Text and photos by: Kimmy Baraoidan
It’s quite impossible to miss the Fam Lifestyle Store. Its white walls stand out from the gray blur surrounding it. From the outside, you can see the merchandise through the sliding glass windows, and it would take some utter self-control not to go in and check them out. Fam carries local brands like Enimal (tees and button-down shirts), Caution Clothing (street wear), Bimstore (shoes), WIP Caps, and Undertow Books.
My favorite piece at the store is not for sale, though. It’s a floor-to-ceiling sheet metal sticker wall that bears logos of other local clothing and apparel brands and bands, groups and collectives, and graffiti and graphic art. It’s installed beside a desk where co-owner David Villania III, also known as hip-hop artist Gnarrate, often stays when he mans the store.