10 December 2008

Look Down


Want to know what business you're dealing with in Little Italy? Look down.

Perhaps nowhere else in the City is there a greater concentration of tiled doorsteps, spelling out the names of the stores you're about to enter, than the block of Grand Street between Mulberry and Mott. It's a nice tradition, one in which the merchant illustrates their pride in their trade, while simultaneously beautifying the space outside his shop. Too bad it's passed out of use.



2 comments:

Wilfrid said...

Beautiful. You can see this feature outside a number of businesses in London's Chinatown - on Gerrard Street, for example. Usually former Italian or French businesses.

Bonnie said...

Absoultely gorgeous. Makes me proud to be part Italian!