2 black businesses owned by women opened in Zona Rosa

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Zona Rosa on Saturday welcomed two new businesses owned by black women.

Sydni Russell unveiled her boutique, Jill Marie Boutique filled with clothes and accessories for mom and baby.

“Jill Marie is my daughter’s middle name. My mother who is deceased is called Jill and my fiance’s grandmother’s name is Marie who is also deceased, so that definitely makes sense, ”said Russell.

Russell started his business in October, selling his items online and in pop-up stores in the Kansas City area.

Opening his own store was an idea that came to Russell during the COVID-19 pandemic. While she was having feelings of hesitation, she took a leap of faith.

“The whole pandemic was honestly a huge reason I started the business because I had thought about doing it and it just showed me that tomorrow is not promised and things may not be. not always the way they always have been and so, why wait, “Russell said.” If you have a dream or something you want to do, you just have to do it now. “

A few stores down from Jill Marie Boutique is Fresh Factory KC.

“It’s really just an opportunity to celebrate Kansas City’s new culture, it’s the people, it’s the art, in a fun concept that’s really new in a lot of ways,” said India Wells-Carter.

The event space and the place where people can take photos and videos with different backdrops came to Wells-Carter in January. Almost five months later, she opened her business to the public.

“It was scary, and so promising that your dreams, your ideas, they can come to life and my hope is that my short journey in entrepreneurship can inspire others to go for it,” said Wells-Carter.

They both hope to see their stores and their ideas grow. However, inspiring future generations would be the real achievement.

“Women rule the world, 100% black girl magic, and again being able to inspire little girls no matter what their skin color, but for those who are black or brown your dreams are made. can come to life, you can make it happen. happen and people are there to support you, ”Wells-Carter said.

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