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Black Bodega To Open In The Bronx To Provide Supplies And Grocery Items To Underserved Communities Throughout The Bronx Hit Hardest By The Covid-19 Pandemic

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During the 1990’s, Bronx native Lenny Alize Jones was an enterprising record label executive who managed artists and created music for those in the hip-hop world. Today, he’s an entrepreneur and the founder of Black Bodega, a full-service deli and convenience store in the South Bronx community that has been devastated by the covid-19 pandemic.

Jones was tired of witnessing the economic disparity in underserved communities like the South Bronx where he was raised so he created the blueprint for Black Bodega and the first store will open on Feb. 20 with celebrity guest appearances all weekend. Black Bodega will deliver more than just high-quality products and supplies, it will be a neighborhood deli that breathes new life into the community by creating job opportunities for young adults and other local residents.

Among the other Bronx establishments that Jones owns includes the successful beauty salon Nails & Tips by Laila London, which enjoyed its grand opening in late September 2020. It’s a customer service friendly business that provides transportation for those who live within a one-mile radius of the business. According to Jones, the goal is to provide the nearby community with access to services that would only be granted to those more fortunate. “As a Black-owned business, it’s our goal to understand the plight of those in the surrounding community and provide a quality service our customers do deserve.”

Born and raised in the Bronx, Jones’ journey in serving the community and its people started during his youth with his work for the New York City Housing Authority. While working for one of NYC’s largest and most demanding departments, he met up with a girlfriend who worked for hip-hop legend and Bronx native, KRS-ONE, and started working with the rapper/educator with his business. From there, other music business friends came to him for help, which led to his rise in the industry to label executive with Arista Records.

Jones credits his work within the recording industry for helping him further establish Black Bodega and the salon. “When I launched both businesses, I resourced the skills I developed on the business side of the recording/music industry. Being in the entertainment industry, I was able to utilize the relationships I have with folks in music, sports, film and television to help support what I’m doing by getting the word out regarding Black Bodega and the salon business to those who follow them.”

With much of the nation still reeling from the covid-19 pandemic and its after-affects, Black Bodega and Nails & Tips by Laila London are following state and federal safety guidelines and are up to date with respect to safety standards.

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New York Trend is a weekly news publication that focuses on issues and lifestyles of the African & Caribbean American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area and Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island. It is a respected and well recognized news publication that has been in existence since 1989. Owner, Publisher and Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams has been at the helm of this award-winning publication since its inception. New York Trend continues to be the only black woman-owned, metropolitan newspaper in New York and Long island. New York Trend is the largest black-owned newspaper throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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