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: Stop by MELANnaire Marketplace this weekend

(Louisville, KY) We invite you to Louisville’s only weekly portal of Black-owned businesses.  The MELANnaire Marketplace will take place on Saturday, August 28th at Manhattan on Broadway located at 716 E. Broadway.  The marketplace runs from 12 pm to 5 pm. Shoppers have an opportunity to walk around shop and hear the stories of the start-ups.  Come out and support area entrepreneurs. You find produce to one of kind pieces from artists and designers. 

The founder and creator of the MELANnaire Marketplace Nachand Trabue says “I can’t believe it’s been a year already. All I tried to do is fill a void in our community and now this is now a staple.  I strongly believe in helping others and this is just one platform showing that we can work together as we provide for our families.  If you have not had an opportunity to shop with us.  I encourage you to stop by and see what the entrepreneurs have to offer.”

If you are looking to do a profile on Trabue and/or any of the vendors, we invite you to come out and hear the stories. 

WHO:                     MELANnaire Marketplace 

WHAT:                   Shopping with Black-owned businesses            

WHEN:                   Saturday, August 28th from 12:00pm-5:00pm

WHERE:                 Manhattan on Broadway, 716 E. Broadway

WHY:                      Creating a marketplace in downtown Louisville for residents & tourists to easily get too.

 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.

Labor Day Weekend, (September 4th) we will be at Manhattan on Broadway from 12pm-5pm to celebrate our one-year anniversary.

“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 Schedule of Events

MELANnaire Marketplace

The MELANnaire Marketplace takes place every Saturday in Louisville, KY.  Alternating between Manhattan on Broadway located at 716 East Broadway from 12pm to 5pm in the Smoketown neighborhood and Fourth Street Live from 12pm to 6pm in the downtown business district.  We will also move the marketplace where there’s a need. 

Here’s our latest schedule:

Saturday, August 28th – Manhattan on Broadway

Saturday, September 4th – Manhattan on Broadway (One year anniversary)

Saturday, September 11th– We will be at Finzer & Preston Streets (outdoors) In partnership with the Smoketown Festival and Black Wealth Week

Saturday, September 18th– 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 info@vippcommunications.com and/or by calling 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: Two Louisville chefs make their debut on Guy’s Grocery Games on the Food Network

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(Pictured left to right Davonte Bolden and Randy Pasch)

THE DYNAMIC DUO TAKES ON GUY’S GROCERY GAMES

(Santa Rosa, California) Two Louisville chefs get a one-way ticket to Flavortown.  On Wednesday night, Chefs Davonte’ Bolden and Randy Pasch team up to take on other chefs in Guy’s Grocery Games hosted by Chef Guy Fieri.

Randy PaschChef Pasch, a native of Yellow Springs, Ohio who currently lives in Louisville says “As a chef I let the food speak to me.   When my creative juices flow, I can turn simple dishes into masterpieces.”  The Sullivan University culinary graduate goes on to say, “It’s about teaching the new generation of chefs that it not only takes skill but passion it can be seen through from every dish that comes out of my kitchen.”

Chef Bolden, a native of St. Louis, Missouri who also lives in Davonte BoldenLouisville found his passion for food at an early age but never getting the break he needed to extend his career.  The Sullivan University culinary graduate followed his dream and kept his faith even through the hard times.  The tough times brought him to this moment. He says “He wants to live a life that shows all others that the best blessings are when we become one to others.  Food is my therapy and its healing to soul and the stomach.  My time is now, I’m getting the opportunity to showcase my skills.”

Darnell “Superchef” Ferguson, owner of Super Hero Chefs says “I couldn’t be more proud of these two men.  It proves that their hard work and dedication is being rewarded.  To be in the national spotlight and to represent Super Hero Chefs lets everyone know that my team is strong and love food.  They are innovative and can take on any challenge Guy gives them.”

Bolden and Pasch will scramble through Flavortown Market to make something sweet and savory.  How did they do?   You need to watch the Food Network on Wednesday at 9:00 pm (ET) and 8:00 (CT).

To setup an interview contact sshanklin at vippcommunications dot com.

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The VIPP Report: Still looking for a holiday gift try accessories

With Christmas just two weeks away, shoppers walk the malls and up and down the aisles of stores looking for the perfect gift.  

With a busy schedule many are looking for a quick way to check names off their list.  The trend now is to find credible online stores with competitive prices.  

VIPP Style Accessories is an online store that carries unique statement pieces that you can dress up or down.  The site has a wide variety of styles, colors and prices that pretty much fits anyone’s budget.  

