Pandemonium Books & Games in Central Square Cambridge (4 Pleasant Street, behind the 7-11 on Mass Ave and across the street from the Post Office) is having financial problems, from a combination of Taxes/Fees owed to the State Department of Revenue, outstanding to creditors and the inability to get a cosolidation loan in the current economic downturn from the banking crisis.
In order to start the ball rolling to help, we the local fans and customers of the bookstore are holding a Pot Luck Fund Raiser at the store this Saturday Night, 7-11 pm in the store's basement activity space.
Folks who want to come and help out this independent bookstore survive should bring a shareable food item and be willing to donate $10 into the Pandemonium Preservation Fund.
It will be a general meet n greet for folks, with board and card gaming, and discussing of plans for future fund raising efforts and other events at the store.
Our main desire is to make sure that Pandemonium doesn't end up in the situation that Toscanini's did earlier this year. We have ideas to avoid this, through the help of the local fandom community that he has been serving for the past 18 years. We also hope that folks can perhaps offer some ideas of their own to keep things rolling.
Lots of folks helped out last year with the T-Shirt Drive to pay off back taxes to the IRS, and this worked wonderfully. Unfortunately now the State Department of Revenue has decided to balance it's budget on the backs of Small Businesses, since it can't get the Banks to pay their outstanding owed taxes (Bank of America as of last month owed the state $53 million in taxes and didn't get the Casino's the Governor wanted.
The market for small independent retailers, especially book and game stores, is not an easy one at this time. Quantum Books is shutting the Doors, Mcintyre & Moore are having to move to another location for the second time in recent memory, many others (like Games Workshop) are gone, or depend upon Harvard University giving them reduced rents to stay in business.
Pandemonium doesn't have a University or a Corporation to help them when times are tough. All it has is you the fans and customers to help keep it going.
So, please come, share food, chat, play games, shop, and join us in showing our appreciation of Pandemonium and hope for it's continued future for years to come. We can make a difference with a little combined effort. There will be a variety of foods and drink to enjoy for your effort.