That Brown Bag: Buffalo’s New Black Business Directory

That Brown Bag, the new business directory connecting black and brown business to local consumers , will make its official release on August 24 through a networking event at the Johnnie B Wiley Sports Pavilion, 1100 Jefferson Ave., between 6 -10 p.m.

Shantelle Patton /Founder & Author of That Brown Bag Black Business Directory

The event is designed to introduce the public to the faces behind some of the businesses listed in the directory as well as the publication’s founder and author, Shantelle L. Patton and cofounder Jay P. Hawkins Sr. They are also people behind popular artists support group The Dopeness Project. “I’ve found that people are more inclined to spend their money with those they feel they have a personal connection with so why not connect them” says Patton.

That Brown Bag, is a comprehensive directory that was compiled using submissions from featured directory business owners as well as research done by the directory team. Each submission includes the business name, owner/contact person’s name, address and/or phone number, along with social network handles for FB & Insta-gram and their contact E-mail, and/or business website links.

The goal of the directory is to give local consumers a resource guide to find businesses owned and operated by African Americans and Hispanics in the City of Buffalo and to encourage exchange that will strengthen the black and brown dollar from which the business originated.

When asked why she’s so passionate about putting the directory together she commented, “money circulates zero-to- one time within the Black community, compared to more than six times in the Latino community, nine times in the Asian community and unlimited amount of times within the White community.

With this directory, my hope is to be part of the spark that changes that narrative in the community in which we live.”

The directory will be available in hard copy for $5 at the upcoming launch event and will also be available at Black Monarchy located at 527 W. Utica and TrendUp/Ms Eye Candy located at 85 Allen Street with further locations to be announced.

Updates to the directory for its second printing in early 2019 will be made following a call for submissions at the beginning of the 4th quarter (October 2018 through The Dopeness Project on Face-book and The_Dopeness_ Project on Instagram).

The directory launch event was made possible by the support from entrepreneur Alexander Wright of the African Heritage Food Co-Op noted Patton. “Supporting our own is more than a saying, trend, or hashtag,” she concluded. “ It’s a way of life and I truly believe that I succeed when my brother/sister succeeds..” –

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