Businesses Creating a Sense of Community

The Edina Showroom is located in an amazing shopping area that includes The Galleria, Southdale Mall and various businesses all along France Avenue. The Edina City Council has been trying to promote a more community-oriented feeling in this part of the city, especially since there are new apartment and condo complexes all around us. Byerly’s, an upscale grocery store, moved its store closer to the road and set up lovely spaces for relaxing and enjoying outdoor dining.

There are sidewalks now and pedestrian traffic is being encouraged. I have noticed more bicyclists since bike lanes have been created along with skate boarders and roller skaters along the walkways up and down our street.

The businesses around us are sponsoring a stroll and meet event in a couple of weeks to promote the businesses and encourage foot and bike traffic. We’ll be showcasing a balloon demonstration and offering snacks and beverages for the public. We are currently trying to secure a stilts walker to attract attention in our parking lot.

Every store will be offering something enticing to draw neighbors to the event to help us celebrate. There is Centennial Lakes just south of us where there will be a band and water events as well. The whole idea is to create a sense of community and connection.