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I think it is safe to say that the past year has been inundated with a lot of change. We all have felt the COVID pang – from work, travel, and daily socialization. One of the hardest hit areas would be your local small business. In Toronto, small storefronts have been closed for a large portion of the year. Any that have managed to weather this economical storm have done so by learning the art of being adaptable.


This next little segment is talking about my favorite neighborhood café. With the closure of restaurants patrons no longer have the option to sit in the café. Pick-up windows needed to be formed and cold unfriendly barriers were added to keep everyone safe.

This instigated a thought. After a little brainstorming, the owner Dawn Hurley Chapman and I thought how great it would be to see something that sparked happiness. With a little inspiration and painting skills, I was able to come up with a creative solution that took inspiration from the name – Lazy Daisy Cafe. We incorporated a small mural on the interior wall which can be seen from the street, like a fishbowl of daisies. I like to think when you drive down the street it makes you smile. And it shows that we can adapt with style to almost anything that comes our way.