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    (New Haven, CT) The latest Project Storefront entrepreneur will be artist Sara Scranton. Her Project Storefront company, Lipgloss Crisis, will fuse her “love of art and love of New Haven” and be a combination art gallery, event space and retail shop that will feature local and handmade goods as well as offer a range of workshops including basic photography, belly dancing and puppet making.

    Tonight’s (Friday, June 7th) “On 9” will feature a free preview of Scranton’s Project Storefront -- along with live jazz and light refreshments and will take place at the Project Storefront location at 756 Chapel Street from 5 to 8 pm. The grand opening of Scranton’s Project Storefront will be on June 15th at 6 pm and will run through September. After the grand opening, regular hours of operation will be Wednesday through Sunday 11am to 4pm, Saturday 11am-6pm.

    Project Storefronts, now in its third year of operation, is an award-winning, innovative program that combines arts and creativity with entrepreneurship and economic development. The goal of Project Storefronts is to support the city’s creative community by providing entrepreneurial minded artists with the space and resources needed to test the marketing viability of their business ideas. Turning empty storefronts into active spaces also helps drive foot traffic into underutilized areas and drive people to nearby businesses, helping to get the vacant space permanently rented.

    Project Storefronts is one component of the 9th Square Innovation District, which is also home to the co-working spaces The Grove and The Bourse and Make Haven, which bills itself as a gathering place and workshop space for creators, tinkerers and dreamers. On the first Friday of each month, the 9th Square hosts an “On 9” event that features special pricing on events at restaurants, art galleries and shops. For a full listing of this tonight’s On 9 events, go here

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