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It seemed challenging for neighbours within the Milano building in the West End to meet each other and have an opportunity to develop community. Applying for a small grant, the hope was to create a venue and invite neighbours to get to know one another over a very low-key, casual time that included snacks.
The first Sip ‘N Schmooze was held within the Marquis store immediately behind the building during August. The second event was a coffee & donut morning downstairs in the main lobby of the Milano building during October.
Both venues provided a chance for individuals – including owners and renters – to get to know one another and meet their neighbours. There was a lot of appreciation expressed for two events, especially since free food was a part of them! There was also a side benefit as neighbours were invited to give input to the courtyard upgrade project currently underway.
Although the general response and interest was positive, having individuals commit to coming was difficult.
There seems to be more people interested