August turned out to be a fun-filled month as Melanin Queen Creative celebrated National Black Business Month doing our self-care card activity, #52 Actively Support. As a proud Black-owned company, National Black Business Month is particularly special to us, and we understand whole-heartedly the importance of support. Showing support is how we build community and create stronger connections.
We enjoyed visiting some of our go-to Black-owned businesses in the DMV, taking part in the Black Tech Collective’s Black Business Soiree in D.C. and Vegan SoulFest in Baltimore, and hosting a Black Business Tour of Black and Forth/The Spice Suite in Washington, D.C. Thankfully, there is so shortage of places to support, as the DMV ranks as one of the top areas for the most Black-owned businesses. You can usually catch us at NuVegan in College Park, Md., Food for Life in Suitland, Md., Gangster Vegan in Riverdale Park, Md., Mahogany Books and Vno at the Habor in National Harbor, Md., and PJ’s Coffee in Bowie, Md., just to name a few.
It was then time to head to Baltimore for a weekend to go to Vegan SoulFest. We enjoyed some tasty vegan eats from The Land of Kush and Legendary Burger. We also sipped some good vegan wine from Sip and Share (love Awaken) and got some more waist beads from Adinkra Jewelry.
On Sunday, Aug. 27, we held our Black Business Tour at Black and Forth/The Spice Suite in D.C. Black and Forth is a 7,500-square-foot retail community founded by Angel Gregorio. Her Spice Suite shop features unique and spice blends she collects from all over the world, as well as olive oils, and cooking essentials. Every 2nd and 4th Sunday she hosts a Black Farmers Market. We got a chance to pick up some fresh produce from Curemore Farms, got some tasty treats from the Popcorn Queens, incense from Natural 4 Naturals, and picked up some refreshing eucalyptus from the Eucalyptus Queen. And of course we had to re-up on some spices! We thank everyone who joined us for this Sunday funday outing!
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