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Why Harlem should shop Black Friday at DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse on 125th Street

There is one big company, which has a presence in Harlem, that is making a bold statement by being a leader and not a follower. DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse has decided to remain closed on Thanksgiving Day and not follow the insanity that’s typically been happening over the years, which is to open ahead of Black Friday, Americas’ annual holiday shopping frenzy the day after Thanksgiving.

The CEO of DSW made the decision to not be open on Thanksgiving Day because he believes their workers should be home celebrating with family. Another translation: putting people first ahead of some measly revenue generated a few hours before Black Friday!

This blog couldn’t agree more with DSW’s position and plans to shop Black Friday at DSW Shoes in Harlem. HarlemGal salutes DSW Shoes for their recent decision to stay closed on Thanksgiving Day 2014 and is asking its readers to join this blog in acknowledging DSW online or with your pocket book on Black Friday. Let the holidays begin!

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Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater turns 80

Happy birthday to the Apollo Theater in Harlem! Today, the iconic American venue turned 80 years old.

The Apollo stage has been graced by everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to James Brown, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and even President Barack Obama.

“The Apollo opened on Jan. 26, 1934, a year after the original venue at 253 W. 125th St., Hurtig and Seamon’s New Burlesque Theater, shut down.”

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Attend Harlem Holiday Lights November 21

On Thursday, November 21, from 10am-9:30pm the 125th Street Business Improvement District will kick off the holiday shopping season with its Harlem Holiday Lights 2013 celebration. This year the event will include an outdoor festival, in-store and on- the-street activities as well as a scavenger hunt and parade of lights. This FREE event, open to the public, will celebrate two significant milestones– 20-years of BID operations and the 200th anniversary of 125th Street being placed on the Great Manhattan Street Grid.

Throughout the day and evening there will be promotions from businesses on 1-2-5 that include free food samples and refreshments, in-store discounts, raffles, hand massages, a Casino Party, photos with Santa, toy and coat drives, financial literacy seminars, free checking check-up with gift, free green dot cards (activated), free admission to museum gallery, and more. ABC broadcast journalist, Sandra Bookman is Grand Marshall for the momentous parade. A map of all the activities and a list of activities appear on the website www.harlemlightitup.com. Below is the schedule of events:

Harlem Light it Up Parade
Time: 7:30
Location: 125th Street B/w 5th Avenue and Marginal Street

In-store Activities
Time: 10am-9:30 pm
Location: Areas along 125th Street

Outdoor Activities
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Locations: Areas along 125th Street

Scavenger Hunt
Time: 6pm – 8:30pm
Locations: Areas along 125th

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Harlem’s first Red Lobster set to open to the public November 11, next to the Apollo Theater

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Another chain restaurant is opening in Harlem. Red Lobster has sent out the invites announcing they are having a ribbon-cutting ceremony this coming Monday in honor of its Harlem branch opening to the public on the same day at 11 am. The Harlem Red Lobster is located next to the historic Apollo Theater.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will include a performance by the Veterans of the 369th Sargent Association, remarks from Red Lobster executives and local officials, and Artist Alethia Brown’s work will be showcased in the RL lounge commissioned by the Harlem Arts Alliance.

WHEN: Monday, November 11th at 10 am ribbon-cutting ceremony by invite only
Red Lobster opens to the public at 11 am

WHERE: Harlem Red Lobster
261 W. 125th St.
NY, N.Y. 10027
Next to the Apollo Theater

Red Lobster coming to Harlem’s 125th Street, hiring for positions underway

According to the 125th Street Business Improvement District, the Red Lobster that is coming to 125th Street next to the Apollo Theater is now hiring. Interested participants should go to www.redlobster.com/employment to seek out employment.

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Whole Foods Market NYC Branch hosting its Kid’s Day of Service Initiative in Harlem September 7

Whole Foods Market is not open in Harlem yet. However, that’s not stopping the leading retailer of organic and natural foods from logoorganizing a volunteer event in Harlem for the grocer’s Kids Day of Service Initiative.

On Saturday, September 7, from 10:30 am-12:30 pm the NYC branch of Whole Foods is organizing a volunteer event to help beautify Morningside Park while also offering “fun games and a projects created by its partner, ioby.” At the end of the two-hour volunteer effort, families can enjoy a free salad lunch and learn about the healthy eating resources from the Whole Kids Foundation. Interested in attending? Additional details are below or click here.

