Amid the market shock of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic, Kankakee County’s small business community continues to innovate in a push toward recovery. Downtown Kankakee’s Happy Monday Coffee Roasters and local attorney and civic leader Dave Baron launched a creative collaboration March 23 that brings together the craft roaster’s custom Chiapas blend with Baron’s local mapping art.
While timing of the launch was under some debate – given the State of Illinois’ two week shelter in place order – ultimately the team determined that the project’s message of unity, perseverance and place-making was actually quite timely. Noted Baron of the initiative:
“These maps are about community – the roads that connect us, the neighborhoods and the history behind them, the river that sustains us.
“Community is going to become much more important in the coming weeks. That’s particularly so at the local level … Whether we can come together is going to have a big impact on how we get through this, how quickly we rebuild and what we build next.”
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Available: Berkot’s Super Foods and online at happymondaycoffee.com
The Economic Alliance of Kankakee County is a 501c6 public/private partnership tasked with retaining industry within and recruiting industry to the Greater Chicago community of Kankakee County, Illinois. Kankakee County – which shares boundaries with the Kankakee Metropolitan Statistical Area – was ranked #1 in the Midwest for 5-year Growth by Area Development magazine in its Q4 2019 “Leading Metro Locations” index.