Over the past 3 years, Uptownflavor has been about promoting and highlighting small businesses in Harlem. As Harlem becomes more “mainstream” and more chain stores and big box businesses are opening up in our community, UF is considering adding a new section called “Put on Blast.” A few readers suggested that we add this feature years ago, but we have aways hesistated because we don’t like putting a negative spin on Harlem; primarily because Harlem already gets such a bad rap in the media.
Today convinced us that there is a need for someone to put a number of Harlem businesses on blast. I had 3 negative experiences today in Harlem that I’m sure others could easily relate to — two in national chain stores in Harlem and one on the city bus. While these incidents could just as well happen outside of Harlem, they didn’t. They were (in my mind) uniquely Harlem experiences and they need to aired. Again, our focus is not on blasting small businesses, but poor customer service, security guard following you around stores, and shoddiness in general is not going to be tolerated as Harlem residents have more choices. As we all know, all chain drug stores and Starbucks are not created equally. Be on notice managers and business owners. The bar continues to be raised in Harlem.