Let's face it, we all have a little nerd in us, but a select few wear that character trait with pride.

With the holiday season upon us, it's only right to gift that blerd (Black nerd) moonlighting as your longtime friend or family member, something that captures all their geeky and quirky ways.

The following eight products make great presents for the eccentric, lovable and curious blerd who is always on-hand to provide a fun fact or source of trivia only they would know. Their imagination or sense of adventure might differ from yours, but the mutual love and respect will never waver.

1. "Anime and Trap Music" sweater

Branded as "the friendly geeks," snag your favorite blerd eagerly awaiting their next convention this "Anime and Trap Music" sweater from \n\u003Cdiv style=\"padding:16px;\"> \u003Ca href=\"https://www.instagram.com/p/Be4ET_rh780/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading\" style=\" background:#FFFFFF; line-height:0; padding:0 0; text-align:center; text-decoration:none; width:100%;\" target=\"_blank\"> \u003C/p>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"padding: 19% 0;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display:block; 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flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cp>\u003C/a>\u003C/p>\n\u003Cp style=\" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;\">\u003Ca href=\"https://www.instagram.com/p/CCcQMcyHpl0/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading\" style=\" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;\" target=\"_blank\">A post shared by Adorned By Chi® (@adornedbychi)\u003C/a>\u003C/p>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003C/blockquote>\n\u003Cp>\u003C/p>\n",{"title":59,"content":60},"A unicorn pillow","\u003Cp>Jourdan Porte is the owner of Philadelphia-based \u003Ca href=\"https://www.instagram.com/naturallyqueer_designs/\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Naturally Queer\u003C/a>, a small business that caters to queer and transgender people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals who love to wear their hair curly or natural. Know someone obsessed with anything unicorns? This \u003Ca href=\"https://naturallyqueer.com/product/hand-painted-pillow/\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">hand-painted pillow\u003C/a> will remind them of your gesture every time they look at it. \u003C/p>\n\u003Cblockquote class=\"instagram-media\" data-instgrm-permalink=\"https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu6SrB-llO2/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading\" data-instgrm-version=\"13\" style=\" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:540px; min-width:326px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\"padding:16px;\">\u003Ca href=\"https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu6SrB-llO2/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading\" style=\" background:#FFFFFF; line-height:0; padding:0 0; text-align:center; text-decoration:none; width:100%;\" target=\"_blank\"> \u003C/p>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"padding: 19% 0;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display:block; height:50px; margin:0 auto 12px; width:50px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"padding-top: 8px;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\" color:#3897f0; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:550; line-height:18px;\">View this post on Instagram\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"padding: 12.5% 0;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;\">\n\u003Cdiv>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #F4F4F4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"margin-left: 8px;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"margin-left: auto;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\" width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cp>\u003C/a>\u003C/p>\n\u003Cp style=\" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;\">\u003Ca href=\"https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu6SrB-llO2/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading\" style=\" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;\" target=\"_blank\">A post shared by Naturally Queer™️ (@naturallyqueer_designs)\u003C/a>\u003C/p>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003C/blockquote>\n\u003Cp>\u003C/p>\n",{"title":62,"content":63},"Blerd comic pop backpack","\u003Cp>Comic pop art will never go out of style, so it's only fair to give any comic aficionado this carryall with iconic sayings from \u003Ca href=\"https://www.etsy.com/listing/779494861/blerd-comic-pop-backpack?ref=shop_home_active_63&frs=1\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Blerd Official\u003C/a>. Features include a 15" laptop sleeve and a hidden pocket to secure a mobile device. Complete the look with these \u003Ca href=\"https://www.etsy.com/listing/779495717/blerd-comic-pop-leggings?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=blerd&ref=sr_gallery-1-30&organic_search_click=1&frs=1\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">matching leggings\u003C/a>.