FAQ


About

What is this place? What's the deal with all of the books?

Tivoli's Astounding Magic Supply Co. is the storefront for 826DC, a literary nonprofit offering free writing programs for DC students ages 6-18. That's why we also sell books! Many were written by students through the 826DC Young Authors' Project.

Why does 826DC have a magic-themed gift shop?

The very first 826 writing center, 826 Valencia, was in a building that was zoned for retail!

Inspired by the wood paneling inside, co-founders Dave Eggers and friends set up The Pirate Supply Store as a front that would raise money for the writing and tutoring programs.

The shop was a hit. The community loved it, the sales kept things running, and the whimsical space helped students feel creative, silly, and at ease.

Today, there are 826s all around the country, each with a different storefront theme! You can learn more about the other chapters and their storefronts here.

Getting Here

Where is Tivoli's Astounding Magic Supply Co.?

Our street address is 3333 14th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20008. The store entrance is just around the corner on Park Road! 

826DC store entrance and map

Love magic, but not stairs? No problem. The 14th Street entrance is wheelchair-accessible. 

How do I get to Tivoli's Astounding Magic Supply Co.?

The closest Metro stop is Columbia Heights, on the yellow/green lines. The 52 and 54 buses will also drop you off right across the street.

Coming by car? Limited street parking is available.

What are your hours?

Our brick-and-mortar shop is currently closed to visitors because of COVID-19, but you can shop with us online anytime. 

Shopping with us

Do you ship internationally?

Yes!

Is your store dog-friendly?

Unfortunately, no. We have to ask that you leave your pets outside or at home. Service and support animals, however, are welcome.

Do you have a wholesale catalog?

Not yet!

Volunteering with us

I've always wanted to work at a magic shop. Do you need volunteers?

100%. You can get started as a volunteer here.