(Music on Franklin – soon to be a regular sighting?)
Many thanks to Garnett for leading the most efficient Merchants Meeting ever last week at Franklin Park (and thanks to the bar for hosting). Complete minutes will be posted soon, but for now, remember to get your dues paid! Last year, Merchant dues went toward building this website and an active social media presence, putting on the biggest and best Kids Day yet, printing brochures for local businesses, and bringing holiday lights to Franklin Avenue. This year, ideas include tote bags, t-shirts, outdoor food fairs, a two-block Kids Day, live music along the Avenue, and many more great initiatives. With help for your business, they can all become a reality.
Many thanks to the following merchants for attending March’s meeting:
Away We Go Postal
Crow Hill Community Association
Flowers for Little Zelda from Park Delicatessen
On Saturday, Little Zelda opened their doors, the latest addition to the burgeoning merchant community on and around Franklin Avenue. The cafe and soon-to-be wine bar (once the permits go through) serves coffee, pastries, and freshly-baked breads, and though many merchants in the area offer similar goodies, not one has treated the new place as an unwanted competitor. Instead, they’ve greeted new owners Michael and Kate with open arms, stopping by to say hello, welcoming them into the Merchants Association, and even, in the case of Park Delicatessen, sending them flowers (see above). It’s a great example of how the Franklin Avenue Merchants are working together – if you do business on or near Franklin, join the community!
Franklin Avenue welcomes a new merchant that specializes in Vintage clothing…. more details to come!
Stay tuned for the updates.
Urban River Arter & LaunchPad present Lama Tenzin in making THE SANE MANDALA OF COMPASSION!
If you missed the Viewing and Dharma Talk don’t miss the Closing Ceremony on Friday, May 13th at 1pm.
Location: Launch Pad, 712 Franklin Avenue (btw Sterling Pl & Park Pl) Crown Heights Brooklyn, 11238
Suggested Donation: $2-$10 per person.
Last summer, Franklin Avenue’s merchant community came together like never before to give the children of Crown Heights an unforgettable day of fun in the sun. Led by About Time Boutique and the Crow Hill Community Association, local business leaders raised and donated thousands of dollars, which they used to to turn Franklin Avenue between Sterling Place and Park Place into a spectacular playground for a day. The street was closed to traffic with the support of the 77th Precinct and packed with carnival rides and games, face painting, cotton candy, popcorn, and prizes, all absolutely free and open to the entire community. The local FDNY firehouse even brought a fire engine by and gave tours! Hundreds of children ran, jumped, played, and left with smiles on their faces, thanks to the combined efforts of Franklin Avenue’s merchants. Click the “Featured Video” below to see for yourself – thanks to local filmmaker Jan Weber, we now have a beautiful record of the event.
The Pulp and the Bean’s Tony Fisher has created a Crow Hill Blend, a robust mix of beans from Indonesia, Brazil, Yemen, Kenya, and Columbia (just like Crow Hill’s residents, they come from all over). The outcome is a coffee thats “very, very, very, VERY dark, bold, and fruity.” Grab a cup at Pulp & Bean today!
Franklin Avenue Merchants are ringing in 2011 with this handsome window sticker, created (as was this website) by Ground Up Designers. Look for it in the windows of dues-paying FAM members, who’ve made a financial and philosophic commitment to building a vibrant community on Franklin Avenue. The sticker will also be a way to identify participating businesses for future FAM events and discounts.
Shoppers, look for the FAM sticker on Franklin Avenue – if a business has it hanging, it means they’ve spent time and money to improve our neighborhood.
Merchants, to get your sticker, contact us at info [at] franklinavenuemerchants [dot] com
The new design firm in the neighborhood, Ground Up Designers, formally announced their company, and launched their first book, Built & Branded, this past week at LaunchPad.
Ground Up Designers LLC was founded by Lana Zellner [Architectural Designer], Kristen Svorka [Interior Designer], and Tayef Farrar [Multimedia-Graphic Designer].They are a team of three artists and designers from a variety of backgrounds, interests and talents, collaborating to offer design solutions that incorporate architectural, interior, and product design, in addition to print, web and multimedia graphics.
The name Ground Up Designers comes from their interest in working with small business owners looking for design consultation on everything “from the ground up”. Focusing on all aspects that go into designing a successful business, they provide clients with attractive, unique and fully functional spaces, as well as one-of-a-kind, comprehensive brand identities. The independent business owner is their ideal client; someone looking to open a retail store, café, or restaurant who wants one cohesive design package from their logo & website, to their interior design. With the recent boom in business on Franklin Ave, the ladies at Ground Up, have been finding lots to get involved with. They have recently completed Social Media for Kids’ website, as well as the website your reading right now!
An exciting new business in our neighborhood, Social Media for Kids, helps kids present themselves well online!
“Social Media for Kids® is educators, in partnership with social media professionals, helping young people navigate the web in an effective and safe manner while ensuring their future success in a tech-savvy and highly connected world. Our mission is to create and raise awareness amongst youth and their families about the positive and potential negative impact of internet-based Social Media. We ensure this awareness through a curriculum that focuses on social media and multi-media literacy, while integrating the national education standards. We work with parents and adults to help them communicate with young people and understand the dynamic new Social Media culture.” – Social Media for Kids