\u003C/p>\n\u003C/p>\n\u003Cblockquote class=\"instagram-media\" data-instgrm-permalink=\"https://www.instagram.com/p/CEg83djDHGf/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading\" data-instgrm-version=\"13\" style=\" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:540px; min-width:326px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\"padding:16px;\">\u003Ca href=\"https://www.instagram.com/p/CEg83djDHGf/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading\" style=\" background:#FFFFFF; line-height:0; padding:0 0; text-align:center; text-decoration:none; 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flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;\">\n\u003Cdiv>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #F4F4F4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"margin-left: 8px;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"margin-left: auto;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\" width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cp>\u003C/a>\u003C/p>\n\u003Cp style=\" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;\">\u003Ca href=\"https://www.instagram.com/p/CEg83djDHGf/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading\" style=\" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;\" target=\"_blank\">A post shared by Blerd™ – Blerd.com (@blerdofficial)\u003C/a>\u003C/p>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003C/blockquote>\n\u003Cp>\u003C/p>\n",{"title":65,"content":66},"Afro-futurism comics ","\u003Cp>Based in North Philadelphia, \u003Ca href=\"https://amalgamphilly.com/harriet-tubman-demon-slayer-1/\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Amalgam\u003C/a> is the only Black and woman-owned comic shop, and the first Black-woman owned comic book store on the East Coast. In stock is a fantasy story centering around \u003Ca href=\"https://blavity.com/search/Harriet%20Tubman\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Harriet Tubman\u003C/a>, and the description is a must-gift for the Black and proud recipient with a larger-than-life imagination.\u003C/p>\n\u003Cp>"When slave owners can't stop the formidable ninja warrior Harriet Tubman, they call on the help of Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, & Demons to stop her," reads the book's synopsis. "Harriet Tubman must lead a family of slaves to freedom while battling an army of darkness."\u003C/p>\n\u003C/p>\n\u003Cblockquote class=\"instagram-media\" data-instgrm-permalink=\"https://www.instagram.com/p/B5GgOlnjGYa/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading\" data-instgrm-version=\"13\" style=\" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:540px; min-width:326px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\"padding:16px;\">\u003Ca href=\"https://www.instagram.com/p/B5GgOlnjGYa/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading\" style=\" background:#FFFFFF; line-height:0; padding:0 0; text-align:center; text-decoration:none; width:100%;\" target=\"_blank\"> \u003C/p>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"padding: 19% 0;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display:block; height:50px; margin:0 auto 12px; width:50px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"padding-top: 8px;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\" color:#3897f0; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:550; line-height:18px;\">View this post on Instagram\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"padding: 12.5% 0;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;\">\n\u003Cdiv>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #F4F4F4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"margin-left: 8px;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"margin-left: auto;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\" width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cp>\u003C/a>\u003C/p>\n\u003Cp style=\" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;\">\u003Ca href=\"https://www.instagram.com/p/B5GgOlnjGYa/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading\" style=\" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;\" target=\"_blank\">A post shared by Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse (@amalgamphilly)\u003C/a>\u003C/p>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003C/blockquote>\n\u003Cp>\u003C/p>\n",{"title":68,"content":69},"Black comic book series","\u003Cp>Basically, \u003Cem>The Avengers\u003C/em> with an all-Black cast, \u003Ca href=\"https://blacksuncomics.com/\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Black Sun\u003C/a> is a graphic series that tells the story of people from different worlds who must work together to restore order in their homeland after it has seized from an unknown, invading alien army. For anyone who wants to escape the difficulties of another day in quarantine, this is the perfect gift.\u003C/p>\n\u003C/p>\n\u003Cblockquote class=\"instagram-media\" data-instgrm-permalink=\"https://www.instagram.com/p/CBQx4ibFNjY/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading\" data-instgrm-version=\"13\" style=\" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:540px; min-width:326px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\"padding:16px;\">\u003Ca href=\"https://www.instagram.com/p/CBQx4ibFNjY/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading\" style=\" background:#FFFFFF; line-height:0; padding:0 0; text-align:center; text-decoration:none; width:100%;\" target=\"_blank\"> \u003C/p>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"padding: 19% 0;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display:block; height:50px; margin:0 auto 12px; width:50px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"padding-top: 