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A downtown business is now a Lego set

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Since their debut in Denmark in the 1930s, those adorable and flexible plastic bricks known as LEGOs have been used to build miniature models of some of the world’s greatest landmarks, including the Taj Mahal, Disney’s Cinderella Castle, and The White House. And now, a Brooksville business has been immortalized via its own LEGO set!

Through a special fundraising project, Brooksville Main Street offers an exclusive, custom-made Easy Street Home Decor LEGO set, available only to those who donate $100 or more to Brooksville Main Street, a non-profit organization devoted to revitalizing and beautifying Brooksville.
“This is a limited edition set,” said Natalie Kahler, executive director of Brooksville Main Street. “Only 100 kits are available.”

Kahler and her team at Brooksville Main Street conceptualized the LEGO project as a fun way to offer a token of gratitude to those generous donors who support this valued community organization. “This is a way to say thank you for the donation,” said Kahler. “Fundraisers such as this one support many of the services that Brooksville Main Street provides area businesses, helping them get set up. We support business owners and conduct surveys to assess their needs, and work to improve the community, such as through our art installations and park projects.”

Produced in cooperation with Brick Loot, a company known for its custom-designed LEGO sets, this 4 x 4 inch, 100-piece kit was created in about eight weeks, as inspired by aerial photographs of Easy Street provided by Kahler. It is in every way a collectible symbol of life in Brooksville.
“Easy Street is a landmark business and a great source of support for our community,” said Kahler. “Clovis Dean Rusk’s mural ‘This is Not a Mandarin,’ a popular work of art from the Brooksville Main Street Mobile Mural program, is represented on one wall, as is a mermaid figurine, to represent our Florida Mermaid Trail project.”

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The Easy Street LEGO set is a standing miniature facsimile of the signature storefront, interior, inventory, and decorative accents that distinguish this business, which has been a fixture of the Brooksville business scene since 2004. Dana Reuter became the sole proprietor in 2008 and served many years until her retirement from the shop, which offers unique items from around the world discovered at local auctions and estate sales and resells vintage furniture, home decor, housewares, and much more.

Current Easy Street Owner Bob Angier is thrilled that his business has been selected as the inaugural Brooksville Main Street LEGO model, which, depending on the success of this fundraiser, could inspire the creation of additional LEGO models molded in the likeness of other Brooksville businesses.

“Brooksville Main Street is a wonderful organization that, with this project, is doing something wonderful for the community. When Natalie came to me with the idea, I said, ‘Anything I can do to help,'” said Angier. “This kit can appeal to people of all ages. I want everyone to have a chance to see it. And, someday, I want to have one here in the store.”

Donate to Brooksville Main Street here: www.welovebvl.org/donate

Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey is a features journalist and author who is the winner of Florida Press Association honors and a certificate of appreciation from LINCS (Family Support Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force) and Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center for her newspaper coverage of these issues. She graduated cum laude from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., with a journalism major and English/sociology minor, and previously wrote for publications that include the Pasco editions of The Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. A native of Indiana, she lives in Florida.
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