What started as a minority-based farmer’s market became even better. Introducing Frederick’s Soul Street, a community for black-owned businesses committed to empowering those to gain access to resources.
SOUL: Sustaining Our Unique Legacy. The organization offers support to businessowners throughout Frederick County and hosts events such as pop up markets, fundraisers, art shows and more.
The founders include:
Shana Knight, Frederick Office of Economic Development
Adrian Hawkins, CEO of Imperial Media and Real Life Memories Captured
Lorenzo Nichols aka Stitch Early, CEO of clothing brand ICONNATN, Creative director at Uhrise and one half of The Stitch & Sham Show
Loren Brown, MSAT training specialist
Alexandra Edwards, CEO of A. Marie Events and Photography, COO of the Slush Tribe and Co founder of the Frederick Food Truck Festival
Michele Forbes, Creator of Michele’s Sea Moss
Paige Galloway, SHIP of Frederick County Student Advocate
Catherine Dorsey, Director of Client Services for The Religious Coalition
Tasha Bowens Blair, Co-owner and farm operator of Native Mountain Farm
Terez Dorsey, Berkshire Hathaway Agent
Evelyn Johnson, Co-Chair of an African American Professional Association for a national healthcare organization
Kayla Dene’, CEO of The Slush Tribe and blogger; and
Jarad Bowens, CEO of Benefactor Events.
This year, Soul Street was recognized by the for shining light on new black owned businesses by the Frederick Office of Economic Development. They have brought exposure, traffic, and to local business owners in unprecedented ways. Take a walk down Soul Street here.