AC JosepH Media
CAMDEN — Tawanda â€œWawaâ€ Jones officially announced today that The Mask Melanin Marketplace will, in fact, be leaving her home city of Camden for a new destination: Glassboro.
â€œThis opportunity has been a true blessing for me and the vendors that participate in our marketplace,â€ said Jones, founder of The Mask Melanin Marketplace and Camdenâ€™s Sophisticated Sisters, a nationally recognized drill team. â€œMarcus Lewis, the property owner, is all about supporting and promoting black owned businesses.â€
The Mask Melanin Marketplace, a black owned business hub, will begin its residency at 150 South Delsea Drive, Glassboro, a municipality located in Gloucester County and home to Rowan University, on Aug. 22. It will be open from 2-8 p.m.
â€œFor me, itâ€™s all about developing opportunities for people that look like me, like-minded people, and creating a legacy,â€ said Marcus Quince Lewis, the owner of the property and principal of By Land or Sea LLC. â€œMy grandparents came here from Virginia with an entrepreneurial spirit and determination and I want to continue down that path.â€
Over 400 small business owners participate in The Mask Melanin Marketplace. Cheryl â€œCeCeâ€ Lingard, owner of CeCe Lings Fresh Juices N Things, has been participating in the marketplace for the past year and is thrilled about the move.
â€œGlassboro is going to bring us a new clientele, market, and opportunity to grow,â€ said CeCe Lingard. â€œIâ€™m personally going to take advantage of this move by bringing natural juice products to consumers that may have limited access to freshly made juices.â€
The Mask Melanin Marketplace will be offering patrons music from DeeJayRob865, artists Jo Rivers and Cianni Abri, a bounce house, game truck and 360 Camera.
â€œThe outpouring of support from the vendors and community has been inspiring,â€ said Jones. â€œThis is a new chapter for all of us.â€
Following its Aug. 22 debut, the Mask Melanin Marketplace will be open the following Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Friday, Melanin After Dark, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. A Kidz Zone with certified childcare will be available on-site in addition to transportation for senior citizens.
Additional details regarding the schedule. of the Mask Melanin Marketplace can be found on www.maskmelaninmarketplace.com
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