September 26, 2022
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Small business owners showcase products at expo celebrating Juneteenth

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Angel Weir, owner of Cakez Customs, sets up her jewelry stand at a Juneteenth small business expo Friday afternoon.

Local small businesses joined together to show off their products and celebrate Juneteenth on Friday afternoon at Rock Quarry Park in south Columbia.

Showcase host Florence Sanders put together the list of vendors with a desire to help small business owners in the area.

“This showcase is for all small businesses,” she said.

The event ran Friday and Saturday.

Sanders owns and operates Extravagantly Lit, a scented candle, soap and wax melt business. She has attended many showcases in two years since starting her business and had been looking for the opportunity to host a showcase of her own, she said.

“Setting this up was hard work,” Sanders said. “You have to work to get together vendors and earn their trust.”

Juneteenth, celebrated June 19, was marked as a federal holiday last year, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Although the holiday, also known as Emancipation Day, has been celebrated across the country since 1865, Texas was the first state to recognize it as a holiday in 1980. 

Angel Weir, owner of Cakez Customs, displays necklaces she made for a Juneteenth small business expo.

“It’s fantastic that Juneteenth is finally being recognized nationally,” vendor Jessica Iuchs said. “Every year, July 4 is celebrated as recognizing freedoms, but Juneteenth represents the same thing and is just as important.”

Iuch’s business, Mama’s Pretty Nails, sells Color Street, which features nail polish strips for easy application among other nail tools and products. 

After seeing an advertisement in a vendors’ Facebook group posted by Sanders, Iuchs reached out to her to add her business to the list of showcased businesses. 



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