November 23, 2009 AT 12:30 am

Adafruit in Fry’s electronics – Fremont, Sunnyvale, San Diego and San Jose – CA

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Adafruit in Fry’s electronics in Fremont, Sunnyvale, San Diego and San Jose. If you’re in those areas stop in and look for the Maker Shed kiosk, there you will find the MintyBoost! Here’s what the MAKE gang had to say

We’re ecstatic about the fact that we now have Maker Shed kiosks, with magazines, books, and electronics kits, in several California Fry’s stores. We think this is big news, not only for Maker Media, but for all indie makers — a major retail chain is now giving small kit- makers this level of exposure. And, we think it’s particularly cool that we designed and built these kiosks in-house, and even personally delivered them to the stores! What other publisher could claim that? Here, Assoc.

Publisher and General Manager of Maker retail, Dan Woods explains more:

Maker Shed kiosks are now installed in four of Fry’s largest superstores. Each kiosk merchandises current and back issues of MAKE, Make: Project books, and kits, with an emphasis on maker-made kits produced by indie makers like Limor Fried’s MintyBoost, Mitch Altman’s Brain Machine, Ken Murphy’s Blinky Bugs, Dale Wheat’s Tiny Cylon and Wee Blinky kits, and Amy Parness and Ariel Churi’s DIY Design Electronics kits. This indie maker angle was a really important selling point to Fry’s. The kiosk’s themselves are all-MAKE in their design and construction. The challenge was to create a merchandising/branding kiosk that could show off maker-made kits, as well as our books and magazines, all in a 2′ X 2′ footprint. The design we came up with incorporates the Maker Faire workbench framing as the internal structure, refurbished fence boards from West Sonoma, and some nicely weathered corrugated shed aluminum that was locally salvaged. The result is a nice combination of weathered shed and repurposed industrial tubing. They’re uniquely MAKE, and Fry’s is ecstatic. In fact, they were even trucked down and setup by Heather (Harmon-Cochran) and Rob (Bullington) in one day. These are the stores that currently have kiosks. (San Diego will be set up by Fry’s staff next week)

San Diego, CA
9825 Stonecrest Boulevard
(858) 514-4500

San Jose, CA
550 E. Brokaw Road
(408) 487-1000

Fremont, CA
43800 Osgood Road
(510) 252-5300

Sunnyvale, CA
1077 East Arques Avenue
(408) 617-1300

Congrats to everyone at MAKE, this is a wonderful accomplishment getting DIY and electronics in more places!

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  1. More locations! I was in the Burbank Fry’s today. They need something like this!

  2. Would be nice to see this stuff in a store on the east coast. Unfortunately RadioShack is the only Fry’s like store we have and the chances of them doing something similar is nil.

  3. Oh dear, is that Glenn Beck’s book right next to it on the book shelf in the first picture?

  4. They need an East Bay location, and have for years. They need a northern store.

  5. Fry’s blows RadioShack out of the water on all counts…….and what’s up with nothing at the Fountian Valley, CA. location? – they filmed a Microsoft commercial there…..

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