Taste of the Bronx Pop-Up Market Comes to Fordham Plaza, Aug. 2nd!

If you’ve been paying attention, you already know that Taste of the Bronx Pop-Up Market has been making its way across the borough each month since February offering up some of the best of what the Bronx entrepreneurs have to offer – bath/body products, jewelry, candles, apparel, food, and more.

Tomorrow, August 2nd, from 4-9 pm,  the market comes to Fordham Plaza featuring over 20 Bronx-based businesses and performances from Uptown Vinyl Supreme.

In addition to the markets, Taste of the Bronx also has a quarterly subscription box with a seasonal theme containing Bronx-focused items. The selected products must meet the standards of the Taste of the Bronx Seal of Quality in order to qualify.

Visit Taste of the Bronx for more info and stop by the market on Friday to support!

3 Places to Buy Groceries Online Instead of Fresh Direct

Yesterday was the ribbon-cutting for the new Fresh Direct facility down in Port Morris despite protests from community members regarding environmental and health in an area already plagued by high asthma rates. Never mind the fact that Fresh Direct only delivered to Riverdale prior to this deal, despite having to drive through out borough to deliver to Westchester from their location in Queens. South Bronx Unite, who has been fighting against this since Day 1, has all of the details of why the opening of this facility is bad for the borough. Welcome2theBronx also wrote up an excellent article about the opening yesterday.

But Lisa, isn’t the Bronx a food desert? What about #Not62? Don’t we deserve access to fresh groceries?

100% We absolutely do. But we can’t allow businesses and the politicians who support them to ignore the legitimate concerns of the community by using outdated environmental reports and disregarding the health risks that will be exacerbated by the additional traffic.

But Lisa, I hate grocery shopping. I just want to order online and have it be done with. 

Word. Me too. Have you lugged a grandma cart and reusable bag filled to the brim with groceries a half hour on the bus because the supermarkets closest to you are absolute garbage? (Here’s looking at you, Met) I have and it’s awful, so allow me to show you some other places you can order from.

  1. Peapod

Run by Stop & Shop, you have access to their Nature’s Promise brand which offers an array of organic goods. True story: once, I was throwing a party at my place and didn’t have time to go shopping beforehand (because of my poor time management skills) and I just plugged everything in online and schedule my delivery for that morning at 7 am and my grocery shopping was done and I wasn’t even out of my pajamas yet.

2.  Shoprite 

 

A new Shoprite opened up recently in Bruckner Plaza. Bronx Mama did a write up on it and it looks absolutely amazing. (Adulthood is being excited about how cool a supermarket is, right?)  If like me, it’s too far to get to in person, you’re in luck. You can order from them online. Shoprite stays having sales, so you’re bound to save some coins while you’re at it.

3. Jet

The best mango I ever had was sent to me by Jet. It was amazing. I still think about it to this day. The cool thing about Jet is that they deliver your groceries in these insulated cooler type things so your groceries are just as cold as if you had gotten them yourself (unless you’re taking that half hour bus ride). I’ll be honest that I don’t like being stuck with the insulating material, so it’s the least environmentally friendly of these options (but you know, probably still better than diesel trucks driving through your neighborhood). You can also buy an abundance of other things like clothing and household items from them.

Honorable mentions: 

For groceries that aren’t produce.

Boxed – like Costco or BJ’s except without the membership fees.

Thrive Market – Like WholeFoods except with a membership fee.

It’s worth noting that it’s farmers’ market season, so stop by one and support some local farmers. Or you can check out a CSA, which I am a member of and the quality is unparalleled.

Also worth noting is that this is not a sponsored post. I just want us to make informed decisions that are in our best interest. We should be holding our elected officials accountable when they rally for these companies, while choosing to ignore or disregard serious issues raised by our communities.

 

Shopping the New Marshalls on Third Ave

Last week, Marshall’s joined the bustling shopping district in The Hub. You know Marshalls as the store where you can find absolutely anything and this location is no exception. Because Marshalls offers designer, brand name items at great prices, you can walk out of the store like a baller without breaking the bank. Of course, the best part is that every time you shop at Marshalls, you’ll find something new each time.

