HARLEM — The Harlem Business Alliance will use a three year $700,000 grant to open a Small Business Support Center. The grant will help small businesses with marketing, bid preparation, payroll, budgeting and strategic planning services, per Regina Smith, the group’s executive director.
This was in response to recent local black-owned business closings. including Sherman’s Barbecue, Hue-Man Bookstore, Harlem Lanes, Nectar Wine Bar, Society Coffee, Mobay Uptown and Harlem Vintage.
The new center will also make the Harlem Business Alliance more visible. Using a grant from the Community Economic Development Program from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the alliance will expand into the ground level space at their building at 275 Lenox Ave.
Through a partnership with IncubateNYC, the space will be fully furnished and equipped with Wi-Fi and computers for clients’ use.
34 days to get your Harlem Halloween on and the Ricky’s Pop Up Costume Superstore in the old Hue-Man bookstore space on Frederick Douglass Boulevard is ready for dressing up (although their sign is a little oversized). This year Ricky’s has some competition in the form of Spirit Halloween on 125th between FDB and Adam Clayton Powell.
Does anyone have a preference?
One of Harlem’s last surviving bookstores is closing its doors after 10 years on July 31st.
Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe is located Frederick Douglass Blvd. near W. 125th St. Owner Marva Allen explains that she realized that her current business model could not be sustained in an era of e-books and digital delivery.
Allen plans to continue to sell the Hue-Man inventory online and looks forward to hosting events in the community and hopes to one day return with a new store.
Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center on Amsterdam Ave. near W. 156th St., Deja Vu Book Lounge on Lexington Ave. near E. 110th St. and the newly opened La Casa Azul Bookstore on E. 103rd St. near Lexington Ave. remain the only bookstores uptown. The volunteer-run Word Up Bookstore, initially opened as a temporary shop on Broadway near W. 175th St., was supposed to be around for only a month but has managed to stay open into its second year.
“We were in an obsolete model, and we’re interested in figuring out what the bookstore of the future looks like,” she added, sitting inside the shop that has hosted book signings for President Bill Clinton, author Terry McMillan and Bill Cosby. But she says “We’ll be back,…We’re working on being back.”
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The Power of One has unveiled its holiday-themed campaign: Live. Love. Shop Harlem. “As the holiday season approaches, we are hoping that customers will come to Harlem as they go about their holiday shopping,” says Marva Allen, founder of The Power of One and co-owner of Hue-Man Bookstore. “We have a wealth of restaurants, boutiques, and entertainment establishments in Harlem.” This campaign officially kicks-off on Black Friday, November 26, with more than 50 Harlem-based businesses participating.
To participate in Love. Love. Shop Harlem, purchase The Power of One discount card online or at any of the participating stores for $1. Shoppers should then head to Harlem and visit the 50+ businesses that make up The Power of One. Each of these businesses, with The Power of One card, will afford customers a 10 percent discount anytime, not only during the holidays but throughout the year.