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Traphouse Chicago Celebrates the opening of Concept Store #2

Traphouse Chicago Celebrates the opening of Concept Store #2

So our good folks of Traphouse Chicago have opened Concept Store #2.  The opening at 744 E. 79th St. was celebrated with the last People Say Open Mic of 2018 inviting all this past year’s featured artists to perform.

The opening also celebrated Owner and Creator, Mashaun Ali’s birthday with food and beverages, Eeni Juice popped up and from the elders all the way down to those who were born “like yesterday” came out to support the new space.

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“Welcome to concept store #2. Concept stores are long term pop-up shops. Long term temporary retail spaces. We gone be here for a while. We were on Ashland for a year and a half.  The themes change at concept stores but the common thread again is love, trust, respect, expansion, expression and you know restorative justice is a part of everything that we do. Flipping the system; a relationship-based approach to being in a community not punitive or punishment-based. So that’s what you all are in.  Will there be more concept stores? Hell yea and right now we’re concept store #2 and we gangin’ and appreciative,” said Mashaun as he welcomed the new space.

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After relocating from Ashland and 80th Traphouse Chicago will now have a significant influence of the vibrant intersection of 79th street and Cottage Grove.  A liquor store, a currency exchange, a beauty supply store, a Harold’s Chicken and a nail shop are just a few spots that currently occupy the intersection. Sound familiar?

Hosted by Mashaun and Rosita Cox who is the creator of People Say Open Mic, the show was more of a celebration instead of an open mic. Performances included Heavy Crownz, The Honorable Hakin Dough, Brittney Carter, Apollo Mighty, Mani Jordan and visual pieces being curated by Kyel Brooks.  Photos of past open mics shot by Rohan Ayinde and sounds by Ca$h Era.

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“Alright so Traphouse Chicago, TRAP; Truth Reaching All People. Truth can do damage. Certain people don’t like the truth and certain structures can’t stand the truth. So our mission statement is to use street wear, art and radical restorative justice as tools to transform individuals communities and culture.  The merchandise is one thing and then the artwork is at its best when its authentic; the most marginalized, oppressed, harmed and unheard art is with potent ass truth,” said Mashaun.

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All the mental work, team work, foot work and heavy lifting that was put into the new space still doesn’t amount to level of genuine energy that flowed throughout the space that night. Make sure you follow and stay in tune with Traphouse Chicago, purchase your merchandise and make your contribution to reshaping community and cultures. Peace.

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