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The new hot spot is Harlem Hops
June 9, 2018

Are you ready for the new stop for Beer, Booze, Bites and Beats? Well look no further than Harlem Hops! Harlem Hops is located in the heart of Harlem (2268 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd New York, NY 10030).

Harlem Hops is a black owned and operated business promoting, advocating and introducing the community to brewers of color. Harlem Hops is a collaborative effort of 3 friends. Kim Harris, Stacey Lee and Kevin Duane Bradford all shared a vision and accomplished major goals while establishing a brand to promote and uplift the culture.

This new spot is very cozy whether you are sitting at the bar or a low table top you will feel welcomed. Be sure to take in the decor and pay attention to the signs as they will make you smile. Did I mention Harlem Hops is equipped with a backyard? It is a space that is open to host your birthday parties, guys or girl’s night out or even your anniversary.

The beertenders are very knowledgeable in the area of craft beer. The beer flights are such a cute presentation and an exploration of your taste buds with selections of cider, IPA, Lager and so much more.

There is an array of tasty bites of sausage and pretzel, tater tots to the poppin patties (my favorite was the sausage and pepper patty). Be in for a spicy kick of flavorful deliciousness.

DJ Kamala Muse was in charge of the beats as she kept the party going with classic jams and an ode to Prince as the exclusive preview was indeed on his birthday. The booze include Purple Rain which is a refreshing specialty cocktail to honor the legend.

Special appearances included: Ariane (Love & Hip Hop Atlanta) and B. Scott (American television personality). Overall, if you are in Harlem support this new business and explore your palette, relax, social with a group of your friends because it is a VIBE!

The Grand Opening is June 9, 2018 from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m. Be sure to hashtag your experience at @HarlemHops on all social media platforms #beerporn #blackbeerculture #HarlemHops

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1st Annual Kick Back Against Bullying Sneaker Drive
October 3, 2017

The Mayor of NYC Bill Blasio awarded the #iSmileForAngele campaign efforts in the 1st Annual Kick Back Against Bullying Sneaker Drive during Suicide Prevention Month.

Hiiii splashy readers this weekend was nothing short of AMAZING! On Saturday September 30th at Bakery HNY sneaker store [1457 Amsterdam Avenue] the #iSmileForAngele 1st Annual Kick Back Against Bullying Sneaker Drive was held. The mission of the event was to service children within our communities and school system who maybe homeless or living in shelters by providing new or gently used sneakers as we fight to prevent bullying. The reassurance of confidence starts within our children knowing they are important and valued.

Bakery HNY

Donated kicks

Donated kicks

I am excited to type 325 sneakers were allocated to 3 shelters in Harlem. Upon delivering the donated sneakers I learned that many families were displaced due to a huge fire over the weekend. That made me feel good knowing that families will benefit from all of the contributions. The day was filled with laughs, support and most of all love. I grew up in Harlem and my mother has always instilled that helping others in need is a blessing as you are so fortunate in life. Every donated sneaker was accompanied with an inspirational note to reassurance the recipient that you are worthy and you will rise from your present circumstance.

My support system entrepreneurs Gracie and Latoya.

Everyone came together from a simple idea that was executed by teamwork. I am still in awe and glad that I can be of assistance in any way possible. If you have a goal, write it down, build a team and DO IT! I could not have completed my mission without the help of Gracie Cedres, Latoya Wyman, Kathleen Delva and Cheo owner of Bakery HNY; they all were key component parts alongside every single person who donated their new/gently used sneakers and new socks!

Cheo and Kathleen posing in Bakery HNY sneaker store with some of the donated kicks from the event.

It was a great day at the start of the event it drizzled a little bit however, the love of giving back outweighed the rain with sunshine. The day was beautiful as kid’s joined and learned the importance of helping others in need. Papa John’s pizza was sponsored by Indie Brokers and it was nice to see children interacting with adults playing charades.

Overall, the event was a success and it just goes to show how a simple idea can take off with support from your community. The donations will allievate parents, bring smiles to children’s face and make the donators feel impactful that their contribution helped. I will continue to team up with other driven entrepreneurs to ensure we do our part in seeing that there is change with gestures, education and fun in the community.

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