8px;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\" color:#3897f0; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:550; line-height:18px;\">View this post on Instagram\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"padding: 12.5% 0;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;\">\n\u003Cdiv>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #F4F4F4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"margin-left: 8px;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"margin-left: auto;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\" width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cp>\u003C/a>\u003C/p>\n\u003Cp style=\" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;\">\u003Ca href=\"https://www.instagram.com/p/CBQx4ibFNjY/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading\" style=\" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;\" target=\"_blank\">A post shared by Black Sun Comics ???????? (@blacksuncomics)\u003C/a>\u003C/p>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003C/blockquote>\n\u003Cp>\u003C/p>\n",{"title":71,"content":72},"Wakanda flag pin","\u003Cp>\u003Ca href=\"https://www.instagram.com/radical_dreams_pins/\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Radical Dreams\u003C/a>' mission is simple: to change the world one pin at a time. Owned and operated by Shannon P., a Black student of medicine who is also a staunch advocate for \u003Ca href=\"https://blavity.com/search/social%20justice\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">social justice\u003C/a>, this \u003Ca href=\"https://www.radicaldreams.net/collections/lapel-pins/products/black-panther-wakandan-flag-lapel-pin\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Wakanda flag pin\u003C/a> could make a great gift for fans of the blockbuster film who wishes every day they had access to vibranium.\u003C/p>\n\u003Cp>\u003C/p>\n\u003C/p>\n\u003Cblockquote class=\"instagram-media\" data-instgrm-captioned=\"\" data-instgrm-permalink=\"https://www.instagram.com/p/CEfryAgnlwq/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading\" data-instgrm-version=\"13\" style=\" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:540px; min-width:326px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\"padding:16px;\">\u003Ca href=\"https://www.instagram.com/p/CEfryAgnlwq/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading\" style=\" background:#FFFFFF; line-height:0; padding:0 0; text-align:center; text-decoration:none; width:100%;\" target=\"_blank\"> \u003C/p>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"padding: 19% 0;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display:block; height:50px; margin:0 auto 12px; width:50px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"padding-top: 8px;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\" color:#3897f0; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:550; line-height:18px;\">View this post on Instagram\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"padding: 12.5% 0;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;\">\n\u003Cdiv>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #F4F4F4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"margin-left: 8px;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"margin-left: auto;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\" width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cp>\u003C/a>\u003C/p>\n\u003Cp style=\" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;\">\u003Ca href=\"https://www.instagram.com/p/CEfryAgnlwq/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading\" style=\" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;\" target=\"_blank\">A post shared by Radical Dreams Pins®️ (@radical_dreams_pins)\u003C/a>\u003C/p>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003C/blockquote>\n\u003Cp>\u003C/p>\n",{"title":74,"content":75},"\"Fly Nerd\" tee","\u003Cp>\u003Ca href=\"https://flynerdapparel.com/\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Fly Nerd\u003C/a> is the brainchild of Mimi, a Baltimore-based creative who earned degrees from Towson University and Parsons the New School of Design. A self-proclaimed "fly" nerd at heart, make your loved one an official member of the weird crew and present them with this \u003Ca href=\"https://flynerdapparel.com/products/fly-nerd-too-hype-unisex-tee?variant=31602710347845\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">unisex tee\u003C/a> for $30. Sizes go up to 4XL.\u003C/p>\n\u003C/p>\n\u003Cblockquote class=\"instagram-media\" data-instgrm-permalink=\"https://www.instagram.com/p/CBSIiZHpBCj/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading\" data-instgrm-version=\"13\" style=\" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:540px; min-width:326px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\"padding:16px;\">\u003Ca href=\"https://www.instagram.com/p/CBSIiZHpBCj/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading\" style=\" background:#FFFFFF; line-height:0; padding:0 0; text-align:center; text-decoration:none; width:100%;\" target=\"_blank\"> \u003C/p>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\" background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"padding: 19% 0;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display:block; height:50px; margin:0 auto 12px; width:50px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"padding-top: 8px;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\" color:#3897f0; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:550; line-height:18px;\">View this post on Instagram\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"padding: 12.5% 0;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;\">\n\u003Cdiv>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #F4F4F4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #F4F4F4; 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Hundreds came to the opening weekend event, with a line into the location spanning the block. From Denzel Curry to Thundercat and more, the building was filled with brand loyalists and people who may have just heard of Hypland.