What I Did This Summer: Using the big boy’s room at the Plaza

July 29, 2010 at 8:09 pm Leave a comment

Hi. My name’s Avery, and I spent this summer interning here at the Plaza District Association writing most of the blog updates on this page, sending emails, and experiencing the small business struggle. A good resume builder, yes, but also quite an unexpected eye-opener.

It’s hard, impossible really, to understand what goes on behind the scenes at nonprofit organizations until you see it for yourself. From the outside, what seems like a bureaucratic stream of systematic reminders and requests is in reality the definition of dedication; a miraculous one-man-show (one-woman-show really) with so much determination it borders on beautiful.

From site design to finances, advertisement to PR, and event organizing to social networking, Kristen Vails is the ultimate nonprofit acrobat. And this is a theme I’ve noticed down here: People working ten times harder than their paycheck would have you believe.

Struggle and stress, hours and hours of menial tasks with countless obstacles; all of which are endured by these small local businesses at the District just to make ends meet – and to see their personal artistic vision come to life on 16th street.

Like I said earlier, to begin to understand the extent to which these people go JUST to have their storefront and a roof over their heads is more than you would like to believe. It’s easy to forget that we live in a world geared towards Walmart, Pier 1, and Baby Gap. It’s only when people get sick of mass-produced garbage that they turn towards local businesses for a taste of the genuine.

Be that as it may, it is this very desire for authenticity that keeps these artists afloat – and the tides ARE indeed turning.The Plaza District is growing. Fast. And it’s all thanks to people like you, Kristen, and all the ass-busting revolutionaries working round the clock for what they love.

So on behalf of the Plaza District and myself, thank you.

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