During 2020 summer’s racial justice protests, local Black-owned businesses saw a surge in community support. At the same time, Prince George’s County natives Kyndra Jones and Khloe Washington — who now co-run Street Smart Collaborative and Black-Owned Box — started thinking about the long-term.
“How do we contribute [to the movement]?,” recounts Jones. “How do we make the commitment to Black businesses sustainable?”
“Where can people shop for all Black-owned products in one hub?,” asks Washington. “We wanted something where, in one click, you have a gift for your mom, your mom, your aunt, whomever — or yourself.”