Blast off to learning with Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co.
Budding astronauts can discover the finer points of space travel at Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co.
Nestled inconspicuously along Greenwood Avenue, the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. is a quirky shop with everything one needs for an interstellar trip. From astronaut ice cream to replacement quarks in a can and a cherry-scented diversion deployment system, the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. has all the necessary supplies to prepare for any space journey you or your budding astronaut may be planning. While there’s plenty of shopping to do among the posters, clothing and tools, GSTS is more than meets the eye.
Step through the store’s Atomic Teleporter and into The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, a nonprofit writing and communications center. “Our storefront is a gateway to an even more inspirational organization,” said store manager Sean Palmer. “The proceeds from our store sales go directly into our free programming.”
The Bureau offers afterschool tutoring for students from age 6 to 18 while emphasizing one-on-one connections between the volunteer tutors and kids. “Having focused interaction builds thriving relationships,” said Palmer. The afterschool tutoring, writing and weekend workshop space has two important house rules: 1. Everybody is kind. 2. Everybody wants to be here. This philosophy supports their free programming and works to open up imaginative minds. The Bureau also offers writing classes and workshops for adults, along with many volunteer opportunities. Another perk is their free writing-based field trips for students throughout the year.
The Greenwood Space Travel Supply also hosts a yearly Dwarf Planet Pride day, complete with a parade and signs celebrating dwarf planets, because a “planet is a planet, no matter how small.”
8414 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle
All photos by Joshua Huston.