Pop-up shops and art galleries will transform Granby Street north of Brambleton Avenue into a lively district this weekend.
At the end of what’s called Better Block, everything comes down with the hope that visitors will miss the excitement so much, they’ll want it back permanently.
A group of artists and young professionals is planning to stay. They want to use the space at 806 Granby St., previously Quality Furniture Co., for art studios called Alchemy NFK.
They’ll display art and host skateboard demonstrations during the Better Block Project this weekend, when the public is invited to see what this block on Granby might look like if it were an arts district.
Careyann Weinberg, 30, operations manager at Grow, a digital advertising agency in Norfolk, is helping lead plans to turn 806 Granby into a cooperative.
“Having a good art scene – it’s good for the community. It kind of brings people out and about,” she said. “There’s a group of us that is willing to put forward everything we can to make it happen.”
Led by Dallas-based consultant Better Block, about 130 volunteers began work Tuesday in preparation for Friday and Saturday, when Granby from Olney Road to Addison Street will become a strip that’s easy to walk and bike, with outdoor cafe seating and live music.
At 806 Granby on Wednesday, artists worked on projects, cleaned the front windows and brought art into the building.
For its third annual appearance, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Pop-Up Garden will be bigger, bolder, “Brilliant!” – and on Broad Street.
Washington Square West residents – a few of them, at least – got a sneak preview of this year’s Avenue of the Arts garden when PHS officials gave a public presentation at a specially called meeting of theWashington Square West Civic Association Zoning Committee April 2 in Dorrance Hamilton Hall at Thomas Jefferson University.
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