Supporting Neighborhood Enterprise Together.

Membership Directory Winter 2011-12

December, 2011

The Near Westside is bounded roughly by West Fayette, West, W. Onondaga, Delaware and Geddes Streets and adjacent areas. This area has frequently been singled out as a challenged area of deteriorating housing, poor demographics and high crime. Now, with the recent efforts of the Near Westside Initiative (NWSI) and the renovation of key industrial buildings in the area, the area is gaining in viability and prospects, as the nearby Armory Square did in the eighties. The Near Westside Initiative Business Association (NWSIBA) was formed as part of the NWSI to enable the businesses and not-for-profit entities in the area to get to know each other and to advance the area as a good place to locate and grow. Its formal mission statement states that “The NWSIBA seeks to support neighborhood enterprise through the growth of new and existing businesses, the encouragement of entrepreneurial development, and promotion of the area as an attractive business district and destination for commerce.” This directory will enable its members as well as others interested in the area to identify and better understand what each NWSIBA business or not-for-profit does and to contact them.

Bill Delavan, Delavan Center


Activ Music Agency Concert Booking and Music Marketing Address: 235 Harrison St. Syracuse, NY 13202 Phone: (631) 291-7842 Email: / Contact Person: Ade Coker – Founder Activ Music Agency is an interactive concert booking and musician marketing company serving Syracuse, Onondaga Hill, and the Near Westside. The company’s objective is to organize interactive concerts and help independent musicians develop their digital brand, striving to establish strong relationships between artists, sponsors and venues. Agency Specialists Insurance Group Insurance Agency Address: 800 Stinard Ave. Syracuse, NY 13207 Phone: (315) 395-5501 Email: / Contact Person: Jason Allers – VP Commercial Lines- Partner
Agency Specialists provide property, liability, workers compensation, disability, as well as health and life insurance for individuals and small business. Specialties include construction and telecommunication accounts. The agency is nearing 30 years in business with a staff consisting of 20 members who focus on personal and business insurance for companies of all shapes, sizes, and classes of business.

The Alchemical Nursery Non-Profit Educational Address: 200 South Geddes St. Syracuse, NY 13204 Phone: (315) 876-9771 Email: / Website: Contact Person: Frank Cetera – President The Alchemical Nursery is a community benefits organization committed to the development of regenerative lifestyles and landscapes utilizing the principles and ethics of Permaculture, the Intentional Communities movement, Ecovillage living, and Mutual Aid activity. By providing educational resources, dialogue space, networking tools, and project development the organization is growing towards cultural transformation, right livelihood, and equilibrium between local human society and the global ecological community.

The Art of Massage/ The Spa at 500 Wellness Center Address: 500 West Onondaga St. Syracuse, NY 13204 Phone: (315) 475-9164 Email: Website: Contact Person: Ed Griffin-Nolan – Founder The Spa at 500 is a wellness center offering therapeutic and relaxation massage as well as other fitness activities. It is the home of the Art of Massage, Central New York’s premier massage therapy practice, founded in 1997. Facilities include a seven person therapeutic Jacuzzi tub, and a redwood sauna for guests to enjoy before and after a massage. The elegance of the setting and the quality of the experienced massage therapists combine for an unforgettable experience. Banach and Toomey Insurance Insurance Sales and Services Address: 1239 W Genesee St. Syracuse, NY 13204 Phone: (315) 471-6390 Fax: (315) 471-6541 Email: Website: Contact Person: Tim Toomey – Owner/President For more than 50 years Banach and Toomey has been serving Central New York families and businesses. Their agency was the first in New York State to join the now more than 3,500-member SIAA network, giving them access to the world's leading insurance providers. The Banach and Toomey professionals meet a variety needs from individuals to families to Fortune-500 companies. B-D Trauma Scene Clean, Inc. Mold Remediation and Cleaning Services Address: 499 South Warren Street, Suite 609 Syracuse, NY 13202 Phone: (315) 475-0954 Email: Website: BD Trauma Clean Scene was opened in 2004 by Virgil Hutchinson. The company is dedicated to the reduction, elimination, and disposal of biological, infectious, and hazardous materials, as well as LEED janitorial cleaning. Certifications include NORMI, Fire/Smoke Restoration, Lead Paint, Flood/Water Damage Restoration, Bloodborne Pathogens, Bird and Bat Guano, Drug House, Foul Odors, Industrial/Construction Accidents, Confined Space, Hazwoper, 40 HazMat and U.S. Green Building Council Leed Core Concepts Strategies.

