FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 14, 2021
VIRTUAL MERCHANT SHOWCASE TO HIGHLIGHT
BLACK-OWNED/LED ENTERPRISES IN DOWNTOWN RICHMOND
A Socially-Distanced MLK Day 2021 Celebration Hosted by Richmond Main Street Initiative
What: Virtual Merchant Showcase
When: Saturday, January 16, 2pm
Where: via Zoom
Who: Hosted by Richmond Main Street Initiative
Featuring: CoBiz Richmond, Gratitude Afrocentric Gift Store, Rich City Rides Bike Skate Coop Shop, Rich City Studios
Richmond, CA – Richmond Main Street Initiative (RMSI) invites history devotees and shop indie fans to join them in celebrating the MLK Day weekend with a Virtual Merchant Showcase featuring four Black-owned/led enterprises located in Downtown Richmond on January 16, 2021 at 2pm via Zoom.
“We hosted our first Virtual Merchant Showcase last August as a way to create an opportunity for the community to support local businesses safely. It was a lot of fun and very successful,” explains Alicia Gallo, Programs and Communications Manager.
Saturday’s Virtual Merchant Showcase will feature tours, DIY tutorials, and product demonstrations from CoBiz Richmond, Gratitude Afrocentric Gift Store, Rich City Rides Bike Skate Coop Shop, and Rich City Studios. Karen Buchanan, Richmond history buff and founder of Urban History Hikes, will provide riveting tellings of Downtown history, expertly paired with each business showcase. Viewers will also receive exclusive access to special promotions and chances to win prizes donated by the businesses.
Tickets are $10 and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the participating businesses. Registration is required and tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.
Generous support for the showcase comes from Travis Credit Union, Urban History Hikes, participating businesses, and RMSI volunteers.
Richmond Main Street Initiative is a community-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing historic Downtown Richmond. We partner with a diverse set of stakeholders including district businesses, property owners, residents, organizations, and the City of Richmond to fulfill the community-driven vision of our downtown as a pedestrian-friendly urban village that offers products, services, arts, and entertainment that reflect Richmond’s rich and diverse heritage. We also manage the Downtown Richmond PBID which supports a variety of economic vitality, clean and safe, and promotions initiatives. For more information and to read about our work and impact, please visit www.richmondmainstreet.org.