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Black HERstory Month: A Dive into Black Women-Owned Enterprises

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As the month of February comes to an end, let’s dedicate the time to spotlight the
incredible journey and success stories of Black women entrepreneurs. These young pioneers are
not only making waves in the business world but also leaving an indelible mark on their
communities. These women have turned dreams into reality, creating businesses that embody
resilience, passion, and a commitment to excellence. In celebration of Black History Month, let’s
embark on a journey through these inspiring Black women-owned enterprises.

Soiree Coffee Bar
Our commemoration begins with Soiree Coffee Bar, a haven of warmth, culture, and
Black excellence. Founded out of a desire to be a beacon of light amid tragedy and social
tensions, Soiree is more than just about coffee; it’s about community. With a jazz-inspired
design, an ambiance is created for individuals to eat, drink, and gather together. By consistently
supporting Black vendors, they contribute to Black economics while upholding their values of
community support and excellence.

Cookie Society
Marissa and Jeff Allen, the dynamic duo behind Cookie Society, turned a passion for
baking into a thriving business. Marissa’s quest for the “Ultimate Cookie” resulted in a
delectable array of over 70 flavors, including the famous Banana Pudding Cookie. What started
as a tradition of sharing cookies with friends and teammates (from the NFL) turned into a sweet
success story. Established in 2018, it stands as a testament of a passion turned into a thriving

Enda’s Booktique
Since 2019, Enda’s Booktique has been a literacy oasis for the community. Founded by
Enda Pemberton, a torchbearer of the Olympic spirit and advocate for positive chase, this
independent Black-owned bookstore curates a diverse range of books, hosts author events, and
nurtures book clubs. It’s more than just a bookstore; it’s a community hub that fosters a love for
literature and learning.

Slutty Vegan
Pinky Cole, the CEO and founder of Slutty Vegan, embarked on a mission to bring vegan
options and food awareness to Atlanta’s west end. Starting from a two-bedroom apartment and
selling burgers via Instagram, Cole’s vision quickly grew into a movement. Slutty Vegan, knownfor its signature burgers, expanded to Dallas in the summer of 2023, challenging stereotypes and
making veganism accessible in communities with high health concerns.

Chocolate Secrets
To end on a sweet note, lastly on the list is Chocolate Secrets. Founded in 2003 by Pam
G. Eudaric, Chocolate Secrets is a gourmet chocolate and fine wine paradise. Pam, a mother,
attorney, author, and serial entrepreneur, created an experience that goes beyond chocolate.
Handcrafting chocolate and confections in small batches using premium ingredients, Chocolate
Secrets offers a delightful variety of treats and fine wines to make every moment special.

To conclude this journey in celebrating Black History Month let’s not only reflect on the
historical achievements but also applaud the contemporary triumphs of Black women
entrepreneurs. These are more than just establishments; they are manifestations of dreams,
determination, and the indomitable spirit of Black women. So, let’s raise a toast, indulge in the
sweet and savory flavors, and celebrate these remarkable young women who are shaping
history with every cup of coffee, bite of cookie, turn of page, and sip of fine wine. Here’s to all
Black women-owned businesses, the true architects of inspiration and change!

Currently a sophomore Biology major on the pre-PA track at UTD.