Dear Loyal Readers, My oldest child has just turned 16….YES, Buzz Café is now sixteen years old! Hopefully many of you reading this will have celebrated with us on August 31st, with a FREE cup of coffee!—I hope so, because we would not be here without YOU! Thank you!
It may seem strange to refer to our business as a child, but it really does feel that way. Watching the Café grow and change over the years is much like watching your child—the only difference being that the Café will never become independent and move out! Coincidentally, my actual oldest child, Lydia, turned 14 on August 14th and began working at the Café as a dishwasher. We have anticipated this day from the day she was born. It is so crazy to us that the time has come. So far, she has taken it in stride and really become part of the Buzz Café family, just like our other employees. It will also be fun to watch her as she comes into her own.
On the OP Arts District front, there is a variance hearing scheduled for “The Juice Building” also known as 333 Harrison St. Apparently, the owner is looking to sell the building to lawyers who intend to use the space as a law office and a residence. My opinion, is that occupied is better than vacant, renovated is better than abandoned… While the use, does not at first glance, reflect the nature of the Arts District, we may be able to rope them in to having a gallery space in their building or some such art-related tie… The hearing is on September 3rd at 7pm at VOP. I will keep you posted!
On the Kleronomos front, there is no movement. I have gotten word that Chris Kleronomos was successful at his most recent court appearance, in stalling the process yet again… Stay tuned!
Art on Harrison takes place this month, celebrating 21 years!! Originally started as an invitation to the public to visit the artists in their work spaces. Studios that were only open by “appointment only” were open that weekend for the general public. The event has evolved to include more activities and music, but essentially is an invitation to see “Art on Harrison”. This year, we have a special tour of the woven baskets around the trees that line Harrison St. I hope you will join us. For more info go to www.oakparkartsdistrict.com.