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By Stacie Stamper | Email the author | May 23, 2011
Penny Dreadful Productions (PDP) has successful grand opening on Main Street in Duluth.
Congratulations Penny Dreadful Productions (PDP) on the successful grand opening of The Boiler Room, the first American Steampunk store and studio, last Saturday (May 21) on Main Street in Historic Downtown Duluth.
What a day of festivities starting with the doors opening at 10 a.m. to find Danny Hunter of Buford as the first patron in line. A Dragoncon and Steampunk fan, Danny was interested in having PDP make a Steampunk costume he conceptually designed. Danny was impressed with the store and studio and suggested that other Steampunkers must check it out.
Erin Bushko, co-founder of PDP, welcomed the guests and introduced Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris. Mayor Harris performed the ribbon-cutting ceremony in Steampunk fashion wearing pink goggles. "We are wanting to attract the unique and unusual to Duluth, and The Boiler Room is certainly that," she said. "It is so exciting to have you here!" The mayor was presented a PDP original Dirigible Mayor Doll, and she mingled among the customers and Steampunk characters before departing to attend the Duluth Health & Fitness Fair on the Town Green.
Steampunk is a worldwide futuristic Victorian-age movement with a sub-genre of science and speculative fiction including elements of fantasy. A blooming subculture mixing Victorian fashion and sensibilities with fantasy and imaginary technologies. Steampunk necessities include goggles, pocket watches, brass and copper clockwork, gears and steam-powered inventions that go far beyond 1800s technology. Drawing on inspiration from Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, the contemporary Steampunk community is growing in popularity across the world with an estimated 60,000+ followers.
Performances by The Aeronauts, Hoop Essence, and Tartanic along with makeup effects demonstrations by PDP co-founder Matt Silva provided entrainment for all. "It is so nice this day is finally here, it has been several months in the making," said Silva. It was an action-packed day that supported a steady stream of customers who visited the store until closing at midnight.
A props, costume, & oddities store, The Boiler Room is like walking into a museum of relics from their work. The counters are from "Candy Shop," props used in "Blood on my Name" are for rent, and life casts in process to create zombies for a current PDP project project PDP are visible. As for the studio, there are over 20 professionals who represent a one-stop-shop for art direction. Services include set design, construction, and dressing along with costumes, wardrobe, hair, and makeup effects.
Expect a bit of Hollywood in Historic Duluth when you visit The Boiler Room. Welcome PDP and best wishes for your success on Main Street!
Editor's note: Stacie Stamper is a Main Street merchant in Historic Downtown Duluth and active in the community. She started frugally yours interiors (fyi Duluth Design Center) two years ago and has implemented innovative events to bring folks downtown and promote Duluth as a shopping destination.