With our cash in hand, we directed ourselves to the Chicago/Dempster Neighborhood Sidewalk Sale. We were excited to visit our neighborhood businesses, look at the items they have on sale, and see how disability-aware they are.
During the sale our No Boundaries team split up into two small groups and walked up and down Dempster Street and Chicago Avenue. The sun was shining brightly as people walked from table to table exploring the wonders of each merchant. Walking among the people, I noticed there were many cool items, and some caught my eye as potential holiday or birthday gift ideas. There were even some items that caught the eye of people that I was with, and we found ourselves reeled in like a fish on a hook to those tables.
During our stroll around the neighborhood, we went to Secret Treasures Antiques & Collectibles, Finders Keepers Vintage Collectibles, The Mexican Shop, Red 7 Salon, Paramour Bungalow, Hewn, Dragonfly, and Stumble & Relish. There were clothes, jewelry, food and many other interesting items. The staff from each place was very friendly, patient and willing to help. Those particular qualities are what people with disabilities look for in local businesses. Can wheelchairs and walkers get into these places? Yes, because they are all at ground level.
While visiting the businesses, I took some pictures of the merchandise that was on sale. At one of the tables, there was even a wooden coffin for sale. I think the Chicago/Dempster Neighborhood Sidewalk Sale brings people together. It also showed me the wonderful items available at these stores and how disability-aware businesses close to No Boundaries are. What businesses did you visit? Were they disability-aware?
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This blog was written by Adrian, one of our No Boundaries participants. NO BOUNDARIES – Train for Work, Train for Life, a Search, Inc. enterprise, is a “first-of-its-kind” experiential on-land and on-line workplace training center for individuals with disabilities.