These underused and usually-closed newsstand kiosks appear on street corners all along Market Street in San Francisco. The Grand Newsstand was the first to revitalize one of these kiosks into a good ol' fashioned zine shop. The Grand Newsstand invited local artists and vendors to bring pop-up shops and open up these kiosks for one weekend in July 2016 for Kiosk Fest. I decided to use mine to hawk beauty and fashion magazines -- but not your typical magazines.
These magazines had been lovingly altered and transformed during writing workshops, sprinkled with messages of empowerment, inviting readers to question the media they consume, and ready -- SO READY -- for willing participants to shopdrop them into the world amongst other unsuspecting beauty mags. Here are some of the places I know these magazines went: into a magazine rack at the CVS across the street from our kiosk, mailed to a young niece, shared with a classroom of high school students, and among a pile of magazines in a doctor's office waiting room.
During the weekend, we also crowdsourced an "Encyclopedia of Beautiful Things".