SALISBURY, Md. – As businesses continue to recover from the pandemic, owners of newer small businesses that sprouted from quarantine, got a chance to
SALISBURY, Md. – As businesses continue to recover from the pandemic, owners of newer small businesses that sprouted from quarantine, got a chance to showcase what they’ve been working on. On Saturday, an ‘Independent Retailer Pop Up Shop Event’ was held where small businesses, especially ones that came about during COVID, could come and network. “I’m just excited that it brought the creativity out in people because I’m now able to network and be surrounded by people that are just like me,” says event organizer and owner of Blacklash Brand, Quintaya Forchion.
Small businesses from all over the shore came to show what they’ve been working on during COVID. From make-up, to accessories, insurance, food and much more. “My favorite part is being able to be face to face with the people that I meet, I’m able to let them know about my brand and just being very radiant and vibe with them,” says Cheree Robinson, owner of ‘Reediance Organic Skincare.’
Many black owned businesses showed up to make connections, and Wendell Hitch, owner of ‘Boujee Bites’ tells us, he first started baking as a hobby and now says, “Business went up from there and I started baking and people were demanding me to make cakes and treats, so I did it.”
Other business owners tell 47 ABC, the time spent at home during quarantine allowed them to work on their passions and also find ways to make some extra income. “I hope that people keep their small businesses, their small businesses that came out of COVID, and you know just run with it, just run with,” says Forchion.
Although the event allowed businesses to show off their inventory and network, they say they were more excited for what this could mean for their future. “Doing this full time, eventually one day I hope to have it in the family, pass it down to my children eventually when I have kids,” says Hitch. Robinson adds, “I’ve just been finding the joy to be able to help people and them tell me how my products has done major wonders in their life.”
Forchion also tells us, she’s dedicated to showcasing small black owned businesses, and she hopes to hold this event every year.