WYBC & Yale University salute MINI PNG

WYBC & Yale University salute MINI PNG

Name: Eiress Hammond Business Name: MINI PNG, 77 Audubon Street, New Haven Year Business was started in New Haven: 2022 – storefront 2019 – started making clothing online Why did you start your own business?: In 2019 as an 18-year-old, I was going to college for pre law in a whole different state! (Ohio State University) and…Continue Reading

WYBC & Yale University salute Noir Vintage & Co.

WYBC & Yale University salute Noir Vintage & Co.

Name: Evelyn Massey Business Name: Noir Vintage & Co., 111 Court Street, New Haven Year Business was started in New Haven:  My business came to life with a storefront June 2023 but started at the end of the pandemic as an online store on Instagram, and with the help of market pop-ups and vending opportunities around…Continue Reading

WYBC & Yale University salute Woody’s Wings

WYBC & Yale University salute Woody’s Wings

Name: Linwood & Lachele Lacy   Business Name: Woody’s Wings, 91 Church Street, New Haven. Year Business was started in New Haven: December 2019 on Whalley Avenue for 3 years Why did you start your own business? I wanted to show my different training styles of cooking with a fast-food twist.  I also wanted to…Continue Reading

WYBC & Yale University salute Dope N’ Delicious

WYBC & Yale University salute Dope N’ Delicious

Name: De’Ari Allick Business Name: Dope N’ Delicious, 300 Dixwell Avenue, New Haven. Year Business was started in New Haven: 2021 Why did you start your own business? I started my own business to give my kids a better future  Why did you choose to start your business in New Haven? I actually started my first restaurant…Continue Reading

WYBC & Yale University salute Petals Market

WYBC & Yale University salute Petals Market

Photos are of Elaine of Petals Market. Owner: Gideon Gebreyesus Business Name: Petals Market, 100 Ashmum Street, New Haven Year Business was started in New Haven: 2019 Why did you start your own business? The area is known as a food desert, and the business was open to fill the void with the collaboration of Yale and…Continue Reading

WYBC & Yale University salute BIM Auto Repair

WYBC & Yale University salute BIM Auto Repair

Name: Emerson Business Name: BIM Auto Repair, 223 Whalley Avenue, New Haven. Year Business was started in New Haven: 2015 Why did you start your own business? I opened Bim Auto Repair as a tribute to where we were from. Bim is the name used for Barbados, where we grew up with a single parent raising five boys…Continue Reading

WYBC & Yale University salute The Anchor Spa

WYBC & Yale University salute The Anchor Spa

Name: Karl Williams Business Name: The Anchor Spa, 272 College Street, New Haven Year Business was started in New Haven: 2016 Why did you start your own business?  Growing up in an innovative, business driven household, I learned from my father the value of creating something on your own. I developed an intimate knowledge of…Continue Reading

WYBC & Yale University salute Elite Hair Studio

WYBC & Yale University salute Elite Hair Studio

Name: Stephanie Williams Business Name: Elite Hair Studio, 1440 Whalley Avenue, New Haven Year Business was started in New Haven: February 2005 Why did you start your own business? In the span of two weeks, I transitioned from a hairdresser to a young Black business owner. During the time the salon I was at was…Continue Reading

WYBC & Yale University salute More Amour Boutique

WYBC & Yale University salute More Amour Boutique

Name: Kimberly Poole  Business Name: More Amour Boutique, 1130 Chapel Street, New Haven Year Business was started in New Haven: 2019 Why did you start your own business?  My passion for fashion ignited my journey into entrepreneurship. Having started as a buyer and visual merchandiser, I witnessed multiple stores closing and felt compelled to ensure a destination…Continue Reading

WYBC & Yale University salute Gorilla Lemonade

WYBC & Yale University salute Gorilla Lemonade

Name: Kristen Threatt & Brian Burkett Thompson  Business Name: Gorilla Lemonade Year Business was started in New Haven: 2022 Why did you start your own business? Gorilla Lemonade Lemonade was powered by Eat Up our food catering business. We started Eat Up in 2019 and we never sold beverages until 2022 and the rest was history. We got…Continue Reading

