STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Shanese Pettiway, 40, needed to make use of her profitable health journey to inspire others.
That’s why the Mariners Harbor resident, who misplaced 60 kilos via good food plan and train, opened Shanese Cares, a web based retailer that shares exercise clothes and well being and wellness merchandise and likewise serves as an inspirational weblog.
“I purpose to serve those who wrestle with health. It took me some time to get to this place in my health journey, as a result of I used to be chubby for thus lengthy and I felt like I couldn’t [do it] till I actually put my thoughts to it and dedicated to dropping the load and getting wholesome, and it’s been an incredible journey.
“I purpose to [show] those who they’ll [be successful, too]. As a result of there’s lots of people that, , undergo the identical factor. It seems like the load is tough to get off. And I simply felt like why not share my journey?”
As her online following grew, Pettiway started to seek for a brick-and-mortar location; earlier this 12 months, whereas buying at Empire Shops in St. George together with her sister, she noticed info on Empire Shops’ Pop-Up & Grow program, which affords small enterprise homeowners, entrepreneurs, designers and artists the chance to increase their manufacturers by occupying turn-key areas together with non permanent built-out areas, widespread space kiosks and pop-in spots, in addition to weekend market-style alternatives.
Pettiway utilized, was accepted, and opened her Shanese Cares kiosk on July 6.
It has confirmed to be the proper transfer, in line with Pettiway.
“I used to be like one of many first ones out right here. It has been superb. … You’ve so many alternative individuals and cultures and nationalities that stroll via right here, and [Shanese Cares] has been obtained nicely,” stated Pettiway, who additionally works full time as a Division of Corrections officer. “Administration right here is superb. The safety staff right here is superb. And I really feel welcomed by them. It’s only a nice expertise, it’s very welcoming right here.”
WHY ‘SHANESE CARES’?
Naming her enterprise Shanese Cares was a no brainer for Pettiway, who described herself as a people-person.
“I do care about individuals. I’m a really giving individual, that’s just about simply my character. I all the time maintain individuals, household, pals, individuals at work. ‘Shanese Cares’ is not only a reputation for me, I actually do care.”
GROWING POP-UP & GROW
Empire Shops’ Pop-Up & Develop program was initially concocted to supply a lifeline to the neighborhood and small companies through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, in line with Wes Rebisz, normal supervisor of Empire Shops.
What started as an initiative for retail-centric enterprises has since blossomed to included areas for meals and beverage companies.
“Due to the success that we had with the retail portion of Pop-Up & Develop, we thought, ‘Hey, why don’t we open this system as much as meals and beverage?’ There could also be a small restaurant that both closed or somebody that’s trying to open a restaurant, however they’re not precisely ready to open their very own 5,000-square-foot area.”
Cue MRKTPL, a 15,000-square-foot area with particular person cubicles starting from 700 to 1,000 sq. toes, which Rebisz stated will lend itself to individuals which can be simply trying to get began, or wish to increase their already established enterprise.
Proprietors in all sectors of enterprise are welcome to use to the Pop-Up & Develop program, stated Rebisz.
“It’s essential for the Shops to be a part of the neighborhood … we’ll all the time be trying to companion with native companies and entrepreneurs to see if we will convey their concepts to [life].”
MORE ABOUT SHANESE CARES, EMPIRE OUTLETS
The Shanese Cares kiosk is open from midday to 7 p.m. at Empire Shops via Oct. 31, after which Pettiway can be teaming up with one other Pop-up and Develop enterprise, Badass Boot Camp, to open an indoor area.
To study extra concerning the Pop-Up and Develop initiative at Empire Shops, go to the Empire Outlets website.
Empire Shops is positioned at 55 Richmond Terr. in St. George, between the St. George Ferry Terminal and the brand new Fast Ferry terminal.