Bed-Stuy is making it easy to support local businesses this Christmas season with the return of the Winter Wonderland open-air market.
The market opens on Small Business Saturday (November 27th) and runs every weekend through Christmas and gives small neighborhood businesses the opportunity to come together to sell their wares.
Lynette Battle, the assistant director of Bed-Stuy Gateway BID, said the organization is grateful for the partnership with Neighborhoods Now and Wells Fargo in the marketplace, which would “provide a safe, solid place for our merchants and the community to get together to buy “. , explore and celebrate the Christmas season. “
The Neighborhood Now program, run by the Van Alen Institute and the Urban Design Forum, funded the market with a grant to help local small businesses regain lost wages “by giving them a safe, socially detached space to sell theirs Goods and services.”
“We can’t wait to be back in Bed-Stuy to shop and spend time with family and friends in Winter Wonderland 2.0,” said Daniel McPhee, Executive Director of the Urban Design Forum.
“New York’s small businesses need our support more than ever this year, so we’re excited to partner with Bed-Stuy Gateway BID and Wells Fargo to bring the vacation market back and make it better than ever.”
Wells Fargo’s Hope, USA campaign is also raising funds for the market and will allow it to use its double showroom from last year, create an outdoor dining area and provide a gathering place for families to meet and greet and take pictures, Bed-Stuy told Gateway BID in a press release.
The bank will also fund a Christmas makeover for businesses along the business corridor, including graffiti removal and festive Christmas window decorations.
Krissy Moore, SVP, Northeast Community Relations at Well Fargo, said banks are “focused on promoting inclusive recovery and long-term strengthening of the small business sector.”
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