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Small Business Spotlight Returns to Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

Bank of America’s Small Business Spotlight program at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is back for the fourth year! Designed to empower women and minority business owners, the Small Business Spotlight program helps drive economic growth and opportunity for local New York City entrepreneurs.

Each business will showcase and sell their products at the Holiday Shops for approximately two weeks while the bank covers their rent and the basic build-out of their shop. This provides these local businesses with the opportunity to reach new customers at one of the city’s top winter shopping and tourist destinations.

This season’s businesses include:

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HappiHello

(Manhattan) featured Oct. 27 – Nov. 12

HappiHello, an Asian American and Pacific Islander-owned specialty handmade stationery brand blends meticulous paper craftsmanship with playful watercolor illustration. Each greeting card is proudly watercolor illustrated, printed, handcrafted and detailed in NYC. 

IG: @HappiHello 

Woman holding up a children's book

Stories of a Colorful World

(Brooklyn) featured Nov. 13 – Nov. 29

Stories of a Colorful World is an online children's bookstore that believes every child deserves to see themselves in the books they read. The business carries books written by Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) authors that feature diverse main characters who are BIPOC. Stories of a Colorful World wants children to grow up embracing their bold, brilliant and beautiful selves, and to be surrounded by stories as colorful as the world they live in.

IG: @storiesofacolorfulwrld

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Image credit: Daquan Nelson

Louise Goods

(Bronx) — featured Nov. 30 – Dec. 16

Designed, sampled and crafted by hand, Louise Goods, which is Hispanic-Latino and LGBTQ+-owned, creates leather accessories, focusing on bags, wallets and other wearables. Their work is cut from full-grain, vegetable-tanned cowhide, a byproduct of the meatpacking industry. Everything they make is hand-sewn with a saddle stitch, known for being stronger and longer lasting than a machine-sewn stitch.

IG: @louisegoods

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Copper Colored Gal Designs

(Brooklyn) featured Dec. 17 – Jan. 2

Copper Colored Gal Designs creates one-of-a-kind and limited-edition table linens and accessories. The brand is dedicated to meticulously handcrafting unique and artisanal pieces for your home, right in the heart of Brooklyn, ensuring that each item embodies precision and care. Copper Colored Gal Designs prioritizes the use of natural fabrics like cotton and silk for product comfort, longevity, and sustainability, while also strengthening the local economy by sourcing textiles within the U.S. The products are made in small batches to limit waste, and all remnants are upcycled and used to design other items, further underscoring their commitment to eco-conscious production.

IG: @CCGalDesigns 

The Small Business Spotlight dates align with the Holiday Shops calendar and will run now through January 2, 2024. Shops will be open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Small Business Spotlight booth can be found near the fountain, close to the 41st Street and 6th Avenue entrance to Bryant Park.

In 2022, the 173 holiday shops, including the Small Business Spotlight vendors, generated about $34 million in sales during the season.

To learn more, visit wintervillage.org.