Greenwood Avenue Pop-up shop Aims to Build Local Businesses

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TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — Tucked away inside the Greenwood Cultural Center, within the offices of Tulsa Race Massacre Commission, is a sweet smelling business.

"Black love is the best seller and fruit loops, surprisingly," said candle maker Nadia Green.

Green's business is called Soul Flame Co. The busy mom started this idea two years ago, but it was this past week, while in this space, when things really took off.

"Most people just come to the house and go through my boxes," said Green. "So, it's been really nice to have a space and bring people into."

It's all part of the the Greenwood Avenue Pop-up Shop.

"We thought it would be a great idea to provide an avenue for black entrepreneurs, who don't have a brick and mortar," said Tulsa Race Massacre Commission Project Director Jamaal Dyer. "They rent out the space we have for one month, and it gives them that experience."

It's an idea that's going over well so far.

Three local business owners have already come and gone; Green is the fourth.

"We had success stories with our previous tenants," said Dyer. "It's giving them exposure, and hopefully, they will have a place of their own."

The hope is to support more black business owners in the Greenwood District and give folks like Green a chance to make her business dreams come true.

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"I've envisioned it. I think it would be really awesome to have my store one day," said Green.

And if you've ever hoped to build your business, what better place to start than with a group whose motto is built on hope and triumph.

For more information about the Greenwood Avenue Pop-up Shop, contact the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission.

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