Frequently Asked Questions

What are Pop-up Hours?

When schedules allow, Quark opens for a few hours on days it is scheduled to be closed. Look for our sidewalk sign, if it is outside- we’re open! As a small business, it is difficult to be open as many days and hours as we would like. Your understanding is appreciated.


I saw something in your store but not listed online, what should I do?

Great question! We don’t have our full inventory loaded online yet! We encourage you to contact us by email or phone to check on whether we have the item in stock. We can then make separate purchase and shipping arrangements with you!


Where is your store located? Do you have more than one store?

Quark! currently has one location in the amazing city of East Lansing, MI! We’re located at 549 E. Grand River Avenue. We are directly across the street from the Michigan State University Campus and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, and dancing on the median in between is a lovely sculpture of Andromeda by Anthony Frudakis. We hope you stop in and visit us when you’re in town! We love sharing the stories of our products with everyone who stops in and hearing about their interests. Visit East Lansing for the museums, sporting events, musical and stage events, food, and, of course, some great shopping at Quark!! We look forward to meeting you!


I’m looking for something for a friend in civil engineering, do you have anything in this area?

We love finding just the right items for our customers. We are happy to make suggestions and seek out hard to find items! Email or call us and we are happy to chat with you about suggestions in stock or do a little research to help!


Are t-shirts available in children’s sizes?

Some designs are available in children’s sizes, however, we do not regularly carry them in stock. Email us with the design and youth size you are interested in and we will let you know if and when we can have it available.


Where do you get so many unique products?

Thank you! We’re so glad you enjoy our curated collection!  We have been very fortunate to find many artists, mostly originating here in the USA, who love the sciences and creatively incorporate them into their work. Many are, or started as small, individual, or family business; and share our preference for products that are useful and as sustainable as possible.  We are honored to be in a position to support and share their products with our customers.


What does “Quark” mean?

Quarks are subatomic particles, essentially the building blocks of atoms, which are, in turn, the building blocks of everything! The various disciplines of Science are the study of the building blocks of our world and lives, making “Quark!” a fitting name for a store that celebrates the sciences we love and their connection to our everyday lives. 


How do I find information about shipping?

Scroll to the bottom of this page and click on “Shipping/returns” and you’ll find FAQ’s for shipping.