Boston Globe: 1st Annual Thumb Wrestling Tournament

Here's a killer write-up from the Boston Globe!

One, two, three, four, Allston declares a thumb war.

People with strong — or evasive — opposable digits are being encouraged to attend the First Annual Boston Thumb Wrestling Tournament at POP Allston this weekend, and try their hand at winning a championship belt and local bragging rights.

Oliver Best, a marketplace event planning company, is hosting the thumb wrestling competition from noon to 6 p.m. at the pop-up community space on Brighton Avenue. The event is open to all ages, and will feature a live DJ, a beer and cider bar for those of legal age, and raffle prizes.

Oh, and there will be guaranteed theatrics.

“We’re encouraging people to wear costumes, and trying to keep it as fun as possible,” said Justin Pomerleau, owner of Oliver Best.

The one-on-one matches will take place inside a four-foot-by-four-foot arena surrounded by spectators. Competitors will step into the space before sitting down at a table and slipping their thumbs through two holes carved into a miniature wrestling ring.

While the rest of each player’s hand grips a stabilizing handle attached to the bottom of the ring, to prevent any sneak attacks, each player’s thumb will go to war.

The homemade ring is based on a US patent for a “wrestling game apparatus” for thumbs, designed by Richard B. Hartman and filed in 1990.

A referee will monitor all the action, and announce each player’s stats, special moves, and thumb wrestling history as the elimination-style battles rage on, according to event organizers.

The match-ups will be based on age, weight, and possibly thumb size, they said.

“It comes down to two thumbs, and the winner gets a $50 gift card to Vivant Vintage,” said Pomerleau, who founded the store.

Not to mention the championship belt.

Oliver Best had considered hosting an arm wrestling competition, but feared it could get too aggressive.

“So we took it to the thumbs,” Pomerleau said. “We haven’t heard of anything like it ... and we were trying to think of things in Boston that people haven’t really seen before.”

Those interested in participating can pre-register for the free event by contacting Oliver Best, or signing up the day of the contest, upon arrival, according to event details.

In the meantime, participants should get in shape. Thumb pushups, anyone?

Steve Annear can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.

South End Vintage Market: Vendor Profile - Spruce Vintage

Business Name:
Spruce Vintage

Your Location:

What do you make?
I curate a fine selection of menswear and antiques. I also do in-store and market visual merchandising.

How did you get your start?
I was collecting vintage and got laid off from my day job so I started selling my collection and it just kind of clicked. Shortly after I began working for Bobby from Boston, who has taught me so much about the industry and history. 

How long have you been in business?
Spruce Vintage has been in business since 2012.

Who is your product perfect for?
Those who pay great attention to detail. The well-dressed with an eye for true classic stylings. 


What is the story behind your business name?
It began as a play on "sprucing up" your wardrobe but soon evolved into the outdoorsy looks that I love collecting. 

What inspires you?
Traveling and meeting amazing people during my collecting excursions. 

What do like to do in your free time?
Add to my own personal collection and explore my urban (and not so urban) surroundings.



South End Vintage Market: Vendor Profile - Girls Make Graves Vintage

Girls Make Graves Vintage

"Clothes Resurrected, Style Reborn."

Who We Are:  We are a nomadic vintage shop roaming free, peddling revived articles of clothing, small antiques, and oddities that please the senses. The bulk of merchandise dug up from the dead range from 50’s garb to early 90’s throwback gear. We ain’t got no type.

Mission: To bring life back to buried treasures. To evoke a feeling of wonder and imagination through fashion.  To bask in starry nights with live music blaring and new experiences with the movers and shakers. To create temporary pleasures and ever lasting memories. The only destination is the open road, collecting all things bad ass that got soul (maybe a hitchhiker or two).

Why Us: Style, to us, is a sport of expression. We carefully dig for the most funky, trendy, unique, rare, vintage pieces that reflect our undying love for nostalgia. We have something for everyone with an unapologetic and outspoken sense of style. Only the livest pieces breathe on through the grave. We all have a story to tell.  Wear yours.

Find Us: Sundays at the South End Vintage Market at Ink Block! Our Facebook is always up to date with our Sales and Events too!

Hire Us: Are you looking to get rid of some things and want them to find a new home? We also do closet clean outs and pickups. Just give us a call or send an email and we can pick a funeral date. 

Stayin’ Alive,  
-Lu xo

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