In a localized adaptation of The Empowerment Experiment, a group of local women has pledged to buy from black-owned businesses.
Ketly Blaise Williams, of West Palm Beach, gave the book “Our Black Year” to 20 of her friends for Christmas. It’s the story of a Chicago woman, Maggie Anderson, and her family, who committed in 2009 to buy everything possible from black businesses for a year. They called the effort The Empowerment Experiment and launched a website to chronicle the progress.
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Black-owned businesses in Florida
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Cafe Sweets Bakery, 505 Clematis St., WPB
Lorene’s Loving Oven (bakery), 905 Federal Highway, Lake Park
Alberte’s Restaurant, 4595 S. Military Trail, Lake Worth
Napolitano Cucina, 9835 Lake Worth Rd., Lake Worth
Lakay Restaurant, 2695 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach
Bay Bay’s Chicken and Waffles, 2400 Okeechobee Blvd, WPB
Lea Jefferson Jewelry, studioseven19.com
D’s Closet, 408 Northwood Road, WPB
Diane’s - A Unique Boutique, 508 Northwood Rd., WPB
Juan Williams State Farm Insurance Agency, 1525-A Prosperity Rd., Lake Park
Law Offices of Bettye J. King, 721 U.S. Hwy 1, Suite 123, North Palm Beach
Blossom’s O’Tahiti (catering), 3169 Horseshoe Cir. W, WPB
Blaise Creations Satin Wrap Caps (online, WPB)