During the holidays, you get free shopping for purchases over $50.00.  All you have to do is use the code: VIPP HOLIDAY.  

Visit their website http://www.vippstyle.com.  Follow them on Instagram @vipp_style and Facebook @vippstyle for special offers and sales.  

The VIPP Report: Holiday market will showcase more than 200 vendors

THE FLEUR DE FLEA VINTAGE ANTIQUE AND HANDMADE HOLIDAY MARKET MAKES IT EASY FOR YOU TO FIND THAT SPECIAL GIFT WITH MORE THAN 200 VENDORS 

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This year’s holiday market benefits the Kids Cancer Alliance

(Louisville, KY) The Fleur De Flea Vintage, Antique and Handmade Holiday Market will deck the halls of the newly renovated Kentucky International Convention Center, (KICC) located at 221 S. 4th Street where shoppers get to experience Kentuckiana’s largest and best holiday market in the area.  Save the date of Saturday, December 8th and Sunday, December 9th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm to go on your shopping spree for the hard to buy family, friend and/or coworker who have everything.

The Holiday Fleur de Flea will have vendors from all over the region with more than 200 booths specializing in vintage, antique, boutique and handmade items.   There will be a holiday bar withy festive drinks that shoppers can enjoy. Plus, there will also be plenty of food for you to enjoy.

Admission for the Holiday Fleur de Flea is only $5.00.  In turn, proceeds to benefit the Kids Cancer Alliance.  They will be on site both days to talk about their non-profit organization and answer any questions our guests may have.

With the holiday market strategically located in downtown Louisville it helps shoppers avoid long lines from mall traffic and it gives our neighbors in Indiana to make a quick trip across the bridge to support small businesses.

The Holiday Fleur de Flea Vintage, Antique and Handmade Holiday Market is on Saturday, December 8th and Sunday, December 9th at KICC from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  If you would like to set up an interview, schedule a live shot and/or to cover the event, please contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com.

Prior to the market, we request that you put on your community calendars and/or place on your media outlet websites and social pages.

You can follow Fleur De Flea on IG: @fleurdeflea and FB: @fleaurdeflea.

www.fleurdeflea.com

 

VIPP Communications is a full service public relations, event management and production firm headquartered in Louisville, KY with clients and/or projects all over the U.S. We can create, maintain and sustain your brand.  Our clientele range from small businesses, non-profits, corporate leaders, entertainment to current and retired professional athletes.  Contact one of our team members to see if we can assist you at info at vippcommunications dot com.  http://vippcommunications.com 

 

The VIPP Report: Holiday Fleur de Flea Vintage Urban Market

THE FLEUR DE FLEA VINTAGE AND HANDMADE HOLIDAY MARKET PARTNERS UP WITH THE KENTUCKY CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE ON DECEMBER 9TH WITH OVER 100 LOCAL VENDORS NESTLED AMNONGST SOME OF LOUISVILLE’S GREATEST HISTORY

(Louisville, KY) Tis the Season to be Jolly and Shop local!  We are in countdown mode for Christmas and many have not purchased one gift and now you’re thinking to yourself “How will I get it all done in time?”  We have the perfect one-stop shop with over 100 vendors under one roof.  It’s the Holiday Fleur de Flea Vintage Urban Market on Saturday, December 9th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

The Holiday Fleur de Flea will have vendors from all over Kentucky and Southern Indiana selling everything from handmade items, vintage holiday, collectibles, repurposed, to recycled plus so much more.  There will be gift ideas for even the hardest to shop for loved one.

There will also be plenty of food for you to enjoy. Food trucks will be on site plus a holiday bar with festive drinks.  If you’ve never visited KCAAH, this is a wonderful time to learn more about their history and see their displays along with shopping.  There’s also plenty of parking in the rear of the venue for your convenience.

Admission for the Holiday Fleur de Flea is only $3.00.  In turn, the proceeds will go to KCAAH’s new January 2018 exhibit “Imagine Peace Now.”  Artists from all over the world constructed this exhibit by taking nearly 80 guns off the streets used in violence and recycled them into art.  KCAAH will release additional information about the exhibit in the coming weeks.

Avoid the malls and shop local to support area business by attending the Holiday Fleur de Flea Vintage Urban Market on Saturday, December 9th at KCAAH from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  If you would like to set up an interview and/or to cover the event please contact Sherlene Shanklin at sshanklin@vippcommunications.comVintagdeUrbanMarket