\u003C/p>\n\n\n\n\u003Cp>Bentley, 27, first started Hypland from his mother, Stephanie Carter’s home at 13, and it’s an ongoing journey documented during his time on \u003Cem>Sweet Life: Los Angeles. \u003C/em>Carter cut the ribbon at the grand opening, symbolizing what it took to get to this point.\u003C/p>\n\n\n\n\u003Cfigure class=\"wp-block-image size-large\">\u003Cimg decoding=\"async\" width=\"1024\" height=\"683\" src=\"https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/Copy-of-IMG_4050-1024x683.jpg\" alt=\"\" class=\"wp-image-72767336\" srcset=\"https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/Copy-of-IMG_4050-1024x683.jpg 1024w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/Copy-of-IMG_4050-300x200.jpg 300w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/Copy-of-IMG_4050-150x100.jpg 150w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/Copy-of-IMG_4050-768x512.jpg 768w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/Copy-of-IMG_4050-1536x1024.jpg 1536w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/Copy-of-IMG_4050-2048x1365.jpg 2048w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/Copy-of-IMG_4050-1568x1045.jpg 1568w\" sizes=\"(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px\" />\u003Cfigcaption class=\"wp-element-caption\">Photo: Christine Jane\u003C/figcaption>\u003C/figure>\n\n\n\n\u003Cp>Hypland is not just a clothing store and retail space; the brand describes the location as “a community hub for gamers, anime fans, and streetwear enthusiasts to shop, play, and connect.” With vintage home accessories, gaming equipment and more, the goal is to replicate the aesthetics and ambiance in an anime or gaming fan’s home. The space has apparel and accessories from past collaborations as well as new pieces and products from similar brands.\u003C/p>\n\n\n\n\u003Cp>\u003C/p>\n\n\n\n\u003Cp>\u003Cstrong>Blavity:\u003C/strong> \u003Cstrong>How do you think the opening of this physical location exemplifies this next era of Hypland, and how long have you wanted to bring this to life? \u003C/strong>\u003C/p>\n\n\n\n\u003Cp>\u003Cstrong>Bentley:\u003C/strong> Opening a physical location for the brand allows us to further connect with our community and customers beyond the experience they have had online. With a retail store, we are able to host events, test product launches, and give our community a place to connect with each other on a deeper level and more consistent basis.\u003C/p>\n\n\n\n\u003Cp>Our brand has seen success and excitement from customers with popups, so giving the same customers a place where they can constantly engage with the brand will be huge. I think having a physical location also allows for other partners to get involved beyond clothing. We want our space to be a true hub for our community.\u003C/p>\n\n\n\n\u003Cp>I have wanted a retail space since 2021, but we had to make sure the location was perfect before signing any lease.\u003C/p>\n\n\n\n\u003Cfigure class=\"wp-block-image size-large\">\u003Cimg decoding=\"async\" width=\"1024\" height=\"683\" src=\"https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/CAM_7192-HDR-1024x683.jpg\" alt=\"\" class=\"wp-image-72767333\" srcset=\"https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/CAM_7192-HDR-1024x683.jpg 1024w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/CAM_7192-HDR-300x200.jpg 300w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/CAM_7192-HDR-150x100.jpg 150w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/CAM_7192-HDR-768x512.jpg 768w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/CAM_7192-HDR-1536x1024.jpg 1536w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/CAM_7192-HDR-2048x1365.jpg 2048w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/CAM_7192-HDR-1568x1045.jpg 1568w\" sizes=\"(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px\" />\u003Cfigcaption class=\"wp-element-caption\">Photo: Cody Marquez\u003C/figcaption>\u003C/figure>\n\n\n\n\u003Cp>\u003Cstrong>How important was location in choosing where to have the first Hypland storefront? \u003C/strong>\u003C/p>\n\n\n\n\u003Cp>Choosing the right location was the largest determining factor when we decided to open a store. We are deeply committed to our community, and we wanted to make sure our store was in an environment where not only our fans would want to gather, but also where the neighborhood and surrounding foot traffic would accept and understand the brand.