Monday, September 12, 2011

Storefront "Facelifts" in Federal Hill

The “Open for Business” campaign is underway! The Federal Hill Business Association and Federal Hill Main Street are working together to improve the appearance of our business district to make it more appealing for residents, visitors, and potential business owners.

Volunteers from Main Street and the Business Association are focusing on the most visible storefronts first by sprucing up vacant properties with colored paper, attractive posters, and colorful maps (see photo), in effect turning them into information kiosks until a new business moves in. “We want our shop windows to look chic and inviting,” explained Committee Chair Will Runnebaum.

Artist Crystal Moll, whose gallery is at 1030 S. Charles, and Interior Designer Katie Destefano, whose shop is at 1033 S. Charles, are contributing their talents to the cause. Crystal designed the attractive "Historic Federal Hill" poster, and Katie is donating her talents to help business owners "stage" their windows to catch the eye of passers-by.

You don't have to be part of the committee to join in the effort! Like Will says, “Let's all do our part...pull those weeds, sweep your sidewalk, wash your windows and let's show our visitors the beautiful community where we live and work!”

~Leah Witter, intern

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