In response to the recent incidents of police brutality and nationwide protests, Xtend Barre on Remsen Street is encouraging our community to take a step further and support local black-owned businesses.
In an e-mail to members, Xtend’s owner Kristine Storie and the rest of the team wrote,
The road to meaningful and lasting change is paved with commitment and persistence. We must work in earnest, day in and day out, to keep the momentum going.As a small business, we at Xtend Barre Brooklyn have a platform to promote positive change in our community. We’re committed to keeping the conversation alive, even after the dust settles …especially after the dust settles.In that spirit, we’ll be highlighting a Black-owned local business or organization every week. In exchange for your support, we’ll gift you a free virtual class. Simply email us proof of your purchase or donation to claim your free class. To maximize impact, we ask that you make a minimum purchase or donation of $15. You’ll get a free virtual class for each of your first 3 donations/purchases.
This week’s featured business is The Soul Spot, at 302 Atlantic Avenue, which offers “soul food dishes with a Caribbean flair.” In business since 2003, The Soul Spot is owned by Yaya Ceesay and his cousin Banumu Turay.
Inspired by the e-mail, I stopped by The Soul Spot to pick up an order of fried chicken with sides of collard greens and plantains. Total cost: $13 and change for a plentiful portion. I’ll definitely go back, and I can’t believe I’ve lived here for this long without having been there before.
Read more here about Chef Ceesay.
And don’t sleep on those free Xtend classes: I’m a member of the studio and have been taking advantage of flexible, frequent on-line classes. Great way to work off those plantains…