MELANnaire Marketplace holiday market celebrates the history and culture of Kwanzaa

(Louisville, KY) The MELANnaire Marketplace holiday market celebrates Kwanzaa.  Starting December 26th Kwanzaa is a time to celebrate the African American culture.  The holiday market welcomes guests into the storefront to celebrate, educate and recognize the rich history and highlight the seven principles.   

In support of their recent crowdfunding campaign presented by Fund Black Founders and sponsored by Metro United Way, their campaign ends on January 2nd or when the $25,000 goal is met.

Nachand Trabue, founder of MELANnaire Marketplace says, “We have had a great holiday season at the mall.  So, many people have visited and purchased products from our businesses, and we cannot thank you enough for your support.  It only makes sense to end our time at the mall as well close out the year and by celebrating Kwanzaa. We anticipate a big year ahead and we want you to please continue to support us.” 

The MELANnaire Marketplace Holiday Market will be open until January 2, 2024.  Our store hours are open on the same schedule as Mall St. Matthews. The MELANnaire marketplace will be hosting post-holiday sales on 100’s of items.

The marketplace is located near the entrance of El Nopal 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. Please note that you need to contact the Mall PR team to notify them that you will be on the property for security purposes. 

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MELANnaire Marketplace holiday market now open each day leading up to Christmas Day

(Louisville, KY) The MELANnaire Marketplace holiday market extends operations so that holiday shoppers can have additional opportunities to visit the storefront at Mall St, Matthews. 

Starting Monday, December 18th we will be open daily leading up to Christmas Day.  The holiday market will follow the schedule of the mall.  Each week, entrepreneurs restock their inventory and add products and merchandise so that holiday shoppers can have a variety of options.   

The MELANnaire Marketplace holiday market showcases businesses in a storefront setting where their products are on display.  When you visit the holiday market customers will find apparel, handcrafted jewelry, signature cotton candy, popcorn books, toys, accessories, candles plus much more.

Nachand Trabue founder of MELANnaire Marketplace says “We are in countdown mode for the holidays and our MELANnaires are preparing for your visit.  We have so many wonderful Black-owned businesses all in one location.  This has been a great experience and eye opening for our entrepreneurs who want to pursue store fronts.  Our dedicated team has stepped in to help make their business become full-time.  To see the fruits of their labor come to life has been so rewarding for all of us involved.  We hope you stop by to support them.”

The MELANnaire Marketplace Holiday Market will be open daily until Christmas Day then we will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday until January 2, 2024.  Our store hours are open on the same schedule as Mall St. Matthews.

The marketplace is located near the entrance of El Nopal 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. Please note that you need to contact the Mall PR team to notify them that you will be on the property for security purposes. 

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THE DEION BRANCH FOUNDATION TAKE LOUISVILLE YOUTH SHOPPING FOR CHRISTMAS

(Louisville, KY) Last night (Friday, Dec 15th) in Louisville the Deion Branch Foundation founded by two-time Superbowl champion and current staff member of the University of Louisville Football team Deion Branch took 30 children shopping for the holidays.  Branch along with current members of the UofL Football team helped local youth from the Louisville Central Community Center, Portland Neighborhood House and Sowing Seeds with Faith shop for clothes and toys.  They were at the Target Store located at 3600 Mall Road, 40218. A special thank you to Dr. Adora Hicks for coordinating the players to make sure they shared in the experience. 

Branch says “Me and my family have been truly blessed and we want to help those in need.  Since working for the university, in the past two years I’ve gained a better understanding of the importance of giving back, especially to the fans. Families have been through so much over the past few years and if we can help in any way to lighten the load, especially during the holidays, we want to do that.  I’ve excited to bring some of the players from the team to help me spread some holiday cheer as they prepare for the Holiday Bowl.”

The Deion Branch Charitable Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to offer support to children’s mental, physical, emotional wellbeing and for those who have been infected with meningitis.  The DBCF’s mission is to help with research and to find a cure to ease the struggle for children like Deion’s son. The foundation goal is to assist by providing programs and initiatives aimed at improving their quality of life. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  For more information on the foundation go to http://www.deionbranchfoundation.org.

If you have any questions, please contact VIPP Communications at 502-341-7306 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com

*Photos attached courtesy VIPP Communications.  You can also go to our social pages as well as the university’s IG page

MELANnaire Marketplace holiday market will host a story and craft time that shoppers can enjoy

(Louisville, KY) As shoppers continue to enjoy the MELANnaire Marketplace holiday market.  Guests will have an opportunity to participate in a story & craft time on Sunday, December 17th from 2:00 pm to 3:00pm.  Gye Nyame Books & More will read Ariel Young’s “Does Santa Look Like Me?”.  Shoppers will also get a chance during that time to make a bookmark during the craft session. 

If you are still looking for that unique gift idea, stop by the holiday market to see what our Black owned business owners have to offer.  When you visit the MELANnaire Marketplace holiday market customers will find apparel, handcrafted jewelry, signature cotton candy, popcorn books, toys, accessories, candles plus much more.

Starting Monday, December 18th we will be open daily leading up to Christmas Day.  The holiday market will follow the schedule of the mall. 

