Here’s why a repair crew was at My Three Little Birds

(Photo sent by Zanna)

Several readers texted/emailed us this morning to ask what happened at My Three Little Birds, the kids-consignment-and-more shop at 4736 California SW in The Junction, after seeing a repair crew there, with boards against the windows. Given the amount of vandalism suffered by businesses in multiple neighborhoods lately, they were worried. So we went over to the store to find out. Turns out that is NOT what happened here. We talked to the crew, who explained that the building’s awning had come down, and that’s what was being cleaned up. Cleanup was wrapping up when we stopped by.

(WSB photo)

Proprietor Jennifer Young wasn’t there when we stopped by; we just talked with her by phone, and she said the awning had been slated for replacement, and there’s no damage to the store, which is open today as usual.

10 Replies to "Here's why a repair crew was at My Three Little Birds"

  • Brian May 9, 2021 (12:18 pm)

    I’m not doubting that it has occurred but it’s strange to reference other businesses being vandalized and not providing hyperlinks to the relevant coverage of that vandalism. Is it just not being covered?   

  • Brayton May 9, 2021 (12:49 pm)

    That awning has been questionable for a long time. Quite fortunate that no one was passing below when it fell. The one over the dry cleaner and Falafel Salam is just as bad looking. 

    • PedroTheLion May 9, 2021 (5:12 pm)

      It didn’t “fall” – it was removed by a three man crew. They started at it with saws around 6:30 this morning. The crew provided some entertainment for those waiting in line at bakery noveau for some Mother’s Day treats. 

  • Three Little Birds May 9, 2021 (8:24 pm)

    It seems the awning had indeed collapsed and had to be removed immediately. It was supposed to be repaired some time ago. I spoke with the owners via email and there was nobody scheduled to remove it today.

  • ACG May 9, 2021 (9:08 pm)

    Love this store!!!

  • Will S. May 10, 2021 (9:50 am)

    I’m with Pedro, having watched an hour’s worth of effort by this 3-man repair wrecking crew. They used two pickup trucks (including one with the cherry-picker, but neither with any license plates) and precious little safety equipment to get the awning off the structure. The cherry-picker bucket was used to press down on the awning from above, and it also was attached by a chain to pull up on the awning’s beams. The force tilted the whole truck so far that I feared it might topple over and fall into the building. With a gas-powered saw, a man standing on the awning cut through the metal rods that had supported the awning from above. So, yeah, eventually the awning collapsed into pieces of wood and sheet metal that fell to the sidewalk. The guy behind me in line said he works in construction, is grateful to be in a union that takes workplace safety seriously, and made a game of counting the OSHA violations. All the while, the crew worked quickly and yelled at each other to get the job done fast. I’m very glad that no one was hurt because I enjoyed the show.

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