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Monthly Archives: November 2013

Pour-Over Salt City Coffee

Written by Stasya Erickson  • November 29, 2013

For this week’s ‘Photo Friday’, we wanted to share one of our favorite captures from our photo session with Salt City Coffee. The pour-over process is not only delicious, it’s beautiful to watch.

Don’t forget about your opportunity to sample both tomorrow, 9 am — noon at Thanos Import Market!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Written by admin  • November 28, 2013

We’ve received such terrific support this year and are grateful for the guidance and motivation provided by our partners, colleagues, neighbors and friends. Thank you!

 

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Free Salt City Coffee Tasting this Saturday!

Written by Sarah Pallo  • November 27, 2013

Over the next year, our six UP Start Syracuse entrepreneurs will undergo an intensive incubation process to further develop their ideas as they prepare to launch successful businesses. Part of incubation will be creating a series of marketplace experiences that provide them with the hands-on business experience they need, while also giving them the opportunity to connect directly to customers.

This Saturday, don’t miss out on the first pop-up event for our UP Start entrepreneur, Aaron Metthe.  From 9 am – noon, Salt City Coffee will be offering free coffee and tea samples at one of our favorite Northside establishments, Thanos Import Market!

Interested in hearing more about the progress and happenings of Salt City Coffee? Email business@northsideup.org and let us know you’d like to subscribe!

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Aesthetics and Taste at Attilio’s

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • November 26, 2013

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Several years ago a popular restaurant in Syracuse closed its doors, leaving a vacant spot in the heart of the Little Italy District. While food lovers mourned Antonio’s, Louis Santaro was busy compiling a staff and preparing a menu for a new restaurant. 10 months later the space was reopened as Attilio’s Restaurant and Bar and they’ve been fulfilling our pasta and margarita cravings on the Northside ever since.

“People love the location, the building, the old look of the place,” Attilio’s manager, Thom Madonna explains. “The changes Louis made were for aesthetic taste to enhance the beauty of the place.” The restaurant and bar are filled with charming details, from the tin ceilings to the small black and white tiles that line the floor. Upstairs in the banquet hall there is an exposed brick wall and doors that open onto a balcony, overlooking North Salina Street. Attilio’s atmosphere is romantic and sophisticated, but somehow still casual, warm, and comforting, making it a great place for a lunch meeting, an intimate evening for two,  or an outing for the whole family.

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If customers are first hooked on the beauty of the space, they stay loyal because of the great service and delicious food. “I’d be nothing without the supporting cast,” Thom says of his employees who are always polite, friendly, and knowledgeable about the extensive menu. Attilio’s serves staple Italian dishes like Chicken Parmigiana and a traditional Antipasto, but also Syracuse favorites like The Original Chicken Riggies. Attilio’s also offers gluten-free pastas and vegetarian options like the Red Pepper Penne with goat cheese and a walnut and oil-garlic sauce. The menu is filled with Thom’s favorites, but he suggests the Veal Saltimboca and Seafood in the Francaise style with lemon butter sauce.

Of course, it’s not just Thom who loves the food. Attilio’s has won both food and cocktail awards at the annual Winterfest. Last year was an especially successful year, as Attilio’s won 1st place for taste and presentation in the Martini and Margarita Mix-offs. They also received 1st place for best appetizer and 2nd place for best entrée and dessert during the Culinary Cruise. Many of the drinks are made “off the cuff,” Thom explains. While creating the Heaven and Hell Margarita Thom tried many of his various experiments on the wait staff. “It was trial and error,” he laughs, “but I stayed with it,” and it paid off–the Margarita has won for the past 3 years. Often the items chosen for food competitions are based on what tastes good to the general public—his everyday customers.

In the future, Thom hopes to continue participating in Winterfest, along with many other community events like the Tour de Champagne and different benefits for Charity for Children. He also tries to host his own events like Ultimate Lemonade Tastings and wine and cigar dinners.

“We’re successful,” Thom shrugs, “but nowhere near the height of Antonio’s success. But,” he smiles, “we can get there.” His optimism and determination is spurred by the surrounding neighborhood. He sees the renovations and changes taking place along North Salina Street and is energized by the developments. His face brightens when he says, “This is close to being the next up-and-coming place to be.”

