After grocery roof collapses, Brooklyn kids draw up blueprints08/15/2020
Hope is in stock at Breadberry.
A slew of Brooklyn kids are using artistic talent to bring cheer to the Boro Park grocery, known as “kosher Eataly,” after it had to close last month because of a roof collapse.
“It was a devastating blow after we just got through COVID,” said owner Sam Gluck, 34, of the incident. The cause is still unknown.
After he broke the bad news to employee Aziza Mirtalipova, she recalled, “I started telling my husband, ‘We need permits and blueprints to rebuild and who knows how long that will take?’”
Little did she know that her 12-year-old daughter, Kamila, was listening. “A little while later, she came to me with ‘blueprints’ for the store,” said the mom.
Mirtalipova showed it to Gluck, who hung the drawing in the shuttered market’s front window. Days later, other kids started showing up with their own drawings.
“There were so many that we set up a mailbox outside the store for kids to drop off their drawings,” said Gluck. “Before we knew it, the mailbox was full.”
Now, the window of the store, which does not yet have a reopening date, is covered with more than 100 sketches.
“Instead of a sad tarp, we were able to fill it up with life and imagination,” said Gluck.
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