Flash mob marks impending close of Hampden book store, gallery

How do you mark the impending closure of a beloved book store, art gallery and performance space?

A flash mob through the streets of Hampden.


Friends of the Minas Gallery surprised owners Minas Konsolas and Peggy Hoffman by singing "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" last Sunday. The store will soon close after 22 years so Konsolas can spend more time on his artwork.

They tooted kazoos, shook tambourines and beat a drum made out of a water cooler, much to the surprise and delight of Konsolas and Hoffman.


Author and auctioneer Nancy Murray organized the event as a tribute to the couple's "commitment to the community and the arts."

"The reason so many people came out ... is because Peggy and Minas are the epitome of warmth and welcome," Murray said in an email. "When anyone came into their store, they weren't made to feel like a potential sale, but a potential friend."

Murray arranged for a few friends to be "plants" inside the store. She popped in with a bottle of champagne to toast the couple as the store was about to close, and the other people all whipped out champagne glasses.

Then the drumming and kazoo playing started. Hoffman and Konsolas stepped out, blinked back tears and started dancing together.'

Julie Scharper