Roseland Juneteenth pop-up to focus on black businesses
Less than 200 years after her ancestors were freed from slavery, Roseland neighborhood business owner Racquel J. Bradley decided to start a pop-up shop to help other business owners transition to a another level of freedom: generational wealth.
“This event will showcase other black business owners as they support their families,” Bradley said. “We as black people spend our money in many places and other communities benefit. We need to know that there is a black business with quality items that can stay in our community.
Bradley, 44, a Hyde Park High School graduate who attended Jackson State University, realized her talents and realized she could help fund her future.
“I realized I could do so many things that I didn’t want to be put in a box of one thing or one title,” she said of Bradley Urban Solutions, which s takes care of cleaning, cooking and event planning/hosting.
Bradley began her entrepreneurship with a cleaning company after working in a hospital for 17 years where she felt she was not living to her full potential, she said. From there she hosted private events/parties and when the pandemic hit she started selling food which she continued to do.
During the pandemic, the generational wealth gap has been felt in many households of color.
This Saturday, she intends to use her skills in organizing events.
“Juneteenth has become popular with black people over the past few years as we learned and shared more about our culture. As we are trendsetters, moguls and leaders, we needed to start celebrating our accomplishments like we do others in this country,” she said. “I felt it was time to collaborate with other black business owners and showcase our talents.”
So far, the event will feature 11 companies:
- ELP Cigars
- GottaStayFly Clothing
- Size (size beads)
- Natasha Notary
- Creative Customz (custom designs)
- Chic cute (clothes)
- ChiCity Alkaline Water
- NZuri Kulture (candles and oils)
- Creative Moldings, (detailed custom items)
- Blu Lemonade Stand (children’s business)
Bradley’s goal is to host an event that means something to her and other business owners.
“I want to let black business owners pitch their business because some of us don’t have advertising budgets and brick-and-mortar buildings to sell our products. It gives them that opportunity,” Bradley said.
“I see these entrepreneurs paving the way for kids in our culture who also want to have their own business. This, for me, begins our generational richness.
The Juneteenth pop-up shop will be 2-6 p.m. Saturday at 619 E. 103rd St.