Black Bodega (301955)
Credit: Bill Moore photo

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, Black Bodega held a grand opening as owner and entrepreneur Alize Jones seeks to “bring economic equity to the community and provide jobs to local residents.” Invited guests during the Black Bodega grand opening from 1-4 p.m. included: Bronx Borough President Reuben Diaz Jr., Bronx Councilmember Vanessa Gibson, Bronx rap artist and television host Peter Gunz, and rapper Jadakiss.

Proud locals steadily flocked to the 231 East 167th Street location.

During the 1990s, Bronx native Jones was an enterprising record label executive who managed artists and created music for those in the hip hop world. Today, he’s an entrepreneur and the founder of Black Bodega, a full-service deli and convenience store in the South Bronx community that has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jones was tired of witnessing the economic disparity in underserved communities like the South Bronx where he was raised so he created the blueprint for Black Bodega.

Alize wants his Black Bodega to deliver “more than just high-quality products and supplies, it will be a neighborhood deli that breathes new life into the community by creating job opportunities for young adults and other local residents.”

Among the other Bronx establishments that Jones owns is the successful beauty salon Nails & Tips by Laila London, which enjoyed its grand opening in late September 2020. It’s a customer service friendly business that provides transportation for those who live within a one-mile radius of the business. According to Jones, the goal is to provide the nearby community with access to services that would only be granted to those more fortunate. “As a Black-owned business, it’s our goal to understand the plight of those in the surrounding community and provide a quality service our customers do deserve.”

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