It would seem as though it wasn’t until last summer’s unrest that prioritizing support for Black-owned businesses became a popular trend for the nation at large. However, that is simply not the case, especially for Houston-based BLCK Market. Jeremy Malone (also known as J.O.) founded BLCK Market with the mission to provide a safe place for small businesses and entrepreneurs. The BLCK Market is curated to the Black American experience and provides an opportunity to showcase quality brands and products to tens of thousands of consumers. Their vision is to bring value back to the community through financial literacy, wellness, and creativity.
BLCK Market, considered to be Houston’s largest gathering of Black-owned businesses, started out holding in-person events every first Friday and second Saturday. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, it pivoted to an online platform out of necessity. Not only did this e-commerce marketplace keep the BLCK Market name alive, but it also kept other Black brands open for business. Today, BLCK Market has begun holding its in-person events again and it will continue growing its digital platform. On the horizon are plans to open its first retail store to further this important mission.
BLCK Market Retail will be opening Labor Day weekend and will be located at the Pearland Town Center, only 15 minutes south of downtown Houston. Pearland currently ranks #6 on 24/7 Tempo’s list of fastest-growing American cities according to USA Today. PRISM was honored to produce the rendering used to market the storefront debut. If you’d like to be one of the first 25 vendors to be featured at the Flagship store, visit BLCK Retail to learn more. The great news is all vendors keep 100% of their sales at BLCK Market Retail!