Leechpit to reopen on Westside in early 2014

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Leechpit, hobo coinNearly six months after Adam Leech was forced to close his shop on the Colorado College campus, he has announced that the Leechpit is reopening on the Westside.

Leech said in a news release Tuesday that the record shop/thrift store will reopen around Feb. 1 in a 4,000-square-foot space at 3020 W. Colorado Ave. Suite A. The shop was formerly home to CS West Bikes and increases Leech’s floorspace threefold, when compared to his former location at 802 N. Nevada Ave.

“We have gotten really good at making the most of less than perfect conditions,” Leech said in the release. “But now we get to see what we can do with a proper store!”

Leech also said that the store will house a “new Discarded Art Museum,” which will be “dedicated to the discarded and often anonymous arts and artists on the outside of the arts world.” According to the release, the collection will feature the world’s largest display of “hobo nickels” — an art form in which small coins are creatively modified — and the owner’s private collection of “found and folk art, castaway dolls and doll houses, miniatures, toys, ephemera and memorabilia.”

More facets of Leech’s new emporium will be revealed during what the release calls an “unprecedented rollout extravaganza, complete with a ‘Golden Ticket’ promotion of ‘Wonka-esque’ proportions” that is tentatively planned for late January.

These $50 golden tickets, which are for admittance to a “V.I.P. Pre-Grand-Opening-Gala(A-Go-Go!) [sic],” will become available for purchase at midnight Dec. 20 via Leechpit.com. The ticket will also be redeemable for $50 worth of merchandise.

Leechpit.com is where the owner and his wife Heather have maintained a retail presence since the previous store was closed July 13. After 10 years spent in a rehabbed gas station at the northwest corner of North Nevada Avenue and East Dale Street, Colorado College declined to renew Leech’s two-year lease.