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!

 

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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.

This Saturday – Grand Opening Celebration at Famous Footwear at Mall at Bay Plaza

More stores are opening in the Mall at Bay Plaza just in time for the holiday shopping season! (but remember to support our small businesses, too!) Famous Footwear is one of the latest to open up at the mall and they’re throwing a pretty cool grand opening event.

Read below for information:

To celebrate the openings, both Famous Footwear locations are hosting an all-day grand opening event on December 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shoppers are invited to experience fun activities including:

·       Special in-store promotions every two hours.

·       A local shoe artist customizing shoes for customers from noon to 6 p.m.

·       Drawings every hour from noon to 6 p.m. for a chance to win free shoes.

·       A DJ spinning live music.

“We strive to deliver easy victories to families who are looking for brand names at affordable prices,” continued Ausick. “Our in-store experience will prove you don’t have to compromise style or amazing customer service when shopping for great values.

Famous Footwear is a leading, easy-to-shop footwear destination, featuring brand name merchandise for women, men and children, making it a one-stop-shop for the entire family. Shoppers can access Famous Footwear’s loyalty Rewards program and vast style selection in-store to meet their family’s footwear needs.

Famous Footwear recently launched their new mobile app which gives Rewards members 15 bonus points just for downloading, makes redeeming Rewards points even easier and gives shoppers access to exclusive mobile offers. The Famous Footwear app is available for download today on Google Play and iTunes or simply by texting APP to FAMOUS (326687) to get a mobile link.

Famous Footwear has more than 1,200 stores nationwide as well as an e-commerce site, Famous.com. The chain offers consumers more than 100 nationally recognized brands through its retail stores and website, including Nike, Vans, Converse, Sperry, Skechers, Naturalizer, Steve Madden, madden girl, Franco Sarto, adidas, New Balance, Roxy, Circus by Sam Edelman and Carlos by Carlos Santana. Famous Footwear is also a proud national partner of the March of Dimes.