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Pop Up Shop program at senior center


CMU students in the Design and Policy for Humanitarian Impact class including (from left) Elisha Desmangles, Palmer D'Orazio and Courtney Lett joined Michelle Lancet (center, right), owner of Spool, at the Allentown Senior Center. Seniors at the center identified their favorite places in the neighborhood and offered their hopes for new businesses.

CMU graduate students partnered Allentown Senior Center and Michelle Lancet, owner of Spool, to pilot an Allentown Local Business Pop-Up Shop program at the Allentown Senior Center.

Through a series of activities at the Senior Center, older adults were able to identify their favorite places in Allentown, offer their wishes for new local businesses and services, and even strategize about how their talents and interests are seen as assets in the community.

Michelle Lancet, owner of Spool, located at 816 E. Warrington Avenue, came to the center to talk to participants about her shop and how they can access her skills and services. Jill Lavella, owner of Amsler's Pharmacy and pharmacist, Dave Leszunov, have also been to the Center to speak with the group.

The hope is that other local business owners will visit Allentown Senior Center to make a personal connection.

The program was created as part of a course offered at CMU titled 'Design and Policy for Humanitarian Impact.'


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