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Photo Friday: Sarah’s Last Day

Written by admin  • September 19, 2014

Sarah Pallo
After 2.5 years with us, Sarah Pallo is moving on to the next big adventure in her life. We are going to miss this hardworking, passionate and creative young woman immensely! She’s done so much to bring our organization to where we are today and we couldn’t be more thankful for her time with us. Best of luck to you, Sarah!

On the Calendar: Social Entereneurship in Syracuse

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • September 17, 2014

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This Thursday, Northside UP will participate in a panel discussion about social entrepreneurship during the Thursday Morning Roundtable (TMR). Among the panelists are our friends from Catholic Charities, My Lucky Tummy, and the Tech Garden that represent four different models of social enterprise initiatives in our city:

Salt Works: a business that employs Green Train graduates to build artisan furniture from reclaimed materials – a collaboration between Northside UP, the Near West Side Initiative, Syracuse University and Habitat for Humanity.

Project Joseph: a Catholic Charities program that employs their homeless clients to clean and turnover apartments within the CCOC residential programs – creating an income opportunity and positive work history for the hardest to serve residents.

My Lucky Tummy: A pop-up food court business that employs New American chefs to share their native cuisines with the Syracuse market.

UP Start Syracuse: a collaborative business incubation program targeting underserved business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in the Syracuse community. The effort is a partnership between CenterState CEO affiliates, NSUP and the Syracuse Tech Garden; the Small Business Development Center; Cooperative Federal Credit Union; Catholic Charities and others.

TMR is a weekly civic forum sponsored by University College of Syracuse University. To learn more, click here.

Hiring: Community Engagement Manager

Written by admin  • September 15, 2014

Work Train seeks to hire a Community Engagement Manager who can work collaboratively and is comfortable in a dynamic and evolving environment. Check out the Idealist posting for more information.

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UP Start Entrepreneurs at Open Hand Festival

Written by admin  • September 12, 2014

In addition to giant puppets, live music, arts and crafts, and a puppet circus, tomorrow’s International Arts and Puppet Festival offers our UP Start Syracuse entrepreneurs an opportunity to test our their business ideas:

-Curtis Washington will be on site with his food truck, That’s What’s Up, serving savory, kid-friendly snacks.
-Aaron Metthe will be pouring cups of Salt City Coffee and tea, while also selling bags of freshly ground coffee.
-Fesseha Kahsay will lead a free gardening workshop and demonstration for families.
-Hari Bangaley Adhikari will sell a dessert pairing of Puri and Jelabi, a popular street food in his native Bhutan.

We’re very proud of these four and look forward to experiencing their businesses with you tomorrow! And check out the great coverage they received today on Syracuse.com.


Photo Credit: Ethan Backer

Photo Friday: Open Hand’s International Arts and Puppet Festival

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The event is tomorrow! Join in the festivities and read up on the schedule and details on Syracuse.com.

5th Northside Showcase at St. Joseph’s Hospital

Written by admin  • September 11, 2014

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Small, independently owned businesses have been the backbone of the Northside for generations. Supporting these businesses not only benefits our local economy, but strengthens our neighborhood.  The Northside Showcase is a collaboration between the Northside Business Partnership and St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, which aims to promote buying local by encouraging hospital employees to learn more about the rich and diverse business community that is “Just a Walk Away”. On average, over 350 hospital employees attend the event, which will be the fourth showcase hosted by Northside UP.

Today from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, food, fun and giveaways will be available to SJHHC staff as sixteen Northside businesses set up shop inside the hospital. Vendors will display local goods and services, provide helpful business information, and offer free samples. Check out the list of participating vendors:

Cooperative Federal

Small Business Development Center at Onondaga Community College

Open Hand Theater

Thanos Import Market

Syracuse Northeast Community Center

The Laundry Room

Laci’s Tapas Bar

Ra-Lin Discount


Sauro’s Photographic Art Studio

Salt City Coffee

Attilio’s Restaurant & Bar

Adagio Salon

83 & Company


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Global Meets Local at Syracuse Grows Farm-to-Table Benefit Dinner

Written by admin  • September 10, 2014

On September 20th, support Syracuse Grows while feasting on a multicultural meal prepared by the New American chefs of My Lucky Tummy. Produce will be sourced from local growers, including the farm that will host the event, the Salt City Harvest Farm — a Syracuse Grows member farm cultivated by and for New Americans located just 12 miles east of Downtown Syracuse. All proceeds will benefit the network of Syracuse Grows community gardens, including the three we have on the Northside! Tickets can be purchased at http://sg-harvestdinner.eventbrite.com/ and cost $50. Questions? Email  syracusegrows@gmail.com or call (315)443-4890.

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On the Calendar: International Arts & Puppet Festival

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • September 9, 2014

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Last September, Open Hand Theater closed down several blocks of North Salina Street for an international-themed festival, featuring fantastical creatures, storytelling, and art. This year, the 2nd Annual International Arts and Puppet Festival will continue to celebrate family fun with some recurring activities and new features.

A variety of workshops teach children mask-making, juggling, gardening, and arts and craft projects. Performances will include The Stone Cutter, Irish and Bhutanese dancing, Brazilian Percussion Ensemble, and a string quartet. Larger-than-life puppets will mill around the Festival and come together for the puppet parade and circus from 1:45 – 3:00 PM. Throughout the afternoon, the Flat Iron Building will display a variety of canvases as local artists create live paintings.

This year, there will be more food to choose from, including both kid-friendly and international-themed options. My Lucky Tummy will have different entrees from the Bhutan, Somalia, and Cuba. Entrepreneurs from UP Start Syracuse will be with My Lucky Tummy serving up Salt City coffee and teas, Bhutanese desserts, and savory snacks from the That’s What’s Up food truck.

The International Arts & Puppet Festival is free and open to the public. For a full list of the day’s schedule, click here. We hope to see you there!

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Vote for the Northside!

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • September 8, 2014


We’re thrilled to see a handful of Northside entities in the running for the “Best of Syracuse.”


Dominick’s Neighborhood Market for Best Neighborhood Market

Hairanoia for Best Salon

Vinomania for Best Liquor Store

Asti Caffe for best Italian Restaurant

Laci’s Tapas Bar for Best LGBT-friendly Restaurant & Best LGBT-friendly Bar

Sparky Town for Best LGBT-friendly Restaurant & Best Restaurant to get a Veggie/Vegan Dish

Di Lauro’s Bakery and Biscotti’s Cafe  for Best Bakery

St. Clare Theater for Best Venue for Live Music

83 & Company for Best Cakes and Cupcakes

Our friend Chris Fowler, Founder and Director of SyracuseFirst, is also nominated as Best Localist and Best CNY Ambassador.


Congrats to all of our Northside businesses, friends, and neighbors!  Visit the Syracuse New Times to vote for your favorite Syracuse businesses by September 10.

Photo Friday: Celebrations at St. Joe’s

Written by admin  • September 5, 2014

The groundbreaking took place nearly two and a half years ago and this week St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center celebrated the opening of the Christina M. Nappi Surgical Tower. Inside are 110 private rooms, a brand new intensive care unit, a 4,000 sq. ft. surgical waiting room, a “Main Street” Corridor featuring a large-scale mural by Michael Barletta and benches and tables by Salt Works!


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