Renew, Refresh, and Re-do



Hooray! This project was successfully funded on October 10, 2013.

Pulp's Closing + Clovest Loan

By Karan Jain on Renew, Refresh, and Re-do by PULP

Posted: January 08, 2014, 9:54 AM EDT

Dear Pulp Funders + Fans,

Unfortunately, Pulp DC has decided to close up shop as of January 12th, 2014. We are very sad to see this local staple close and miss out on the growth that is happening on 14th St. Pulp DC’s owner, Tony Boykins, has decided that it’s time to move on and Pulp will be vacating the store by January 31st, 2014.

Pulp will be repaying all of its generous funders the entirety of their loan amounts on January 15th, 2014. You will receive a credit for the amount you lent to Pulp in your Clovest Balance once the funds have posted from Pulp’s bank account. You may withdraw the amount in your Clovest Balance to your bank account so long as you have provided us with your account information.

While we are very saddened by Pulp’s decision to close, we are excited by the many other small businesses popping up in the nation’s capital and we believe that these businesses are on a slow, steady path to change the way our economy works. We are honored to play a role– along with each of you– in the growth of these businesses. In the future, we hope that you continue to think locally with your dollars and support the growth of small businesses that you love.

Thanks so much for joining us in this mission.


The Clovest Team

Karan & Masai

Some articles on Pulp's closure from around the web:

Ode to Our Retailers (Think Local First DC)

Sad News - Pulp Closing after 12 years... (Prince of Petworth)

Pulp's Meryl Hooker on 14th Street's Most Beloved Gift Shop (Racked DC)

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Our updated project + funding success!

By Beverly Jones on Renew, Refresh, and Re-do by PULP

Posted: September 30, 2013, 10:29 AM EDT

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your contributions to “PULP’s Renew, Refresh, and Re-do“ campaign on Clovest. Though we didn’t achieve our original funding goals, with the funds we did raise, we will be able complete some important projects. For that reason, Clovest has agreed to let us use the funds that have been pledged to finance our renovations!

In particular, the renovations we will be undertaking with your help are:

  • Replace and upgrade the majority of the general and display lighting.
  • Repair the ceiling drywall damaged due to water damage & general drywall repairs.
  • Paint some the high traffic areas throughout the store.
  • Patch the concrete floors in several areas throughout the store.
  • Repair the entrance door (hopefully replace) to improve functionality.

The funds you have generously pledged will help us improve the function and appearance of PULP. We will start on these projects as soon as the funds are available, so we can have the projects completed before the holiday season is upon us. Thanks again for supporting PULP as we continue working to grow and serve you.

With warm regards,
Tony Boykins, Owner

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A Successful Summer Art Season!

By Beverly Jones on Renew, Refresh, and Re-do by PULP

Posted: September 09, 2013, 6:57 AM EDT

PULP is happy to feature the work of the RADICArt/ArtSmart summer camp participants -- it's on display in store right now! RADICArt documented the process on its Facebook page, which you can see here:

Additionally, Allison Arlotta, one of the artists in our Pop-Up Shop series, has launched her very own Etsy store, PeachPeche. Check her out here!

We're glad we could be part of the process and experience for both RADICArt and Allison, and plan to host more events in the future. Stay tuned for another Pop-Up Shop artist this Saturday, September 14th! And please share with your friends, family, and acquaintances the news of our Clovest campaign -- the project ends on Sunday, September 15th

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Renew, Refresh, and Re-do -- EXTENDED!

By Beverly Jones on Renew, Refresh, and Re-do by PULP

Posted: September 03, 2013, 11:13 AM EDT

Our Clovest campaign has been extended through Sunday, September 15, now that folks are back from summer vacations. We are 15% funded, with $2,250 in investments pledged, but we need your help to reach $15,000 in 12 days -- please share our link with your friends and family, and help us celebrate at a great party in-store for the community once we've reached our goal and we're fully funded!

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New -- fund your pledge with a credit card!

