Thanks shown

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News - Na­dia Budi­hardjo

Cus­tomers at Kens­ing­ton’s hid­den First Av­enue Cafe have dealt out their own sweet treats in a show of com­mu­nity grat­i­tude.

GI­ANT hearts made from notes of grat­i­tude made up the first of a po­ten­tial an­nual com­mu­nity art dis­play on the win­dows of a Kens­ing­ton cafe.

Two card­board hearts with post-it notes re­veal­ing what cus­tomers were thank­ful for were dis­played at First Av­enue cafe in De­cem­ber. Cafe owner Mar­i­lyn Lewis said the hearts would be taken down from the win­dows but she planned for the grat­i­tude notes to be an an­nual thing.

“In that lead-up to Christ­mas, other than fo­cus on the things we don’t have, we shift our fo­cus on what we do have and en­joy to­gether,” she said.

“Once peo­ple started, they got straight into it.

“The most com­mon ones writ­ten were fam­ily, com­mu­nity, pets and na­ture.”

The post-it notes cov­ered both sides of the gi­ant hearts and Ms Lewis said the par­tic­i­pants ranged from chil­dren to a 94-yearold.

First Av­enue cafe opened last Fe­bru­ary af­ter Ms Lewis re­turned to Perth from Mel­bourne.

She said the build­ing had been closed since 1996 and was once a deli.

Her goal was to set up a ‘soul space’ based on com­mu­nity con­nec­tion. She did not pro­mote the cafe on­line.

“I’m not on so­cial me­dia and I wanted to see if peo­ple can con­nect in dif­fer­ent ways,” she said.

“I moved here from Mel­bourne and didn’t know any­one – now I have two full hearts on the win­dows.”

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt

Cafe owner Mar­i­lyn Lewis holds one of the heart boards full of post-it notes about what peo­ple are grate­ful for in their lives.

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