Bristol’s first black-owned pop-up shop will open in The Galleries on 1 October.
KC Concepts and North and East Bristol Enterprise Support (NEBES) have announced the launch of Bristol’s first black-owned business pop-up shop, providing a platform for up to 40 black-owned businesses across the South West of England and nationwide.
The KC Concepts Pop-Up Shop will be located in The Galleries shopping centre in Bristol Shopping Quarter from 1 October to 14 November, during Black History Month UK. The shop will be celebrating UK black-owned businesses and empowering more people to begin their own business journey with the support of NEBES.
KC Concepts has been set up by Latoya Adlam, a Bristolian entrepreneur and owner of Kitchen Cosmetics, a business with a mission to create purposeful and ethical beauty products. Following months of support to help grow Kitchen Cosmetics, Layota and NEBES are collaborating to turn the pop-up shop vision into a reality.
In recent years, there has been a surge in consumers making more socially conscious decisions about where to shop, often seeking smaller, independent, local, female-founded and minority-owned businesses. From fashion, beauty and lifestyle, the KC Concepts Pop-Up Shop will be a hub for these businesses to be promoted, celebrated and discovered in the heart of Bristol.
Latoya says: “I’m so excited to bring the KC Concepts Pop-Up Shop to life; this is the concept shop that Bristol and it’s diverse community needs. A space showcasing the broad spectrum & quality of businesses we have is super refreshing and important in shining a light on the U.K black community, but also for the changing landscape of diversity and inclusion within Bristol”.
KC Concepts’ mission is to create unique and purposeful spaces where business and community can equally benefit. The KC Concepts Pop-Up Shop will provide up to 40 businesses with a revenue stream, create jobs, provide a schedule of creative workshops and training on business ownership, crafts, creativity, networking and much more. Additionally, a percentage from every purchase will be donated to three Bristol based non-profit charities via KC Causes.
Sarah Ives from NEBES tells us: “The KC Concepts Pop-Up Shop will be a fantastic platform for black-owned businesses to promote and sell their products to an increased footfall in the heart of Bristol, a city famous for supporting independent business with a cause”.
Sarah continues, “We’re delighted to be providing business training and on-site advice for anyone looking to start or growtheir business in North or East Bristol”.
The KC Concepts Pop-Up store will be a showcase of the best lifestyle, art, beauty & fashion brands including award winning Bristol beauty brand and charity, Kitchen Cosmetics, Just Puzzled, Fefus Designs and Nett Ex to name just a few.
“Economic empowerment of Black-owned businesses helps lead to the social and political empowerment of the Black British community. When people buy from Black British brands it has a powerful trickle-down effect within the community.” Khalia Ismain, Jamii