Best Of 2020

Best Pop-Up Bookstore: FRINGE

Best Pop-Up Bookstore

The brainchild of Andrew McKinley, who founded San Fransico’s beloved Adobe Books 30 years ago, FRINGE bookstore was an absolute gem stocked full of unique finds straight from McKinley’s own collection of books and texts. He made the cross-country move from the West Coast to Cincinnati last year after falling in love with the area while being an artist-in-residence at Wave Pool in 2017. He later bought a house across the street from Wave Pool, which — along with an ArtsWave grant — helped him transform the shed into the quirky bookstand. Covered in literal strands of colorful fringe, the pop-up’s visual element was brought to life via artist Karay Martin. With books priced at about $3 each, FRINGE customers could sift through a diverse array of works related to “inclusion, equality and equity.” McKinley told us that the pop-up shop’s concept was in its “infancy” — fingers crossed for more to come. FRINGE, 2931 Jessamine St., Camp Washington.