Winnipeg’s 2nd Annual Block Party Features Black-Owned Businesses

Children’s books, makeup and hoodies were among the items on sale at the second annual block party celebrating local black-owned businesses in Winnipeg on Saturday.

The neighborhood party Vol. 2 was hosted by local clothing company Zueike Apparel in conjunction with Black History Manitoba, said Ogo Okwumabua, one of the store’s owners.

After last summer’s inaugural event, organizers brought in even more local black vendors from across Winnipeg, he said.

There were more than 20 companies featured at Saturday’s party as music played in the parking lot outside the storefront of Zueike Apparel on Trottier Bay in southern Winnipeg.

“We brought in all the different black vendors [from] across town, inviting them to show off their wares, ”he said.

“That’s exactly what we’re doing here – just trying to get out there, have some fun with the community again.”

Okwumabua said last year’s pandemic restrictions made it difficult for people to connect, so it was good to do so on Saturday.

Zueike Apparel owners Bryan Salvador and Ogo Okwumabua are pictured at Saturday’s event. (Travis Golby / CBC)

“The block party is just a big cultural and fun event,” he said.

“It is also just a celebration of the wonderful things that are in our city.”

He said his store is planning another block party with a different group in September. This one will be more art-oriented, although details have yet to be released.

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