Celebrating Business Diversity

This #Juneteenth the Merchantville Diversity Committee is celebrating our community’s black own businesses. Join us by enjoying some of the amazing cuisine, goods, and services offered by our wonderful black business owners. Two 28 Eight is a boutique salon located at 728 West Maple Ave. and specializes in textured hair services. Rasta Kitchen, at 618 West Maple Ave. offers Jamaican cuisine with a twist. Need a fresh cut? Book an appointment at EZ Cutz Barber Shop, owned by Jazz Wilson, 614 West Maple Ave. Do you have care needs for a loved one? R.E.A.C.H. Homecare Agency, 223 North Centre St. is a privately own Home Care agency dedicated to providing medical and non-medical services 24/7. Essence Fitness Studio empowers this community of diverse people exercise and training options for getting healthy every day. Stop in for the Wine & Cheese events this weekend at CUB & Co., 23 North Centre St., your place for unique tees, accessories and much more. Looking for cold-pressed juice and lunchtime favs including some yummy vegan options? The Juice Bar is the place to go at 22 South Centre St. Top off your meal with dessert at Cat's Creations, a bakery offering wholesome and trendy treats, 23 South Centre St. A Milli Little Things is a small business, at 19 South Centre Street, creating all natural homemade bath and body products. Harpers Barber Shop, located at 13 West Park Avenue., offers haircuts and more to tame your mane in a shop with a great atmosphere where people of all ages are welcome. Plan your Bae-cations, Bridal Parties, Birthdays, Kid-Free weekends, Girls Night at Hey Nikki, 20 South Centre St., where you'll find a great selection of lingerie for all occasions. Find some old and new thrift shop bargains at Queen Esther's Treasures, located at 29 West Park Ave. The Station Coffee, 10 East Chestnut Ave. in Merchantville, offers an abundance of activities, events and edibles from morning 'til night for kids and adults. And, many other black entrepreneurs - like Tray and MAC CBD or Zumba Fitt with Ivori, can be found in spaces at Ryans Retail, 22 North Centre St.

Learning What Wasn't Taught

One reason Juneteenth’s history has remained widely misunderstood, or even unknown, is because educators say it’s not often taught in schools and that has a profound impact, erasing the history of systemic racism in this country and the contributions of Black people. In 2020, the meaning of June 19, 1865 is being seized more broadly by activists as an opportunity for the United States to come to terms with how slavery continues to affect the lives of all Americans today and is something for everyone, of every race, to engage in. This year, Juneteenth will be commemorated with protests, marches, a general workers strike, and opportunities for healing and joy across the country. It will also be celebrated as it has been for decades, with cookouts and parades, as well as church gatherings and spirituals, keeping in touch with the original tradition. 

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