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How To Get Funding For Your Black-Owned Industrial Business

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Securing capital is one of the biggest barriers for entrepreneurs when starting a new business. And once the business does begin operations, unexpected disasters such as pandemics and shutdowns can affect the bottom line of even the most established organizations.

Black-owned businesses and organizations were hit the hardest during the pandemic. According to one report, they suffered a 41% drop in operations.    

Whether you have a startup you want to scale, are looking for fresh ideas for your established business, or need help recovering from unexpected slowdowns, here are four of the best resources to fund your Black- or minority-owned industrial business.

1. Small Business Administration (SBA)

The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers a range of resources and programs that Black-owned small businesses can leverage to start, grow, or recover.

There are a few ways SBA can help Black entrepreneurs scale their businesses:

  • Local Support: For ongoing mentorship or one-time business questions, use local SBA partners like Community Navigators or Small Business Development Centers.
  • Access To Capital: You can utilize SBA-backed loans or grant programs such as “Small Business and Innovation Research” to get funds.
  • Contracting Opportunities: The 8(a) Business Development Program and the HUBZone program are specifically designed to cater to firms owned by economically and socially disadvantaged groups.

2. Grants.gov

This database has all the information business owners need regarding government grant programs for specific sectors and their eligibility. If you want federal financial assistance, this portal is especially useful. 

It provides eligibility guidelines and submission procedures for over 1,000 small-business grants.

3. Minority Business Development Agency

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is the only federal agency charged with boosting the competitiveness and growth of minority-owned businesses.

Although MBDA doesn’t provide funds directly to businesses, they offer relevant and valuable resources for loans and grants. They also organize annual meetings with angel investors to support minority and small business owners.

4. Reign Ventures

Founded by a Black woman, Reign Ventures is one of the best early-stage venture investment firms focusing on Seed and Series A investment opportunities for minority-led startups.

The company invests in tech-enabled and technology startups led by minority or women founders. It has supported successful businesses like Letterhead, which helps publishers of all kinds succeed at publishing great newsletters, and Tribute, a digital health equity company. 

Get Started with Credit Key 

If you’re ready to get started on your next big idea, Xometry’s Credit Key is a flexible payment solution that helps entrepreneurs instantly tap into large lines of credit. This means you can buy the parts you need now and pay later. 

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Charlotte Community Celebrates Black History Month By Supporting Black-Owned Businesses

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – On Sunday, several Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs gathered together to showcase their goods. This all took place during two events celebrating Black History Month.

A Black-Owned Business Expo took place in Charlotte, and another black business showcase took place out in Concord during an N.C. Heritage Festival at the Cabarrus Arena.

Seven-year-old Gabriella Bostick of Fly Girl Cosmetics has big dreams for her business.

“I would want to make it a big business and hire people to work with me,” the young businesswoman said.

Gabriella, who sells a variety of lip glosses, said she started her business because she wanted to make her own money and to inspire others.

“[I want] To show other people that they can be whatever they want to be,” she said.

Over at the N.C Black Heritage Festival, Skylar Dean, another young entrepreneur, was attending the event as a vendor, promoting his business ‘Skylar’s Gourmet Poppedy Popcorn,’ which launched after he got a Christmas gift.

“I started last year and ever since, I was a top rank in Guilford County Boy Scouts for selling the most popcorn,” he said. “I decided to do my own company. I also asked for a popcorn machine for Christmas, and my aunt asked what we were going to do with it, and I told her I was going to start my own company.”

Tamar Yisraeo organized the Black-Owned Business Expo in Charlotte. She said as an entrepreneur herself, events like these are important for business.

“It’s very important, you know, we’re discounted in a lot of areas and we just want the opportunity to be able to show our talents and our abilities,” she said.

Both Black-Owned Business events wrapped up Sunday evening.

Related: Gaston County resident asking for community’s help to restore historic Black schoolhouse

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New East Side Fort Worth Mural Showcases Legacy Of Black Business Impact On The City | Fort Worth Report

Community Frontline’s “Black Business Impact” mural features the first Black millionaire in Texas William “Gooseneck” McDonald, Joseph Breedlove, Amanda Davis, Dr. Marie “Doc” Holliday, Lucille B. Smith and current businesses such as Black Coffee, Smoke-A-Holics BBQ, Hotel Dryce and The Dock Bookshop. (Cristian ArguetaSoto | Fort Worth Report)

About one hundred guests mingled to the music of DJ SupaKen on Feb. 25 at the “Yeager Experience,” 2800 Yeager St.

