MINNEAPOLIS — Maria Little-Arnold spent part of the afternoon Friday folding t-shirts she sells as part of her business, called Acronym Village.
"This is my beautiful black queens t-shirt," she said, holding up a shirt. Little-Arnold calls her merchandise "empowerment" clothing. "I have a total of eight logos."
Little-Arnold is one of the vendors setting up shop this weekend at the Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON) location in north Minneapolis as part of the Black Friday on Broadway event.
"Almost all of the vendors, they either live, work, or have a connection to north Minneapolis," said Felicia Perry, program manager for the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition, which partnered with NEON to put on the event.
The purpose of the event is to encourage people to spend their money locally, in north Minneapolis, and highlight what the community has to offer.
"To really highlight the excellence that's coming out of north Minneapolis," said Anisha Murphy, NEON's Community Engagement Director. "Often times the media portrays north Minneapolis as being this crime ridden or impoverished area and that's not true."
"What if we told people, and showed people, that north Minneapolis is a shopping destination?" said Perry.
The event is in its fourth year.
You can find information about vendors here.
- Friday, Nov. 29 from 2 - 8 p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- NEON (Northside Economic Opportunity Network), 1007 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411