By Beverly Jones on Renew, Refresh, and Re-do by PULP

Posted: August 20, 2013, 8:38 AM EDT

Clovest now offers two ways for you to fund your PULP pledge; Dwolla AND credit card payments are accepted. I just used the credit card option for my NURISH pledge, and it was easy peasy. Please tell your friends and family about this new option -- we have just 12 more days to go!

Cheers, Bev :)

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A few words from our artists!

By Beverly Jones on Renew, Refresh, and Re-do by PULP

Posted: August 14, 2013, 4:34 PM EDT

Hi Friends!

We'd like to share with you a little bit about two of the featured artists in our PULP Pop-Up Shop.

Allison Arlotta is a pop-up shop artist and a member of our wonderful PULP team! She graciously answered some questions for us.

Q: How would you describe your [art]work?

Allison: What I wish I could do full-time.

What is the most interesting part of your work for you?

Shooting portraits of friends and family. It's a totally different way to interact and it feels more like a collaboration than some of my other photos.

How do you see yourself reflected in your work?

This is a tough one because I feel like I am always putting myself in my work, whether I want to or not.

Do you find it important to connect with a local audience in today’s art world?

Yes! What other audience is there?

What do you love most about PULP?

Well, I am biased as an employee, but I would have to say my favorite thing about PULP is every member of the PULP family. I am so lucky to get to work with the coolest cats in town.

Where else can people see your work?

What do you do besides art?

Multiple choice question a. Work at PULP; b. Work a desk job; c. Help on shoots with Greenpeace; d. House-sit; e. Look for gainful employment;
f. All of the above

Rayhart, an abstract fine artist, was first to exhibit in our series.

Q: How would you describe your work?

Rayhart: Painting with acrylic paints applied to canvas surfaces.

What is the most interesting part of your work for you?

Being able to vent and share an energy of positivity with others.

How do you see yourself reflected in your work?

I see my peace of mind coming forth through my work.

Do you find it important to connect with a local audience in today’s art world?

For an artist, I believe the connection with the audience or viewer of the work is most important. Otherwise, you're just talking to yourself.

What do you love most about PULP?

The Pulp staff.

Where else can people see your work?

What do you do besides art?


Thanks, Allison and Rayhart!

Allison is our next featured artist on Saturday, August 24, from 11am-5pm at PULP, 1803 14th Street NW. We hope you'll come out, say hi, and check out her wonderful work!

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PULP's summer fun!

By Beverly Jones on Renew, Refresh, and Re-do by PULP

Posted: August 12, 2013, 6:14 AM EDT

We've had a busy, wonderful summer so far. In addition to our ongoing Artist Pop-Up Shop series, PULP has hosted four RADICArt / ArtSmart workshops for Thompson Elementary School day campers. Cool pics here!

We have more potential art news. Local DC artist John Grunwell reached out to us to propose a public art project for PULP's facade. Many approvals need to be given in order for this to happen, but we're extremely excited about the prospect of getting a snazzy update to our outside! We'll keep you posted, and you can see some of John's work here:

ElevationDC recently featured an article about PULP's Clovest funding efforts - read about it here:

I want to say big thanks again, this time publicly, to all of you who have donated. We are up to $1,275 pledged of our $15,000 goal! We really appreciate your support, and your desire to see PULP succeed and thrive. We have lots more work to do to reach our goal, so please feel free to forward emails, send a link to this page, or simply tell anyone you think may be interested about our loan project!

Ciao for now,

Bev Jones

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loan repayment term

// Repayment Progress

Repayment Date Amount
January 15, 2014$2175.00
Total Repaid $2175.00
Balance Remaining $0.00

Loans are repaid to Funders on a quarterly basis (unless businesses choose to repay them faster).

This loan is expected to be repaid in full on or before Oct 10, 2014.

PULP business profile
Washington, DC
PULP was founded in 2002 by Ron Henderson, a great man with a great passion for cards who brought lots of humor and love to the Mid City Washington... read more.

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Think Local First DC
Think Local First DC
4 Projects • $36,650 Raised

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Pulp will host pop-up showcases of local artists once a month to help artists in the community gain greater presence by introducing them to Pulp customers. The exhibitions range from paintings to photography to jewelry.

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