On one corner of the building, Black Coffee had drip for the guests, while Dough Boy Donuts and Angi’s Louisiana Kitchen sold food. Across the lot, guests took selfies in front of a photo backdrop with the words “Black Business Impact.” 

Everyone gathered for the east corner of the building — where a mural with portraits of Black business leaders was revealed.

The mural, commissioned by nonprofit Community Frontline, aims to preserve the legacy and impact of Black business on Fort Worth historically and now. Also, organizers hope it will create a space where the community can gather to learn history and be reminded of the contribution of Black businesses.

  • The “Black Business Impact” mural was revealed to the community on Feb. 25 at the “Yeager Experience,” the name Community Frontline founders gave the 2800 Yeager St. building. The mural features past Black business leaders and current Black business owners. (Cristian ArguetaSoto | Fort Worth Report)
  • Community Frontline’s “Black Business Impact” mural features Black-owned coffee shop Black Coffee and Black-owned hotel Hotel Dryce. (Cristian ArguetaSoto | Fort Worth Report)
  • A guest looks at books written by Black authors at the Community Frontline library on Feb. 25 at the “Yeager Experience” building, 2800 Yeager St. (Cristian ArguetaSoto | Fort Worth Report)
  • Roy Brooks, District 1 county commissioner, talks to guests at the Community Frontline “Black Business Impact” mural reveal party on Feb. 25 at the “Yeager Experience” building, 2800 Yeager St. (Cristian ArguetaSoto | Fort Worth Report)
  • City of Fort Worth Councilmember Chris Nettles and My Brother’s Keeper Program Executive Director Rickie Clark talk at the Community Frontline “Black Business Impact” mural reveal party on Feb. 25 at the “Yeager Experience” building, 2800 Yeager St. (Cristian ArguetaSoto | Fort Worth Report)
  • Smoke-A-Holics BBQ owners Derrick Walker, 44, and his wife Kesha Walker pose in front of a portion of the mural dedicated to them at the Community Frontline “Black Business Impact” mural reveal party on Feb. 25 at the “Yeager Experience” building, 2800 Yeager St. (Cristian ArguetaSoto | Fort Worth Report)
  • Community Frontline founders Dante Williams, right, Quinton “Q” Phillips, center, and Franklin Moss, owner of tailoring business Franklin & Anthony, talk to guests about the impact of Black business in Fort Worth at the Community Frontline “Black Business Impact” mural reveal party on Feb. 25 at the “Yeager Experience” building, 2800 Yeager St. (Cristian ArguetaSoto | Fort Worth Report)
  • Artist Armando Castelan signs his mural at the Community Frontline “Black Business Impact” mural reveal party on Feb. 25 at the “Yeager Experience” building, 2800 Yeager St. (Cristian ArguetaSoto | Fort Worth Report)

Community Frontline participates in racial justice and solidarity, police-community relations and accountability, mentoring and education, and community beautification and development. 

“Gooseneck shouldn’t be the only millionaire to come out of Fort Worth. We should be creating millionaires because we have entrepreneurs hand over fist, right? They’re everywhere but they just need opportunities,” said Dante Williams, the owner of DIG Contracting and cofounder of Community Frontline. “They need the resources, they need somebody to come walk along the side of them. What this does is show that it can be done and has been done in their community.”

The organization founders Williams, Quinton “Q” Phillips, a Fort Worth ISD school board trustee; Franklin Moss, owner of tailoring business Franklin & Anthony, and other community leaders began planning the project four years ago, Williams said. Each business inside the 2800 Yeager St. building created the “Yeager Experience,” a self-sustained family of Black-owned businesses.

Featured on artist Armando Castelan’s mural is the first Black millionaire in Texas, William “Gooseneck” McDonald, Joseph Breedlove, Amanda Davis, Dr. Marie “Doc” Holliday, Lucille B. Smith and current businesses such as Black Coffee, Smoke-A-Holics BBQ, Hotel Dryce and The Dock Bookshop.

