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March 21 pop-up celebrates and highlights Black-owned businesses
Showcase at Noda Creative Arts Studio
 
Published Friday, March 19, 2021 7:00 pm
by Ariana Barnes

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The March 21 Black Wall Street pop-up will be held at Noda Creative Arts Studio, 2424 N. Davidson St. Suite 110.

Black Wall Street has a rich history in the African American community.


It’s linked to the success of Black business districts in cities like Durham and Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the Greenwood Massacre of 1921 resulted in scores of Black people killed by a rampaging mob of whites.

Black Wall Street, the name of Charlotte entrepreneur Taylor Barnes’ pop-up shop, is also a fundraiser where participants can donate two canned goods to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. The pop-up takes place on March 21 from 2-5 p.m. at Noda Creative Arts Studio, 2424 N. Davidson Street, Suite 110. 

Some vendors are young, and some happen to be family members with their own small business.

LaQuandra Bass owns All of Me creations, which specializes in personalized gifts. This is her second participation in a pop-up shop, which she likes because of meeting people face to face and getting to understand others.

Darryl Geer, a 20-year-old student whose business, Child’s Play, sells men’s and women’s clothing, will be there. Geer said his dad, a clothing retailer, got him into entrepreneurship.

At the Black Wall Street event, he will have spring clothes, shorts for men and women, bra and legging sets, and T-shirts. He says that having a small business is hard but rewarding.

“Keep going. Do what you want to do, no matter what anybody says about it. Do what you want,” Geer said.

Victoria Norris, 21, an entrepreneur from Greenville, N.C., owns Selene’s Serenity, an e-commerce candle business that she started during the pandemic. She likes pop-up shops because it gives her a chance to display her products and get feedback and meet people she would not see online.

“Our people supporting our own doesn’t happen every day so I’m thankful for the community,” she said.

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