Prospective Business Renters Check Out Jerome Gun Hill BID

JGHBID community liaison Ariana Cipriani (c) provides background on one of the tour’s vacancies to prospective business tenants, capturing the attention of Anuisha Ortiz (l), owner of Brazis by Nush.
(Photo by Jonathan Custodio via Norwood News)

Jennifer Tausig, executive director of the Jerome Gun Hill Business Improvement District (JGHBID), and Ariana Cipriani, the BID’s community liaison, recently led a tour of the area to drum up interest among businesses in expanding to the area, reports Jonathan Custodio in Norwood News.

Prospective business tenants surveyed locations like a former T-Mobile store with intrigue, evaluating the neighborhood, foot traffic, and empty storefronts.

“My business has been operating for over two years already. Right now, I’m just a single, one-person business trying to expand,” said Aniusha Ortiz, who is enthusiastic about opening up a brick and mortar for her hair renewal and body waxing business, Brazis by Nush.

“I grew up in the neighborhood and I would actually like to give back and contribute to make it more feasible for people to stay in the neighborhood to get their needs met instead of having to go to the inner city to get exceptional service. It’s not something we’ve had the luxury of getting in the Bronx at the moment,” said Ortiz, who grew up on East Gun Hill Road and Decatur Avenue, attending MS 80 and DeWitt Clinton High School. She currently lives near Lehman College.

Go to Norwood News to read what other prospective merchants had to say about the tour and the opportunity to expand into the area of the Bronx.

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