Small businesses were highlighted at the second annual Juneteenth celebration held at the Armory Rec Center in Columbia.
“I enjoy the party because it represents a commemoration of our community. And, you know, being in the public eye and letting people know that we are black-owned businesses, of which there are many in Columbia,” says Jadi Davis, Owner of Jadi’s Fiber Friendships.
Numerous merchants take advantage of the occasion to promote Juneteenth: “I created some unique items for Juneteenth. Malissa Weimer, proprietor of Malissa’s Jewelry Box, says, “I have some bracelets, earrings, and tote bags, as well as if you need makeup bags.”
Those who are returning for a second year as vendors for the celebration are anticipating a large turnout. “Last year was wonderful. Last year on that Friday, we had decent traffic and commerce.
I believe a large number of people were off work, but we had more business in the afternoon, and people who were off work came to see us, and Saturday was bustling.
Tonya Kemp, the proprietor of N’spired Scents, anticipates a similar level of participation this year.
On Saturday, there will be a larger commemoration in Columbia, with a parade beginning at 9 a.m. and numerous festivities taking place throughout the city.
On June 17 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Jefferson City hosts its annual Heritage Festival with cuisine, music, and other activities. The slogan is “Freedom isn’t free, Vote!”