Young Entrepreneur Opens Detroit’s Only Black-Owned Grocery Store

Meet 34-year-old Raphael Wright, the founder and CEO of Neighborhood Grocery, the only Black-owned grocery store in Detroit, Michigan, and the first to open in the city in almost 10 years. Raphael has invested six years of hard work to bring this vision to life offering a fresh focus on health and community.

“To build a community you have to have healthy food and healthy access to the food and the start is in grocery stores,” Wright told WXYZ.

Wright, who is also a farmer, started his journey to create a grocery store in the underserved community in 2017. Three years later, he officially launched an equity crowdfunding campaign. He was then able to take over a former liquor store and turned it into the now Neighborhood Grocery in Detroit’s Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood.

True to its name, Neighborhood Grocery involves the local community in selecting what’s on its shelves, and their names are proudly displayed as part of the store’s decor. Inclusion, health, and education are central to Wright’s mission.

“I’m from the neighborhoods I work in and I want to make them better. They were good at one point and I want to bring back that glory,” he said.

Moreover, Neighborhood Grocery is a store funded by equity crowdfunding. The funds were raised via its GoFundMe page and other local crowd-investing efforts to help with their startup costs.

Learn more about Neighborhood Grocery via its official website at

Be sure to follow them on Instagram @NeighborhoodGrocery

Also, you can support the business by visiting its location at 500 Manistique St, Detroit, MI 48215.


Father And Son Make History, Open First Black-Owned UPS Store In Buffalo, New York

Meet father and son duo, Dr. Uzo Ihenko and Kelechi Chillis-Ihenko, who have made history by opening Western New York’s first Black-owned UPS store in the city of Buffalo. Both passionate about serving their community, the two introduced the much-needed asset in the area.

Growing up in Buffalo, Kelechi saw the lack of essential services in their community, and now he’s thrilled to fill that need. After recently earning his MBA, he established the shipping and delivery store in Buffalo with his father. His father, Dr. Uzo, believes their family business is paving the way for others.

“People are seeing the future in their life and other businesses will copy and then other jobs will come,” Dr. Uzo told WKBW.

Besides shipping, delivery, and printing services, this UPS location offers fingerprinting services, making it convenient for those in need of background checks.

This UPS store has even more to offer. Dr. Uzo reveals their plans to turn the back part of the building into affordable apartments and office spaces, providing opportunities for the community to grow and thrive. This people-first approach is what they attribute their success to.

“If you’re not people first the people aren’t going to support you,” Kelechi said. “So you want to have anything you do be people-focused so that will help you be successful in business.”

Moreover, they are committed to staying in Buffalo for generations to come, bridging the gap between communities and businesses. Dr. Uzo said, “I told them we’re here to stay. We’re part of you and we’re here. So don’t forget it’s not only for them. It’s also for downtown people.”

Also, you can support the business by visiting its location at 345 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 14204.