Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses produces Black Market


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The two-day Black Market is returning this weekend.

Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses, or GRABB, an organization that seeks to connect and empower African-American-owned businesses, is producing the event that aims to “jump start" people's holiday shopping, "while supporting and celebrating black businesses.”


Friday’s event, which costs $25, will be in Grand Rapids, from 5:30-8 p.m., at The Mosaic Place, at 25 Division Ave. S.

The evening’s agenda will feature networking, shopping, a strolling dinner and keynote speaker Pashon Murray, co-founder of Detroit Dirt and recent winner of a 2014 Martha Stewart’s American Made award.

Friday will also feature the first-ever GRABB Awards reception, which will celebrate and recognize “black businesses, individuals and community organizations that work hard to build up and make a difference in our community.”


Saturday’s event, which is free, will be in Grand Rapids, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at LINC Community Revitalization, at 1167 Madison Ave. SE.

The day will feature shopping, holiday music, giveaways and children’s activities, including free pictures with Santa Claus.

"Consumer behaviors"

“The Black Market represents an opportunity for us to shift our consumer behaviors and activity,” said Jamiel Robinson, founder, GRABB. “I seek to continue to create more visibility and awareness for black businesses.”

Robinson said that the Black Market “reinforces the work of GRABB to foster a micro-economy that supports the revitalization of the black community and expands opportunities for black businesses.”

He added that the event also reinforces the organization's desire to help “improve the quality of life for impoverished black families by creating a viable and sustainable business community.”  

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