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Cafe DeSales Restores the Commons in Walnut Hills

When MoCA Cafe closed, Sandy Vierling took over this Walnut Hills business with no furniture or equipment, and no cash to pay for anything.  But the locals felt like this was their place because of how Sandy welcomed them as she managed the cafe, so they stepped-up to help get it re-opened when Sandy agreed to buy the place.

Now nearly five years later, Sandy’s hospitality — and unflagging work to connect the diverse neighbors who walk to the cafe — has built a profitable business that has become “the living room” for the neighborhood, providing a hedge against the down-sides of gentrification by deepening the sense of community for long-time neighbors and newcomers alike.

This video tells the story of how Sandy “restored the commons” in Walnut Hills, an old-time business model that can be as good for business as it is for building community.

Highlights from the interview:

The full interview:

 

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