\u003C/p>\n\n\n\n\u003Cfigure class=\"wp-block-image size-large\">\u003Cimg decoding=\"async\" width=\"1024\" height=\"683\" src=\"https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/CAM_7176-HDR-1024x683.jpg\" alt=\"\" class=\"wp-image-72767332\" srcset=\"https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/CAM_7176-HDR-1024x683.jpg 1024w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/CAM_7176-HDR-300x200.jpg 300w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/CAM_7176-HDR-150x100.jpg 150w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/CAM_7176-HDR-768x512.jpg 768w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/CAM_7176-HDR-1536x1024.jpg 1536w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/CAM_7176-HDR-2048x1365.jpg 2048w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/CAM_7176-HDR-1568x1045.jpg 1568w\" sizes=\"(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px\" />\u003Cfigcaption class=\"wp-element-caption\">Photo: Cody Marquez\u003C/figcaption>\u003C/figure>\n\n\n\n\u003Cp>\u003Cstrong>The store is much more than just a place to buy clothes. Explain more about what the location offers and what you want customers and the Hypland community to get out of it.\u003C/strong>\u003C/p>\n\n\n\n\u003Cp>The Hypland store is an open shopping environment that was designed as an anime/gaming fan’s ideal living space. We have several gaming systems, ranging from classics like Nintendo 64 to modern systems like PS5, as well as vintage toys, statues and collectibles from popular IP and fan-favorite shows. We also have tons of artbooks, manga and vintage videos as well as board games to make the space an interactive experience. On the outside of the space, we also have a huge front patio that can be used for activations in front of the store.\u003C/p>\n\n\n\n\u003Cp>When we created this space, we wanted our community to feel at home. When I was growing up, the Fairfax/Melrose area was a hub for connecting and hanging out with others, and I wanted to create that same space and sense of community for our fans through the Little Tokyo store. \u003C/p>\n\n\n\n\u003Cfigure class=\"wp-block-image size-large\">\u003Cimg decoding=\"async\" width=\"1024\" height=\"576\" src=\"https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/Image-2024-07-16T134346.799-1024x576.jpg\" alt=\"\" class=\"wp-image-72767338\" srcset=\"https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/Image-2024-07-16T134346.799-1024x576.jpg 1024w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/Image-2024-07-16T134346.799-300x169.jpg 300w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/Image-2024-07-16T134346.799-150x84.jpg 150w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/Image-2024-07-16T134346.799-768x432.jpg 768w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/Image-2024-07-16T134346.799.jpg 1280w\" sizes=\"(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px\" />\u003Cfigcaption class=\"wp-element-caption\">Photo: Christine Jane\u003C/figcaption>\u003C/figure>\n\n\n\n\u003Cp>\u003Cstrong>We saw much of what went into your brand on \u003Cem>Sweet Life: Los Angeles.\u003C/em> How did that platform help increase awareness of your work and Hypland itself?\u003C/strong>\u003C/p>\n\n\n\n\u003Cp>The largest takeaway from having the brand showcased on\u003Cem> Sweet Life \u003C/em>was showing people that Hypland was Black-owned. The show raised awareness for the brand in general due to the size of the audience and really opened my eyes to how large our following was. When the show aired, we had a lot of our customers telling us they had no idea we were Black-owned or understood the magnitude of Hypland until it was on HBO.\u003C/p>\n",[99],{"name":100,"slug":32,"id":101},"Black Owned Business",70683,[103,107,111],{"id":104,"name":105,"slug":106,"description":9,"image":9},71587,"Jordan Bentley","jordan-bentley",{"id":108,"name":109,"slug":110,"description":9,"image":9},65687,"Sweet Life: Los Angeles","sweet-life-los-angeles",{"id":112,"name":113,"slug":114,"description":9,"image":9},44529,"top stories","top-stories",{"url":116,"thumbnail":117,"credit":118,"title":119,"alt":9,"type":48},"https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/Image-2024-07-16T133750.240.jpg","https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/Image-2024-07-16T133750.240-150x84.jpg","Photo: Cody Marquez","Image – 2024-07-16T133750.240","2024-07-16T14:20:30-04:00","2024-07-16T18:56:10-04:00",[],{"disableAd":77,"disableConnatixPlayer":77,"enabledComments":77,"headScript":9},{"id":125,"author":126,"authors":135,"title":137,"subTitle":9,"excerpt":9,"slug":138,"body":139,"categories":140,"tags":142,"featuredMedia":152,"publishedAt":157,"updatedAt":158,"type":50,"listicle":159,"disableContentGate":77,"isDisabledListicleNumbers":76,"canonicalUrl":9,"socialThumbnail":9,"additional":168},72767177,{"id":127,"avatar":128,"firstName":129,"lastName":130,"displayName":131,"email":132,"username":133,"description":9,"twitter":9,"facebook":9,"instagram":9,"registeredAt":134},99833,"https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/IMG_3995-compress.jpeg","Jahaura","Michelle","Jahaura Michelle","jahaura.wilson@blavity.com","JahauraMichelle","2023-04-03T03:43:50+00:00",[136],{"id":127,"avatar":128,"firstName":129,"lastName":130,"displayName":131,"email":132,"username":133,"description":9,"twitter":9,"facebook":9,"instagram":9,"registeredAt":134},"Larry Morrow Plans To Establish 'Largest Black-Owned Hospitality Group In The Country' As He Unveils New NOLA Steakhouse","larry-morrow-new-orleans-steakhouse-plans-largest-black-hospitality-group","\n\u003Cp>\u003Ca href=\"https://blavity.com/entertainment/essence-fest-prime-video-2024\">Larry Morrow\u003C/a> has been an entrepreneur for quite some time and understands what it takes to succeed in an industry driven by trial and error. 