Warren’s a pretty charming town. Two local business owners, however, have an idea to make it even better. Patrick DeSocio of Preppy Pig BBQ and Kate Dickson of the Wooden Midshipman present the Shipshape Challenge, a beautification contest in which business and property owners are encouraged to get creative while working to improve the look, safety and accessibility of neighborhoods and downtown Warren. Participants will have five months to complete projects that will get their properties in “shipshape,” as this challenge runs through October 21.
During the Warren Walkabout (on October 21), a panel of judges will be comparing before and after pictures and making notes on each of the properties. The challenge aims to increase tourism, enhance public relations and create a more business-friendly environment by getting the community to work together.