Social enterprise, with a twist
Nadja Sayej interviewed me some time ago about TheStoreFront Community and today her article appears in The Globe and Mail.
…Unlike most businesses, the StoreFront is a social enterprise – a community-driven business model that would rather see its neighbourhood shine than rake in the big bucks. The window reflects that: The mask and flowers are from the recent Night of Dread parade; the photos are winter shots of Dufferin Park in the 1920s.”It’s a blog,” says Himy Syed, a self-proclaimed “Torontopreneur” who uses the space, “showing what’s going on in the neighbourhood right now.”
The StoreFront’s director, Ghazaleh Etezal, 22, explains. “It’s not a non-profit and it’s not an organization,” she says. “It’s an open rental space and network hub dedicated to building community in whatever form. I want to get people together.”
The StoreFront has been a hit at hosting creative events. The garrulous Ms. Etezal led a graffiti walk through colourful alleyways on Sept. 20; just this Monday hosted an Alchemy Art Jam, during which garbage, broken telephones and iPods were tweaked into art….
You can read the rest of Nadja’s complete article here: Social enterprise, with a twist .