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height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cp> \u003C/p>\n\u003Cp style=\"color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;\">\u003Ca style=\"color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;\" href=\"https://www.instagram.com/reel/C6zi9M1On6b/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener\">A post shared by Larry Morrow (@larry_morrow)\u003C/a>\u003C/p>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003C/blockquote>\n\u003Cp>\u003Cscript async src=\"//www.instagram.com/embed.js\">\u003C/script>\u003C/p>\n",{"title":9,"content":163},"\u003Cblockquote class=\"instagram-media\" style=\"background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);\" data-instgrm-captioned=\"\" data-instgrm-permalink=\"https://www.instagram.com/p/C5lhMJUOmI8/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading\" data-instgrm-version=\"14\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\"padding: 16px;\">\n\u003Cp> \u003C/p>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"padding: 19% 0;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"padding-top: 8px;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\"color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;\">View this post on Instagram\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"padding: 12.5% 0;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;\">\n\u003Cdiv>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"margin-left: 8px;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"margin-left: auto;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\"width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cp> \u003C/p>\n\u003Cp style=\"color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;\">\u003Ca style=\"color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;\" href=\"https://www.instagram.com/p/C5lhMJUOmI8/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener\">A post shared by Sun Chong (@sunchongnola)\u003C/a>\u003C/p>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003C/blockquote>\n\u003Cp>\u003Cscript async src=\"//www.instagram.com/embed.js\">\u003C/script>\u003C/p>\n",{"title":9,"content":165},"\u003Cp>\u003Cspan data-preserver-spaces=\"true\">Morrow shows no signs of slowing down. He is already planning his next moves, including phase two of Morrow Steaks in the coming months and launching Spicy Mango, a New Orleans Caribbean-fusion restaurant. His vision is for the French Quarter to become a hub for Black-owned dining establishments.\u003C/span>\u003C/p>\n\u003Cblockquote class=\"instagram-media\" style=\"background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);\" data-instgrm-captioned=\"\" data-instgrm-permalink=\"https://www.instagram.com/reel/C8H_u9jupy0/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading\" data-instgrm-version=\"14\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\"padding: 16px;\">\n\u003Cp> \u003C/p>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"padding: 19% 0;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"padding-top: 8px;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\"color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;\">View this post on Instagram\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"padding: 12.5% 0;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;\">\n\u003Cdiv>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"margin-left: 8px;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"margin-left: auto;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\"width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;\">\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003Cdiv style=\"background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;\">\u003C/div>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003Cp> \u003C/p>\n\u003Cp style=\"color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;\">\u003Ca style=\"color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;\" href=\"https://www.instagram.com/reel/C8H_u9jupy0/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener\">A post shared by Larry Morrow (@larry_morrow)\u003C/a>\u003C/p>\n\u003C/div>\n\u003C/blockquote>\n\u003Cp>\u003Cscript async src=\"//www.instagram.com/embed.js\">\u003C/script>\u003C/p>\n\u003Cp>\u003Cspan data-preserver-spaces=\"true\">“We are going to light Frenchmen Street up,” Morrow said.\u003C/span>\u003C/p>\n\u003Cp>\u003Cspan data-preserver-spaces=\"true\">In a recent interview with \u003C/span>\u003Ca class=\"editor-rtfLink\" href=\"https://www.essence.com/news/money-career/nice-guys-finish-first-larry-morrow/\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener\">\u003Cspan data-preserver-spaces=\"true\">Essence\u003C/span>\u003C/a>\u003Cspan data-preserver-spaces=\"true\">, Morrow discussed his blend of Black and Korean cultures, which he eloquently incorporates into the dishes at Sun Chong, his Korean- and Cajun-inspired restaurant that opened in 2023 in the French Quarter. He highlighted how these culinary influences reflect his diverse heritage and vision for New Orleans’ dining scene.\u003C/span>\u003C/p>\n",{"title":9,"content":167},"\u003Cp>\u003Cspan data-preserver-spaces=\"true\">Morrow revealed that he opened the restaurant \u003C/span>\u003Cspan data-preserver-spaces=\"true\">as a surprise to\u003C/span>\u003Cspan data-preserver-spaces=\"true\"> his grandmother, after whom he named the business, per Essence. He shared that the matriarch always had high hopes for his success.