On a recent sunny day we headed down to St. Johns for old-school pastries (French cream horn anyone?) and to talk to the local shop owners along its main street, N. Lombard. Amidst the throng of locals and new arrivals, we found a host of family-owned businesses interspersed with funky shops and cafes started up by the current influx of young and old alike. There is an overwhelming sense of a close-knit community and camaraderie between the business owners, and the unique character of this...

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