What do you do when life hands you lemons? Make Lemon AID, of course! While we at East End Main Street are committed to historic preservation, we are powerless to prevent the demolition of some historic buildings. In those cases, we make the best of an unfortunate situation with our LemonAID project. Started in 2008, EEMS partnered with the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority (CURA) in an effort to recycle historic architectural salvage from homes on Washington and Dixie Streets slated for demolition. Some historic items kept out of landfills and used in other buildings across the Kanawha Valley include doors, doorknobs, transoms, baseboards, hardwood flooring, fireplace mantles, bathtubs, porch columns, and much more. We have now held two on-site LemonAID sales and have raised over $5,000 for our design and public art initiatives. LemonAID was the 2009 winner of the City of Charleston’s Cultural Resource Preservation Award. We plan to continue this very successful program on a case-by-case basis.