Black Wall Street pop-up market to promote black-owned small businesses

Handmade refillable candles by seller and founder of Black Wall Street Pop-Up Ronda Shehee at a previous pop-up. Credit: Courtesy of Black Wall Street Pop-Up LLC

A pop-up market featuring all black-owned businesses aims to promote circulation of the black dollar this weekend.

the Black Wall Street pop-up will take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the first floor of Polaris Fashion Place at 1500 Polaris Parkway. The pop-up will feature 25 vendors, including boutiques, candle makers, bakeries, natural beauty brands and African clothing brands, according to the company. website and Rhonda Pettey-Shehee, owner of Black Wall Street Pop-Up and Collections of Sun Candles.

The event will be a bigger version of the company 1st Wall Street Black Market Saturdaywhich takes place the first Saturday of each month at the Eastland Mall at 2740 S. Hamilton Road, according to the company website.

“Our event on the 19th at Polaris Mall is a real game-changer,” Pettey-Shehee said. “There is a difference in demographics in terms of the foot traffic you would have at Eastland Mall versus Polaris Mall.”

Pettey-Shehee said she and her daughter, Shayla Reynolds, have been doing other pop-up events for several years to raise awareness of her business and her daughter’s cupcake business, Sweet Bliss Cakes. The company, formed in January, is named after the original Black Wall Street – an affluent black business and residential district of Tulsa, Oklahoma that was burned down by a white mob in the early 1900s, has she declared.

The First Saturday Wall Street black market first took place around August 2020, when many small businesses, especially minority businesses, were struggling with shutdowns, Pettey-Shehee said. The lack of physical stores has made pop-up markets and e-commerce the best ways for independent businesses to expand their platforms and receive support from shoppers, she said.

“It’s especially important to me to have a cupcake company represented in this type of pop-up that’s specialized and focused on Black History Month in particular,” Reynolds said. “We don’t see a lot of cupcake businesses in our community, especially for specialty cupcakes, so it was really important to me to be able to bring this type of product to our community.”

Tennille McDaniel, event planner for Black Wall Street Pop-Up and owner of Lois Lane Eventssaid the pop-up is important to the community because it shows the scale of the footprint black businesses can actually have on the economy, as well as the impact black-owned businesses can have on creation of generational wealth for the black community.

“Black Wall Street is very important because it gives an impression to our community to let us know how we can unite, how we can buy from each other and what our buying power looks like,” McDaniel said.

Vendors such as Timbo Cakesa cake and cookie company owned by Timbo Sullivan, a four-time Food Network winner, cosmetics and skincare brand Mazo Beauty and perfume oil brand Creative perfumes were selected by Pettey-Shehee after many people contacted the Facebook and Black Wall Street Pop-Up website, she said.

The event is free and aims to promote black excellence, according to the Black Wall Street Pop-Up website.

“Excellence to me means excelling at all the multitudes you can and just eliminating it,” McDaniel said. “I feel like when we look at where we come from as a culture and where we’re going, I feel like black excellence has been there since the dawn of time, and I don’t see it. stop at any time. soon.”

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