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Second annual Black Market event to include awards presentation

The Black Market event provides a chance for patrons to purchase goods from area Black businesses out of a pop up shop hosted at LINC. The event is scheduled to include the inaugural Black Business awards ceremony at the Harris Building downtown.

/Courtesy of GRABB

Underwriting support from:


The Harris Building

111 South Division Avenue 

LINC Community Revitalization

1167 Madison Avenue

/Courtesy of GRABB

/Courtesy of GRABB

The second annual Black Market, presented by Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses (GRABB) will take place on Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22. 

On Friday, networking, shopping, a strolling dinner and the inaugural Black Market GRAAB Awards will take place at the Harris Building in Downtown Grand Rapids from 5:30-8 p.m. Cost is $25 per ticket. 

On Saturday, the Black Market Pop-up shop featuring holiday shopping, kids activities, free pictures with Santa and soulful holiday music will take place at LINC Community Revitalization in the Madison Square neighborhood from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The GRAAB Awards Reception is designed to honor the city's entrepreneurs, businesses, organizations and community leaders. 

Nominees in five categories are as follows:

Young, Black and Gifted

  • Josephine White
  • Alvin Hills IV
  • Kristian Grant
  • Johannah Jelks
  • Lawrence (Duke) Turley 

Emerging Black Business Award

  • I Got Face - Latesha Lipscomb
  • Malamiah Juice Bar - Anissa & Jermale Eddie
  • Team Fireproof - Moe McCoy
  • Daddy Pete's BBQ - Cory & Tara Davis
  • Rock Candy Earrings - Della Marie Levi
  • Sweet Nature By Eddie - Eddie Lee
  • First Class Cakes - Tanisha Bates
  • Furniture For You - Steve Whitby
  • Smell Goods Cafe - Faheem Nichols
  • EnergyCzar, Inc. - Chris Wagnerer

​The Black Bottom Community Builder Award

  • Grand Rapids African American Health Institute
  • Shannon Cohen - Community Ventures
  • Bryan Blakely - Bates Place Ministries
  • Anthony Martin - Community Organizer
  • Alvin Hills IV - Endless Opportunities
  • Lakeshia Stevenson-Gilbert H.O.A.P
  • Huemartin Robinson II - Community Servant
  • Kim Harris - GRAECI
  • Argie Holliman Community Volunteers
  • Grand Rapids Urban League
  • Taalib & Shahida El Amin - Community Servants
  • Tarona Guy - Small Business Saturday Organizer
  • Chris Sain - Grand C.I.T.Y. Sports

NC Mutual Life Insurance Co Collaboration Award

  • ​Seeds of Promise
  • VLC Integrative Wellness
  • Hook A Sista Up
  • Dream Big Sister Circle
  • I Got Face

Marcus Garvey Legacy Award


  • ​George Bayard/ Bayard Art
  • Brown's Funeral Home
  • Reflections Salon
  • Paul Collins
  • Grand Rapids Times
  • Painting By Jeff
  • Ivy K. Gillespie Memorial Chapel
  • G.W. Greetings

GRABB has organized the event to foster an economy that supports the revitalization of the Black community and expand opportunities for Black businesses in the greater Grand Rapids area by promoting economic equity.

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