Following A Passion Two Women Ditched Careers In Music And Fashion To Open A Seafood Eatery In Brooklyn, NY

January 23, 2015  |  

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Fifi Bell Clanton and Gwendolyn Niles walked away from established careers in entertainment and fashion where they worked with top-name celebs to go into business together. The two moms from Fort Greene, Brooklyn, opened The Crabby Shack last summer and haven’t looked back. The career move is paying off as the eatery is fast became a popular spot.

“Both of us were tired of our industries and wanted to do something different,” Niles, 45, told The New York Daily News. Niles has been a veteran record company exec who worked with Diddy, the Notorious B.I.G., Faith Evans, and Janelle Monae during 20 years in the artists and repertoire areas at Bad Boy Entertainment.

In 2012, Bell, 40, a fashion stylist whose clients included Alicia Keys, The Cheetah Girls, andWyclef Jean, came up with the idea to open the restaurant.

“Fifi came to me with the idea and I jumped on [it] not too long after,” Niles said. “I called her late one night after work and asked her if she was serious and she said, ‘absolutely.’”

To get funding, they turned to crowdfunding. So far they have a success on their hands with locals lining up and folks traveling to Crown Heights from across the city for the tasty dishes.

“We have been fortunate to have returning customers along with our regulars,” Niles said. “Since the Brooklyn Flea has opened, foot traffic has increased along Franklin Avenue, which in turn has helped us introduce new customers to The Crabby Shack.”

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