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Green Train Applications Due Tomorrow!

Written by admin  • November 25, 2013

Northside UP is currently accepting Green Train applications for our Winter 2014 class!

Green Train is a hands-on workforce training program developed by Northside UP and Centerstate CEO. The program provides unemployed and under-employed people with a unique training opportunity that integrates vocational training with life skills and job readiness coaching. Students complete 10-hour OSHA training and the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) core curriculum, including safety, hand and power tools, construction drawing and materials handling.

We’re looking for candidates who . . . 

– are able to attend training daily for 3 months beginning in July
– are able to lift 50 lbs., perform manual labor for 8 hours daily, and be willing to work in all weather conditions
– are motivated and committed to work in the construction industry or a construction related field after graduating from training

This program is a free tuition, unpaid training program. Individuals must be able to financially support themselves during the program. Those earning an income higher than $27,000 will not qualify for tuition.

To fill out an application, stop by the Northside UP office at 800 N. Salina Street. Please direct any questions to Danielle Szabo via email (dszabo@northsideup.org) or phone (315-299-8228 ext. 10).

Photo Friday: Daughter Helping Father on Union Place

Written by Stasya Erickson  • November 22, 2013

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Request for Community Project Ideas

Written by admin  • November 21, 2013

Salt City Dishes, one of our sponsored events, provides the community with a unique way to fund community project ideas. This week, DISHES launched its Request for Proposals page. Know someone with a creative idea for Syracuse? Applications are due December 6th!

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Thank You to the Northside Community!

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • November 20, 2013

A BIG thank you to everyone who participated in the last two events coordinated by the Northside Business Partnership (NBP). The Northside Networking Event and the Northside Showcase were both a huge success and a great chance for individuals to come together and reconnect as a community.

Laci’s Tapas Bar proved a wonderful backdrop for the Northside Networking Event. Over 50 Northside business and property owners came out to eat, drink, and mingle!

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For more photos, click the image above to visit the Northside Networking Event Facebook album.

The Northside Showcase at St. Joseph’s Hospital is a popular event for our NBP members and always attracts a large crowd of Hospital employees. Our November 7th event drew over 300 employees who were all interested in learning more about the rich and diverse business community that is “just a walk away.”

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For more photos, click the image above to visit the Northside Showcase Facebook album.

 

These and similar events are made possible through the dedicated and enthusiastic efforts of our NBP members. For a list of all of our NBP members, visit our Neighborhood Directory and look for the “NBP Member” icon. To learn more about NBP, please contact Mary Beth Schwartzwalder: business@northsideup.org or 315-299-8228 x 16.

Recap of UP Start Presents

Written by admin  • November 19, 2013

Over 200 people came out Small Plates to celebrate the launch of UP Start Syracuse – a business incubation collaborative, targeting the emerging entrepreneurs within Syracuse’s urban neighborhoods.

The inaugural event featured six business pitches from our first class of diverse business owners, selected through an intensive and competitive process. Over $4,000 was raised to contribute towards seed funds for the entrepreneurs.

If you’re interested in reading more about the evening, Syracuse Guru published a terrific write-up of the night:

“I arrived at 5:00 p.m. as final details on the presentations and camera setup was being done. The back half of Small Plates’ large space was lined with chairs and a projection screen. Upon arriving Small Plates’ hors d’oeuvres were laid out and people were networking and ordering drinks. After not too long the event officially began and we took our seats. We were to hear from a diverse group of six different entrepreneurs, including refugees and immigrants… It was definitely a full house.”

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More photographs from the night can be found on our facebook page.

A huge thank you is owed to all of our program and event partners!

This event was made possible thanks to the Central New York Community Foundation’s CNY85 Collaborative Impact Prize. 

Photo Friday: Mosaic of Ideas

Written by Stasya Erickson  • November 15, 2013

A teaser for our upcoming event, UP Start Presents: A New Era of Urban Entrepreneurship. Join us on Monday evening to discover how these images connect to the passions of our six entrepreneurs.

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