\u003C/span>\u003C/p>\n\u003Cp>\u003Cspan data-preserver-spaces=\"true\">“You’re the dragon of the family,'” Morrow recalled his grandmother telling him. “You’re the one that flies high.”\u003C/span>\u003C/p>\n\u003Cp>\u003Cspan data-preserver-spaces=\"true\">The 33-year-old prioritizes family above all else, which is\u003C/span> \u003Cspan data-preserver-spaces=\"true\">evident in his close collaboration with his grandmother and his mother, Lenora Chong.\u003C/span>\u003C/p>\n\u003Cp>\u003Cspan data-preserver-spaces=\"true\">“It’s taught me a lot and matured me a lot to working with relatives. … It can be an obstacle,” Morrow told \u003C/span>\u003Ca class=\"editor-rtfLink\" href=\"https://www.axios.com/local/new-orleans/2024/07/03/larry-morrow-new-orleans-restaurants-events\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener\">\u003Cspan data-preserver-spaces=\"true\">Axios\u003C/span>\u003C/a>\u003Cspan data-preserver-spaces=\"true\">. “I can’t walk away from [my mom]. It challenged both of us to learn how to operate with one another.”\u003C/span>\u003C/p>\n",{"disableAd":77,"disableConnatixPlayer":77,"enabledComments":77,"headScript":9},{"id":170,"author":171,"authors":182,"title":184,"subTitle":9,"excerpt":9,"slug":185,"body":186,"categories":187,"tags":193,"featuredMedia":203,"publishedAt":208,"updatedAt":209,"type":210,"listicle":211,"disableContentGate":77,"isDisabledListicleNumbers":77,"canonicalUrl":9,"socialThumbnail":9,"additional":212},72756036,{"id":172,"avatar":173,"firstName":174,"lastName":175,"displayName":176,"email":177,"username":176,"description":178,"twitter":179,"facebook":9,"instagram":180,"registeredAt":181},99588,"https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/IMG_2949-compress.jpeg","Niko","Rose","Niko Rose","nikita.allen@blavity.com","I put my thoughts on digital paper.","https://twitter.com/niksofly","https://instagram.com/niksofly?igshid=OGQ5ZDc2ODk2ZA==","2022-08-29T15:45:35+00:00",[183],{"id":172,"avatar":173,"firstName":174,"lastName":175,"displayName":176,"email":177,"username":176,"description":178,"twitter":179,"facebook":9,"instagram":180,"registeredAt":181},"Play Pits Is Changing The Deodorant Industry And Revolutionizing Personal Care","black-owned-deodorant-play-pits","\n\u003Cp>In the realm of natural beauty/personal care products, a \u003Ca href=\"https://blavity.com/power-of-supporting-black-owned-businesses\">Black-owned\u003C/a> brand stands out as a beacon of innovation and inclusivity.\u003C/p>\n\n\n\n\u003Cp>Founded by Chantel Powell, a dedicated mother and \u003Ca href=\"https://blavity.com/brick-city-vegan-plant-based-foods\">entrepreneur\u003C/a>, Play Pits has redefined the deodorant industry by offering effective, chemical-free solutions that cater to diverse communities. \u003C/p>\n\n\n\n\u003Cp>Powell’s entrepreneurial journey exemplifies the power of passion, perseverance and community engagement.\u003C/p>\n\n\n\n\u003Cp>Play Pits is described as deodorants “free of aluminum, parabens, synthetic fragrances and other harsh chemicals.” Not only this, but it is the mission of the brand to “educate parents and children about the dangerous ingredients found in popular deodorants and other household products.”\u003C/p>\n\n\n\n\u003Cfigure class=\"wp-block-image size-large\">\u003Cimg decoding=\"async\" width=\"683\" height=\"1024\" src=\"https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/original-401EEDD6-79E2-42A9-B507-55C21FAA6CBF-683x1024.jpeg\" alt=\"\" class=\"wp-image-72767205\" srcset=\"https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/original-401EEDD6-79E2-42A9-B507-55C21FAA6CBF-683x1024.jpeg 683w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/original-401EEDD6-79E2-42A9-B507-55C21FAA6CBF-200x300.jpeg 200w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/original-401EEDD6-79E2-42A9-B507-55C21FAA6CBF-100x150.jpeg 100w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/original-401EEDD6-79E2-42A9-B507-55C21FAA6CBF-768x1152.jpeg 768w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/original-401EEDD6-79E2-42A9-B507-55C21FAA6CBF-150x225.jpeg 150w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/original-401EEDD6-79E2-42A9-B507-55C21FAA6CBF.jpeg 1024w\" sizes=\"(max-width: 683px) 100vw, 683px\" />\u003Cfigcaption class=\"wp-element-caption\">Photo: Play Pits\u003C/figcaption>\u003C/figure>\n\n\n\n\u003Cp>\u003Cstrong>Blavity: Can you tell us about your journey as the CEO of Play Pits and how the idea for a natural deodorant company originated?\u003C/strong>\u003C/p>\n\n\n\n\u003Cp>\u003Cstrong>Chantel Powell: \u003C/strong>Smelly kids! In 2017, when I picked up my 6-year-old son Kameron from sports camp, my exact words were, ‘OMG, you smell like a Grown Man!’ I could not believe my baby could smell like that at such a young age.  When I went to my community to get deodorant for him, there weren’t any safe, chemical-free, kid-friendly deodorants available. I created some at home for him.\u003C/p>\n\n\n\n\u003Cp>Once he started wearing it, he immediately felt confident and came back from practice with the idea of, ‘Mom, you should make this for everybody!’ So, I took that opportunity and decided to show him what it would look like to start a business that could start a family legacy with hard work and a product that actually worked. It really took off as mothers across the country agreed with me I had solved a problem that many of them were experiencing … smelly kids!