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Tuesday, February 6, 2007

News from the vast wasteland:

"I'm here to propose that we replace the bad old bargain that past FCCs struck with the media moguls with a new American Media Contract. It goes like this. We, the American people have given broadcasters free use of the nation's most valuable spectrum, and we expect something in return. We expect this:
1. A right to media that strengthens our democracy
2. A right to local stations that are actually local
3. A right to media that looks and sounds like America
4. A right to news that isn't canned and radio playlists that aren't for sale
5. A right to programming that isn't so damned bad so damned often."

--Michael J. Copps. Federal Communications Commission, 2007 (Thanks to alert WORDster Mark Larson)

Offbeat 'Bombshell' like a CD exchange, except for clothes

The Bombshell's exterior. / Photos by Jason Timpson

By Jason Timpson

January 25, 2007 | There's a new shop in downtown Logan that is a little different from what you might expect.

The Bombshell Exchange, which opened its doors in September, works much like a CD, movie and video game exchange, but for clothing. Owner Matt Monson said, "The concepts might be a little confusing at first, but once people come in for the first time it's not hard to understand."

Customers are asked to bring in their used, fashionable clothing that is in good shape in exchange for store credit or cash.

Monson said he knew he wanted to bring something unique to the Logan area, and thought that a clothing exchange would be the perfect thing to draw Utah State University students to downtown.

"We've got a great community and a lot of great students," he said, "And I just wanted to bring something to downtown that the community would enjoy." The clothing exchange idea is something that can be found in most big cities, with Buffalo Exchange, and Red Light Vintage being two of the biggest and most well known.

There are racks and racks of clothing for both men and women at the Bombshell Exchange, and its always an adventure searching them for the perfect vintage outfit.

Along with used and vintage clothing, the Bombshell Exchange also carries new accessories such as belt buckles, wallets, earrings, wristbands, and hats, as well as novelty items such as candy cigarettes, foam fingers, growing brains, Elvis clocks, and vintage posters.

The Bombshell Exchange is also an outlet where local an independent designers can sell their clothing and artwork. Some of the local designers the Bombshell Exchange Features are Neets Clothing, and Robot Hate.

One of the more interesting features is the graffiti wall where customers can write sayings or draw on the black wall with paint markers provided by the staff--but visitors need to remember to keep it clean.

Got some time to waste? Why not try your hand at the vintage arcade games straight out of the '80s. Monson said the games featured will change every few months, so keep coming back in to see if your favorite ever makes it in.

Be sure and stop in the Bombshell Exchange for a unique shopping experience. And remember to tell Matt, the owner, hi while you pick up some great vintage and locally produced fashions, plug a few quarters in the vintage arcade games, and give Boomer, the official store mascot a scratch on the belly.


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