There is no doubt that North Park is one of the liveliest areas in San Diego. Its eclectic mix of businesses attracts locals and tourists alike.
“It seems like this is a very diverse neighborhood and everyone gets along well,” said John Paul Boomer, owner of Pretzels and Pints.
Boomer moved to the neighborhood in 2016.
“[By] Owning a bar here, I see people interacting who wouldn’t normally interact, ”Boomer said. “They buy each other rides, laugh, and it’s just a very loving, friendly, kind atmosphere.”
It was this sense of inclusion that Boomer said attracted him. Now, along with dozens of other local businesses, he’s participating in a campaign to make sure everyone who visits North Park feels included.
“With pride mounting, we wanted a way to let people know that North Park is a place where everyone can feel welcomed, empowered to speak for themselves,” said Angela Landsberg, Executive Director of North Park Main Street , a non-profit organization that manages businesses. in the zone.
Recently, North Park Main Street launched a campaign to encourage local businesses and neighborhood organizations to commit to increasing inclusion.
“I think it makes people feel heard, recognized, special,” said Geraldine Ridaura, owner of Holy Matcha.
Ridaura offers pride-inspired matcha tea in its shop. Other stores involved will carry offers such as free items with purchase, pride-themed clothing, and freebies throughout the month.
But Landsberg said the initiative goes beyond pride month.
“This is not a campaign to put a rainbow on your window and call it a day,” Landsberg said. “We will change the way things are done in our organization and hopefully in doing so, inspire the way other people run their operations as well.”
Push for inclusiveness and equality throughout the year.