Dr. Marie “Doc” Holliday thanked the organizers for the “awesome honor” of painting her on the mural.

Holliday, the owner of Sundance Square Dentist, grew up on East Terrell Street and carries the first-hand experience of the Black business impact with her.

“This awesome mural will have an impact on the lives of this community immediately and for generations to come,” Holliday said. “I was taught to set high goals so that I will never be complacent, but to seek a goal one must strive for excellence.”

She founded her dentistry practice in Sundance Square in 1991. Holliday is only one example of the type of business leaders featured in the mural.

“Black people have been a part of that economic impact that’s been happening. And as we think about the growth and expansion of Fort Worth, too often we feel like those stories are left out and those people are left behind,” Phillips said. “Black business impact is happening right now.”

As part of its education component, Community Frontline aims to heal ignorance.

“We talked about alleviating the sufferings that happened within our city. One of the sufferings that we see too often, unfortunately, is ignorance. And so through our educational component of what we do, we try to educate our people and educate the city,” Williams said.

The Community Frontline founders want the mural to be a location where the community can gather to learn and remember.

“If we can develop businesses, we can develop the workforce and provide jobs,” Williams said. “We can show that the economics of the city and the workforce of the city can thrive and funnel through Black business small or large to provide jobs and build up the community without having to go outside of the community.”

Cristian ArguetaSoto is the community engagement journalist at the Fort Worth Report. Contact him by email or via Twitter. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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How She Helps New Nashville Businesses Succeed

Though Amelia Watts may never have imagined herself in the field of commercial banking, the Franklin, TN, native certainly deserves recognition for her efforts. Diving head-first into the consumer banking world during the pandemic, she helped manage Studio Bank’s PPP loan program.

These days, as Studio Bank’s Relationship Manager, she spends her time empowering local creators and helping entrepreneurs launch their business concepts. Please welcome this week’s FACE of Nashville — the free-spirited and dynamic Amelia Watts!

Please welcome this week’s FACE of Nashville, Amelia Watts. She helps local entrepreneurs and creatives reach their goals, including an emphasis on bridging the gap for funding Black-owned businesses.

Can you tell us a bit about your background?

I started my career in financial services 11 years ago. I was a mortgage loan officer for a firm headquartered in Melville, NY. I worked in their local office in Franklin, TN, and spent most of my time there listening to painful stories from homeowners subjected to predatory lending practices. Determined to right the wrongs of lenders they’d worked with before, I went on a mission to educate homeowners about their options and put the power back in their hands.

I taught homeowners how to leverage their assets to accomplish their goals. This led to a successful career in the mortgage industry. I never expected to be a commercial banker, but I’m curious by nature and had been interested in the commercial side of lending for some time, so it was only a matter of time before I found my way there.

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What led you to your current role as Relationship Manager with Studio Bank?

Every decision I’ve made in my life led me to my current role at Studio Bank! It was all divine timing and purpose. My close friends and family would describe me as the inquisitive, brave, and adventurous one, so you could say I thrive on taking leaps of faith. But I also believe my life is directed by a higher power.

By what I can only describe as divine intervention, I was introduced to April Britt [Studio Bank’s co-founder and CEO] through a mutual contact. April shared the Studio Bank story and mission with me, and I felt drawn to their vision from that first meeting. A few other signs revealed themselves, and I ultimately accepted the role of Relationship Manager on their consumer banking team.

Shortly after joining the team in 2019, the pandemic changed everything as we were all thrust into economic uncertainty. I was asked to join a team April was leading to help manage the PPP loan program. PPP was new to everyone, but we quickly adapted, and that small team successfully funded over 14 million dollars to small businesses and preserved over 3,800 jobs.

In 2021, after working with commercial clients actively through the PPP loan program and other lending efforts, I accepted my current role as Relationship Manager on the commercial banking team.

Though she may never have expected a career in commercial banking, Amelia attributes her career with Studio Bank to divine timing and purpose.

We are grateful to all our sponsors:

Tell us about you work with local entrepreneurs.

