Category for Business

Neighbor baker: Winston-Salem’s Yay Snacks!


I sat down with my friend and neighbor Jelaina Frelitz to talk about how marvelous she is. Also her bakery business, Yay Snacks, which she runs out of the Sunnyside neighborhood of Winston-Salem, NC.
In 2010, Jelaina  and her dude, Ryan Pritts, bought two houses on a …

Full Story » Comments (5)

Idle space? Not for long in San Francisco’s Mid-Market


Recently we posted about 3Space a UK organization that puts temporary tenants in empty commercial properties. In San Francisco’s Mid-Market, an organization called SQFT just launched a neighborhood-wide program with a similar purpose. SQFT hopes that by incubating pop-up businesses it can help revitalize Mid-Market, …

Full Story » Add Comment

Urbanizing the (former) suburbs

The Park Road Shopping Center - what an awesome sign.

The cluster of leafy, quiet neighborhoods collectively known as the Park-Woodlawn area in Charlotte are about to embark on a city-led planning effort to become more urban (via Next American City). They once were sleepy suburbs on the edge of downtown Charlotte, and now the …

Full Story » Add Comment

Neighbors filling in the holes


Richard Layman over at Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space has made a nice round up of news stories about neighbors pitching in to keep services going in the face of budget cuts. In Sonoma County, CA, a coalition of non-profits is keeping the public parks …

Full Story » Add Comment

(Temporarily) open for business


Empty storefronts are no good for neighborhoods. But 3Space, a UK nonprofit, has realized that they’re no good for landlords either. So the organization has taken the innovative path of temporarily putting community groups into vacant properties temporarily — and free of charge to the …

Full Story » Add Comment

On Kickstarter: Food Cycle

We love bikes, and we love urban farms, and here’s a project from Troy Bike Rescue and Collard City Growers that puts the two together like beans and rice. Behold,
Now that’s what we call using your hands . . . and feet. Check them out.
Each …

Full Story » Add Comment

Last days of the Caffe del Arte

Business plans are what the experts say Spain needs to get out of the economic doldrums. But a business plan doesn’t make a neighborhood . . . or provide jobs to the eccentric or underdressed.

he day before Easter vacation started, they rolled down the metal …

Full Story » Comment (1)