MELANnaire Marketplace holiday marketplace heads into its second weekend at Mall St. Matthews

(Louisville, KY) The MELANnaire Marketplace Holiday Market is in its second week, and we are receiving rave reviews from the layout of the storefront to the quality of the merchandise from its MELANnaires. 

We invite you to stop by as the mall traffic begins to pick up as we anticipate a busy ‘Black Friday”.  The marketplace displays 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. This week we will have some new products- clothing apparel, handcrafted jewelry, signature cotton candy, popcorn books, toys, candles and so much.

Nachand Trabue, founder of MELANnaire Marketplace says “The first weekend was successful for our entrepreneurs.  It’s hard to have a storefront during the holidays but we are honored to be a vessel, a liaison to be able to organize all the businesses to work together and to see customers come in purchase their items is truly a blessing.  We have gift ideas for all ages, and we invite you to stop by and see the fantastic selections,”

The MELANnaire Marketplace Holiday Market will be open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until January 2, 2024.  Our store hours are open on the same schedule as Mall St. Matthews. We call every Friday “Black Owned Friday”.

The marketplace is located near the entrance of El Napal and Women’s Dillards on the backside of the mall. 

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

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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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 www.melannaire.com.   

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”

Follow us on social media and take photos using the following hashtags so we can share your experience #MELANnairesLou, #BLACKbusinessesMatterLOU & #MELANnaireMarketplace.

Instagram:  @melannairemarketplace

The Palm Room and Melt 502 create a pop-up restaurant

Melt Wednesdays in West Louisville

(Louisville, KY) As part of Black Business Month, The Palm Room is collaborating with a poplar eatery while they find a new venue.  Starting on Wednesday, August 16th, The Palm Room is partnering with Melt 502.  They will open their kitchen so their customers can enjoy their menu specialties which includes deep fried egg rolls with soul food fillings to chicken wings and great side dishes. 

From noon to midnight patrons of The Palm Room and the customers of Melt 502 will come out to support both businesses. The Palm Room understands that collaboration and partnership is the key to economic growth, development, and longevity of a business.

Donnie Adkins, owner of The Palm Room says, “Stability and consistency is vital to have a successful business.  Working together is good business for both of us as entrepreneurs. We are giving both our customers something new, and we hope you come out the next month and support both businesses.” 

Melt 502 created a large following in South Louisville with their brick n’ mortar.  With that success they are looking for additional opportunities to serve other communities such as West Louisville as they continue to grow their brand. 

Save the following dates where Melt 502 will be working out of the kitchen at The Palm Room from 12 noon to 12 midnight with a limited menu serving some of their favorite items:

  • August 16th
  • August 23rd
  • August 30th
  • September 6th

Melt Wednesday at The Palm Room will also include Open Mic Night.  Come out and enjoy great food, great entertainment, and great company where two businesses work to support one another. 

The Palm Room is located at 1821 W. Jefferson Street.  We are the latest venue to add slot machines which support Shirley’s Way. 

If you are interested in setting up an interview about Melt Wednesday, Black Business Month and/or the slot machines in West Louisville, please contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com or by calling 502-341-7306. 

To keep up with The Palm Room events visit our website at https://www.joespalmroomlounge.com/?fbclid=PAAabBvaJtom7JEwch1dJu-dUxgPHHo5SwUsPuTZFGIV090R5MBim8ktIktYA_aem_ATi1WYWSn8nBRXpjUp-2JfrQb0eYRVtyZzLBCkFUlR6oETnloZl19oHyGI1XrbZLtcU  

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The Palm Room welcomes Slutty Vegan to Louisville for a pop-up

Louisville, KY) Slutty Vegan, known as one of the top vegan restaurants in U.S. hits the road for a pop-up and Louisville is their next destination.

This Saturday, April 8th from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the parking lot of The Palm Room located at 1821 W. Jefferson Street in Louisville, KY you will see the Slutty Vegan Food Truck. If you follow them on social, you know that lines will form to savor the plant-based food alternatives especially their signature burgers that the Slutty Vegan team will put together right here in West Louisville.

