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Neighborhood shops don’t just provide goods and services: They can also become valuable support structures within creative communities.

In our special section on Community Entrepreneurs, we focus on makers, store owners, food enthusiasts, do-gooders, connectors, online communities, renters, lenders and educators who build and strengthen communities while making excellent goods and services.

This Open Space Yashar Nijati provides a storefront and economic opportunities to forward-thinking small businesses. Equal parts pop-up shop, matchmaker and publicist, This Open Space is a rotating shop front in Vancouver, BC, that serves as a rolodex for fresh local ideas. Founder Yashar Nijati gives a voice to many small-business owners who can’t afford their own brick-and-mortar stores and provides a venue for eclectic short-term art ventures. More than 70 different projects have taken over the space

  • Words:
    Taraneh Jerven and Georgia Frances King
  • Illustration:
    Sarah Maycock

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  • Words:
    Taraneh Jerven and Georgia Frances King
  • Illustration:
    Sarah Maycock
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