Deirdre Kane and Dora Walmsley are two Pittsburghers who have a dream — one they share with many of their Upper Lawrenceville neighbors — to open a fresh retail corner store offering grocery staples, prepared foods, and bulk items (like grains and rice). They also envision the 52nd Street Market being a community meeting place — a space where neighbors can come together for a cup of coffee and conversation. The women are more than just dreamers — they have a combined 25 years of restaurant industry and food service experience between them, including working at the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank so there is an understanding of food insecurity and equitable access to food. They also have a building owner who is working with them, as well having many professional mentors, and have surveyed their community.
Unfortunately too many neighborhoods don’t have an amenity like access to fresh, healthy food which is what the 52nd Street Market will make available. They will also be contributing to the local economy, providing jobs, and making their neighborhood a better, more desirable place to live.
Deirdre and Dora have created the following short video to further explain both the need for the store and the benefits it will bring to the Upper Lawrenceville community. What they need from you is a donation of any amount to help with things like start-up inventory, equipment, and an additional cooler to store deli meats (a must have as expressed by over 100 residents). Please view the video and then go to their fundraising page here now – there’s only two days left for this campaign. Help the revitalization of Lawrencevile move onward and upward!