Card by Carole! Greeting Cards and Photography Address: 507 Tully St. Syracuse, NY 13204 Phone: (315) 479-8707 Email: La Casita Cultural Center Not-for-Profit Organization Address: 109 Otisco St. Syracuse, NY 13204 Phone: (315) 443-8743 Email: Website: Contact Person: Genevieve Babecki – Engagement Fellow La Casita Cultural Center is a not-for-profit organization that provides programs and events which engage various interested groups around Latin American culture. La Casita serves as an artistic, cultural and educational bridge between the Syracuse University community and the Syracuse, NY community. All are welcome to participate in programs, attend events, and visit La Casita. Target audiences are Latina/o and Hispanic students and community members and individuals with interests in Latin American culture. Charissa Lawrence Renovation Counseling Assistance Address: 437 Summerhaven Drive N. East Syracuse, NY 13057 Phone: (315) 720-4370 Email: Contact Person: Charissa Lawrence – Founder Charissa Lawrence provides services for home owners or home buyers who cannot afford renovations to their homes. The company seeks to help Syracuse residents own rather than rent homes as well as gain means for improving their homes by providing investors and renovation counseling assistance. Charlie Sam Graphic Art and Apparel Address: 200 South Geddes St. Syracuse, NY 13204 Phone: (315) 560-3889 Email: Website: Charlie Sam creates cute, cool, and creepy designs for kids and odd people. These designs are marketed on t-shirts, hoodies, and a variety of novelties.

Consuela’s West Side Taqueria & BBQ Address: 523 Marcellus St. Syracuse, NY 13214 Phone: (315) 474-8226 Email: Contact Person: Jan Maloff – Owner Consuela’s promise is the highest quality Latin cuisine made daily with the freshest ingredients. The food is a fusion of Puerto Rican, Mexican and Cuban influences. The restaurant represents a renewal of the near Westside in several ways. By providing quality food and comprising a staff of local people from a variety of Latin cultures, Consuela’s offers a neighborhood restaurant that is warm and inviting. CNY Latino Full Media consortium Address: 201 East Jefferson Street Suite 224 Syracuse, NY 13202-2757 Phone: (315) 415-8593 Fax: (315) 476-3707 E-mail Address: Website: Contact Person: Hugo Acosta The CNY Latino is a Media Consortium that publishes the only Hispanic-oriented newspaper in Central New York, produces two weekly Spanish radio shows, maintains a popular Latino-based website at, serves as a Marketing and Advertising agency with a focus on the Hispanic consumer and the Latino Market, and also provides full professional Translation Services. CNY Latino also produces and presents several culturally-based annual events in the community. Central New York Services, Inc. Behavioral Healthcare Company Address: 518 James St. Syracuse, NY 13203 Phone: (315) 478-2453 Fax: (315) 425-8917 Email: Website: Contact Person: Fern Whyland – Outreach Coordinator Central New York Services serves adults with mental health and substance abuse issues including outpatient treatment, housing, case management and programs within the criminal justice system. Through partnerships with other agencies, CNYS offers professional counseling, residential services and day-to-day support to individuals and families in Onondaga, Oneida, and Madison counties. CNYS also offers contracted support services for the Tioga County Department of Mental Hygiene and the Tompkins County Department of Mental Health.

CNY Services – Homestead Residence Address: 222 Wyoming St. Syracuse, NY 13204 Phone: (315) 476-7345 Fax: (315) 472-1535 Email: Contact Person: Mike Sullivan – Site Supervisor The CNY Services Homestead Residence is a not-for-profit organization that provides permanent housing for individuals with mental health and substance abuse problems. The experienced staff has over 30 years experience in the area of mental health. The organization currently serves 24 individuals. Delavan Center, Inc. Multi-use Rental Facility Address: 509 W Fayette St. Syracuse, NY 13204 Phone: (315) 476-9001 / 1-877-335-2825 Fax: (315) 474-3609 Email: Website: Contact Person: Bill Delavan – President Delavan center is a multi-use rental facility which occupies a city block on W. Fayette St. in downtown Syracuse. For the past 50 years it has supplied businesses with office, warehouse and manufacturing space; artists with studio and gallery space; a variety of users with warehouse storage and handling services, and recently, space for not-for-profit groups. The complex of five buildings was constructed from 1870-1967 and totals 195,000 square feet of single and multi-storage space.

Dugo Works Construction General Construction and Home Improvements Address: 200 South Geddes St. Syracuse, NY 13204 Phone: (315) 264-0294 Email: Contact Person: Dustin Regner – Owner/Carpenter Dugo Works provides general construction and residential installations. The company performs quality work with creative intention at affordable service rates.

