BOSTON– In support of locally based, Black-owned businesses and in recognition of Black Owned Business Month, WS Development and Boston Seaport announced a new partnership to host the Black Owned Bos. market on August 29th.
The Seaport x Black Owned Bos. Market will take place outside on Seaport Common and will showcase black-owned businesses from throughout the Greater Boston area. From gifts and apparel to packaged foods and beauty & skincare products, the Seaport x Black Owned Bos. Market will offer something for everyone as it raises awareness for and support of Black entrepreneurship. The Seaport x Black Owned Bos. Market will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2020 (12pm – 6pm) on Seaport Common, located at 85 Northern Avenue. www.bostonseaport.xyz
The vendors featured at the market are all members of Black Owned Bos.’s incredible local network of Black owned businesses. Several local businesses confirmed to showcase and sell their goods in Seaport on August 29th include Clarke’s Cakes & Cookies, a popular 20-year old vegan bakery in Dorchester recently praised for its delicious baked goods by MarthaStewart.com; Q Made It, an online shop that sells pop culture inspired merchandise; Beauty N Simplicity, an extensive handcrafted line of bath and body products; and True 9 Accessories, which sells gorgeous handmade fabric, wooden and beaded jewelry that bridge the gap between urban and corporate wear. Each vendor at Seaport x Black Owned Bos. Market will be featured in their own tented area on Seaport Common, giving them a safe pop-up location to showcase and sell their goods.
“Innovation is at the core of our values in Seaport. This market will bring together many talented Black entrepreneurs who are innovating daily as they bring their business concepts to life. We look forward to supporting each local, small business that participates, and to sharing their strength and adversity with our community,” says Debra Brodsky, Director of Marketing, Seaport, WS Development.
“With the city phasing into the reopening, many vendors and local makers are eager to participate in local markets that are often great networking and customer building opportunities. Black Owned Bos. is excited to partner with Boston Seaport for this premier Black Owned Bos. Market to support these businesses with a safe and fun way to showcase their business,” says Jae’da Turner, Founder and managing director of Black Owned Bos.
“As a small black owned business that has made a great deal of my sales at in person markets over the last 5 years, I was nervous losing a huge income stream with COVID completely shutting down all events. I’m really excited to be able to return to vending in person in a safe setting where I can also reconnect with many of the business owners I’ve had the pleasure of befriending and sharing resources with over the years.” says Quontay Turner, owner of Q Made It.
For a sampling of participating Black owned businesses, see below or visit bostonseaport.xyz:
Seaport x Black Owned Bos. Market Sample Vendor Lineup
Abutter – packaged foods (almond butter)
Beauty N Simplicity – beauty & skincare
BGM Apparel – clothing & accessories, stationary
Beyond Candles – candles
Black Owned Bos. – info & merchandise
B Royal Boutique – women’s clothing
Chrisiras Cure – natural & holistic products
Clarke’s Cakes & Cookies – baked goods & desserts
FlyGirl Couture – clothing & accessories
Full Moon Botanicals – spiritual & holistic
Hillside Harvest – packaged foods (sauces & spices)
Ivyees – beauty & body
Last Lust – robes
LEASH Dog Care – pet services
Mayita Bonita – art & prints
Placid Candles – candles
Rooted Wraps – accessories & head wraps
Satin Kiss – adult novelty
True 9 Accessories – jewelry & accessories
Q Made It – gifts & apparel
As Seaport continues to keep safety as a top priority, numerous COVID-related precautions will be implemented at the market. To maintain a safe and controlled environment, all market guests must register via EventBrite to book a 30 minute visit. All staff and vendors at the Seaport x Black Owned Bos. Market will be required to wear a mask at all times, as are all patrons. Shopper capacity at the market will be limited in adherence with the City of Boston’s latest COVID safety guidelines, and shoppers are highly encouraged to use a credit card for all transactions. More information about the event can be found on bostonseaport.xyz. The rain date for the event will be Sunday, August 30th from 12pm – 6pm.
Black Owned Bos. officially launched in March 2019 as a platform and resource to highlight and lift Black owned businesses, places, spaces and the people moving the culture forward. www.Blackownedbos.com; @blackownedbos.