In celebration of Small Business Saturday, Bed-Stuy Gateway Business Improvement District (BID) hosted its annual ribbon-cutting ceremony launching their Winter Wonderland Holiday Marketplace. On hand for the festivities were US Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, NY State Assemblywoman Stefani Zinerman; NYC Councilman Chi Osse, BID Chair Joyce Turner, BID Vice Chairperson Marcia Melendez, and Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce CEO Randy Peers. Bed-Stuy Gateway BID Executive Director Dale Charles shared her excitement about a new evergreen tradition for the community saying, “This couldn’t be possible without the guidance and generous support of Wells Fargo.”
In partnership with Wells Fargo, the shop-small initiative will increase foottraffic while offering crafters, creatives, and small business owners a viable platform to showcase and sell their goods and services. Winter Wonderland is a collaboration with Neighborhoods Now, the initiative from the Urban Design Forum and Van Alen Institute to support local organizations leading their communities’ pandemic recovery.
This year, BID programming will include Community Thursdays, dedicated to non-profit organizations; and Caroling in the Plaza on Fridays, featuring yuletide sing-alongs with local houses of worship. Additional family friendly activities include pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, live music, and much more. “This holiday season, Wells Fargo is thrilled to continue our support of the Bed-Stuy Gateway BID, the Van Alen Institute, and the Urban Design Forum in their efforts to provide opportunities for local entrepreneurs and small businesses,” said Wells Fargo New York Community Relations Vice President Catherine Domenech. “Brooklyn is powered by small businesses, and we’re committed to helping them succeed financially.”
Additional supporting partners include Con Edison, TD Bank, Van Alen Institute, Urban Design Forum, Buro Happold, Dash Marshall, Moody Nolan, Fried Frank, Gretel, Block by Block, New York City Department of Transportation, and Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation.
The Bed-Stuy Gateway BID proudly stands as one of Brooklyn’s most prominent commercial and cultural focal points. Since 2009, the agency has partnered with neighbors and stakeholders to support the community through economic development and promote its rich history of cultural diversity. Through a wide array of programs and services, the Bed-Stuy Gateway BID is committed to seeing the community thrive and blossom into a popular destination for all things Brooklyn.