September 30, 2023

AUBURN GRESHAM — A South Aspect group is celebrating Black Heritage Thirty day period by welcoming, minority-owned companies into its new neighborhood centre.  

The Increased Auburn Gresham Enhancement Company will host a vendor showcase 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays this thirty day period at the Healthy Life style Hub, 839 W. 79th St.

Modest firms will set up shop in the Nutritious Hub during the thirty day period and neighbors can shop for regional merchandise.

“We preferred to do one thing for our area, minority-owned sellers this month and give them a likelihood to promote someplace they otherwise may possibly not be in a position to evaluate,” stated Khayeem Anderson, assistant job manager at the progress corporation. “We have a significant move of website traffic coming into the Healthy Hub. We believed it would be a perfect opportunity to husband or wife with some of them.”

This Friday, neighbors can invest in colorful earrings from Octavia Barnes Paparazzi Jewelry, give in to their sweet tooth with cupcakes from Krazy Kake Residence or get an early Valentine’s Day present from Felicia Presents and Baskets.

Other vendors at the hub this weekend involve Monique Natural beauty Experience, Katie Thurman Massage Therapy and All Thingz Neeski, organizers explained.

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Neighborhood officers and neighborhood leaders minimize the ribbon on the new Healthier Life style Hub Friday.

The Healthful Life style Hub, dubbed the “miracle on 79th Street” by area officers, opened in October in Auburn Gresham. Neighbors walked the crimson carpet to enter the hub in November. 

The just about 100-year-outdated terra cotta developing was residence to a drab general public assist business in the ’70s in advance of it sat vacant and boarded up for decades.  

For seven many years, Carlos Nelson, executive director at the improvement corporation, went to perform to change the “lifeless” setting up into a primary location for neighbors geared up with a clinical office environment, financial institution, pharmacy, higher-tech kitchen area and a lot more. 

The South Facet corporation gained the 1st $10 million Pritzker Traubert Foundation Chicago Prize in 2020 to convey Nelson’s eyesight to fruition. They secured a further $4 million from Mayor Lori Lightfoots’ Commit South/West program.

The Black Record Thirty day period vendor showcase is only the beginning of what the Healthy Lifestyle Hub hopes to welcome to the neighborhood, Anderson stated. 

“We want persons to appear out and aid and know that these distributors are from the neighborhood or do the job in the community,” Anderson reported. “We hope that all those little organization sellers can open up storefronts or brick-and-mortar along their corridors.” 

Company proprietors interested in joining the thirty day period-prolonged showcase can connect with the Better Auburn Gresham Growth Corporation’s place of work at 773-483-3696. 

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