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).