The Palm Room owner Donnie Adkins says, “Louisville has been wanting this opportunity and I’m so proud that our team was able to get this scheduled.  Entrepreneurs helping one another is how we survive. Helping Black-owned businesses is vital for growth.  Everyone can’t travel to Atlanta, so we are bringing Atlanta to Louisville.  Every city they have travelled to has had people standing in long lines just to try the food.  We are going to make this an event, an experience. I hope you come out and support. We are planning events throughout the year so stay tuned.”

Along with the Slutty Vegan Food Truck, The Palm Room will provide music with a DJ, our guest Slutty Vegan will also sell merchandise and The Palm Room will be open for guests to purchase drinks and take a tour of the live music restaurant and bar.

Again, they are expecting a large turnout and we would love for you to cover our event. We are introducing the residents to healthy alternatives to things they eat every day.

When you arrive, your point of contact will be Ebony Davis. Contact her via cell at 502.905.2176.

To learn more about Joe’s Palm Room and Slutty Vegan we have attached their websites.  https://www.joespalmroomlounge.com & http://sluttyveganatl.com/

If you get calls that there’s a large crowd on Jefferson Street on Saturday. Follow the people heading to The Palm Room and look for the yellow food truck. 

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About Slutty Vegan:

Founded by CEO and visionary Pinky Cole, Slutty Vegan is an Atlanta-based, nationally acclaimed burger joint offering bangin’ 100% vegan comfort food. Slutty Vegan’s crave-worthy, indulgent menus and joyful customer interactions draw locals and visitors to eagerly wait in now-famous lines down the block for a vegan burger, with sluttified fans including celebrities like Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Taraji P. Henson, Tyler Perry, and Queen Latifah. Slutty Vegan has ten existing brick-and-mortar locations, including metro-Atlanta stores in the Edgewood, Jonesboro, Duluth and West View neighborhoods, on-campus at Georgia Tech, and inside Truist Park, plus outposts in Athens, Georgia, Birmingham, AL and Harlem and Brooklyn, New York. In addition, the brand’s “Big Ol’ Slut” food truck tours the country popping up in neighborhoods across the region.

VIPP Communications is a full-service public relation, event management and production firm headquartered in Louisville, KY with clients and/or projects all over the U.S. We can create, maintain and sustain your brand.  Our clientele ranges from small businesses, non-profits, corporate leaders, entertainment to current and retired professional athletes.  Contact one of our team members to see how we can assist you at info at vippcommunications dot com.  www.vippcommunications.com

Black Professionals Mixer -Louisville announces 2023 events

Nikki Lanier, CEO of Harper Slade and Nikkilanier.com announces her 2023 dates and venue for Black Professionals Mixer-Louisville. Professionals will have three opportunities to network and socialize amongst business peers. 

Save the following dates: 

• March 14, 2023, 

• July 11, 2023, and 

• December 12, 2023.  

The mixer will take place at Joe’s Palm Room located at 1821 W. Jefferson Street.  

Nikki R. Lanier says “I’m excited to announce our new partner, Joe’s Palm Room and our three scheduled mixers.  I wanted to give professionals in this region a place where Black business and community leaders have a chance to collaborate and meet other professionals. This is going to be a great year for us, and we continue to build relationships and help Black professionals, especially those new to Louisville, to feel welcomed and endeared by our city.”

Donnie Adkins with Joe’s Palm Room expresses his support for BPM.  He says, “We are extremely excited that Joe’s Palm Room was chosen as the site for the 2023 Black Professional Mixer series. Over the last year, the Joe’s team has helped revitalize the image of the Russell neighborhood by hosting successful events like the Rotary Club’s lunch series, the West Louisville farmers market, and the Wekeza West real estate investment series. We look forward to showing off our upgraded event space and new menu. You are guaranteed a great time at Joe’s Palm Room!”

