Richmond downtown merchants showcase to highlight Black-owned/led businesses

Rich City Rides Bike Skate Coop Shop. (Photo credit: Mike Kinney)

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Richmond Main Street Initiative (RMSI) is hosting a Virtual Merchant Showcase on Saturday, Jan. 16, that will feature four Black-owned/led enterprises operating downtown.

The Virtual Merchant Showcase will start at 2 p.m. via Zoom. Featured in the showcase are CoBiz Richmond, Gratitude Afrocentric Gift Store, Rich City Rides Bike Skate Coop Shop and Rich City Studios.

“We hosted our first Virtual Merchant Showcase last August as a way to create an opportunity for the community to support local businesses safely,” said Alicia Gallo, RMSI programs and communications manager. “It was a lot of fun and very successful,”

Saturday’s showcase will feature tours, DIY tutorials, and product demonstrations.

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Richmond history buff Karen Buchanan, founder of Urban History Hikes, will provide riveting tellings of downtown history, paired with each business showcase.

“Viewers will also receive exclusive access to special promotions and chances to win prizes donated by the businesses,” according to RMSI. 

Tickets are $10, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the participating businesses. Registration is required and tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.

Travis Credit Union, Urban History Hikes, participating businesses, and RMSI volunteers have all helped to make the showcase possible.