Weekly market supports dozens of local Black-owned businesses

It's an initiative from Shop Black City Tour
Nashville Black Market kicks-off Black History Month
Posted at 6:58 AM, Feb 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-21 13:10:19-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — More than 50 Black-owned businesses will come together in the Wedgewood Houston neighborhood for the first ever Wedge Market.

The weekly Wedge Market kicked off Sunday, lasting from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Wedge Building, located at 2020 Lindell Avenue. The market will be happening weekly on Sundays moving forward.

The organization putting on the event, Shop Black City Tour, was founded locally in 2019. It's known for hosting vendor markets for businesses not only in Nashville, but across the country in 30 cities.

During the pandemic, Shop Black City Tour helped 650 Black-owned businesses generate more than $300,000.

The co-founders of Shop Black City Tour, Greg and Tee Westbrook, said the Wedge Market is an opportunity to help Black-owned small businesses rebound from the pandemic after being disproportionately impacted. They hope to channel momentum and enthusiasm into these local businesses through Sunday's event, which is the first of its kind for them.

"A lot of Black-owned businesses closed completely last year. They not only lost revenue, but they had to close their doors. They had to let go of staff. And that's devastating. So, to be able to provide this event for them to rebuild is, again, the greatest opportunity for us to have," they said.

The Westbrooks added the market will provide an opportunity for people to support Black-owned businesses year-round.

You can find more information about Shop Black City Tour here.