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.


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!