First Presbyterian Church United Community Partner Address: 620 West Genesee St. Syracuse NY 13204 Phone: (315) 471-2174 Email: / Website: Contact Person: Laurel Morton FPCU is a 190 year old congregation of PCUSA undergoing significant transformation seeking new ways to connect and partner with the neighborhood community to help make the Near Westside more vital. The campus houses Enable’s Preschool, Exploring your World, and shares building space with the L’arke community and Bridges out of Poverty in addition to operating a busy food pantry and Sunday morning breakfast before services. First Presbyterian is seeking new community groups interested in utilizing space on their campus to its full extent. The Gear Factory Artist Studio Space Address: 200 South Geddes St. Syracuse, NY 13204 Mailing Address: 721 Otisco St., Syracuse NY 13204 Phone: (315) 374-6487 Email: Website: Contact Person: Rich Destito – Owner The Gear Factory is a 65,000 sq ft building in Syracuse with a remarkable history, modern energy and a promising future. Located at the crossroads of several diverse neighborhoods, it houses studio spaces for artists and musicians.

Healing Hearts Not-for-Profit Organization Address: 1600 South Geddes St. Syracuse, NY 13207 Phone: (516) 637-8242 Email: Contact Person: Demetrios Tsimis Healing Hearts mission is to develop a food service or other service to attract commerce to the Near Westside as well as promote change and find solutions to community problems.

Huntington Family Center, Inc. Not-for-Profit Organization Address: 405 Gifford St Syracuse NY Phone: (315) 476-3157 Fax: (315) 476-3170 Website: Huntington Family Center is dedicated to the preservation and strengthening of individuals and families in Onondaga County. Since 1919, the center has provided diverse, year-round programming designed to strengthen individuals and families in a safe, caring environment. Huntington helps each individual to develop and grow to their fullest potential through three areas of programming: Youth Development, Family Development and Adult Development. The organization serves over 1000 different people annually and all are welcome, especially those in need of support. Jacobs Architectural Woodworking Address: 801 W Fayette St. Syracuse, NY 13204 Phone: (315) 243-7189 Email: Contact Person: Jacob – Owner Manufacturing business producing residential, commercial and institutional custom cabinets and furniture. Key Bank Financial Services Address: 201 South Warren St. Syracuse, NY 13202 Phone: (315) 470-5031 Fax: (315) 470-5183 Email: Website: Contact Person: Daniel A. Stark – Business Relationship Manager Regional banking and financial services organization with 72 community branches in CNY.

The Landscape Elf Landscaping Services Address: 652 West Onondaga St. Syracuse, NY 13204 Phone: (315) 430-9655 Email: Website: Contact Person: Alicia Radicchi – Owner The Landscape Elf specializes in the design and installation of native plant and perennial landscapes. Alicia Radicchi (owner) graduated from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a Master of Landscape Architecture degree. Ms. Radicchi has been doing landscape installation and maintenance for 5 years. The Landscape Elf is interested in using techniques that will promote habitat for wildlife and are sensitive to the existing ecosystem. Our design and installation services range from routinely scheduled maintenance or complete project management of new construction to installing a single tree in your yard. Nojaim Inc. Retail Grocery Address: 307 Gifford St. Syracuse, NY 13204 Phone: (315) 475-3441 Email: Contact Person: Paul Nojaim – President Nojaim is a 3rd generation independent supermarket that provides retail grocery services, as well as processing perishable foods. N.W.S Sustainable Solutions Phone: (315) 480-0559 Email: / Contact Person: Mattew Ural – Owner N.W.S specializes in green building management, green janitorial services, green landscaping, and green construction cleaning. Near Westside Initiative (NWSI) Address: 350 W Fayette St Suite 405 Syracuse NY Phone: (315) 443-5402 Email: Contact Person: Michael Short

The mission of the Near West Side Initiative (NWSI) is to combine the power of art, technology and innovation with neighborhood values and culture to revitalize Syracuse's Near West Side neighborhood. Onondaga SBDC (Small Business Development Center) Non-Profit/Governmental Business Advising and Education Address: Onondaga Community College, H-1 Hall, 4926 Onondaga Rd. Syracuse, NY 13215 Phone: (315) 498-6070 Fax: (315) 498-2589 E-mail: / Website: Contact Person: Frank Cetera – Certified Business Advisor The SBDC staff consists of dedicated small business advisors whose goal is to provide professional advice to make startup or existing businesses successful. They work with a range of businesses, from homebased, to e-commerce to large manufacturing firms providing information relevant to making wellinformed business decisions. All of the counseling is free and confidential. They meet with potential and existing entrepreneurs, one-to-one, to determine needs, answer questions and establish a plan of action to achieve business goals. Pat’s Safeway Dry-Cleaners Dry Cleaning Services Address: 302 Gifford St. Syracuse, NY 13204 Phone: (315) 475-8952 Email: Contact Person: Anup Bhatt – Owner/Operator Pat’s Safeway provides dry-cleaning, shirt laundry, repair and alteration, drapery and household, and leather and suede services in the Syracuse area. ProLiteracy Worldwide Literacy Organization Address: 1320 Jamesville Ave Syracuse NY 13210 Phone: (315) 422-9121 ext. 254 (Wallace Barkins) ext. 217 (Nina Housman) Fax: (315) 422-6369 Email: / Website: Contact Person: Wallace Barkins / Nina Housman ProLiteracy provides literacy services, training, and materials to adults throughout the United States and worldwide. The location change to the Case Supply building of the Near Westside in 2011 is part of a larger effort by ProLiteracy to work with community partners to help the Near Westside, Syracuse, and the larger CNY area thrive economically, socially, and culturally. With local literacy members and other community partners, the organization has identified obstacles to literacy and developed strategies to

