Community art project in Easton aims to dot Easton’s business landscape with hearts

EASTON, Pa. – There’s always something creative happening at Mercantile Home in Easton.

“85% of the stuff here we make right here in our studio,” said co-owner Ron Morris.

But there’s one project the staff is hoping everyone in the community will want to get in on.

“We are cutting hearts for the Love Easton Project,” said Mercantile Home employee Amy Fritch. “One for every resident in Easton.”

“We’re asking everyone in the community to do this. So we have schools doing it. We have people throwing heart-making parties, businesses are doing it in their businesses,” said Morris.

Morris says they need everyone involved because it’s a lofty, but loveable, mission.

The goal is to dot Easton’s business landscape with hearts.

The community art project is a collaboration with the Easton Main Street Initiative and Easton Business Association. And so far it’s off to a great start.

“We set up a heart-making station and they just got right to it,” said Valerie Simmons, owner of Bodacious Hair and Body on Easton’s south side.

The salon is among those leading the way with a little help from customers and neighbors.

Outside the salon the lawn is festooned with hearts and the word “love.”

“It’s been going on maybe three days and we are over 1,000 hearts already,” said Simmons.

The project even has its own website, where local cupids can add their hearts to the tally.

“Sort of like a big love letter to Easton,” said Morris.

The Love Easton project started on Jan. 9 and will wrap up March 9.

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