Shoppe Black is all set to become the first ever portal to have an extensive list of black businesses across the globe.
Shantrelle P. Lewis, a native of New Orleans, and her husband Tony Oluwatoyin Lawson, a native of Nigeria initiated an enterprise in 2015 that would help people find and support black-owned businesses across the globe, reports Because Of Them We Can.
Shoppe Black serves as an elaborate dictionary that comprises details of all black-owned businesses from salons to yoga centres to farm and gardens, clothing stores, etc. They also create other content and blogs that feature news related to black businesses; ranging from Serena Williams' investment in Mahmee, a company fighting maternal mortality, all the way to a list of affordable Black-owned satin bonnet companies.
Starting off as a Facebook page, Lewis and Tony wanted to create a community of black people mingling with each other through business. While Tony was pursuing entrepreneurship, Lewis was working towards arts and history. Shoppe Black became a platform that merged both their interests and body of work.
Shoppe Black became one of the most loved Kickstarter campaigns in no time because they "offer access to a variety of business loans and credit via a strategic partnership with a Black-owned business funding company."
"SHOPPE BLACK is a lifestyle for us. We believe in conscious economics. Everything from our wedding ring designer to many of the services we utilize day today is done by people of African descent," the couple told.