Americans love wine. Globally, not only are we the top buyers, but we're also the top drinkers. In 2018 we spent $14.4 billion and consumed 33 million hectoliters of wine—nearly 15% of the global total. One hectoliter is 26 gallons alone! With costs ranging from $2 to up to the thousands for a single bottle, and flavor profiles just as extensive, you can bet there is something for everyone.
2020 has been a difficult year for small businesses. In-person dining was one of the first activities to be shut down, and restaurants quickly had to adapt to only providing takeout, delivery, and some outdoor dining. For Robert Smith, owner of Blessed Tropical Jamaican Cuisine in Inglewood, CA, it was just the latest challenge to overcome in the restaurant's 12-year history.
It’s January 2020, co-owner and Head Chef at My Father’s Barbeque restaurant in Carson, California, Shalamar Lane is excited and ready to complete the expansion of the dining area of their family restaurant. Business is booming and 2020 promises to be the year My Father’s Barbeque is known as “thee” place to sit down and enjoy their famous down South barbeque.
Los Angeles County is already known as a sports and entertainment hub, as the home to many sports teams, stadiums, and theaters. As we continue into the 2020s, L.A. will build its reputation as the focal point of the sports and entertainment industry by hosting multiple championship and all-star games throughout the decade.
New York, Atlanta and DC are famous for Black businesses and organizations - but an upcoming event, hosted July 9, 2020, is aiming to make the Los Angeles area a hub for patronizing Black-owned businesses as well. Born from the minds of members of the LA social club, Kolor Society, Thee Cultural Exchange is a virtual Black business expo
The nature of business is continually evolving. Since March, small businesses across the country have adapted to limited in-person contact and other challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. For small businesses struggling to adapt or get off the ground, The Center by Lendistry, led by President, Constance Anderson has become a trusted partner in a challenging time.
Perhaps it was the tranquil color of the paint on the wall, the backdrop of the fountain, the aromatherapy scent permeating the room or the 'FAITH' sign hanging on a patient room that made me feel at ease when I met the husband and wife team, Mr. Kelvin and Dr. Glenna Tolbert, of the Tolbert Center for Rehabilitation and Wellness where they strive to help people find hope and healing from a life with pain.
When destiny meets purpose, it doesn't matter if you are ready — purpose and destiny simply take over. That's the story of the local beverage brand, Try My T, and owner, Dawn Patton. In 2016, when the “Bank of Patton” closed for her college sophomore daughter, Darrah, Patton – being the supportive mother that she is – made a suggestion she never thought would even manifest.