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Open Borders – Store Closes But New Art Space Opens In Its Place

Many of you probably heard the announcement this week that Borders will be closing all of its remaining stores. Unable to find a buyer, the 40-year old company will begin the liquidation process at all of its 399 remaining stores on Friday. While that marks a major change in the book-selling business, it also means a lot of empty storefronts. One producer in Thousand Oaks, California is making great use of an empty Borders bookstore by throwing a summer-long arts festival in the 40,000 square foot space.

They’re calling the festival Open Borders and they’re putting on at least four shows per week as well as having daily gallery shows and performance art throughout the summer. All proceeds are going to support multiple non-profit organizations and charitable causes. They’ll also have an indoor cafe and outside food court featuring an eclectic selection of gourmet fare.
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