Feb 17, 2021
Black-owned brands take center stage at this downtown market
The Black Creatives & Culture Market will be held this weekend at City Point on February 20 and 21
Need weekend plans? We got you.
Do your shopping downtown this weekend where more than 20 local Black-owned businesses and creatives will be taking part in the Black Creatives & Culture Market at City Point on February 20 and 21.
“We’re always looking for opportunities to create space for local creatives in Brooklyn and New York City,” says Michelle Cadore of DA SPOT NYC, a fashion boutique featuring independent brands owned by entrepreneurs of color. Cadore helped organize this weekend’s event.
“When City Point approached us with the opportunity, we were more than happy to jump on the partnership and really create something beautiful for our community.”
Brooklyn staples at the market will include spice company Breukelen Rub, and skincare line Avalah Beauty. Plenty of accessories, beauty supplies, and merchandise will be available—including hand-stuffed teddy bears for little ones from Bear Magic. Fashion, from Aech and Babu’s upcycled vintage to Jade Chi’s streetwear, will take a central role.
Nayo’s Essence, a beauty product line started by 19-year-old Amirah Campbell, will make a debut at the market. So will Pocket Kings, a new kimono line made of upcycled vintage.
In addition to all the merch, art will be available to purchase from several local artists: BKLYN ONE, Ponzi, PHREE, and John Wright. Live music from DJ Ikonikone and a live painting from featured artist Afrocentrickky will happen in the afternoon at the market. A film by Ahmalise Morgan, “These Three Waters,” will be projected during the market as well.
“We want everyone who participates to feel the love and support, make sales, and get their brand name out there,” says Cadore.
DA SPOT opened in DUMBO in 2017, and relocated to City Point in Downtown Brooklyn in November 2019. They were forced to close when Covid hit four months later. While the boutique would normally host monthly events, from live performances to creative workshops, they stuck to online purchases while closed for six months.
The market is indoors and Covid-safe, and will be open from noon to 7 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
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