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Save Our Store: An S.O.S Heard in Joel Bloom Square

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Friday, June 06, 2008, at 12:04PM
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After the passing of its founder, business at Blooms General Store has been slow. New management is determined it get it back on its feet and continue to serve the Arts District.

For the last two weeks Bloom’s General Store has been under management by employee Jonathon Carter Schall. The shelves have slowly been restocked and the small Traction and Hewitt store is beginning to return to its place as an anchor of the Arts District.

It almost has to.

You can’t have Joel Bloom Square without its original outpost.

With some help by the neighborhood, Lilli Muller and CD9’s Jan Perry, a block party is being planned to be held in Joel Bloom Square. Proceeds will go to the neighborhood general store. The S.O.S is tentatively dated for mid July, close to the anniversary of last years memorial service.

It may seem unusual to harness so much neighborhood spirit for a small general store, but only if you didn't know Bloom and his neighborhood advocacy.

Bloom either lead or participated in bringing the community a DASH line, street lights, trees, and the process of naming the industrial area east of Alameda the Arts District.

Councilwoman Jan Perry, who arranged for the naming of Joel Bloom Square before he passed away, notes the importance of the general store and its founder in the growth of the city. She will be supporting the S.O.S., noting that “Joel was a forceful neighborhood executor. And besides, it will be just fun.”

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