“Richmond Main Street” Puts Minority Entreprenuers on Front Street

By Tasion Kwamilele

Richmond Main Street members, from left to right: Arnie Kasendorf, Cindy Haden, Jamila Rideau, Adminstrative Coordinator, Richmond Main Street; Agnes BrionesUbalde, Vice President and Senior Community Development Officer, Wells Fargo Bank; Amada Elliott, Executive Director, Richmond Main Street, and Janet Johnson, Richmond Main Street Board Member.

Richmond Main Street, is a community-based nonprofit corporation dedicated to revitalizing historic downtown Richmond into an area that reflects the community’s rich and diverse heritage. Recently, the corporation hosted their annual Holiday Bazaar. Each year, the Holiday Bazaar brings together local entrepreneurs and merchants to offer Richmond residents an opportunity to support small local businesses. Local businesses included Joanne’s Boutique, Mary’s Little Lamb, Habibatique Ethnic Collections, Gwendolyn’s Floral and Gift Baskets, Moore Enterprise, Communities United Restoring Mother Earth (CURME), Boutique Alicia Marie, and Redtrigress Designs. Patrons were able to purchase jewelry, accessories, baked goods, clothing, cosmetics, ornaments and other specialty gifts. Many shoppers found “one of a kind” gifts for their loved ones and each business conducted raffles to give out special prizes to lucky shoppers.  Merchants and vendors even exchanged information and discussed ways to further support each other throughout the year. “The true success of the Holiday Bazaar was the ability to attract new vendors and patrons to our downtown area.  We are beginning to garner true support from the community for our events and programs and the people are returning to shop and enjoy the downtown Richmond entertainment,” said Amanda Elliot, executive director of Richmond Main Street. Richmond Main Street is located at1000 Macdonald Avenue. For more information, call 510.236.4049 or visit: www.richmondmainstreet.org.
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