In St. Louis, we see the dynamic and forward-looking character of Black businesses. Three St. Louis dreamers enter new industries despite the doubts surrounding them.
Brandin, a designer, Reo, the owner of a tea shop, and Justin, the owner of a craft beer store, embraced their new identities for the benefit of the children in their communities — those who need to know their lives and opportunities aren’t limited by the options they see most often.
“It means a lot to be able to show the kids in the neighborhood that there’s more than just option A and option B. You can create your own option C and you can create your own journey.” —Reginald “Reo” Quarles, owner Teaptopia
“Don’t focus too much on the stipulations other people put on you. We just jumped in and carved our own lane.” —Justin Harris and Ryan Griffin, owners of Hop Shop “It just pushed me to go out and get my own, and not wait for acceptance.” —Brandin Vaughn ——-
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