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Sugarhouse businesses lighten the mood with colorful window paintings

Posted at 1:17 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-25 11:16:21-04

SALT LAKE CITY — In a time when we are practicing social distancing and doing our best to stay at home, some businesses in Salt Lake City's Sugarhouse district are looking for ways to bring people together.

Some of the shops along 1100 East are spreading cheer throughout the community with their window paintings.

The owners of Plumbing Plus, Central Book Exchange and Technique Recovering and Repair say on this block they operate as a family.

“ The feeling I have of gratitude and love for the people around us is really overwhelming so the visual impact hits me like it’s not me you know what I mean like I saw it and I was like 'oh my gosh that is the coolest thing' oh yeah that’s me and Paul and Bob,” said Pam Pedersen who owns Central Book Exchange.

During this time of need, when most people and businesses are just trying to get by, they wanted to do something to make people happy and show that we’re all in this together.

“It’s colorful and just easy to see and you get a good feeling," said Plumbing Plus owner Paul Schaaf. "You know everyone likes to see a rainbow. I think we just want people to drive by and feel good,”

“I think that chance just to step back and feel how important we are to each other it’s kind of priceless right now," added Pedersen.

All three of these shops are currently open but are operating differently in order to comply with stay at home initiatives. They say you can call or visit them online to make purchases, and do curbside pick up.

They hope that everyone who visits or drives by their shops will leave a little happier and they also say they’d encourage more businesses around Sugarhouse to join in and decorate their own store windows.