I'm sure you've heard of Wall Street before but have you heard of Black Wall Street in London? This store located on the busy street of Camden High Street is full of black culture in every form, this business was formed just over a year ago and is growing at a rapid rate.
We stopped by to have a look and speak to the owner Natasha about what inspired her to set up a physical store in that location. She founded 'Black Wall Street London.' The Afrocentric retail store, exhibition and business development hub
Their very first business exhibition event was on the 5th September 2020, coinciding with 'Black Pound Day,' in the heart of East London. From then they transitioned from exhibition events to a retail store was an innovative business pivot done to commemorate their 1st year anniversary and the growing demand for the products on high street.
From then till now Natasha has over 100 black owned businesses that rotate in the store every month so there is always a unique in-store experience. She wants Black Wall Street to be about the collaboration of black culture as she says "
THIS IS NOT A MOMENT... IT'S A MOVEMENT!"
Black Wall Street main purpose is to provide affordable and accessible workspace and business trading space, in the Camden retail store, exhibition events and a Virtual Market, showcasing Black-owned business whilst promoting an all-inclusive community audience.
The work is never done...
Natasha says "My mission is to ultimately purchase our own building and position BWSL as a permanent feature in the UK."
The success so far is huge!
Visit in-store at 279 Camden High Street, NW1 7BX to experience it for yourself!
For the future, she sees BWSL positioned as a permanent feature in the UK... Manifestation is everything!
From our point of view, Natasha started a business that is essential to our community, a place where we can all go feel at home. There is such diversity of merchandise in the store from books, to children's clothing, food, home decor and even holiday cards. So I can guarantee that you can find something for you there.