We’re Still Growing!
Written by admin • July 30, 2012
Today, our staff grew by one more! Please join us in welcoming Denise Nepveux to our crew. We’re very excited to have her on our team. Below is a photo taken during our Monday morning mini-staff meeting. Denise is second from the right, between Emma and Danielle. Say ‘Hi’ if you see her in the neighborhood!
Last night, our crew visited the Salt City Slam for an evening of poetry and passion. DISHES had a booth set up, collecting funds for community projects, and a few of our friends and colleagues helped judge the competition. We had a blast and captured some photos. Look for yourself and be sure to join-in on the next one!
The guest poet performs, caught between the antlers of the DISHES stand
The winner of the 4th Slam!
The runner-up: Words.
The DISHES booth complete with the DISHES ladies, Rachel and Bre.
Philanthropic Foodies: 1st Annua...
313 North Geddes Street
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Imagine sampling a variety of foods from three of Syracuse’s most celebrated chefs- Kevin Gentile (Gentile’s Restaurant), Yann Guigne (L’Adour Restaurant Francais), and Eva Zaczynski (Eva’s European Sweets). Now pair that with an event that raises money for two amazing Syracuse organizations, The Samaritan Center and The Friends of Dorothy House, and you have yourself the best meal in Central New York.
The food-tasting fundraiser, called Philanthropic Foodies, will feature a variety of “tasting” stations and a buffet of the Chef’s specialties. A beer and wine bar, live jazz, and a silent auction will also top off the occasion. The Samaritan Center, which serves hot meals every day to those in need, and The Friends of Dorothy House, a non-profit offering home-based hospice care to people with AIDS and terminal illnesses, will receive all the proceeds raised from the event. The goal is simple: to “Eat, drink, and give back!” The event will take place this Sunday, July 29 from 4-8pm at Gentiles Restaurant, located at 313 N. Geddes Street
Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this unique dining experience. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.philanthropicfoodies.org/.
Our director, Dominic Robinson, is a contributing writer at The Post-Standard. In his second article, he writes about an innovative partnership between artists and entrepreneurs bringing new energy and a fresh perspective to the North Side neighborhood.
The first time Briana Kohlbrenner came to the North Side, she says she felt at home. She sees a lot of the same qualities here that she sees in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, where she grew up. “I love the diversity of cultures and businesses,” she says.
I met Briana in the spring of 2009 at a 40 Below event, where she was describing her dream of opening her own art consignment shop and gallery. The Northside Collaboratory (now Northside UP) had recently converted a vacant storefront into a temporary art gallery. Our ultimate goal was to attract someone else into the space, and Briana was just the type of person we had in mind. We pitched her on the idea that night. Six months later, she opened Craft Chemistry, where she showcases and sells merchandise from local artists. The store will celebrate its third anniversary this fall, however improbable that once might have seemed.
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Thanos Import Market
330 N. Salina Street
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Syracuse First and the 40 Below It’s All Here Task Force have teamed up to create yet another great idea to engage the community and drive home the message of “think local, buy local, be local.” The idea, called Passport to Syracuse, encourages residents in the city of Syracuse to visit as many participating businesses as possible during a two week span, July 14th – July 28th, while “checking in” to their locations on Facebook or a printed Passport to Syracuse pamphlet. “Checking in” gives you a certain number of points, along with writing reviews of businesses, writing posts on Facebook, and attending 40 Below events. The individual with the most points at the end of the two weeks will attend the July 28th wrap-up party at Benjamin on Franklin and be awarded a free Kindle Fire!
This is a fun way to learn more about all the unique and diverse local businesses Syracuse has to offer, and you also get to take advantage of some great deals. Northside UP is excited to find some of our favorite Northside businesses participating in the event, including Thano’s Import Market, Syracuse Cultural Workers, Around the World Imports, Lombardi Fruits and Imports, Rocky’s Cigars, Craft Chemistry, Attilio’s, Sparkytown, Cathedral Academy at Pompei, and PosterWorks at ArtRage Gallery. For more information on special offers and to obtain your own passport, visit 40belowsyracuse.com.
The modern world can be depressing, especially as we hear news about mounting economic hardships. But dwelling on the troubles of the world can leave us exhausted and confused, instead we should think of innovative solutions to overcome existing challenges. One of those solutions has been the increased emphasis and support of small businesses, business incubator programs, cooperatives and developing robust local economies. Here in Syracuse many organizations encourage and assist small business growth, but there is always room for more collaborative and innovative ideas to help improve the overall quality of life.
Anyone who has stayed up to date on the World news has heard about the turmoil in Greece, which in many ways makes our political, social, and economic issues seem easier. Before the financial crisis really began to take effect, working for the government was one of the cushiest jobs for Greeks. But today, Greeks young and old have to be more creative to ensure some sense of financial security. Near the city center of Athens, a withering old building has become the home for creative entrepreneurs who are harnessing technology in order to generate financial opportunities in the form of start-up tech companies. As one of the young tech developers said, “When you don’t have a job, that means you have plenty of time…You should do something with that time.” The way Greeks are re-imagining business and work shows a promise for a better future, overcoming freight and apathy by equipping themselves with creativity and passion.