ShareHouse is staffed by students and volunteers--and has one paid employee, manager Jim Daratony, an energetic, smiling presence with a lively sense of humor. He's responsible for the disgusting plate of stale-looking chocolate candy at the cash register bearing a Post-it note that says "Please Do Not Eat the Candy." Its proximity to a spilled cup of coffee makes it even more unappetizing.
"Then why do you put it out here, if you can't eat it?" a querulous customer asks--probably not the first to be taken aback. Daratony invites the customer to take a closer look at the display--like the coffee, it's plastic. "We had to put the sign up," he explains. "People just kept trying to pick it up."
ShareHouse, 5161 Jackson Rd. 222-0876. Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed Sun. www.cmsaa.org/sharehouse.html
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[Originally published in February, 2010.]