FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution and Black Owned Bos. have partnered to bring a dozen local, Black-owned businesses to a pop-up market at Patriot Place on Saturday, August 13 from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. ET in honor of National Black Business Month. The Black Owned Bos. Market will be open to shoppers at the Patriot Place North Marketplace near CBS Sporting Club and Muse Paintbar. Shortly after the market closes, the Revolution will face off against D.C. United in Major League Soccer action, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. at Gillette Stadium.
“Black Owned Bos. is excited to be headed back out to Patriot Place for a vendor marketplace in celebration of Black Business Month,” said Jae’da Turner, Founder and Managing Director of Black Owned Bos. “We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces.”
Founded in March of 2019, Black Owned Bos. offers various services with the goal of highlighting and lifting Black-owned businesses, places, spaces, and the people moving the culture forward in the Greater Boston Area. As a business service and consulting agency, Black Owned Bos. creates spaces to amplify, incubate, and support. To donate, get involved, or learn more about Black Owned Bos., visit blackownedbos.com.
This marks the second annual Black Owned Bos. Market hosted by the Revolution as the club prepares to celebrate its Match for C.H.A.N.G.E. on Aug. 13. Initiatives and activations for the match include the following:
- Revolution jerseys for the match will feature a C.H.A.N.G.E. patch and will be autographed and auctioned with proceeds supporting a local non-profit in the social justice and equity space.
- The Revolution Drive Series presented by Dan O’Brien Automotive Group will collect toiletries to support Hope and Comfort.
- Before the match, The Ammaya Dance and Drum Group will host a performance, featuring an interactive drumming circle, at the CVS Health Gate.
- Revolution players will wear t-shirts from 195essential when arriving to the stadium. MLS Black Players for Change President Earl Edwards Jr., Jon Bell, and Tommy McNamara assisted with the C.H.A.N.G.E. themed design on the t-shirts. The t-shirts will be available for purchase on 195essential.com.
Black-Owned Business Spotlight: Here is a closer look at the local businesses participating in the Black Owned Bos. Market at Patriot Place on Saturday, August 13 (3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET):
• Ankhara By Luciana Home Decor & Designs: A premier Home Goods Store in Boston where value meets style. Since 2018, About Ankhara By Luciana Home Décor & Designs has provided customers with a wide selection of beautiful hand crafted luxury home good products. With an extensive inventory, they carry something for every taste and design style. (Instagram)
• After The Internet: An online women's store born from the idea that just because clothes are being produced at a fast rate, doesn’t mean that they have to be offered, styled, or treated that way. After the Internet provides the fashionable but practical woman with stylish, functional, and exclusive pieces in the form of collections. (Instagram)
• Stinky's Kittens & Doggies Too: Stinky’s Kittens & Doggies Too takes time to ensure the safety of its clients’ pets by never compromising its high level of service. Stinky’s goal is to develop a lifelong relationship with its customers and pets by providing the best professional and compassionate grooming and pet sitting services. (Instagram)
• Emerald City Plant Shop: The first Black-owned plant shop in New England, Emerald City Plant Shop believes our green thumb lies on the other side of learning how to care for our unique plants. There are plants to fit every lifestyle and Emerald City’s goal is to help its customers find them. The Nordwood-based business received a visit from Revs goalkeeper and MLS Black Players for Change President Earl Edwards Jr. in May. (Instagram)
• ButtaH Beauty: ButtaH Beauty creates luxury-handcrafted brand soaps, body and skin care products. The brand produces products from natural and organic ingredients, designed for individuals who take an interest in a simple and affordable way to preserve the largest organ of the body- the skin. The all-natural products are made from sustainable resources. (Instagram)
• ZMakesBeads: Started by Zangar Freeman, ZMakesBeads is a handmade jewelry business that produces necklaces, bracelets, and chokers made using using semi-precious stones and other natural and unique beads. ZMakesBeads constantly creates new designs based on life experiences. (Instagram)
• Sweet Glam: Sweet Glam believes its customers can look good while they eat by combining cosmetic products with baked goods. The company prides itself in believing it gives customers the best products and service. With the hashtag #lookprettywhileyoueat, Sweet Glam encourages customers to stay sweet and glamorous. (Instagram)
• How to Be Human: How to Be Human features intersectional feminism, fandom feels, and creative crafts through its jewelry, tie-dye, charms, and other accessories. How to Be Human encourages its customers to add their names in the notes section when submitting an order to received a personalized message. (Instagram)
• House of Art and Craft: With a lifelong passion for art and craft, a devotion to well-being, and encouragement from friends and family, Steysy Clark founded House of Art and Craft in 2016. She started the company to create truly clean and transparent home products, made with organic raw materials, that enhance mood and life’s experiences. House of Art and Craft’s mission is to change the way people think about ingredients and products they bring into their homes. (Instagram)
• Clarke's Cakes & Cookies: Clarke’s Cakes & Cookies is a family-owned and operated business that started with a passion for creating healthier desserts for children. After sixteen years of perfecting its craft, the company launched its bakery. Clarke’s Cakes & Cookies hopes to share, in its humble opinion, mouthwateringly delicious, plant-based, baked goods made with a lot of love. (Instagram)
The New England Revolution Collaborative Players Fund is one pillar of the club’s C.H.A.N.G.E. platform, committed to address social injustice and racial inequality in the local community. C.H.A.N.G.E. stands for Converse, Help, Amplify, Nurture, Galvanize, and Educate. Learn more about the C.H.A.N.G.E. platform at Revolutionsoccer.net/change.
ABOUT BLACK OWNED BOS.
Officially launched in March 2019 as a platform and resource to highlight and lift Black owned businesses, places, spaces and the people moving the culture forward in the Greater Boston area, Black Owned Bos. (pronounced "boss") has transformed and expanded into a powerhouse business services and consulting agency. As a community centric and mission driven for profit business, Black Owned Bos. creates spaces to amplify, incubate, and support through strategic partnerships, intentional projects, and curated retail opportunities. For more information visit www.blackownedbos.com, follow @blackownedbos on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok, and Black Owned Bos. on Facebook.