I’ve been in some serious need for some retail therapy, so I excited to see what was in store (pun not intended). My first stop was the clothing section where I found some really great workout clothes because it’s not so bad to convince yourself to go to the gym when you look cute! I also snagged some designer sunglasses which came at the perfect time since my favorite ones sadly broke last week.

My favorite find was a pair of black wedges originally priced at $52, but I got them at the Marshalls price of $34.99. I’ll be donning them to a wedding I’m going to this weekend and I’m sure they’ll be in rotation all summer long.

While this location isn’t as big as some of the other Marshalls here in the Bronx, it’s really easy to find each section and the staff was incredibly friendly and helpful.

Be sure to visit soon and comment below with your #MarshallsSurprise.

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. While I have been provided with compensation for this post, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

Let Interchangeable Boutique Help You Update Your Wardrobe Just in Time for Summer

Not so secret confession: I am super cheap. I hate spending money on things and when I do, there’d better be a sale or coupon I can use. (The money I save goes towards traveling! So that’s not a bad trade off, right?)  However, my frugality does come at a price- pun not intended, I promise. I wear things until they have a holes in them, and even then I might just keep wearing it. Now that I’m writing this, I realize how horrible that sounds.

Thankfully, Interchangeble Boutique is here to save the day. Next Sunday, June 4 from 3-7 pm at Mott Haven Bar and Grill, they’ll host a pop up shop where you can exchange some of your new or like new clothing for some new to you items.

Check out how it works below:

1. You bring in the clothing, shoes, and accessories you no longer use in new or like new condition, freshly laundered and that are in style.
2. We price the clothing you bring which then becomes a credit.
3. You shop and pay for your purchase with a portion of the credit you received and the other portion in cash or credit card.
Also, if you mention that you heard about the pop up shop here on The Bronx Socialite, you’ll get 10% off!
Here’s to looking mad cute this summer 😉
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Bronx Native Pop Up Shop 4/22/17

Streetwear brand Bronx Native will be hosting a pop up shop tomorrow, April 22 from 3-5 pm.

 Bronx Native is a brand that embodies what The Bronx truly is. Our borough is strong, beautiful and ambitious and we intend to expose that by highlighting and embracing our home through apparel, art and media. The Bronx has been stereotyped and under rated for far too long. We are showcasing The Bronx’s culture ,history and people through our clothing. Through Bronx Native we are trying to help our community prosper and move forward, we use our art to express our pride as Bronx Natives. Using different mediums like design, film and photography we help our people and put The Bronx on the map. Our goal is to make a positive impact in The BX and show everyone what our home is really about.

They also have a really dope Instagram account. Be sure to check them out tomorrow!

 

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New Blog Feature – EVERY* Single Place Ever Featured on The Bronx Socialite All on One Map!

To be entirely honest, I have been trying my best to remain a hermit this entire month. I don’t mind the cold but I hate frigid weather and sought solace in Netflix and my couch for the most part. My bad.

But, I figured I didn’t have to leave the house necessarily to be productive, so I started to get to work on a map I’ve had in the back of my mind for a while now. It’s a map of every single place that’s been featured on the blog since I started it back in April 2011. Well, almost every place. See, some places have closed (R.I.P. Z’novia & PeaceLove!) and thus, are not featured on the map.

I’ve also broken it down into categories so you can browse a bit easier -art and music, food and drink, shopping, etc.

It was really helpful in showing me where I’ve been ( a lot of places!) and where I still need to venture. I haven’t shown Hunts Point much love and Wakefield hasn’t gotten any either. (Not that I haven’t ventured to these neighborhoods, I for some reason haven’t posted about my adventures there!)

So let me know in the comments or on Twitter or Facebook, where I should visit!

BJ’s Riverdale Review & Giveaway!

