It has a checkout counter, a produce stand, bodega racks and even a pair of fully functional coin-operated kiddie rides.
But you won’t find groceries at Barry’s Shop, the pop-up store taking shape in a Harvard-owned building near Barry’s Corner on Western Avenue in Allston this week. Instead, art made by dozens of local artists will line the shelves.
“We wanted to do a community engagement project that was around making art accessible and kind of mimicking the experience of going into a grocery store and looking at products,” said Emily Isenberg, of the marketing firm Isenberg Projects, which is leading the effort focusing on an area they’re calling Zone 3.
Art galleries can be stuffy, she said. A mock neighborhood store isn’t.