MELANnaire Marketplace opens holiday marketplace in Mall St. Matthews

Ribbon-cutting this Friday at 11:00 a.m.

(Louisville, KY) The MELANnaire Marketplace invites you to the ribbon cutting and grand opening of our holiday market on Friday, November 10th at 11:00 a.m. The marketplace will display dozens of local minority businesses all in one space so holiday shoppers can get an opportunity to support multiple small businesses at one large retail space.

At the ribbon cutting you will get the opportunity to meet many of the business owners, and supporters of the MELANnaire Marketplace.  Our confirmed speakers are Dr. F. Bruce Williams of Bates Memorial Church and our partners Dave Christopher, ED with AMPED and Cassandra Webb, Director of Russell: Place of Promise. 

The marketplace will remain open every weekend until January 2, 2024.  The founder of the MELANnaire Marketplace Nachand Trabue says, “Every year we continue to grow in ways I never thought was possible.  When you walk into our storefront there will be displays showcasing Black-owned businesses and their merchandise and/or product.  It’s going to be a mall within a mall.  Each providing unique gift ideas.  I can’t wait for you to stop by and see what the businesses have to offer. This has been truly a labor of love and that’s what entrepreneurship is all about and we at MELANnaire Marketplace are excited about being a part of their journey.

According to Louisville Metro Government, Blacks make up 23.4% of the population, and makeup 2.4% when it comes to owning a business.  The MELANnaire Marketplace is working to better that statistic by finding entrepreneurs who have great concepts, and/or products but not the revenue to sustain storefronts and/or full-time staff. 

Each weekend there will be special activities from a trunk show to meeting special guests and giveaways to complete your shopping experience.  The MELANnaire experience will be surrounded by over 130 stores, multi-media cinema and multiple culinary dining options.  

The marketplace is located near the entrance of El Napal and Women’s Dillards on the backside of the mall.  We will be open every weekend from 11-10-2023 to 1-2-2024. 

If you would like to be a vendor and/or be a sponsor, please contact MELANnaire Marketplace at   

Please announce and/or post on your community calendars.  If you have any questions or would like to interview Nachand Trabue, please contact VIPP Communications at 502-341-7306.

“Where Black Businesses Matter”

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