overcome them through projects at their Ruth J. Colvin Center for Innovation and Excellence in Adult Literacy. These efforts make ProLiteracy more effective in their work to advance literacy. Robert Keeley Address: 309 Strathmore Dr. Syracuse, NY 13207 Phone: (315) 428-1525 Email: Contact Person: Bob Keeley Robert Keeley is a service business providing education of green and sustainable living and construction. Royal Protection LLC Security Services Address: 200 Summit Ave Syracuse NY 13207 Phone: (315) 263-5044 Email: Website: Contact Person: Leigh F. Hunt – President and CEO Royal Protection LLC is primarily a security guard company providing professional surveys, security guard services and emergency responses to situations in the area. The company also conducts background investigations as well as other types of investigations for non-for-profits, attorneys, insurance companies, and local governments. They are licensed by New York State as well as bonded and fully insured. They serve New York State from Greene County North, East, and West. Rural Metro Full Emergency Medical Response Address: 488 W Onondaga St Syracuse NY 13201 Phone: (315) 701-7029 Fax: (315) 471-3044 Email: Website: Contact Person: Stan Goettel – Paramedic Rural Metro is a full emergency medical response serving the City of Syracuse, Liverpool, DeWitt, Jamesville, Onondaga Hill, Cayuga County, and the Town of Sullivan. This organization has been a fixture on the Near Westside for 20 years.

Signature Music Not-for-Profit Organization Mailing Address: 118 Julian Pl Syracuse NY 13210 Address: 501 W Fayette St Syracuse NY 13204 Phone: (315) 478-7840 Fax: (315) 478-0962 Email: Contact Person: Dick Ford – Executive Director Signature Music is a non-for-profit organization providing music education, sale of instruments, music performances, as well as an annual summer music camp. The organization serves up to 200 youth in camp, and 40 students in Syracuse on a year-round basis. Solvents and Petroleum Service, Inc. Automotive Services Mailing Address: 1405 Brewerton Rd Syracuse NY 13208 Plant Address: 619 W Fayette St Syracuse NY 13204 Phone: (315) 454-4464 (ext. 10) Fax: (315) 454-8230 Email: Contact Person: EJ Docteur – Vice President Stressdesign Address: 1001 W Fayette St. Floor 1 Syracuse NY 13204 Phone: (315) 422-3231 Fax: 422-5474 Email: Contact Person: Marc Stress – Principal Stressdesign provides brand communications for local, regional, national and international business, education and non-for-profit. StudioDOG Productions Address: 521 Tully St. Syracuse NY 13204 Phone: (315) 679-8191 Email: Contact Person: Isaac Rothwell – Owner StudioDOG Productions provides music and audio production, graphic design, creative counseling, home studio/audio consulting, and print brokering.

Szozda Gallery Address: 501 W Fayette St. #106 Syracuse, NY 13204 Phone: (315) 529-2805 Email: Contact Person: Caroline Szozda-McGowen – Owner Szozda Gallery was created by Caroline Szozda-McGowen for her “Love of art and The Artist”. The gallery officially opened in October 2010 with shows lasting from 4 to 6 weeks and including all media of fine art. It is an 800 sq ft showcase and sales venue for fine art created by Central New York artists. The gallery is free and open to the public. Ultraclean, Inc. Industrial and Environmental Cleaning Company Address: 300 Marcellus St Syracuse NY 13204 Phone: (315) 478-2278 Fax: (315) 478-3344 Email: Contact Person: Michael Harper – Owner/President Ultraclean, Inc. is an industrial and environmental cleaning company providing services throughout New York State with a strong focus in Syracuse, Albany, and Rochester. Types of cleaning include selective demolition, constructions clean-up, HVAC air duct work cleaning, and providing general labor for miscellaneous facility projects. WCNY Media Company Address: 506 Old Liverpool Rd Liverpool NY 13088 Phone: (315) 453-2424 Fax: 451-8824 Email: Contact Person: Rose Taravella – VP Advancement WCNY is a media company providing television and radio broadcasts including PBS, NPR, classical music, and original productions serving 19 counties in CNY. Their mission is to serve the community with educational, entertaining, and inspiring programming. WRKDesigns Graphic Deisngs Address: 377 W Onondaga St #309 Syracuse NY 13202 Phone: (315) 289-3988

Email: Contact Person: Whitney Daniels

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