Southeast Minneapolis is home to one of our favorite bookstores: Wild Rumpus. A small bookstore with a familiar name, Wild Rumpus has been a community staple for 25 years. The name "Wild Rumpus" may come from Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, but the shop was built in conversation with the book The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer. On their website, their owner Tom explains the book's inspiration on the store:
"Alone, Brian goes into the woods, discovers a salamander and takes it home to his bedroom. Each page of the story that follows is driven by his off-stage mother's questions. And for each question, Brian has an answer. His answers both accommodate the new salamander and magically transform the world of his bedroom. Each illustration shows a step in a process that changes a conventional interior to an exterior: gradually walls and ceilings disappear, wildlife moves in and then takes Brian and the reader back out. And at the end, the last pages show Brian sound asleep in his bed in the woods . . . 'and next to me, on the boulder with its head resting on soft moss, the salamander will sleep.'
"Architecture doesn't have the luxury of page-turning, but instead allows us a front-to-back spatial progression. Our store's front doors open into a fairly conventional interior with carpet, a comfortable reading chair and floor lamp. Midway, things begin to change, there's a tree-trimmer sheetrocked in the ceiling on a ladder, and the ceiling itself at this point starts to crack open to the sky. At the back, with birds above and rats beneath a garden shed, the store wants you to feel like you're outside." Read more here.
In addition to their passion for books, they are devoted to being a sustainable business and giving their customers the best and greenest experience possible. To spread their devotion to sustainability, and inspire others to join them, they have a secret in-house discount: buy an exclusive reusable tote bag and get 20% off your purchase every time you use it, but shhhhhhhh don't tell anyone ;-) . What are you waiting for? Head on down for all of your literary needs. So in the words of King Max, "And now, let the wild rumpus start!"