I know it would be simple and easy to blame the economy on the shop's closing, but the truth is that I really just felt this pull towards something new. It was always more a labor of love than a moneymaker for me. I just had a feeling that the time had come to pass the space to a new tenant. I think when you want to open new doors sometimes you have to close other ones and make room for things to come in.
When we decided to have a sidewalk sales before the doors officially closed, I had no idea that so many people would turn out with parting gifts and comforting hugs. I also had no idea how much the show pony had made people happy to live here in echo park. I knew we had made some impact on the block, but not aware how much people had enjoyed coming to the parties etc...
Our friend Maura brought cupcakes from Lark & champagne to celebrate
the kids at ladyboy put their stuff on the block as well
megan from ladyboy in her unicorn costume
current art show with emily ryan's work up
jasmine holding Viviene's baby Jasper!
violet and vinca were making a special batch of lemonade for the customers
britt (right arm) in her festive sale hat
julia came by to document the hoopla, she also interviewed me later in the day when I broke down in tears on film. It had finally hit me, this whole thing was really ending. This is what I would miss the most, the crazy sales and the fun people in and out of the shop. The funny stories people shared outside sitting at our little table. Julia reminding me of the one time she came by as a young 19 year old after being fired and sat in the dressing room crying, needing advice and a place to hide out.
Want to know the ultimate highlight of the day!?
Well darling Fayette from the Cockettes came by to visit us and see the show pony on it's way out. For those of you who may not know her legendary status, refer to my old blog post about her here
She and the fabulous Cockettes are reuniting for special anniversary shows soon! Will of course keep you all posted. Here's a picture of us that Taylor took:
Awhile back , (maybe years? ) my picture was taken for VENUS mag. When the photographer recently heard that we were closing she thought I may appreciate having a few of the show pony images on a disc. She came by today and gave these photos below to me. In retrospect, they make me happy/sad. It was Annakim's first ever art show at show pony...and singer Heather Porcaro performed in the loft for a full room. I am going to miss seeing all of my creative friends crammed into one place. This saying goodbye to the shop is a lot harder than I thought it would be. I have tied up so many memories in these walls. Most of my life in L.A. has been spent right here in this shop. I think about all the friends that have worked here, and all of the funny parties and neighbors that have occupied the spaces nearby that have come and gone. I really do not know how I will feel at the end of this month when I have to walk by it and know that it is no longer my little gypsy den. A place with weird fashions and odd hours and impractical flair.
Thanks to all of you blog readers who have offered up your comments and reassured me that this is all going to evolve into something good
(probably have to click on the images to see the whole picture)
(all VENUS mag photos from photographer Meghan Quinn)
The final SHOW PONY art/block party opening will be this SATURDAY March 7th.
It will be our 102nd party!
I'd love to see all of the old pals
WOW, to think we had 102 times of all that flapper craziness.
Please come and say goodbye if you are in town- or tell friends.
March 7th Saturday- 7-10
1543 echo park ave
L.A. CA 90026