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Community Highlights: Meet Grace Bell of Black Bells

Today we’d like to introduce you to Grace Bell.

Hi Grace, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I started my business Black Bells Boutique in order to create a clothing line that empowers Black women. I wanted to sell items that are representative of ourselves and were still stylish. I found a few initial pieces and started to expand from there. Analyzing the market, I had to decide what was missing for small business owners like myself. My answer was a marketplace for us to sell our products. That is when I began to research ways to showcase small business owner’s products. My next step in business was creating a consistent vendor’s market. This allowed a variety of small business owners to network, showcase their platform, and expand their business. I recently had the opportunity to host 70+ small Black-owned business at the Palladium on Juneteenth. The event was absolutely amazing and super successful. The next major event that we are hosting is our Black Business Pop Up being held Saturday, September 4th at the War Memorial Building (101 N. Gay St. 21202) from 12 to 4). It is an honor to create opportunities for small business owners to succeed.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Some of the obstacles along the way has been to find venues that can hold an ample amount of people. Other than that, the experience has been smooth.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Black Bells?
Black Bells is more than just a clothing brand. Black Bells creates opportunities for small business owners to showcase their products and reach their potential target audience. We specialize in small business vendor events. The events we create are marketplaces for business owners who are typically unable to afford storefronts. We are known for having successful events where small business owners are able to successfully market their products to customers. What sets us apart is our consistency. From the first day of spring until labor day, we host a series of event known as Pop Up In The Park. Each week we typically showcase 15 to 20 small businesses. This allows customers to shop with a variety of businesses and it also allows small business owners the opportunity to network and expand their brand. I am most proud that these events have been successful. I am also proud that Black Bells had the opportunity to host 70+ Black-owned businesses on Juneteenth in Baltimore with business owners coming from as far as California. I want the readers to know that there is a marketplace for them to showcase their products. To our readers who are customers, I want them to know if they want to come out and support small businesses BlackBellsBoutique has events posted via social media, Eventbrite, and flyer throughout the city.

Is there any advice you’d like to share with our readers who might just be starting out?
For those who are just starting out, I want you all to follow your dreams. The possibilities and opportunities in this world are endless. That is what I wish I would have known when I was just starting out.

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Zharne Thompsom Kool Visions Production

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