Left to right: Jai Jai Greenfield and Eric Woods, Harlem Vintage; Kenneth J. Knuckles, President & CEO, UMEZ; and Hope Knight, Executive Director, BRISC.

WINE AND DANDY 

 

harlem vintage receives brisc loan

 

Hope Knight, Executive Director of the Business Resource & Investment Service Center (BRISC) - - a division of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corp. - - announced that Harlem Vintage, Inc., a retailer of fine wines and spirits had received a $120,000 loan.

 

 Located at 120th Street and Frederick Douglas Boulevard, Harlem Vintage established its first operation in 2004. Harlem Vintage operates out of a 1,129 square foot location, representing the largest wine focused retailer in Harlem. Harlem Vintage has the largest selection of wines from minority vintners in the United States marketing the selections through a nationally recognized program called the “Wine Makers of Color Collection” which has been featured on BET and CNBC news and lifestyle segments.

 

Additionally, Harlem Vintage has been recognized as a “vanguard” and “model” for Harlem’s economic development by publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Crain’s New York Business and Time Out New York.

 

Owned by two former Wall Street professionals Jai Jai Greenfield and Eric Woods, Harlem Vintage has successfully expanded with the launch of a complementary business, Nectar Wine Bar, which is adjacent to Harlem Vintage. Nectar, which opened in August 2008, offers the same array of wines and spirits while providing the same level of quality service and entertainment to customers.

 

The BRISC loan will be used for financial restructuring and working capital.

 

“At BRISC we are dedicated to supporting and encouraging the stability and growth of the small business community in Upper Manhattan through financial, as well as technical assistance. We see our investment in Harlem Vintage, which is quickly establishing a reputation as one of the most outstanding businesses in Harlem, as an investment in its future and the future of our City,” said Ms. Knight.

 


ABOUT BRISC

 

BRISC offers start-up and/or expansion loans to qualified businesses in Upper Manhattan.  Loans are from $50,000 to $250,000 in size, with a competitive fixed rate, a maximum seven year maturity and there isn’t a job creation requirement.  Additionally, BRISC technical assistance programs are available to ensure the sustainability, profitability and growth of small businesses in the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone. Technical assistance includes consulting services, workshops, seminars and access to a large “how-to” library.  

 

 

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