Boston, MA – May 15, 2023 – Seaport x Black Owned Bos. Market returns to the Seaport neighborhood for its fourth year with a record of over 60 vendors for the market’s 2023 season. Seaport x Black Owned Bos. Market was named the Best Retail Pop Up of 2021 by Boston Magazine for its eclectic collection and innovative ways to support local businesses owned by traditionally underrepresented groups. This season’s market debuts on May 21 and represents the ongoing successful collaboration between WS Development, Boston Seaport and Black Owned Bos. www.bostonseaport.xyz/event/
The open-air market will feature a different theme each month: May 21 (Flower Power), June 25 (Music), July 23 (Fun in the Sun), August 20 (ZaZ Fest), September 24 (Back to School) and October 8 (Fall Fest). The market is open from 12:00pm to 6:00pm on Seaport Common (85 Northern Avenue) and is free to the public. Each month, special themed activities will vary as well, including a family-friendly Tot Spot Playspace, games provided by The Little Cocoa Bean Co., beverages by Progressive Wine Co., food from Caribbean Latin fusion ZaZ Restaurant, live music by DJ Slick Vick & KNSZWRTH, along with entertainment and giveaways unifying the theme.
Celebrating local entrepreneurship, craftsmanship and art, the Seaport x Black Owned Bos. Market will feature over 30 vendors each weekend from a rotating collection of over 60 vendors throughout the season. All vendors featured at the market are members of Black Owned Bos.’ distinguished local network and each will have their own tented area to showcase their wares. Newcomers to the line-up include: handcrafted scented candles from Lumiere Rene Candle Co; cotton and silk headwraps from Tafari Wraps, a Fort Point business; stylish eyewear from Niraji; all-natural hair care products from Helen Dawn Haircare; artisan earrings from Airi Jewelry; and couples-matching swimwear from Bae Beaux.
A number of vendors return to the lineup this season, after participating in both past Seaport x Black Owned Bos. Markets and The Holiday Market at Snowport, including Ankhara By Luciana home décor and designs; House of Art and Craft handmade scented goods; GP Organics organic skincare products; women’s clothing brand iLoveFGC; Nussli118 plant-based foods; and lifestyle brand BLACK LABEL.
“We are excited to continue growing our partnership with Black Owned Bos. and are humbled that this year marks our largest market yet! We are proud to welcome such a talented array of Black entrepreneurs and artisans to the neighborhood,” says Emily Soukas, Associate Director, Community & Partnerships, WS Development Seaport.
“This season of the Seaport x Black Owned Bos. will be our best yet! Our goal for this season is to create a destination experience where people look forward to something new each month and can spend the day with us eating, shopping, and discovering their new, favorite retail brands,” said Jae’da Turner, Founder and Managing Director of Black Owned Bos.
A selection of participating Black-owned businesses is listed below.
748 Wood Designs
Adorn Me Africa
Ankhara By Luciana Home Décor & Designs
Boogie Down Baby
Elevated Queen Essentials
Emerald City Plant Shop
Happy Beans Roaster
Helen Dawn Haircare
Lexi Nails & Beauty
Little Cocoa Bean Co.
Luminere Rene Candles Co.
Maxine Lorenzo Designs
Preciously Polished Jewelry
Still Cute Vintage
Stinky’s Kittens & Doggie Too
Tokens of Light
True 9 Accessories
About Black Owned Bos.
Officially launched in March 2019 as a platform and resource to highlight and lift Black owned businesses, places, spaces and the people moving the culture forward in the Greater Boston area, Black Owned Bos. (pronounced “boss”) has transformed and expanded into a powerhouse business services and consulting agency. As a community centric and mission driven for profit business, Black Owned Bos. creates spaces to amplify, incubate, and support through strategic partnerships, intentional projects, and curated retail opportunities. For more information visit www.blackownedbos.com, follow @blackownedbos on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok, and Black Owned Bos. on Facebook.
About Boston Seaport
Culture, industry and community converge making Boston’s Seaport district a dynamic and vibrant area that has quickly emerged as one of the most exciting neighborhoods and destinations in the country. Seaport is currently Boston’s single largest development project. WS Development is transforming 33 acres of waterfront land with a carefully selected mix of residential, hotel, office, retail, entertainment, civic and cultural uses, and public open space across the district. Combining the best of historic and modern-day Boston, Seaport is the destination for fashion, culture, arts, dining and entertainment, and technology and life sciences, expanding Boston’s position as one of the top cities in the world for innovation, science, and quality of life. For more information visit www.bostonseaport.xyz, follow Boston Seaport on Facebook, and @SeaportBos on Instagram and Twitter.
About WS Development
Massachusetts-based WS Development is a mixed-use developer with a singular mission: creating places people want to be. With an approach that values art, science, innovation and, above all else, people, WS strives to engage each community it serves with best-in-class experiences, designed with our customers, tenants and partners in mind. Established in 1990, WS is one of few vertically-integrated real estate companies that conceptualizes, owns, operates and leases more than 100 properties that range from cutting-edge urban spaces to lifestyle and community centers. With over 22 million square feet of existing space and an additional nine million square feet under development, it is one of the largest privately-owned development firms in the country. For more information, visit www.wsdevelopment.com, call 617.232.8900 or follow WS Development on LinkedIn.
Photo Courtesy of Boston Seaport by WS Development – Bred Hampton
Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Co-host of Caught Up, storyteller, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.
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