Who: Whole Foods Market New York City
What: Volunteer event to help beautify Morningside Park
Where: Morningside Park, West 110th to West 123rd Streets
ENTRANCE: West 117th Street and Morningside Avenue (The event will be held within West 116th to West 122nd Streets). If taking the subway, the nearest lines are the A, B, C, D and 1. If driving, there is street parking only.
WHEN: Saturday, September 7th, 10:30AM – 12:30 PM

Joe’s Crab Shack will open its first NYC store in Harlem today, line to enter started last night

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There is a long line at 126th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd in Harlem-and it’s not for concert tickets to a show at The Apollo. Harlemites started lining up last night to be one of the first customers to dine at Joe’s Crab Shack in Harlem, which opens at 11 am today, July 30.

20130730-083032.jpgThe long line at Joe’s Crab Shack started last night. Why? The first 100 fans that dine at Joe’s on opening day will win free crab for a year. In addition to prizes for the first 100, all guests who dine at the restaurant on opening day can enter to win additional prizes.

I stopped by the new Joe’s last night for their VIP party in Harlem. The place is  very nice and huge! It’s a 10,000-square-foot restaurant on the second level at 2349 Frederick Douglass Blvd. The new Joe’s Crab Shack can accommodate 380 guests and will employ more than 200 team members from the Harlem area, according to Councilwoman Inez Dickens, who gave the figures at last night’s party.

20130730-083314.jpgI also learned an interesting tidbit about Joe’s Crab Shack. I had asked about their presence and experience in urban areas. After all, Harlem is their first location in New York City. I was pointed to a recent study conducted by New Media Metrics, which recently surveyed 3,400 African-Americans ages 13 to 64 about brand-related attachment. Joe’s Crab Shack was one of the brands in the restaurant category that made “the biggest gains in terms of positive awareness among black consumers.” Here’s an article about that study.

As for the food, unfortunately I cannot comment on the food at Joe’s Crab Shack. I arrived to the VIP party late and missed the goodies. However, I did have the opportunity to meet the executive chef and he stressed “the Harlem location will offer new summer menu promotion items, including the Corona Beach Bake and Coastal Wave Steampot featuring a wide range of lobster and crab options finished with a Corona chile-lime bath.”

I do plan to check out Joe’s Crab Shack in Harlem soon, but not today because I have this gut feeling they are going to get hit with customers like a tidal wave. Hope they came with enough crab!

Ready for Joe’s Crab Shack to open in Harlem? It’s happening July 30

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Harlem is getting another dining option for what seems like the gazillionth time! So many new Harlem restaurants opening up lately. HarlemGal Inc has heard directly from the PR firm representing Joe’s Crab Shack, which is a Houston, Texas-based company, and they have confirmed the Harlem branch of Joe’s Crab Shack will be opening to the public on July 30. There were a lot of dates floating around online about the grand opening, but HarlemGal Inc has the lowdown and the official opening for the public is July 30.

The new restaurant is opening at 125th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard.
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Blink Fitness 125th Street-Harlem Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting set for June 21

HarlemGal Inc has been given the heads up by Blink Fitness, the affordable fitness alternative, that it will be making its Harlem debut on 125th Street this coming Friday, June 21! The club, located at 301 West 125th Street near Frederick Douglass Blvd, will be hosting a grand opening event and ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 21.

In addition to Blink’s Vice President, Dos Condon, and Executive Vice President of New Businesses, Todd Magazine, New York State Senator Bill Perkins, Congressman Charles Rangel (district 5), City Councilwoman Inez Dickens (district 9) and Assembly Member Keith Wright (district 70) will be on-hand to celebrate.

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Blink Fitness signage up in Harlem, target opening day June 2013

A friend, reader of HarlemGal Inc., and filmmaker/producer of Changing Face of Harlem, Shawn Batey, sent in a photo over the weekend of signage on the upcoming Blink Fitness, which will be located on 125th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd. According to Blink Fitness’ website, the Equinox-owned business is aiming to open this coming June. Interested consumers can join the gym at their Harlem location for $1. For more information, go to www.blinkfitness.com/locations.

And a big thanks to Ms. Batey for sending in the photo! Muchas Gracias!

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