Our store owner, Joe Clare, has always believed business should foster community, and not just take from the area where it is located. MTSO has a variety of community engagement initiatives, from protesting the proposed cutting of trees on the street, to free gardens, little free libraries and public art.
As well as the mural on the side of the store, the mask sculptures and garden sculptures along the side, there is now a new art initiative housed in this little building that has so much going on! There is now a window gallery (Gallery U) that exhibits art 24/7.
This photo features some of these initiatives, and showing Joe teaching kids to garden and letting them put a little garden soil on his face!