Due to the spread of the novel Coronavirus, many businesses and organizations are operating in new, innovative ways. While this presents many challenges, it also offers an opportunity for NYU alumni business owners to be creative. From take-out orders and food deliveries, to e-design projects and virtual counseling, check out these NYU alumni-owned businesses that are adapting their services in a socially distanced world.
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Business: Bixby & Co. Chocolate
How they’re operating: Online orders and curbside pick-up
Where to find them: Check out @bixbyco on Instagram and visit bixbyco.com to place an order.
Alumnus/a: Kate McAleer (CAS ’09)
Business: Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company
How they’re operating: 10% discount on all contactless pickup/delivery orders placed through our bkbagel.com or through the app. Brooklyn Bagel app can be downloaded by texting “bkbagel” to 33733.
Where to find them: Online at bkbagel.com or in their app
Alumnus/a: Panos Voyiatzis (TANDON ’95)
Business: Change For Kids
How they’re operating: While this organization usually works directly with students in school settings, Change For Kids has transferred their entire platform and resources to a digital platform.
Where to find them: Visit changeforkids.org to learn more!
Alumnus/a: Kevin Ervin (WAG ’10)
Business: Change.Life Counseling
How they’re operating: Available for online and phone counseling sessions specializing in grief, loss, life transitions, and medical issues.
Where to find them: Visit marubin.com for more information.
Alumnus/a: Mariann Arcari Rubin, LCSW (SSSW ’92)
Business: Galitzin Creative
How they’re operating: E-design projects for residential and commercial interiors
Where to find them: Check out @aliciagalitzin on Instagram and visit galitzincreative.com for more information.
Alumnus/a: Alicia Galitzin (TSOA ’90)
Business: Grandchamps Haitian restaurant
How they’re operating: Take-out and delivery services are now operating from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM at their location in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
Where to find them: Visit grandchamps.nyc or order through Caviar, DoorDash; Grubhub, Postmates, or UberEats.
Alumnus/a: Sabrina Grandchamps Brockman (TANDON ’04)
Business: Hunt Parr, Private Yoga Teacher
How they’re operating: Hosting three online yoga classes a week via Zoom. Free sessions for medical professionals.
Where to find them: Check out @Huntparr on Instagram to get going!
Alumnus/a: Hunt Parr (TSOA ’08)
Business: It’s a Dog’s Life
How they’re operating: Offering virtual dog training, pet planning, and exercise classes for city dogs.
Where to find them: Visit itsadogslifeny.com to get started!
Alumnus/a: Elena Gretch (STERN ’98)
How they’re operating: Take-out and deliveries. Use code THOMAS for a round of margs on them!
Where to find them: Visit mexicue.com to place your order.
Alumnus/a: Thomas Kelly (STERN ’13)
Business: My Wellbeing
How they’re operating: COVID-19 related support through therapy and group counseling
Where to find them: Visit mywellbeing.com/coronavirus-support for more information.
Alumnus/a: Alyssa Petersel (SSSW ’17)
Business: Nepenthe Brewing Co.
How they're operating: Carry-out orders for food, beer, and cocktails.
Where to find them: Visit nepenthebrewingco.com to place your online order!
Alumnus/a: Jill Antos (STERN '04)
Business: Otto’s Tacos
How they’re operating: Online delivery and pick-up
Where to find them: Visit ottostacos.com to place your order
Alumnus/a: Otto Cedeno (TSOA ’07)
Free delivery for orders $20 or more, use order code: TACOS2YOU for free delivery. We wish all our customers safety and health during this time of need.
How they’re operating: In response to our COVID-19 crisis, Maggie Slane (WAG ’00) and Carlos Toro (STEINHARDT ’06) have teamed up to provide sanitation kits throughout Rhode Island to families in need. Maggie is with Family Service of RI and Steer has donated our production van and our team to deliver these kits throughout Rhode Island.
Where to find them: Visit steerforward.com to learn more.
Alumnus/a: Carlos Andres Toro (STEINHARDT ’06)
Business: Wedding-MD and Taste Buds Required
How they’re operating: Online consultations and orders
Alumnus/a: Martine Dardignac (CAS ’02)
How they’re operating: Providing customers with to-go and delivery meals. Order online to get 15% off by using code LOCAL15.
Where to find them: Visit https://westvillenyc.com to place your order.
Alumnus/a: Jay Strauss (STERN ’87)