Every day is different, which gives me that bit of the adventure my free spirit craves. All entrepreneurs inspire me. The strength it takes to overcome fear, isolation, setbacks, and failures should inspire us all! I love listening to entrepreneurs share their stories. I want to hear about the journey of starting a business out of your kitchen while you were quarantined with nothing more than your own creativity. Or how a life event or idea was the catalyst for creating a brand. Nashville is laden with creatives; my role is to help them access the products, people, and services needed to reach their goals.

You help a lot of Black business owners get their start or expand. Can you talk to us about the funding options out there? What local mom-and-pop businesses should we keep an eye out for?

Statistically, Black women are the fastest-growing demographic of entrepreneurs in the U.S. in recent years. The number of Black women applying for new business licenses is increasing exponentially. Adversely, fewer and fewer of these business owners are applying for funding through a bank due, in part, to the historical lack of information, access to funding, and systemic racism.

Most of us know there are discrepancies, but knowing something and doing something will be the difference in bridging the funding gap in the Black community. Studio Bank is doing something about it, and as a Black woman, it feels only natural to hold the door open as I walk through it.

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One of the ways Studio Bank is working to bridge the gap is by providing funding opportunities to Black-owned businesses in partnership with The Bridge Resource Partnership Fund and Cummins Nashville Small Business Loan Program. These organizations saw a need and reached out to Studio Bank to help execute their vision.

This isn’t a grant or forgivable loan like PPP; applicants must meet program and underwriting guidelines and agree to repayment terms. It’s an opportunity for Black business owners to access the funding they’re often denied due to systemic socio-economic factors, which can derail upward mobility. If you’re a Black business owner in Nashville, and your business has achieved success, but you’re at a point where there’s a need to access capital to grow or expand your business, this could be a great opportunity for you.

This should go without saying, but Studio Bank is an equal opportunity lender, and in addition to this program, we offer options to everyone within our footprint. Our mission has always been investing back into the community we serve.

“Most of us know there are discrepancies, but knowing something and doing something will be the difference in bridging the funding gap in the Black community,” Amelia tells us.

What are some of your go-to local spots when you’re feeling nostalgic?

The city has changed so much, but some things never change. I love driving by my childhood home in Franklin. Turning into the neighborhood brings back countless memories. My first concert was at the Ryman Auditorium to see India Arie, so I’ll never pass up the opportunity to see a show there.

My dad taught me how to drive his boat on Percy Priest Lake and took me hiking at Warner Parks as a kid, so those places always bring me feelings of nostalgia. But nothing reminds me of my childhood more than a fish sandwich at the famous Ed’s Fish House.

What are your passions outside of work?

Educating underserved communities about financial health and wellness, and volunteering with local organizations in Middle Tennessee, are near and dear to my heart. My first job was volunteering at a nursing home in Franklin before I was old enough to work. I still enjoy giving back to my community in these ways.

I also love to go to live shows. I’ve seen Beyoncé at every major concert venue in Nashville. Outside of that, I love traveling; I’ve traveled to 17 countries on five continents. Learning about the world outside my bubble enriches my life in ways I never imagined were possible.

Raised in Franklin, Amelia says nothing brings back childhood nostalgia quite like a fish sandwich at Ed’s Fish House.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

Caste by Isabel Wilkerson, Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann, and Equilibrium by my dear friend Tiana Clark.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

“Do the things that scare you.” It’s become a personal mantra. The feeling of uncertainty is never stronger than the feeling of accomplishment after succeeding in something you doubted you could achieve. When I have the mental strength to hone in on fear and direct that energy toward a mission, I always grow into a stronger, better version of myself. The feeling of overcoming a challenge outweighs that fear, and the best experiences are on the other side. Some of the best days of my life have come from pushing myself beyond my own self-doubt.

Outside of faith, family, and friends, what are three things you can’t live without?

My music streaming app, rice (which has always been my favorite food. I eat it almost every day!), and a thoughtful, enlightening conversation.

Thank you for all you do to support local businesses, Amelia! And special thanks to Courtney Eckdahl for the photography.

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Jenna Bratcher is StyleBlueprint Nashville’s Associate Editor and Lead Writer. The East Coast native moved to Nashville 15 years ago, by way of Los Angeles. She is a foodie through and through and enjoys exploring the local restaurant scene bite by bite.