WYBC & Yale University salute Phillys A Taste Of Philadelphia 

WYBC & Yale University salute Phillys A Taste Of Philadelphia 

Name: Shem Adams Business Name: Phillys A Taste Of Philadelphia, 1008 Chapel Street, New Haven Year Business was started in New Haven: New Haven started in May of 2022 ( Phillys started in 2010) Why did you start your own business? I was previously an entrepreneur (Barber Shop/Music Engineer/Night Club owner) but never tried the restaurant industry.  Since a lot…Continue Reading

WYBC & Yale University salute Ricky D’s Rib Shack

WYBC & Yale University salute Ricky D’s Rib Shack

Name: Ricky Evans Business Name: Ricky D’s Rib Shack, 302 Winchester Avenue, New Haven Year Business was started in New Haven:   May 2013 (food truck) June 2016 (restaurant) Why did you start your own business? After spending 4 years in Corporate America working in New York and New Jersey I realized it wasn’t for me and I’d much rather…Continue Reading

WYBC & Yale University salute Mae Flower & Gift Shop

WYBC & Yale University salute Mae Flower & Gift Shop

Name: Nethia Joyner Business Name: Mae Flower & Gift Shop, 302 Dixwell Avenue, New Haven Year Business was started in New Haven: 2019 Why did you start your own business?: I started this business because I had a commitment to creating a legacy for my family. The shop is named in honor of my mother who is still very…Continue Reading

WYBC & Yale University salute Soap Edi

WYBC & Yale University salute Soap Edi

Name: Lucy Ballester Business Name: Soap Edi, 1022 Chapel Street, New Haven Year Business was started in New Haven: October 8, 2022 Why did you start your own business? Decided I should turn my soap making hobby into a business Why did you choose to start your business in New Haven? Started as a vendor in the New…Continue Reading

WYBC & Yale University salute A Hustler’s Vibe

WYBC & Yale University salute A Hustler’s Vibe

Name: Rashann Boyd Business Name: A Hustler’s Vibe Year Business was started in New Haven: My business legally was started in early 2019 Why did you start your own business? I started my own business because I have always had the hustler’s mentality since a youth.  Starting in high school selling candy in the school hallways. …Continue Reading

WYBC & Yale University salute Any Occasion Creation Florist

WYBC & Yale University salute Any Occasion Creation Florist

Name: Carrien Davis Business Name: Any Occasion Creation Florist Year Business was started in New Haven: 2014 Why did you start your own business? I gained inspiration from my parents, who kept flowers all throughout her home in the Caribbean Island of Dominica. As a teenager, I would be tasked with picking flowers from the family garden for the dinner…Continue Reading

WYBC & Yale University salute Reliant Behavioral Health & Community Services

WYBC & Yale University salute Reliant Behavioral Health & Community Services

Name: Lisa Hardy-Gardner Business Name:  1)Reliant Behavioral Health & Community Services  and my newest business  is: 2) Effective Community Services TLC(Transforming Life’s Circumstances) Year Business was started in New Haven: 2019 Why did you start your own business? After years of working in various macro-level state and non-profit organizations,  and having children, I knew that I needed…Continue Reading

WYBC & Yale University salute Soulful Threads

WYBC & Yale University salute Soulful Threads

Name: Krystina Jackson Business Name: Soulful Threads, 1022 Chapel Street, New Haven. Year Business was started in New Haven: November 2020. Storefront on Chapel opened on November 15th 2023. We are a new store! Why did you start your own business? After graduating with my master’s in social work from UConn in 2020, I like many others…Continue Reading

WYBC & Yale University salute Transformerz Barber Shop

WYBC & Yale University salute Transformerz Barber Shop

Name: Levon Majesty Whitaker Business Name: Transformerz Barber Shop, 1440 Whalley Avenue, New Haven. Year Business was started in New Haven: 2011 Why did you start your own business?I wanted to control my own destiny. Why did you choose to start your business in New Haven? I chose New Haven because it’s where I resided. What challenges…Continue Reading