Before we begin, maybe you’re like “BJ’s? Lisa, didn’t your last two posts talk about supporting small businesses and sticking it to the man?!” Yeah, totally. Absolutely. And you should definitely support all of our Bronx small businesses, but I do have a bone to pick with some of them, we’ll get to that in a second.

Because I spent the past couple of months seeking out small businesses and feeling very cheerleader-y for them, I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical when I was invited to tour the new BJ’s in Riverdale. A big box corporation? I don’t know about this. However, I’m happy to report that I was wrong.

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As someone who lives in an apartment alone, I thought getting a membership to a wholesale club was a waste of money and space. (Seriously, one of those 6 packs of paper towels lasts me forever.) It’s not that I never buy in bulk and certainly not that I don’t like saving money, but it’s bad enough that I take the bus almost 30 minutes from my house to Aldi so I can buy organic food at a reasonable price (and then drag it back on the bus in my cart.)

My biggest issue with the local bodegas and supermarkets near me in Bedford Park is the lack of affordable, healthy food. (I’m looking at you, Met on 198th!) Whether the price is jacked way up or the produce is going to go bad in a couple of days, it can be a difficult task to eat healthy here. The Norwood CSA saves me in the summer, but it can be a lot of food for one person and I don’t sign up for the winter share.

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This is where BJ’s won me over. They have a massive, open space dedicated to fresh produce, meats, and cheeses. I was happy to learn that they partner with local farms in their farm to club partnership and even happier to see that some of their prices even beat Aldi. They have a wide variety of produce as well including varieties of potatoes and greens. There are also plenty of non-bulk items that are super affordable, but won’t take up an extra closet in your apartment.

Other cool things I learned on the tour: of the 180 jobs the club has, about 75% of them went to Bronxites, BJ’s donates to local nonprofits when they open a new club, AND they accept manufacturer’s coupons. So, if I’m going tell you about a corporation, let it be one that hooks us up with some nice perks!

Though it’ll still be a bus ride over to BJ’s, at least I’ll be saving more money while I’m at it.

Plus, BJ’s has kindly decided to give one lucky reader a chance to check out the savings for themselves. Yes, it’s time for a giveaway! One of you will win a $50 gift card to BJ’s. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Follow me on Instagram, Twitter, or like The Bronx Socialite on Facebook.
  2. Leave a brief comment on what you’d use your BJ’s gift card for. Each comment grants you one entry.
  3. Winner will be chosen Saturday, January 23, 2016!
  4. Good luck!

 

 

What I Learned from Only Shopping at Local Bronx Businesses for the Holidays

Taking on the Bronx Holiday Shopping Challenge was just that, challenging. I travelled all over the borough and had to do a good deal of research, but overall I learned a lot. Specifically, that while shopping local can be a little stressful because many businesses do not have a strong online presence and much of your shopping is done by going there in person, I had really great conversations and interactions with local business owners. They even came with special touches, like free gift wrapping (far better than I could ever do!), discounts, and freebies.

It was a challenge to be open-minded and to sometimes think outside of the box if I couldn’t find exactly what I had in mind. Case in point, I wanted to find a nice terrycloth bathrobe for the fiancee, but apparently, we just don’t do those lol. We do flannel and super soft cotton, but, no, not terry cloth. So, I opted for accessories for his fancy camera. The robe will have to wait until his birthday next month. 🙂

Full List:

UFO Necklace, Zen Lunatic

Peppa Pig Beanie Babies with free key chain, Castle Hill Toys & Games

Burgundy Sweater, Adja’s Boutique

Coquito, Port Morris Distillery

Tirado Moonshine, Tirado Distillery via  Wine and Liquor Super Store (Side note: This place always has tastings, which is amazing!)

Two pairs of girls’ Pajama Pants, Brand Names for Less (which has the look and feel of a 99 cent store, which I wanted to avoid. BUT, they did have many brand name clothing items such as Vince Camuto, Calvin Klein, etc. Some items were priced as high as $80, so decidedly not a discount store in the traditional sense.)