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The Resilience Of Henry G. Parks Jr: Leading One Of The Nation’s Most Profitable Black-Owned Food Manufacturers

The story of Henry G. Parks, Jr. is one of resilience.

He was a Black entrepreneur, who not only broke racial barriers and excelled in a white corporate world, but also helped raise the standard for meat manufacturing and advance racial integration in the workplace.

Considered one of America’s most brilliant businessmen, Parks transformed an abandoned Baltimore-based dairy plant he acquired in 1951 into one of the nation’s most profitable food manufacturers. He was the founder and CEO of Baltimore-based Parks Sausage Co., one of the first Black companies to publicly trade on the Nasdaq composite index.

Today, the late Atlanta-born and Ohio-raised executive remains a trailblazing titan who once had a seat on the original BLACK ENTERPRISE Advisory Board and served as a valued mentor to scores of Black entrepreneurs before his death in 1989.

From warehouse grounds to making history

Under Parks’ supervision, the Baltimore-based meat processing company upheld a high standard in cleanliness, safety, and employment. He had but two helpers at first, but this leader’s efforts to create and maintain quality mainstream breakfast products while fostering a positive environment for his workers were transformative.

Parks Breakfast Sausages
Those around in the 1970s and 1980s may recall Saturday morning radio and television commercials featuring a child calling, “More Parks Sausages, Mom please! The late Henry Green Parks Jr. took his southern recipes and formed Parks Sausages in 1951. In 1969, the company became the first African American-owned publicly traded company and was later acquired by NFL legend Franco Harris.

Parks would eventually recruit and train both Black and white employees. He ensured that front office and plant workforces were integrated at a time when Black workers were usually tasked with jobs on the factory floor.

By the 1970s, with an iconic tagline created and marketed by Parks, the company grew into a multimillion dollar business with almost 300 employees. “More Park Sausages, Mom. More Parks sausages, please…,” could be heard from television and radio speakers, reminding Baltimoreans and beyond that this Black-owned enterprise was solid and thriving.

A city councilman with community intentions

From 1963-1971, Parks served on the Baltimore City Council where he committed his efforts on legislation that banned segregation laws. He also worked to improve both working and living conditions for Black people.

As a member of several corporate boards, including Magnavox, First Penn Corp., Warner Lambert Co. and W.R. Grace Co, Park had also been a trustee of Goucher College in Baltimore.

(Henry Green Parks, Jr. Image: Sept 1996)

Ranking on BE Top 100

By 1973, H. G. Parks, Inc.-its official corporate name at the time-made its debut on the first BE Top 100 roster at No. 8, grossing $13.8 million in revenues. A year after returning to Black ownership, the renamed Parks Sausage Co. was ranked No. 29 on the 1983 Top 100, producing $19 million in gross revenues.

(Black Enterprise Magazine, Sept. 1996)

A great moment in Black business

In 1977, Parks sold his sausage manufacturer to Norin Corp. for $5 million, more than double its value on the NASDAQ stock exchange, as reported in BLACK ENTERPRISE. He stayed on as board chairman until 1980 and relinquished all his holdings in the company in 1984.

The transaction, very lucrative for Parks, began the cycle of a bleak period for the company. It caused a halt in its company stock trading on the exchange, and according to a June 1981 BLACK ENTERPRISE article, Norin proved unfit to continue its 25-year run of record profitability. This was largely due to rising operating expenses and withdrawal of $2 million in accumulated cash.

After Parks Sausage declined under white ownership between 1977 and 1982, sales took a plunge. Business executive and civil rights leader Raymond V. Haysbert, Sr. and the management team of Parks Sausage Co executed the first leveraged buyout of a historically Black-owned company when Haysbert and his team bought the company for $4 million in 1981, returning it to the BE 100s.

“There was a certain amount of deterioration,” Parks told BE regarding control under what he called the “Norin Regime” during those years. “We had hoped it would have been a springboard to a bigger plateau to expand the company beyond what we could do. But it just didn’t pan out.”

By the mid-1980s, Parks Sausage was making about $30 million a year. Parks would see his company return to its former glory.

More than a decade later, late Franco Harris, a four-time Super Bowl champion, partnered with former Penn State teammate, and Baltimore Colt, Lydell Mitchell, to own Parks Sausage back in 1996. The Parks Sausage Plant is now the Dietz and Watson Plant in Northwest Baltimore.