Since its inception in 2018, the Black Professionals Mixer has hosted over 600 professionals from business executives, entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders, philanthropists to leaders in sports and entertainment.  

“The sponsors for the Black Professionals Mixer have enjoyed the access to the region’s Black professionals says Lanier.”

We would like to thank our following sponsors for their continued support: LG&E, Norton Healthcare, Yum! Brands, Brown-Forman, Kentucky Derby Festival. Today’s Woman, Royal Jewelers, MCM CPAs and Advisors, and Obi Law Group.  A special thank you to Black Jockey’s Lounge for supporting our vision by hosting 2022 mixers.  

The Black Professionals Mixer is a means to provide Louisville’s Black Professionals Mixer will align with NikkiLanier.com as it transitions to for more opportunities in 2023.  We will continue to showcase the region’s top Black professionals while further anchoring a visible commitment to racial equality and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, (DEI).

2023 Sponsorship opportunities are available. You can reach us at admin@nikkilanier.com

If you would like to setup an interview and/or be a sponsor, please contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com.  

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Black Professional Mixer Stirring Up Business in Louisville

Louisville, KY) As we come to the close of 2022, Harper Slade invites you to their final Black Professionals Mixer, (BPM) of the year hosted by Nikki R. Lanier.  On Tuesday, December 6th at Black Jockey’s Lounge, 630 South Fourth Street at 5:30 p.m. professionals have an opportunity to network as you garner alliances to create business for 2023.  This is the third mixer of the series.

In the coming year, we are excited to announce more mixers and a new partnership.  The announcement will be made on December 6th

The evening is a unique opportunity for establish a strong sense of community among Louisville’s black professional community.  There will be entertainment and giveaways throughout the evening and food and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the evening.  Lanier says, “This has been an incredible year for the Black Professionals Mixer. We continue to attract our region’s top professionals, business executives, entrepreneurs, non-profit and philanthropic as well as professionals in sports and entertainment industries. Sponsors like Norton Healthcare, Yum Brands, Brown-Forman, Today’s Woman and others have enjoyed access to this incredible population of black talent and consumers.  I’m excited about the future of these events as we continue to build together in Louisville, and I invite you to be a part of it.”

To be included in this Invitation Only event, email admin@harperslade.com.

Lanier designed this event as a way for Black professionals to network, build community and welcome relocating professionals to the city.  BPM currently operates under Harper Slade Racial Equity Advisory. 

Please post on your community calendars and if you would like to speak to Lanier about her final Black Professionals Mixer of the year, please contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com or by calling 502-341-7306. 

WHO:                Harper Slade hosted by Nikki R. Lanier

WHAT:               Black Professional Mixer, (BPM)

WHEN:              Tuesday, December 6th @ 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:            Black Jockey’s Lounge, 630 S. 4th Street, Louisville

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VIPP Communications is a full-service public relation, event management and production firm headquartered in Louisville, KY with clients and/or projects all over the U.S. We can create, maintain and sustain your brand.  Our clientele ranges from small businesses, non-profits, corporate leaders, entertainment to current and retired professional athletes.  Contact one of our team members to see how we can assist you at info at vippcommunications dot com.  www.vippcommunications.com

The Village @ West Jefferson release a statement in regard to the shooting near their business complex

10-28-2022

Statement from Dr. Jamesetta Ferguson, MOLO Village

“This evening, we received the unfortunate news that there was a homicide on 13th and Jefferson Street. near The Village @ West Jefferson in the Russell neighborhood.

We do not know officially the circumstances of the incident at this time, but we wanted to send our condolences to those involved. We will assist the Louisville Metro Police Department anyway we can.

Please remember to keep our whole community safe. If you see something, please say something. Again, we can not comment on the investigation because we do not know the circumstances, but I can say that we will remain vigilant in watching out for our neighbors.”

If you have any questions, please contact us at molovillage@att.net.

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