Make Everyday Small Business Saturday at these Bronx Businesses

Since I participated in #BlackoutFriday, I thought about how not spending any money at these mega corporations was great and all, but was really just a short-term solution.

Today being Small Business Saturday, I thought about how much more impact it’d have to simply shop local and support small businesses. To maximize this impact, we need to make a conscious decision to do this. While the opening of the Bay Plaza Mall is great and all, we must remember that small businesses are what give character to our neighborhoods (in addition of course to jobs and being an integral part of our economy) and make them communities.

So, check out this list I compiled of some Bronx small businesses you can support year round:

Bella Bath and Body Boutique –  Organic hair and body products, delicious smelling candles, and oils for your home. Check out the post I wrote on them a while back !

Brew Coffeehouse – Their chai lattes and s’more cookies are to die for! Plus, they carry soy milk which is awesome for the lactose intolerant folks out there like myself.

Whoopies Miniature Desserts – I sampled some of their desserts during Bronx Fashion Week. Delicious and cute!

Conti’s Pastry Shoppe – Serving up handmade pastries and desserts since 1921!

Bronx Baking Co. – You guys, they have bacon pretzels! Among other varieties, of course.

Bronx Beer Hall – Beer. Karaoke.Trivia nights. Awesome food. Awesome crowd. It’s in a food market for christ’s sake! It doesn’t get much better than this.

Gun Hill Brewery – The Bronx’s first brewery in decades. They also host yoga classes

Wonder Lee – Creative and stylish bow ties made from  materials like Legos and comics.

What businesses would you add to this list? Comment below with the links and I’ll add them!

Bronx Hurricane Sandy Efforts

The Bronx seems like the borough the suffered the least amount of damage due to Hurricane Sandy and we should be thankful for that, but also use that to our advantage and help out our fellow New Yorkers. I’ll try to keep this post as up to date as possible as I come across different places for people to donate, volunteer, or generally help out. Please try to call beforehand just in case the information changes before I get a chance to update it!

  • The Bruckner Bar & Grill  was completely flooded during the hurricane (check out the video posted alongside this DNAInfo article). They are trying to raise money to make the necessary repairs to open up again.
  • Brew Coffeehouse  is collecting donations in the forms of baby items, brooms, work gloves, flashlights, and toiletries.
  • Councilman James Vacca’s office will also be a drop-off location, 3040 E Tremont Ave. (718) 931-1721. (via post on Westchester Square-Zerega Improvement Organization’s fb page.)
  • Donations are being accepted at Yankee Stadium, Gate 2 at 164th and Jerome. Check here for their list of suggested items.
  • The Bronx Underground is collecting nonperishable food items at their show this Friday, Nov. 9th.
  • The Bartow-Pell Mansion is hosting a Volunteer Garden Clean-Up Day on Nov. 17 from 10 am – 1 pm to clean up the grounds after Hurricane Sandy and the recent snowstorm. Call 718.885.1461 or email to register. (via Bronx Mama)
  • December 15, 2012 – Park Clean-up at Joyce Kilmer Park (via New York Cares) “Joyce Kilmer Park needs your help with debris removal and overall park clean-up. If you plan to attend this project and have questions, please contact Jennifer Beaugrand at 917.378.4242 or”
  • You can also visit NYC Service for a full database of different opportunities to volunteer.