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Before, During And After Segregation: Black-Owned Businesses And Culture Thrived In Rome

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  • Rufus Turner Collection, RAHC

This photo, part of the Rufus Turner Collection at the Rome Area History Center, shows Duke’s Cafe located in the Five Points area in North Rome, one of several bustling business centers for Rome’s Black community.

Editor’s Note

Editor’s Note We would like to thank everyone at the Rome Area History Center for their efforts to preserve local history. In order to make this story possible, they made themselves available at a moment’s notice and went above and beyond to assist our efforts to tell the tale of Rome’s Black business history. We’d also like to thank Rufus Turner who spent his life compiling the history of Rome’s Black community. 

Charles “Banty” Jones’ service station was a community gathering place as well as a business.

Movie theaters like The Carver, The Metropolitan and The Romeo served Black residents of Rome during segregation.

This clipping from a 1947 edition of the Rome Enterprise shows a photo of the O.W. Curtis Funeral Home in South Rome.

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5 Black-Owned Wine Brands To Try For Self Care Sunday

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Black-owned wine brands are all the rage on social media. And what better way to indulge yourself than by supporting a Black-owned business in the process?

Why Buy From Black-owned Wine Brands?

Supporting Black-owned businesses is an integral part of strengthening the Black community. But unfortunately, many Black businesses do not always receive the support they deserve. This also includes Black-owned wine brands, which are often overshadowed by larger or non-Black wineries and vineyards.

Support for Black-owned wine brands is critical because they create employment opportunities, bring diversity to the industry, and provide a different perspective on the production of wines.

Black-owned winery businesses have faced many obstacles over the years, from access to capital to a lack of recognition within their own industries. Supporting these wineries is a great way to help them overcome these challenges and continue making great wines for all to enjoy.

The Benefits of Drinking Wine

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Wine can be a great way to connect with friends, family, and colleagues. Not only that, drinking wine in moderation has even been linked to potential health benefits. Studies show that drinking moderate amounts of wine can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, lower blood pressure and increase good cholesterol levels. A glass of red wine, in particular, can be particularly beneficial due to its high levels of antioxidants.

In addition to health benefits, there are also several mental benefits associated with drinking wine. Moderate consumption has been linked to improved memory and cognitive function. Wine can also act as a mild sedative and relieve stress, helping you relax after a long day.

If you enjoy wine, why not try a new bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah? Even better, you can contribute to the betterment of the Black community by purchasing from a Black business. Here are five Black-owned wine brands to shop:

P. Harrell Wines

P. Harrell is a wine brand founded by San Francisco native Paula J. Harrell. The brand is known for its exquisite and robust flavors, and has been featured in a number of major publications including Food and Wine and Newsweek. They carry an assortment of wines, from Zinfadels to Blanc de Noirs.

In honor of her father and grandmother who helped pave the way for her own success, P. Harrell created 2019 Riesling. This Riesling has delicate, fragrant notes of lime zest, pink grapefruit, bosc pear, and white flowers recalling jasmine and honeysuckle. Additionally, it brings forth notes of tangy green apple, tropical star fruit, and freshly squeezed lime.

2019 Riesling

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Theopolis Vineyards

Perched proudly in the Yorkville Highlands of Anderson Valley, Theopolis Vineyards is a small lot winery that specializes in handcrafted wines from Mendocino County’s southeastern region. Its founder Theodora R. Lee — aka Theo-patra, Queen of the Vineyards — started the company in 2003. Since then, Theopolis Vineyards has earned its reputation as a premium wine brand, with notable wine critic Robert Parker showering the Black-owned brand with rave reviews.

To see what all the fuss is about, try their Yorkville Highlands Pinot Noir. It includes notes of strawberry preserves combined with earthy tannins, vanilla, and fragrant baking spice. And to finish it off? Bright acidity with a lingering complexity for an unforgettable experience.

Yorkville Highlands Pinot Noir

$45.00

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Maison Noir

André Hueston Mack established Maison Noir in 2007, a multi-faceted lifestyle project combining both T-Shirt fashion and Oregon wines. Each end of the venture is branded with attitude and an individualistic slant on wine culture. These unique garage wines were first crafted for New York’s top restaurants during Mack’s tenure as a sommelier. Now, they are available across America!

