Art Haus Balloon Company Gives Black Owned Businesses in Indianapolis the Exposure They Need To Grow
As shoppers enter the holiday swing, it’s important to remember that there are plenty of Indianapolis Black-owned businesses offering a wide range of goods and services.
The Black Owned Holiday Bazaar, hosted by Art Haus Balloon Company, will give the exposure they need to those business owners as they try to compete with larger businesses that usually gain more visibility.
The event is free and it kicks off between 2 – 6 p.m. on Nov. 23 at Edna Martin Christian Center, 2605 E. 25th St. Register at Eventbrite.
For her case, Moriah Salisbury had lower expectations, particularly since it was the first. She said more than 200 people have registered to attend, however, and twenty companies are expected to attend. They include boutiques, manufacturers of candles and even a shop specializing in organic oral health products.
“I just wanted the community to do something nice,” said Salisbury. “I thought I’d be lucky to be honest if I had 50 people coming. That’s what I’ve expected all this time. But it’s blowing up into something big that’s amazing now.
Images with Santa and a craft station will also be available at the party. Part of the event’s long-term goal, she said, is also to help make Black-owned businesses feel a sense of community.
Salisbury began her company two years ago and before that, she was a seller, so she knows the fight to get products and services before customers.
It seems like similar events usually include white-owned businesses, she said, and they attract mostly white crowds. Therefore, if a Black owner is part of that event; not many Black people are reaching his or her company.
“When you’re the one Black person, you just don’t feel very inclusive,” Salisbury said.
That exposure can be particularly helpful at this time of year as people start shopping for Christmas. There’s Amazon, the big-box stores, and so on, but an extra few minutes of research could reveal that there’s a small, black-owned business selling some of the same items.
“It’s not necessary to order this online,” said Salisbury. “You can get this from somebody in Indianapolis.”