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Planks and Pistils

Planks and Pistils

Drawing Attention to History with Flowers

John Pendleton, Cafe Manager at Entrenuity's Common Cup coffee shop in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, brought a little extra attention to the "Founder of Chicago" on the first day of Black History Month. John installed a beautiful floral swag with a wooden sign that read, "a Black man founded Chicago" on the bronze bust of Jean-Baptiste Pointe du Sable that marks the site of the original du Sable homestead. The bust, by Chicago-born sculptor Erik Blome, drew more attention than usual, thanks to John’s floral installation. Pictures were posted on social media, with one viewer’s photo receiving 9.3k shares! 

When John’s not busy overseeing the team at Common Cup and crafting perfect cups of coffee, he enjoys spending time creating wood and floral designs for his business Planks and Pistils. Check out some of his creations on Instagram.




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