Love Drunk is a captivating rosé inspired by new love — the kind that makes your eyes twinkle and cheeks blush. Strawberry and raspberry aromas give way to a tantalizing blend of wild strawberries, watermelon rind, and just a touch of kiwi for an unforgettable experience.

Maison Noir Wines “Love Drunk”

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McBride Sisters Wine Company

From a young age, Robin and Andréa developed an affinity for wine while living in two of the most prime winemaking locations. Having been raised on opposite sides of the globe, they discovered they were sisters after their shared love with viticulture had taken root.

Their Black Girl Magic, Mixed 12 Pack features three of their top-selling bubblies in single serving portions. Bubbly Riesling is a vibrant and sweet delight, with aromas of fresh fruits and flowers. The lively Bubbly Red has the juicy tastes of pomegranate, strawberry, and ripe blackberry to indulge your taste buds. And the wildly refreshing Bubbly Rosé can tantalizes you with its sun-kissed scents of ripe strawberries and zesty tangerine!

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Mermosa Wines

Mermosa is a beautiful testament to true love, as it chronicles the true story of a Black Haitian woman named Celestine and Philippe Noisette, a white French gardener who tied the knot during Antebellum South Carolina. Recognizing that his family was in danger due to slavery laws at the time, Philippe declared himself the owner of his wife and kids to shield them from bondage.

He earned much from his work as a gardener and when he passed away, he transferred everything he had to Celestine and their children. Because of this, Celestine was able to fight for freedom for her family. And as a result, Mermosa became a testament to their everlasting love that can be felt in every sip.

So step aboard to savor their tantalizing Mermosa Bubbles, crafted from premium white wine, sweet and tangy orange and pineapple juices, and grapes fresh from the coast. Its delightful taste is not overly sweet. And with just 8% ABV, it can be the perfect nip for boats cruises, brunch days, or beach lounging!

Mermosa Bubbles

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Black-Owned, Woman-Owned Business Opens New Home Furnishings Retail Store In Indianapolis – PR.com


Indianapolis, IN, February 26, 2023 –(PR.com)– HER Home Design LLC, a black-owned, woman-owned, design-build firm announces that it is opening its first Indiana retail store in Indianapolis, IN, on March 1, 2023.

The press and public are invited to the Grand Opening of HER Home Design Boutique at 5502 W. 73rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46268 on Wednesday, March 1 from 3 to 7 p.m.

A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 3 p.m.

As the first of its kind on Indianapolis’ northwest side, HER Home Design Boutique will feature a designer curated mix of furniture, home furnishings, home decor and gifts as well as residential building materials including semi-custom cabinetry, flooring, countertops, and tile.

Keianna Rae Harrison-Williams, founding principal of HER Home Design and HER Home Design Boutique, said, “We are honored and excited to open our very first brick-and-mortar store that showcases the one-stop shop service model of our brands. Our store will offer products in affordable luxury lines, allowing our customers to purchase beautiful things without breaking the bank.”

For Harrison-Williams, a seasoned entrepreneur, the location of the new store is very special as well. HER Home Design Boutique will be the first black-owned, woman-owned, one-stop shop for all things home on Indianapolis’ northwest side. The address of HER Home Design is 5502 W. 73rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46268.

The team at HER Home Design Boutique is looking forward to continuing to support their local community and becoming a premier shopping destination in Indianapolis.

HER Home Design Boutique is part of the HER Home Design family of companies including:

HER Home Design – a residential interior design and home staging firm specializing in affordable interior design, home decor, and home staging.

HER Home Design BUILD – a residential remodeling firm focused on building affordable kitchens and bathrooms.

Founded in 2009, HER Home Design is a woman-owned, Black-owned, family-owned certified WBENC full-service interior design and home staging firm specializing in creating functional, affordable and BEAUTIFUL interior design, property styling, kitchen and bath design and home decor.

Visit online at: https://www.herhomedesignboutique.com

HER Home Design
Keianna Rae Harrison-Williams
317-377-4344
www.herhomedesign.com
www.herhomedesignboutique.com

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