New Black Wall Street Market to host first event

New Black Wall Street Market—a shopping, dining and entertainment center at 8109 Mall Parkway in Stonecrest—will host its first event May 29-30 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. with an outdoor festival featuring more than 48 vendors.

Expected vendors will offer shopping, dining, education and entertainment at the Memorial Day Weekend event.

One vendor who will participate in the festival is Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance.

“We are very excited to be participating in the New Black Wall Street Market’s inaugural event,” said Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance Executive Director Revonda Cosby. “Increasing access to the National Heritage Area for diverse people from all backgrounds is a major goal of the Arabia Alliance, and I look forward to spreading the word and introducing people to the natural and historic resources right in Atlanta’s backyard.”

In addition to entertainment, business and food vendors, Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area officials said their booth will “showcase the beautiful natural spaces and powerful history of the area in and around Stonecrest.”

Among the offerings expected to be available for purchase are baked goods from Sensational Creations, clothes from Novella’s Boutique and Caribbean food from Miracles Catering.

The festival takes place 100 years after the burning of Black Wall Street, a prosperous Black community in Tulsa, Oklahoma that was destroyed by a White mob in 1921. Officials said the New Black Wall Street Market event will commemorate the 1921 tragedy while celebrating local Black businesses and performers.

In an introductory video with Stonecrest officials, New Black Wall Street Market owner Bill Allen said he plans to include restaurants, grocery stores, art galleries, music venues and theatrical stages in the finished product. Allen added his motivation behind the development is to bring more opportunities to minority- and women-owned businesses.

Stonecrest officials said city of Stonecrest has no financial obligation to New Black Wall Street Market. 

Allen said he is turning the former Target building on Mall Parkway into a shopping and dining experience with a Bourbon Street theme. City officials said Aaron’s Gourmet Market will be the first grocery store in New Black Wall Street Market and that the development has plans to host 12 restaurants.

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