Mister Jalopy’s Community Toolbox

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Mister Jalopy’s Community Toolbox

Mister Jalopy, proprietor of what looks to me — through my virtual window here on the other side of the country — one of the coolest establishments in LA, Coco’s Variety Store, is one magnanimous so and so. He’s created a community tool box to share with his customers. It contains 30 tools, chain lube, and Santa. Sweet. The identifying stenciling says “Bicycles 4 Lovers and Fighters,” which I take as a Coco motto of sorts. And, as if to tug on my polymathic heartstrings even harder, there’s Coop art, stickers from my favorite type foundry, House Industries, and to show that Mister J and Coco are in touch with their feminine side, there’s even a fashion designer Kate Spade tag! And did I mention it comes with Santa?

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at garstipsandtools.com.

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