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Chicago Teens Flip Liquor Store Into Bustling Food Market

“The students wanted to take all those raw and powerful emotions and turn them into something good” Donnita Travis

A group of teenagers who thought they could, DID. The all new Austin harvest market opened its doors to the public Wednesday after an experiment turned business opportunity spearheaded by eager young pioneers made the magic happen

Much of Austin is considered to be a food desert. The all new pop-up market located at 423 N. Laramie Ave. sits in an area that was devasted by covid and then looters – leaving only two markets where people can buy fresh food

When presented with the chance to transform one of the looted stores into a resource for the community, “the kids took the idea and ran with it,” Donnita Travis, executive director of By the Hand Club for Kids

As originally seen on Block Club Chicago via Pascal Sabino:

And like all things happening on our blocks, word spreads fast – grabbing the attention of several people who pitched in with help of all sorts

Via Pascal Sabino

Related: Launching, Surviving, And Thriving During This Pandemic

“People care. It’s a time for people to show up. So for us to be able to come together and say we’re going to lead that change, it means something.”

Sam Acho, NFL Player

Some of the pro athletes contributing to the cause included Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky, White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito, Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward and St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.

Related: Emergency grants and funds for Chicago businesses

As more and more cities face uncertainty, small businesses bring opportunities corporations never will – sovereignty, localized success

And many of us know, some of the most successful businesses are started in a downturn

From developing a curriculum, to helping each other learn how to navigate entrepreneurship and business skills, now more than ever you and I and the business next door have everything to gain and nothing to lose from camaraderie

As we speak we (GrowthHaxx) are doing something similar with the city of Lancaster, CA (updates to come)

Initiatives like this are a welcome change to the constant lip service we’re accustomed to – real pathways that help young folks and all folks contribute to the collaborative successes that are needed so desperately.

Only time will tell, but for now, here’s to escaping average 🤙

P.S. Working on something similar? Know anyone who is? Send us a dm here

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