February is a month where we celebrate and acknowledge Black History and our past and present and future leaders. We see more acts of love, kindness, and empowerment within our communities, it could be Cupid’s Love on Valentine’s Day, but one thing is for sure, we support and encourage more black and brown owned businesses.
On February 12th-14th 2021 the Spread Love store was opened to the public at the Galleria Mall located in White Plains, NY. The “Free Store” was organized by Teens Under Construction, Inc and The Valley Day Foundation, Inc, a weekend concentrated in love, giving back to the community, many registered and many walked in. The “Free Store” provided school supplies, blankets, pillows, socks, clothing, coats, dog food, air mattresses, windshield wipers just to name a few items, useful for a community in need. On the ones and twos was the Original North K Hitta Big Homie Jihad entertaining those in attendance.
For the first time in the Galleria was the grand opening of the Black & Brown business owned POP UP SHOP, every Saturday in February these vendors will have an opportunity to showcase their merchandise, and the public will have the opportunity to shop till they drop and show their support. You will have an opportunity to meet the owners of the following business Jas Drip Fitness, Highly Humble Clothing, Cupcake Cutie Boutique, Million Dollar Smile, Querrios Bakery, With Love from Dawn and Dazzle Dee Gems, just to name a few. The energy felt from the Pop Up Shop and the Spread Love store, was as positive and passionate as the dedication and efforts demonstrated, by Teens Under Construction, Inc and The Valley Day Foundation, Inc.
These organizations are leading by example, making a difference in our communities through positive impact, and purpose driven goals, establishing that its about the community and not competition amongst each other. In the Words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, “The time is always right to do what is right.”, Teens Under Construction and The Valley Day Foundation are always on time!
[Editor Note: Come out Saturday, February 26th and Sunday, February 27th and support small Black and Brown Businesses and get your copy of the latest issue of Black Westchester Newspaper]