Burlington's Old North End has always been endearing to my heart, and many others who choose to reside and/or do business there. When I first moved to Vermont in the spring of 2000, I moved into the Old North End in an apartment I lived in for seven years. Just recently I moved to launch my public relations business (with a more suitable office space and opportunity for expense consolidation) to yet another area of the North End - closer to the core.
When I first learned about it in Seven Days, I joined The Front Porch Forum. The Forum, which really fosters a valuable online avenue for neighbors to communicate, is where I found out about the newly created Old North End Arts and Business Network. I immediately sent in my $25 one year membership fee, excited about the opportunity to get my business and personal passions involved in the community I live in! Prior to this networking opportunity, my "North End" involvement includes power walking through the neighborhoods, meeting Melodie Bean at Vantage Press where I will certainly bring any print work, attending the local pancake breakfast at Lawrence Barnes School, and enjoying one of my favorite watering holes and music venues, Radio Bean. Oh, and I split my local shopping needs between Waggy's, Dave's Old North End Variety Store, and Radio Deli.
Anyway, last night I attended my first Old North End Arts and Business Association (ONE Arts & Business for short, ONE=Ward One) meeting at the lovely coffee shop, Viva Espresso. The brainchild of Burlington's community-minded real estate folks at Redstone, ONE Arts & Business is something I feel is much needed in the Old North End as a powerful opportunity to bring the community together, a vehicle to offer marketing potential for the businesses in the North End neighborhoods, and a great first step in making efforts to highlight the history, diversity, and vitality of Burlington's North End - surely the most eclectic part of nationally renowned eclectic city!
A group of us branched off to form an event committee charged with the task of creating a spring event to encourage visitation, shopping, and enjoyment of the Old North End. We meet next Tuesday, December 11th from 4-5 pm at The Bobbin Sew Bar & Craft Lounge and I encourage anyone reading to share with anyone you think might be interested in joining the committee!!
I am so excited about the opportunity to offer my public relations skills and my artistic flare to my community and am sure there will be more on such endeavors to come!!