The VIPP Report: MELANnaire Marketplace celebrates one-year anniversary Labor Day Weekend

Immediate Release:

August 29, 2021

(Louisville, KY) During one of the toughest times in the City of Louisville a group of business owners found a way to support themselves. From the pandemic to the social unrest that spilled into the streets due to the Breonna Taylor case and other cases across the nation. One community leader and entrepreneur Nachand Trabue, owner of Manhattan on Broadway rallied area businesses to work together to generate wealth in the Black community. 

Now, the MELANnaire Marketplace invites you to come out and celebrate it’s one-year anniversary on Saturday, September 4th from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Manhattan on Broadway located at 716 E. Broadway.

The MELANnaire Marketplace showcases products and services of Black-owned businesses.  Many of the entrepreneurs do not have the capital for storefronts or office space so this marketplace is critical for their growth, and it puts them in front of consumers, both local and tourist looking for shopping opportunities in downtown Louisville. 

According to local census, only 2.4% of businesses are Black owned while they make up 22.4% of the population.  That’s why are requesting your support as consumer and/or sponsor.   

When you visit the marketplace you will see all type of vendors from homemade pet treats, artwork, clothing, accessories to soul food and healthy food options and produce. 

There will be a live DJ and band playing throughout the event.

The founder and creator of the MELANnaire Marketplace Nachand Trabue says “This was birthed out of love for community and to see other Black-owned businesses reach their ultimate potential.  We are literally sitting in a food desert, and no one is coming to the aide of the residents in the Smoketown and downtown residents.  We had an urgent need, so I contacted businesses and we all agreed that we needed to help ourselves instead of waiting on someone to help us.  

Over this past year, we have had people from all over the city and surrounding communities come out and support us.  This is truly a community effort.  I just feel so blessed to be able to spearhead the initiative. I had no idea that when we started that the MELANnaire Marketplace would become so important in the community. That’s a testament for the need and the quality service our businesses bring to the table.” 

We would like to thank all the Black-owned businesses, sponsors, and community leaders who have participated and supported us over the past year.  We look forward to the next year. 

We currently have more than 30 local businesses participating on Saturday, September 4th:

We invite you to stop by and see what the entrepreneurs have to offer.

If you would like to be a vendor and/or be a sponsor, please contact MELANnaire Marketplace at www.melannaire.com.   Please announce and/or post on your community calendars.  If you have any questions, please contact VIPP Communications at 502-341-7306.

“Where Black Businesses Matter”

Follow us on social media and take photos using the following hashtags so we can share your experience #MELANnairesLou, #BLACKbusinessesMatterLOU & #MELANnaireMarketplace.

Instagram:  @melannairemarketplace

The VIPP Report: MELANnaire Marketplace at Fourth Street Live! in downtown Louisville this weekend

HEAD TO FOURTH STREET LIVE! THIS WEEKEND FOR MELANNAIRE MARKETPLACE

            Where the community comes out to Shop, Socialize & Support

(Louisville, KY) The MELANnaire Marketplace welcomes you to come out to Fourth Street Live! on Saturday, July 17th from 12pm to 6pm. This week’s theme: Summer Breeze Festival featuring live jazz with the Baconaters and entertainment provided by DJ Cam, FaithWorks Studio and Redline Performing Arts.. We have a large array of Black-owned businesses from handmade jewelry, fresh baked goods, fresh produce to clothing and unique crafts.  This is a FREE event that we invite the whole community to come out and support. 

If you are looking for a great story, we invite you to come out and hear the stories of how these entrepreneurs got their start.  We will help coordinate your request and/or you can walk to see who catches your eye. 

WHO:                    Melannaire Marketplace Summer Breeze Festival  

WHAT:                  Pop Up Mall

WHEN:                  12:00pm-6:00pm

WHERE:                Fourth Street Live!

If you would like to be a vendor and/or be a sponsor, please contact MELANnaire Marketplace at www.melannaire.com

Please announce and/or post on your community calendars.  If you have any questions, please contact VIPP Communications at 502-341-7306.

“Where Black Businesses Matter”

Follow us on social media and take photos using the following hashtags so we can share your experience #MELANnairesLou, #BLACKbusinessesMatterLOU & #MELANnaireMarketplace. 

Instagram:  @melannairemarketplace

The VIPP Report: VIPP Style Accessories will host a Sip, Shop & Support Pop Up Shop

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VIPP Style Accessories will host a Sip, Shop and Support Pop Up Shop on Sunday, May 20th in Louisville at Virtue located at 103 W. Oak Street.

The event is from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Vendors will showcase their products and/or services on Sunday.

32626999_1007062512783072_2779958070992699392_o (1)The VIPP Style team will be on hand to display their unique statement pieces.  There will also be a beauty consultant, a clothing vendor with the latest fashions, a hat vendor, a new eyelash distributor and a massage therapist.

To be apart of future pop up shops contact VIPP Style Accessories at booking at vippstyle.com.

Website: http://www.vippstyle.com /IG: @vipp_style/ FB: @vippstyle 

 

 

 

The VIPP Report: Two local entrepreneurs team up to launch a boutique catering to both men and women

 

AFM

Louisville, KY (March 22, 2018). Business woman and founder of All for Men Threads, Tawana Bain has teamed up with international model, Nurse Practitioner, wife of UK and NCAA star (Derek Anderson), Dr. Ashley Anderson, to launch AFM for him. for her, a boutique styling men and women for all occasions…from “uptown to downtown.”  AFM for him. for her. Is a collaboration of sisters…two women who have a passion for fashion!  Just in time for Derby 2018, AFM will bring unique fashions from New York, Los Angeles and Europe to Louisville!  The boutique is opening a pop up in Mall St. Matthews for the Derby season and will host a Grand Opening Event on Friday April 6th from 6pm-9pm!

April 6, 2018 AFM for him. for her. will mark the official launch of the AFM women’s line and the boutique’s full time opening to the public for the Derby season.  The event, being held at Mall St. Matthews, across from Victoria’s Secret, will include shopping, a meet and greet with the owners, food and beverages and a fashion show at 7pm that will highlight both men’s and women’s clothing, including some special Easter, prom, and Derby themed looks.  This event is open to the public.

In addition to the Show, through the Stamina Foundation, AFM for him. for her. will be doing an AOK (Act of Kindness) for a pair of women in the Louisville Community. We are accepting submissions from “girlfriends” who are empowering other women in the community for a chance to win the “Ultimate Girls Night Package.” The winners of this package will receive: Hair Styling, Makeup Application, Mani/Pedi, Massage, Clothing from AFM, Dinner, 2 Free Tickets to the Best Friends Thunder Brunch, and a $150 donation to a charity of their choice.

Available for Easter/Derby On-Air Fashion Segments

For more information, contact

Sherlene Shanklin

mail@vippcommunications.com