Emerging Market

Construction on new grocery store scheduled for this summer The dream of a full-service grocery store on Syracuse’s South Side will take a very big step toward becoming a reality, as construction workers plan to break ground on the nearly $3.5 million project by June. All that remains for the project’s planners is to locate and sign a tenant for ... Read More »

At Rest at Garland

Charles Garland found his calling as the manager of the family-run funeral home Charles Garland always wanted to be a doctor. He dreamt of the days he could perform surgeries and save lives. But when Garland was a child, his future profession was already planned out for him. Instead of going to summer camp like the average child his age, ... Read More »

A Commitment to Beauty

Ma’Dear’s salon aims to teach customers how to maintain their total image, starting with hair A blue flash blazes into the salon. A short woman with slight wrinkles wearing white bedroom slippers and blue sweatshirt power walks into Ma’Dear’s Total Image Body Salon and Day Spa. Her shoulder-length, gold-highlighted, black hair flies behind her, a small piece of it tied ... Read More »

Group Prosperity Through Networking

Tuesday, Nov. 30, Syracuse Housing Authority hosted its first Section 3 Networking Reception. The event was held at the South Side Innovation Center in Syracuse. The main goal of the evening was to bring various minority contractors together in order to create familiarity and exchange business specialties. In this sharing, it is hoped that minority contractors will begin to acquire ... Read More »

Hanslip's Jerk Hut

In tough economic times, his restaurant manages to survive Growing up in Kingston, Jamaica, Irvin “Bongo” Hanslip learned the value of hard work from his parents. “My parents were only rich in culture, poor in finance,” said Hanslip, 63, whose parents were both farmers. “By seeing how they provided for us, so we could have a better education, it give ... Read More »

Contracting for Change

Minority contractors in Syracuse, mostly on the South Side, are banding together to improve access to training and certification programs and to demand more work on private and government contracts. But they face an array of stiff challenges, including shortcomings in expertise, funding and networking. Read More »

Launching Pad

New SKY PAD Studios helps local recording artists make it big With the help of a local recording label, local R&B artist Erika Lovette is in the process of creating her second R&B album — one that will include songs by the same person who performed a song with R&B artist Anita Baker. SKY PAD Studios, a new recording label ... Read More »

Looking for Loans

Though there is plenty of opportunity on the South Side, businesses struggle to get loans A generation ago, South Salina Street bustled with business, serving as the city’s main corridor for commerce. Read More »