Traffic is picking up at the mall and our MELANnaires are ready. We are excited to help you find that perfect gift.  We have two dozen businesses all in one storefront.  It’s like a mall within a mall. Every few feet we introduce you to a different business.  Plus, on the weekends we try and offer some type of entertainment for our shoppers.  I know even our youngest of shoppers will love the story time and craft making project we have planned.  So, bring the whole family this weekend. I can’t wait to thank you in person for supporting us.” says Nachand Trabue founder of MELANnaire Marketplace.

The MELANnaire Marketplace Holiday Market will be open daily until Christmas Day then we will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday until January 2, 2024.  Our store hours are open on the same schedule as Mall St. Matthews.

The marketplace is located near the entrance of El Nopal 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. Please note that you need to contact the Mall PR team to notify them that you will be on the property for security purposes. 

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

MELANnaire Marketplace holiday market in Mall St. Matthews in Louisville

Special performances scheduled for Sunday as guest shop  

(Louisville, KY) The MELANnaire Marketplace holiday market welcomes the Young Stars Performance Academy and the Elderserve Choir this Sunday, (Dec. 10th) from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. They will perform as shoppers choose their holiday purchases.

The MELANnaire Marketplace holiday market showcases businesses in a storefront setting where their products are on display.  When you visit the holiday market customers will find apparel, handcrafted jewelry, signature cotton candy, popcorn books, toys, accessories, candles plus much more.

Nachand Trabue founder of MELANnaire Marketplace says “We are in full swing with lots of Santa helpers working to help you find your special gift(s), great customer service and such a large variety of gift ideas.  After church/faith-based services on Sunday we anticipate a big crowd to support the two groups performing.  It’s really starting to feel like the holidays.  Great entertainment and great Black-owned businesses.  It’s a win-win as you mark off items on your Christmas list.”

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.

The marketplace is located near the entrance of El Nopal 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”

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

Countdown to the holidays with great gift ideas at the MELANnaire Marketplace holiday market

Special performance by the troupe from Rush Trowel’s “The Soul of Christmas”

(Louisville, KY) The MELANnaire Marketplace holiday market is in full swing welcoming shoppers to their storefront in Mall St. Matthews.  Black-owned businesses update their inventory weekly so guests can visit multiple times as we prepare for Christmas and Kwanzaa.    

The MELANnaire Marketplace holiday market showcases businesses who do not have a storefront and/or a large team.  They assist the entrepreneurs in promoting and selling their products and services. When you visit the holiday market shoppers will find apparel, handcrafted jewelry, signature cotton candy, popcorn books, toys, accessories, candles plus much more.

This weekend, the cast of ‘The Soul of Christmas”, a production of Rush Trowel will be in the marketplace performing.  We invite you to come out shop and enjoy some great entertainment by one of Louisville’s premiere entertainment producers. 

We will also have youth from our future MELANnaire Mentor Program job shadowing as greeters.  Trabue says “We train and help develop job skills at a young age to instill in them the importance of work ethic and how to make money which in turn decreases violence in the community.  We are keeping them busy and showing them opportunities and introducing them to positive role models exceling right here in our community.”

Nachand Trabue founder of MELANnaire Marketplace says “We are happy to be able to organize a group of businesses who want exposure and an opportunity to sell their products in a mall setting.  Every week, we try and do something unique to give our shoppers a great MELANnaire experience and we are excited to have some of the cast members from ‘Soul of Christmas’ joining us.  They will definitely put you in the holiday spirit.” 

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.

The marketplace is located near the entrance of El Nopal 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”

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

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Smoketown Community Land Trust announces Congressman Morgan McGarvey will attend and speak at the launch along with Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg

UPDATED: November 30, 2023 (added speaker to program in bold font)

Immediate Release

November 29, 2023

(Louisville, KY) The Smoketown Community Land Trust, (SCLT) invites you to its launch and official introduction to the community on Saturday, December 2nd at 1:00 p.m. at the Camp Edwards Community Center located at 701 S. Hancock Street. 

Congressman Morgan McGarvey, Kentucky 3rd District, Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg, SCLT board members, dignitaries and community leaders will be in attendance and will speak during the program. 

SCLT was developed to empower Smoketown residents and to preserve the rich heritage of the historical Smoketown community when Blacks moved into the community.  In the 1800s post-civil war, freed African Americans migrated to the area seeking economic opportunities, housing, building churches and schools. The community thrived for many years and the Smoketown Community Land Trust will centralize services to better serve the community.  

The SCLT board was created to work with residents and give them space to make direct contributions to plan, design and build sustainable affordable housing ensuring the longevity of the community, creating pathways to homeownership, revitalize community pride and its rich history. 

We would like to thank our partners: Louisville Metro Government, REBOUND, Bates Community Development Corporation, River City Housing, Community Foundation of Louisville, Center for Neighborhoods and Grounded Solutions Network. Representatives from each organization will be present for the launch. 

The program will begin around 1:30 p.m. With the introduction of Congressman McGarvey followed by Mayor Greenberg. Also, during the program the official logo will be unveiled. There will be opportunities to see how people can get involved, learn about its mission. The celebration is free to the public with food, fun, raffles, and entertainment. 

