Findlay Market celebrates Juneteenth showcasing Black community leaders, Black-owned businesses

Findlay Market celebrates Juneteenth showcasing Black community leaders, Black-owned businesses
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) -Findlay Market celebrated Juneteenth all weekend long, featuring a panel discussion with Black entrepreneurs and a chance for attendees to get a taste of some of the city’s Black-owned businesses.

On Saturday, the panel, moderated by Kai Stoudemire-Williams, Founder of Black is Excellence, included insightful contributions from Brittani Gray (Founder & CEO, Girls Health Period), David Oxner (Founder, EightTwenty Media & Regional Sales Manager, BSN Sports), Jena Bradley (Director of Community Partnerships, bi3), and Jeremiah Pennebaker (Sr. Associate, Black Led Social Change at United Way).

Attendees had the opportunity to engage with and support various Black-owned businesses on Sunday, enjoying samples and receiving discounts.

Participating businesses include:

  • A&D Ernest
  • Afromeals
  • A “Mother’s Touch” Cakes
  • Bouchard’s Pasta
  • The Cake Pop Shoppe
  • Chamaele
  • Chico’s Cheesecakes
  • Create or Conform
  • Eliza Jane’s BakeShop
  • Fill More Waste Less
  • Flavors of the Isle
  • Flourish Culinary Services
  • Gramma Debbie’s Kitchen
  • Honey Child Pops
  • Jay’s Nyam & Jam
  • Kaliewinkle Bakery
  • Makers Bakers Co.
  • Melanin Flame Candle Co.
  • Nay Nay’s

“Juneteenth is the celebration of when we all knew that we were free,” Erika Griffin, Owner of Create or Conform, said.

According to the History Channel, Juneteenth stands for June 19, which refers to June 19, 1865, when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take control of the state and ensure the freedom of all enslaved people.

Tosha Gannaway, Owner of Gramma Debbie’s Kitchen, says she believes Juneteenth balances out July 4.

“July 4 is the independence day for our country but Juneteenth really solidifies that everyone in this country is free. It’s almost like we can’t celebrate July 4 without Juneteenth,” Gannaway explained.

To truly enjoy this holiday, it’s essential to understand the significance of food and its connection to slavery.

“Slaves before had to kind of work with what they had for food; they often got scraps and nothing ever good, but they were still able to make it delicious for themselves, so it’s just remembering that no matter what you have, you can always make the best of it.”

Gannaway says that food and fellowship should always go hand-in-hand.

“Sharing your knowledge and being prideful about Juneteenth around a nice plate of food is what it’s all about,” Gannaway said.

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