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  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
    What were you doing the morning of September 11, 2001? Phoenix resident and Gangplank co-founder Derek Neighbors was working at home for the Free Software Foundation, communicating with a...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Performance Art
    To the thrill of ghost whisperers, cocktail slingers, and e-cigarrette puffers everywhere, Allison DuBois is coming to Changing Hands. The medium/author/reality TV star who claims to be...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Literary
    Bestselling author and former Phoenix-area journalist Laurie Notaro is back in the Valley of the Sun. No, she didn't pack up the U-Haul and move here for good (though...
  • News: Features
    California artist and fabled '70s underground cartoonist Joyce Farmer was using raw meat to make a statement decades before Lady Gaga ever dreamed of showing up at a music awards show in a...

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Business Description

Changing Hands began as a dream on the porch steps of an alternative school for kids where Tom Brodersen, Gayle Shanks and Bob Sommer met each other as volunteers. One day we talked about what we'd really like to do with our lives and the idea hatched was a little socially responsible bookstore and community gathering place. A few years later, Tom bought a small bookstore for $500, all he had at the time! The store was losing its lease and the books were packed up until a new location could be found.

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