LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A downtown Louisville entertainment and retail complex will host a Black business pop-up market once per month, starting Saturday.
Fourth Street Live will welcome MELANnaire Marketplace, formerly known as the Black Businesses Matter Pop-up Mall, on the third Saturday of every month until October, said Nachand Hyde-Trabue, the CEO of Manhattan on Broadway, an event venue in downtown Louisville.
The marketplace will feature more than 30 Black vendors and will be held from noon to 6 p.m. at Fourth Street Live. On other Saturdays for the remainder of the year, the marketplace will be held at Manhattan on Broadway at 716 E. Broadway from noon to 5 p.m.
Hyde-Trabue said she recognized earlier this year a need for the pop-up mall events to help local Black vendors thrive during the pandemic, which has posed many challenges. She said in a statement Wednesday that “we must support Black businesses because it fuels our communities’ economic prosperity and promotes generational wealth.”
“Studies have shown that when we support Black businesses, it creates jobs and opportunities, empowers local communities, and builds resources,” Hyde-Trabue said. “I’m thrilled that our new MELANnaire Marketplace will contribute to Louisville’s downtown revitalization, and our new location also will help Black entrepreneurs reach even more residents and visitors, so we can all unify…