Small Business Spotlight (2)

Hartford Public Library celebrates Black owned businesses in Hartford with a new video series called Local Business Spotlight, released each Friday on Facebook starting July 31. Business owners will talk about their establishments and the role Black literature has played in their journey. A wide range of businesses are represented from bookstores and restaurants to career consulting and therapy.

Here are links to the businesses joining us in the series and the books that helped them on their way.

Stanley Williams

The mission of Supreme Being Inc. is to elevate the quality of life for disadvantaged families
and to refine the minds of disadvantaged youth.

Inspiration: The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley

The Key Bookstore 

Khmani Harrison

The Key Bookstore is a fully interactive bookstore experience. The Key engages readers through curation, activities, subscriptions, events, events, and community engagement. The focus is to lead readers on a path to self-mastery and the cultivation of connection on and offline with respect to the mission, “Divine liberation one page at a time”. This store is curated on for the pillars Afrocentricity, Spirituality Environmentalism, and Entrepreneurship.

  • Career Consulting with Christina

Christina Edwards, HR Career Consultant

Inspiration: Relationship Goals by Michael Todd

Kay Dropping Gems specializes in intuitive guidance on self, relationships, love, careers, dream interpretations, aura cleanses, healing rituals, all channeled thru spirit

Quote: “If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be” – Maya Angelou

Davina Ismail

We are a veteran and family-owned company based in New Britain, Connecticut. We sell premium organic, direct trade coffee and flavorful blends of loose leaf tea.


Black Titan by Carol Jenkins

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Onyeka Obiocha

Breakfast Lunch & Dinner (BL&D) creates collective culture by building unique, diverse ventures that bring people together authentically. We leverage the assets of the Connecticut region to bring the best of the community forward to offer to our in-house ventures and the projects of our partners and clients. Hartford, like many cities, is receiving revived interest from Government investors that will change the city. Breakfast Lunch & Dinner positions our work to make sure everyone is a part of that revival.


Poem “Secrets”- Black experiences in America

Black Marxism by Cedric Robinson

Rita and Marc

B&B Wings and Things is a husband and wife team running the kitchen together with a lot of love.

Owners Marc and Rita share a love for creative food, their award-winning sauces and making people laugh.

Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It by Charlamagne tha God

Thieves’ Paradise by Eric Jerome Dickey

Monique West

Awaken The Power Therapy offers coaching & mental health therapy services. We offer coaching for parents on how to effectively parent amidst the “chaos” and balance career goals, parenting and personal growth. We also offer action coaching for people who experience procrastination and indecisiveness in the areas of relationship, career, vocation and personal growth. With couples we work to have each person communicate more effectively, create emotional intimacy and meaningful bonding.

Inspiration: The Gentleman In The Grey Suit: A Black Man’s Tale To Save Black Boys In America by Eldorado Anderson


One Response to Local Business Spotlight to Launch July 31

  • My name is Anne Marie Williams better known as “Jedda”. I am a native of Hartford, mother of two remarkable daughters and Jedda to seven gorgeous granddaughters and two handsome grandsons.
    I have made a positive impact on my community by teaching in Hartford Public and Private Schools as an educator and as a performing artist through song, music, movement, storytelling, professional workshops, after school programming, theatrical plays and my life’s project “Living Legends Among Us” honoring our gems and pearls of our community. I have created an intergenerational opportunity for our youth to come to know and experience the elders of their community, and for these elders their moment to share their pearls of wisdom with our youth. My favorite opportunities have been in a small circle of learning with our young children; who I have imparted knowledge and inspired. I give them pearls of my wisdom though songs, stories, fitness, theater, music and movement. My methodology creates the freedom to express their understanding of the world they have come to know filled with fun, empathy and aspired learning; which I hope will empower them to “GO MAD” Go Make A Difference in their lifetime.
    I am an Early Childhood Educator, Master Teaching Artist, an Educational Program Designer, and Performing Artist who is a songstress, dancer and actress, and an architect of each form. I am the founder, artisan and educational program designer of K La Rue Educational Art in Motion “Where Learning is an Adventure!” which was inspired in 1986 and established in 1987. I have served as an educational resource for schools, teachers and parents in the Greater Hartford area and the surrounding towns for the past thirty-five years.
    Performance venues and educational workshops developed and presented for: Hartford Performs; Hartford Public Library; Playhouse on Park, Act Up Theatre; Catholic Charities; Commission on the Arts; Hot Schools, Connecticut Arts Council; Open Studio; Big E!; Envision Fest Hartford; Hartford’s Mayor Family Fair; The Office for Young Children; Hartford Public School System; The Village for Families and Children; Hartford Conservatory; Capital Community College; Odd Fellows Theater; The Artist’s Collective; University of Hartford; Joe Picture This Show Inc.; Wadsworth Museum; Urban Artists Initiative; Loomis Chaffee Multicultural Institute and the Capitol Region Educational Council.


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