as 500 consumers to stop by the indoor marketplace that will be set up in the First District building on the city’s west side.
“The idea is to help those vendors reach black consumers,” he says. “And shoppers appreciate it because they won’t see these items at the large retailers.”
Bond said nationally blacks spend about 95 cents out of each dollar outside the black community.
“The challenge . . . is getting the consumer to support these black businesses because black economic development is the lifeblood of the community,” Bond says.