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Monday, June 8, 2009

Extreme Makeover - Danforth Edition!

The Danforth East Community Association (and their Facelift team) has been working hard since January to clean up some of the businesses along Danforth. The business revitalization project team has cleaned, swept, painted, nailed, peeled and done just about a million other things that needed to be done on what is now adding up to four storefronts.

The most recent facelift was done on a store that many of you have possibly passed by without a second glance - the Universal Diaper store at 1987 Danforth. In a neighbourhood undergoing a serious baby boom, a good baby/kids store is a necessity. Little did I know that inside the store was a great treasure trove of Bummies diapers (of course!), very cheap kids clothes, sunhats, Swimmies, wooden toys and some of the cutest shoes I've ever seen.

DECA helped to clean up the store's front window, clean up the interior and rearrange all their great stuff. It looks great and has created an instant improvement. An added bonus: the cleanup created a new stroller parking area for moms shopping with their babes!

I have to get on my soapbox, but only for a moment, I promise: DECA can only do so much to help our hood - they can clean up stores and sweep the trash from the sidewalks, but its up to us (the residents of the neighbourhood) to start frequenting small businesses like this even if we have to pay a tiny bit more than Walmart. Shopping locally is greener, it helps increase the walkability and safety of an area and in the end will make Danforth East an even more desirable place to live, work and shop.

Stay tuned: there will be more DECA facelift news in the fall!

1 comment:

  1. Great post Sarah...couldn't agree with you more. DECA has done a great job but we all need to make the effort to shop local, local, local!