Tribal Spears –Bringing together Food, Culture and Small Business
If you’ve been following my column for awhile then you know a couple of things.
I always have several projects in productions simultaneously. (writing and producing an indie film while promoting my book” The Single Person’s Cookbook”)
I LOVE NEW YORK.
I always love telling my readers about great and innovative ways to promote improve or generate business.
This article will cover all three. Because my business now keeps me bi-coastal between San Francisco and New York, I now spend a good deal of time in The Big Apple mostly scouting locations and planning book launches. One of the locations was referred to me by a charming young traveler I met on the plane to NY named Catrina. Catrina a bi coastal gal herself, stuck up a conversation with me after realizing that I was researching film making and wondered if I had scouted out locations as of yet. Coincidentally, this was part of the reason I was going to New York to begin with-serendipity at work. During the course of our conversation she mentioned several locations that might be suitable for both my launch party as well as location shoots- one of which is Tribal Spears. Tribal Spears, is a hip and trendy artist gallery located 2167 Frederick Douglass Blvd in Manhattan between 116 and 117th in the very upscale neighborhood of Harlem. Owned and operated by husband and wife team Spring and Keith Johnson for the last 2 years, this trendy duplex gallery is frequented by local actors, celebs, politicians, business professionals and yes artist. Boasting eclectic art from virtually every medium (media, sculpture etc.) and offering a scrumptious snacks featuring, pastries, bagels and healthy wraps and wireless internet for the upscale professional, this gallery has literally become a haven and a home away from home for local artists and entrepreneurs. Finding the establishment can be a bit challenging since locals have known about this best kept secret for years (I walked right by it the first two times I ventured into the neighborhood despite it being on a main thoroughfare). But once you do find it be prepared to bring your laptop and your appetite and settle in for an afternoon of relaxing music, great food (try the sushi) and an inspiring atmosphere guaranteed to awaken and revitalize the artist and/or business person in all of us.
Says Spring” I wanted to provide a platform for all artist including regardless of the medium that bridges the similarities between Native American ,African, and Southwestern cultures.” In addition, Tribal Spears has hosted events with the American Cancer Society, the Harlem Film Assoc., and directors Mario and Melvin Van Peeples. They are currently open for corporate events in both the main showroom and the larger Johnson-Byrd Gallery with reasonable room rentals and showroom hours from 6am-9pm M-F. And for those small business owners with children check out Storytime on Saturdays from 9:30-10:15 and 10:30-11:15 am.