Two pairs of earrings from Paper Crane Heart via Bronx Museum Holiday Market

The Last Puerto Rican Indian by Bobby Gonzalez, Bronx Museum Gift Shop

Tea kettle, Cee & Cee Department Store

Word Search book, Cee & Cee Department Store

The Big Snow and Other Stories Wave Hill Gift Shop (Signed up for my IDNYC membership while I was here. The staff was so wonderful and friendly. Plus, they were having a members only holiday sale with 20% off gift shop items!)

Conch earrings, Native Tec via Bronx Museum Holiday Market

NYC Taxi Driver Calendar via Bronx Museum Holiday Market (The perfect gag gift!)

Morris Perk Bronx blend coffee, Morris Perk via Bronx Museum Holiday Market

Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzels, The Chocolate Place

 

 

 

Bronx Museum Holiday Market THIS WEEKEND Dec. 12-13

Remember when I announced my Bronx Holiday Shopping Challenge and mentioned the Bronx Musuem’s upcoming holiday market? (If you don’t, that’s okay, catch up right here.) The market is a great way to support local businesses and organizations and put money back into our communities this holiday season. Read below for the details and list of vendors – one of which is my fiancee, Native Tec. 🙂

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Saturday, December 12 & Sunday, December 1311:00am to 6:00pm

Bronx Museum Holiday Market Weekend

Shop local this Holiday Season! In collaboration with FromTheBronx.com, The South Bronx Farmer’s Market, THE POINT, and The Bronx Beer Hall, the Bronx Museum welcomes more than 25 local artists, artisans, farmers, bakers, brewers, and more for a holiday market that is not to be missed! Enjoy exhibition tours, art-making activities and music throughout the weekend. Read more >
Free admission

Vendors include:

Aficionado Arts/THE POINT Native Tec
Bear Hand Creations Niizeki Hiromi
Bronx Beer Hall NYC Taxi Drivers Calendar
Bronx Chicks *Paper*Crane*Heart*
Calcutta Kitchens Port Morris Distillery
Daniel Hauben / Bronx Artist Documentary Project Resourceful Design
Dennis Redmoon Darkeem South Bronx Farmer’s Market
Ellude’s Special Mama
FromtheBronx.com Spizane
Humble Trees Taylor Made Creations for All Occasions, Inc.
Jaynine Taylor Uptown Roasters
Lady K Fever White Pine Community Farm
Lucia Hernandez Youniquely Created, Inc.
Morris Perk And more!

 

#BxMAHolidayMarket

 

 

 

The Bronx Holiday Shopping Challenge!

Thanksgiving is just barely over and here we are already rushing to think about the holiday season. I literally just took down my Halloween decorations yesterday. I would’ve left them up, but having sugar skulls plastered on my window in November, just came across as kinda creepy.

This year, I started to think a lot about the original mission of this blog — to highlight our borough’s hidden gems and encourage Bronxites to have pride in their borough. I get a lot of PR emails about this event and that product, some of it is really cool, but I had to make a decision. Let me preface this by saying that I have a problem, I am super cheap, I LOVE free things. I always have. So, it’s really hard to say no to a free dinner and open bar somewhere in Brooklyn (hiss! boo!) or to try out some free product from some company that has absolutely nothing to do with the Bronx. But, I saw myself starting to drift away from my original mission and realized I needed to refocus. Get back to basics.

To really do this and put my money where my mouth is, so to speak, I decided that this holiday season, I’m going to shop local. Like really, truly, local. Not “Hey, I shopped at the Target in Throggs Neck, all my holiday shopping is done!” (Although, who doesn’t love Target? )

So here are the parameters:

  1. I must buy from a local, independent business.
  2. Holiday fairs are acceptable, so is Etsy.
  3. The goal is to buy for everyone on my list, which right now is at 15, though, I am probably forgetting some people.

Small Business Saturday is tomorrow and the Bronx Museum’s Holiday Fair is December 12 & 13th so I’m going to start with those and see how I go. I’ll do an update after the fair to keep you guys abreast of my progress. Please feel free to leave suggestions in the comments or on Twitter or Facebook.