Yesterday we went in search of shops that might fit the neighborhood's needs. And remain solvent. So far we came up with these:
What I really like about the coffee and cupcakes cafe is that it provides a place to sit outside in the nice weather (on the sunny south side) but when it rains you can sit inside and watch the world go by from your perch at the coffee bar. There is also a place to lounge and check your email and read the newspapers.
There's also a second storey for offices or flats.
Here's an espresso stand with an annex for socializing in bad weather.
I should probably mention that the day was quite cold so there weren't many people on the street, but lots of people in cafes and the bookstore.
Mom and Pop grocery at a neighborhood scale
Lesson 3: Take shelter from the wind and rain