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Giving Back by Supporting Ethical Brands

Giving Back by Supporting Ethical Brands

While many people may associate the name Harry Hayman with Philly startups and various endeavors in the food and hospitality industries, there’s so much more to what I try to do for my community. Those who know me well and are part of my inner circle know that charitable giving is a significant part of who I am and the legacy I wish to leave. Some of these endeavors have been through foundations I have started, such as the Feed Philly Coalition. Outside of this, however, I try to practice ethical consumerism whenever I can.

Recently, I donated to a foundation called The Artisan Fund, which was started by the jewelry brand SOKO. The company is a female-led and ethically-conscious B-corp, seeking solutions to the social and environmental issues plaguing our world. SOKO created The Artisan Fund to give back to those battling through the COVID-19 pandemic in Kenya, where their jewelry artisans reside. They are putting together care packages for approximately 250 artisans and their families, containing food, herbs, toiletries, and other essentials that may be in short supply.

Aside from creating beautiful pieces of artisan jewelry, SOKO’s entire purpose is to fight against poverty and inequality in Kenya. As someone who has strived to find ways to get closer to attaining world peace for my entire life, I could not be more proud to support this organization and this brand. I encourage anybody looking for a fulfilling way to give back to not only support the company by purchasing their beautiful jewelry, but also by supporting The Artisan Fund in any way that you can.

The Artisan Fund is just one of the various outlets that I have been using to give back to those in need during this pandemic. My reputation as Harry Hayman, the restaurant industry expert, is just the tip of the iceberg in regards to my association with Philadelphia and the world around me. For more information about what I am doing to help others, I encourage you to contact me or follow me on Instagram.

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Philadelphia Film Society Launches First Ever Virtual Summer Fest

Philadelphia Film Society Launches First Ever Virtual Summer Fest

I, Harry Hayman, enjoy Philadelphia’s long list of cultural events that happen every day in this city. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the city is missing some of that character that makes working and living here such an experience. In the current landscape where all large scale events have been canceled or postponed until February 28th, 2021, finding things to do that celebrate the rich artistic history of Philadelphia has proven difficult. That is why I was pleased to receive my pass to partake in the Philadelphia Film Society’s First-Ever Virtual SummerFest!

Virtual SummerFest

As theaters remained closed for the time being, the PFS SummerFest adapted and has gone virtual. In years past, Summerfest has been a showcase for independent films fresh off of the festival circuit. This year’s virtual festival aims to bring you similar experience and still provide that showcase for the excellent independent movies of 2020. The PSF programming team selected the lineup of films and wanted to deliver that festival experience that many people are currently missing.

Bringing the Festival to Your Living Room

The PFS utilized their new “virtual theater” to make the Virtual SummerFest a reality. The Virtual Theater allows the PFS to bring the curated film selection members and patrons of the PFS Roxy and Philadelphia Film Center directly to your home. In addition to bringing the curated lineup to attendee’s homes, the PFS developed a festival atmosphere in the virtual space.

They accomplished that atmosphere by hosting virtual Q&A sessions with the creators of the films in the form of Zoom webinars. Keeping that feeling of a festival panel was vital for the Virtual Summerfest formula, and the PFS delivered on that promise.

The Virtual SummerFest was the last event in the PFS “Save Our Screens” Campaign, the organization’s effort to raise funds to keep the organization funded through the end of the year. As of this writing, they have smashed their goal of $150,000.

As a hospitality management specialist, I, Harry Hayman, appreciate the arts and enjoy thought-provoking independent films that may not receive the widespread attention they deserve. I am proud that I could do my part in helping this venerable organization keep the lights on during these uncertain times, and I hope you will consider donating as well. To learn more about me and my efforts throughout the Philadelphia restaurant scene, feel free to contact me or follow my Instagram!

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My Favorite Philadelphia Attractions

My Favorite Philadelphia Attractions

The past several months have been challenging for all of us. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown much of everyday life in disarray. As Philadelphia slowly begins to roll into the green phase, some of the best sights, sounds, and destinations you need to visit have started to reopen with proper safety precautions in place for visitors. Here are some of my, Harry Hayman’s, favorite Philadelphia attractions.

Independence Seaport Museum

The Independence Seaport Museum has reopened with Philadelphia entering the Green Phase; however, it is currently running on a weekend-only schedule. The Independence Seaport Museum aims to provide a deeper understanding and appreciation of the waterways found in and around the city of Philadelphia. It is an experience that is fun for the entire family.

Waterfront at Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street at Harbor Park gives its visitors a memorable experience every time out. With light installations that give the park a unique look as you take in the sights and sounds down on the Delaware River Waterfront, Spruce Street at Harbor Park has been a summer mainstay in Philadelphia. Pop-up restaurants, a beer garden, lawn games, and some well-positioned hammocks make Spruce Street at Harbor Park a key summer destination.

PHS Pop Up Garden at South Street

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Pop Up Garden has opened for the season, following proper safety procedures to keep staff and patrons safe. The Pop Up Garden at South Street gives visitors a vibrant hangout spot in the center of a pollinator garden. Guests can sample from a delicious seasonal food and drink menu. Some of the safety procedures that the PHS has taken include contactless ordering through a convenient mobile app and a 90-minute time limit for groups dining in the garden.

As we continue to navigate the current situation, finding unique ways to serve the public and give them the hospitality experience has been challenging. I, Harry Hayman, a hospitality management specialist, commend these businesses for their continued commitment to serve their guests and provide them with a safe and memorable experience as best they can under the circumstances. To learn more about me, please contact me or follow me on Instagram!

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Looking at the Restaurant Industry Under COVID-19

Looking at the Restaurant Industry Under COVID-19

As a veteran in the restaurant industry, I, Harry Hayman, have not seen anything impact foodservice quite like the COVID-19 pandemic has. We had gone over three months without any indoor dining options, and there are still concerns about whether or not they will stay open, even with limited capacity. Businesses that I have been heavily involved with have had to shift their business model to accommodate the pandemic, which hasn’t made it easy for those who rely on jobs in food service to earn a living. 

One of the most prevalent narratives has been the rise of take-out and delivery. While plenty of hungry customers have turned to these options, it’s still not always enough to keep restaurants afloat. While the number of take-out and delivery orders has increased, so has the number of grocery store purchases. The restaurant industry is still losing potential customers who prefer to cook their own meals instead of taking their chances with take-out. 

Even for restaurants offering take-out, it is not always profitable unless they are doing it through their own website. The downside, however, is that most consumers find third-party apps, such as UberEats, GrubHub, and Postmates, to be more convenient. And while it may be more convenient for the consumer, it actually hurts the restaurant in a sense, as the third-party app takes a sizable portion of the price of a given order. With these types of delivery apps quickly becoming the norm, the restaurant industry is beginning to suffer. 

Nevertheless, I have been hard at work looking for new ways to bolster the industry. I have partnered with WorkMerk and VirusSafePro.com to help restaurants showcase their health standards and make consumers feel at ease when visiting their establishments. I also continue to aid new establishments within the industry, whether it’s by providing consulting services or operating to-go cocktail bars for essential workers. 

Of course, there will be plenty more Philly startups that I, Harry Hayman, have in the works, so stay tuned. To learn more about these projects, or my involvement in the restaurant industry during COVID-19, feel free to contact me or follow me on Instagram.