Living in a metropolitan city can sometimes feel like a small spec in a vast sandbox. It is the melting pot of entrepreneurship and corporate ladder climbers scurrying past each other to get to their destination. Growing up in a small town can initially feel overwhelming adjusting to the big city life. Through the experience of culture shock I found ways to make anywhere feel exactly where I am meant to be, wherever home is. I found there are many people in a city that want to feel a sense of community just as I have. I see the reoccurring customers at the same coffee shops, music venues, and movie stores. There are local stores that are "bringing it back home" and opening shop with a style sense of timelessness.
I recently was doing research online and came across an amazing store and story about a man named Steve Kang who opened Black Blue in St.Paul Minnesota. The store opened in 2009 and offers classic, locally made menswear. The apparel commonly has the brand names your grandpa wears with a new twist of sophistication. I was inspired to learn more about Black Blue because of Steve Kang's vision to support his community from the clothing to the wall art. Places like Black Blue are an example of the community that is seen in many big cities; a recognizable smiling face that I look forward to in every experience. People helping people.
Philippians 2:4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others