Independent businesses and artists together (Part II)

June 30, 2011

I’m finishing up the discussion (for now) about the Logan Square Arts and Business Center (Logan Square ABC).  I’ve had a lot to say about it already because I believe it’s a promising direction for a vital Milwaukee Avenue and Logan Square.

Making room for business

While the Logan Square ABC lends legitimacy to the artist tenants, it can also create room to thrive and grow for business tenants.  Like so many entrepreneurs, one of the founders of the Logan Square Mompreneurs, Carolyn Ou, started her Sandbox Consulting career and business coaching business from her home.  But, as a mom, that quickly meant doing business out of her car!

With two kids at home, the car was often the only place she could find the quiet to coach her clients by phone.  Even when there was relative quiet on the home front, Carolyn found it difficult to separate home and work life.

She moved out of the home and into another co-office space that she shared with another.  When her co-office mate decided not to renew the lease, Carolyn was faced with the less appealing choices of moving back to her car! or facing the possibility of having to keep finding co-office Read the rest of this entry »

Thank you, and…

March 25, 2010

One more applicable lesson from the chapter, “The Powerful Culture of Gifts” in Seth Godin’s Linchpin:  Are You Indispensable? :

If you want to encourage the numerous neighborhood gifts of art as Godin defines it (see Gifts make the neighborhood), let the artist know how you appreciate the gift, how it changed you, how it moved you to action.

So far no one has chimed in (commented) with other neighborhood gifts, so let me suggest some more through these acknowledgements:

Thank you Dunlays on the Square for your dedication to your neighborhood clientele, and I’ve introduced you to people from outside the neighborhood and even from out of town.

Thank you Logan Square Chamber of Commerce and all the volunteers who created the Logan Square Farmers Market; I so enjoy it as a great community gathering space.

Thank you Logan Square Neighborhood Association and the intergenerational volunteers that created Cuentos en la Pared/Stories on the Wall (the blue and yellow mural at the Logan Square “el” stop); it brightens my day whenever I see it.

Thank you Café con Leche for creating such a warm and inviting addition, and I continue to let people know about it.

What have you been meaning to say?  Copy, paste and fill in the blank with a comment:  Thank you, and _____.

Spring diversions in Logan Square:

Green Ideas:  Tuesday, March 30, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., at the Logan Square Library,
3030 W. Fullerton Ave.; first of four sessions providing practical information on energy efficiency upgrades; RSVP requested (email greenideas at loganchamber dot-org).

Gifts make the neighborhood

March 18, 2010

“Gifts Make the Tribe”

That’s a subtitle from the chapter, “The Powerful Culture of Gifts,” in Seth Godin’s Linchpin:  Are You Indispensable?, the book I’m currently reading. 

And by gift, he means art as he defines it:

Art is a personal gift that changes the recipient.

An artist is an individual who creates art.  The more people you change, the more you change them, the more effective your art is.

In the chapter mentioned, he explains the benefit of usury laws (stay with me; there’s a point):

If I give you some money to buy seeds, your farm flourishes, and now we both have money to give to someone else to invest.  The faster the money circulates, the better the tribe does.

One reason that art has so much power is that it represents Read the rest of this entry »

Logan Square Literary Review: read it! write for it!

December 3, 2009

On newsstands now!

The inaugural issue of the Logan Square Literary Review (LSLR) is now available at these fine Logan Square establishments:  Wolfbait & B-girls at 3131 W. Logan Boulevard and G-Mart Comic Books at 2641 N. Kedzie Avenue.

The Logan Square Literary Review, started by its editor and Logan Square resident, Daniel Majid, is a not-for-profit journal of … well, words, printed matter, learning fit for human consumption.  Not some highfalutin tome exclusive to the literati, but a Read the rest of this entry »

Scene in Logan Square: Logan Square Farmers Market

June 6, 2009

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Logan Square Farmers Market opens its 2009 season on Sunday, June 7, 10:00 a.m., and continues Sundays through October, at the southeast corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Logan Boulevard.

In addition to the early summer produce from farms like Temple Farm Organics (click for a June coupon), Mike and Clare’s Farm, and Jake’s Country Meats, this week there will be prepared food from Vella Café, Fonda del Mar and Cook au Vin (next week Treat will also join the market).

And that’s not all, there will be soaps and cookies and yarns and pies. Read the rest of this entry »

2009 New Business of the Year

June 1, 2009

New Wave Coffee named New Business of the Year

2557 New Wave Coffee interior 013Congrats to New Wave Coffee! Just a couple of weeks ago, the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce named New Wave, with less than five months under its belt, this year’s New Business of the Year.

Zach and Susan continue to make New Wave at 2557 N. Milwaukee Avenue/3103 W. Logan Boulevard welcoming and exciting.  At times they’ve had to scramble to order tables, chairs and coffee cups to accommodate all their customers.  All our local businesses should be so lucky. Read the rest of this entry »


January 20, 2009

Not only in the White House, but even on and around Milwaukee Avenue there have been some changes. Certainly the above average snowfall this season merits an updated photo (below), though this fails to adequately capture the amount of snow we’ve received thus far.


Milwaukee Ave. North of Logan Square

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