If you would like to setup an interview prior to the event, please contact Theresa Boyd with River City Housing at 502-587-6763 or VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com

MEDIA NOTE:  We know that you have a lot of events and/or games to cover on December 2nd.  If you need our team to pull representatives when you arrive for interviews, we will be happy to accommodate your requests.  We feel this is an important initiative that the community needs to be made aware of and its benefits to help the community. 

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The West Louisville Performing Arts Academy is giving “hope” during the holiday season

Celebrating 34 years with a dinner concert at the University Club

(Louisville, KY) The West Louisville Performing Arts Academy (WLPAA) will host its 34th Hope Awards Dinner Concert at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 2nd at the University Club located at 200 E. Brandeis Street.

This year’s McDaniel Bluitt Hope Award recipient and keynote speaker will be Dr. Kelly McCants, Cardiologist for Norton Medical Group.
Additional awards will be presented during the program to recognize the supporters of WLPAA.

McDaniel Bluitt, Executive Director says “Every year we add youth to the choirs, so this annual gala gives them concert experience, opportunity for family and friends to support them and to highlight leaders and businesses that support us. This year’s speaker, Dr. McCants is a true leader in his field and I want to introduce my students that with hard work and determination anything is possible in whatever field, you chose to be in. We invite you to come out and celebrate our 34th anniversary. Enjoy good music, food, and a motivational speech by Dr. McCants.”

Tickets are $100.00 for adults and $50.00 for students. Tickets are available on Eventbrite and/or by contacting Mamie Bluitt, WLPAA by calling 502-418-7236 or by email at mamiegr@gmail.com.

We would like to thank all our supporters over the last 34 years. This year’s Hope Awards Dinner Concert was funded in part by the Fund for the Arts.

To arrange an interview with McDaniel Bluitt, founder of the West Louisville Performing Arts Academy, contact: info@vippcommunications.com.

To learn more about the West Louisville Performing Arts Academy visit our website at http://www.westlouisvilleperformjngarts.org.

Smoketown Community Land Trust breaking the barriers to help enrich the lives of its residents

Mayor Craig Greenberg will participate in the community celebration

(Louisville, KY) The Smoketown Community Land Trust, (SCLT) invites you to its launch and official introduction to the community on Saturday, December 2nd at 1:00 p.m. at the Camp Edwards Community Center located at 701 S. Hancock Street. 

Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg, SCLT board members, dignitaries and community leaders will be in attendance and will speak during the program. 

SCLT was developed to empower Smoketown residents and to preserve the rich heritage of the historical Smoketown community when Blacks moved into the community.  In the 1800s post-civil war, freed African Americans migrated to the area seeking economic opportunities, housing, building churches and schools. The community thrived for many years and the Smoketown Community Land Trust will centralize services to better serve the community.  

The SCLT board was created to work with residents and give them space to make direct contributions to plan, design and build sustainable affordable housing ensuring the longevity of the community, creating pathways to homeownership, revitalize community pride and its rich history. 

We would like to thank our partners: Louisville Metro Government, REBOUND, Bates Community Development Corporation, River City Housing, Community Foundation of Louisville, Center for Neighborhoods and Grounded Solutions Network. Representatives from each organization will be present for the launch. 

The program will begin around 1:30 p.m. With the introduction of Mayor Greenberg. Also, during the program the official logo will be unveiled. There will be opportunities to see how people can get involved, learn about its mission. The celebration is free to the public with food, fun, raffles, and entertainment. 

If you would like to setup an interview prior to the event, please contact Theresa Boyd with River City Housing at 502-587-6763 or VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications.com

MEDIA NOTE:  We know that you have a lot of events and/or games to cover on December 2nd.  If you need our team to pull representatives when you arrive for interviews, we will be happy to accommodate your requests.  We feel this is an important initiative that the community needs to be made aware of and its benefits to help the community. 

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MELANnaire Marketplace holiday marketplace preparing for ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Small Business Saturday’

(Louisville, KY) As we prepare for Thanksgiving, the MELANnaire Marketplace Holiday Market team is working to get ready for one of the busiest days for consumers and that’s ‘Black Friday’ and the following day dedicated for small business which we refer to as ‘Black-owned Saturday’. 

The MELANnaire Marketplace Holiday Market is in third week at Mall St. Matthews and have welcomed so many friends, family, neighbors, and supporters into the storefront where dozens of Black-owned businesses sell and promote their products and/or services. 

“Now with two of the busiest shopping days ahead of us, vendors are stocking up with the anticipation and excited that they have an opportunity to participate at this level.  In a mall, a storefront, and the assistance of the MELANnaire team.  We are inviting shoppers to stop by our retail space to see the wonderful and unique gift ideas.  You will find yourself with an arm full of merchandise.  It’s basically a mall within a mall because except few feet a new business is represented says Nachand Trabue, founder of MELANnaire Marketplace

The holiday market 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. Featuring products- clothing apparel, handcrafted jewelry, signature cotton candy, popcorn books, toys, candles plus
much more.

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.

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”

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

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