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SUPLMNT: Where urban culture meets hydration

Jairus Morris, a former sales rep, was trying his hand at e-commerce when he stumbled across the burgeoning water bottle industry (recall the recent frenzy over limited-edition Stanley cups at Target). Water bottles were, according to a sales app he was using, some of the top selling items on Amazon. They were also noticeably absent…

Bubbling over with dreams at Chashni

On a chilly Friday evening in January, a group of friends in their 20s found themselves craving a cold, sweet drink with the traditional flavors of their South Asian heritage. They entered Chashni Bubble Tea, a shop that opened in September on Coney Island Avenue, in a part of Brooklyn’s Midwood neighborhood known as “Little…

Bringing bones to the mainstream

Jon Pichaya Ferry held in his hand a small case that houses a mouse skeleton, perfectly preserved but very delicate. His father, James H. Ferry, who was a businessman, gave it to him as a gift when he turned 13. “Instead of presenting it as creepy, dark and scary, he showed it to me from…

Culpepper’s celebrates 25 years of Bajan flavors

For the electric blue storefront on the corner of Nostrand Avenue and Lincoln Road, the front matches what’s in store: enough fish, stewed meats, breads and sweets (and laid-back vibes from the staff) to stave off the Monday blues. Bottles of Mauby syrup, Claytons Kola tonic and Pinehill juice, all Barbadian products, line the top…

The best $5 you might lose

A few months ago, I was talking to a friend who was trying to grow his food business. He makes this dish that blends parts of his culture from here and there, and I can attest it is unique and delicious.  “Why don’t you try the Queens Night Market?” I asked.  “I can’t afford to,”…

Being a kid at heart: Pink Princess Nails

At one salon in the Bronx, every client feels like a princess — and gets a glam-up to rival any fairy godmother’s spell. Manicures, pedicures and mini-facials come with a “fancy drink,” glittery make-up, and pink robes that match the hues of the fanciful decor.   Pink Princess Nails, the brainchild of Dominican Bronxite Milagros López,…

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