we can only find room for Miss Pixies somewhere close….

  • Woo-hoo! Thanks mystery local private investor!!

  • That’s SUCH wonderful news. It’s a great little store that deserved (by dint of its obvious charm and presumed profitability) to be saved. So pleased to be able to continue shopping there.

  • This has made my day, grin from EAR TO EAR!

  • My question is…if it couldn’t stay in business before then why do people expect this to continue?

    Sounds like the “investor” is just some guy with a lot of money to burn but it doesn’t change the fact that this business was unprofitable and unsustainable before. Sounds like they’ve just gotten a temporary reprieve.

    • It was staying in business just fine. From what I understand, the new owner, after the other owner passed away, didn’t really want to run the store long-term. Plus, obviously if they were a new owner and it were failing, they’d likely bring a new business model to the table.

  • I’d stopped by on Saturday to stock up on small gifts and cards before their closing to see the great news! Often, the small things I get from them go over as gifts better than the larger ones (which I guess says something about my ability to pick them!)

    anon at 1:06: I think in this case they weren’t necessarily unprofitable. I read that they were being run by the estate of the founder, who passed away a few years ago. The estate was getting tired of running the store remotely.

  • So very happy.

  • miracle on 14th street. i remember that song.

  • Wow. I’m pleasantly surprised.

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