Yes, and I am interested in seeing how it does.
Because bookstores seem to be in decline, if I operated a bookstore, I might focus on just re-selling people's used books. ...All those super literate people in the neighborhood could basically exchange their books, with the bookstore taking a cut. I would use a consignment model, so I didn't tie up any capital (aka minimized my risk and investment).
His vision is:
Kickstarterpage » We plan to host local and international authors for readings, have monthly speakers series, hold weekly free storytelling events for kids, as well as writing workshops for teens and adults and much much more. We also consider our street presence fundamental and are creating an evocative street garden for the community to enjoy as an outdoor reading space! The vision is a combination of community garden space, writing center, literary venue for events and readings, and the best micro bookstore in the world.
As most folks know, hoping to run a bookstore as a profitable business is a fool’s errand. The concept behind Hullabaloo is somewhere between nonprofit culture space and for-profit bookstore selling new and used books.
I still have not gotten used to new business owners asking the public for money via Kickstarter, and assume that 90% of the people who donate know the owners.
I view it kind of like a house warming party, where you get gifts for your new apartment: You don't expect everyone to donate, but if you want to give me a toaster ....um, thanks.
The difference is that this comes right out and asks for what is needed (cash), and is visible to all, not just people you know well.