\u003C/p>\n\n\n\n\u003Cp>\u003Cstrong>What sets Play Pits apart from other natural deodorant brands in the market, especially as a 100% Black-owned company?\u003C/strong>  \u003C/p>\n\n\n\n\u003Cp>\u003Cstrong>Powell: \u003C/strong>What sets us apart is that we took a boring product in a boring category and created an experience! Our product was not created to make money; it was created as a solution because a mother wanted to stop her son from smelling and get him excited about starting healthy hygiene. Living in what is considered an ‘urban’ area, we don’t have many healthier products available and often must leave our neighborhoods to find them. We started out with a goal to change that by providing these types of products to our community and connecting with and educating families every chance we got: at events, pop-ups, conventions, etc. You name it, we were there. Lastly, and most importantly, what makes us different is that I am our customer. I am not a faceless corporation pumping out garbage-filled products to stay relevant. I am a mother who wants the best for her child and needs to be able to trust the products that I purchase for my family.  \u003C/p>\n\n\n\n\u003Cfigure class=\"wp-block-image size-large\">\u003Cimg decoding=\"async\" width=\"1024\" height=\"1024\" src=\"https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/original-78056156-1830-439F-A846-25AC5E4044C1-1024x1024.webp\" alt=\"\" class=\"wp-image-72767204\" srcset=\"https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/original-78056156-1830-439F-A846-25AC5E4044C1-1024x1024.webp 1024w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/original-78056156-1830-439F-A846-25AC5E4044C1-300x300.webp 300w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/original-78056156-1830-439F-A846-25AC5E4044C1-150x150.webp 150w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/original-78056156-1830-439F-A846-25AC5E4044C1-768x768.webp 768w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/original-78056156-1830-439F-A846-25AC5E4044C1-24x24.webp 24w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/original-78056156-1830-439F-A846-25AC5E4044C1-48x48.webp 48w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/original-78056156-1830-439F-A846-25AC5E4044C1-96x96.webp 96w, https://cms.blavity.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/original-78056156-1830-439F-A846-25AC5E4044C1.webp 1080w\" sizes=\"(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px\" />\u003Cfigcaption class=\"wp-element-caption\">Photo: Play Pits\u003C/figcaption>\u003C/figure>\n\n\n\n\u003Cp>\u003Cstrong>Blavity: Can you share some insights into the key ingredients used in Play Pits’ natural deodorants and their benefits?\u003C/strong>\u003C/p>\n\n\n\n\u003Cp>\u003Cstrong>Powell: \u003C/strong>Our first, main and ‘not-so secret’ ingredient is love. Everything in our products were carefully chosen to be safe, clean and effective.  Shea butter + Coconut oil: for skin moisture and ease of deodorant applying. Sodium Bicarbonate + Zinc Oxide: deodorant efficacy by antimicrobial action by zinc oxide. Corn starch + Kaolin are powders that absorb excess sweat and control moisture/wetness of the skin. Apple cider vinegar helps control and balance skin pH to a healthy level so that our skin microflora is flourishing. Also, acidic pH will act as an antimicrobial also helping against odor. Odor protection and skin pH balance is the main benefit from this material. Tocopherol is a powerful antioxidant and that extends the activity of natural oils and fragrances and prevents from fast degradation/oxidation.  \u003C/p>\n\n\n\n\u003Cp>\u003Cstrong>What challenges have you faced as a Black woman entrepreneur in the natural beauty industry, and how have you overcome them?\u003C/strong>\u003C/p>\n\n\n\n\u003Cp>\u003Cstrong>Powell: \u003C/strong>My product is performance-based, i.e., it has to work in order to find success. Deodorant is not as sought after as hair care or as sexy as skin care brands, especially in our community. Personal care/hygiene is in a lane of its own. I’m up against billion-dollar conglomerates with monthly marketing budgets more than any of us make in a year in salary. People often believe that you have made it when you get into large retail, but what they don’t know is that, especially with impressions and digital marketing being on the decline across the board, oftentimes retailers leave you on an island and don’t get behind you to help market your product in-store or offer you opportunities to promote and introduce your brand. But that’s where community comes in. Beyoncé has the Beyhive, Taylor Swift has the Swifties, and fortunately for us, Play Pits has the #UNDERARMIE! This community supports our brand like no other and has done much of the promotion by word of mouth, letting us know when stores don’t have our product on shelves, is displayed incorrectly, not ringing up as they should or tagging us on any post involving natural deodorant.  \u003C/p>\n\n\n\n\u003Cblockquote class=\"instagram-media\" data-instgrm-permalink=\"https://www.instagram.com/playpits/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading\" data-instgrm-version=\"14\" style=\" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:540px; min-width:326px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);\">\u003Cdiv style=\"padding:16px;\"> \u003Ca href=\"https://www.instagram.com/playpits/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading\" style=\" background:#FFFFFF; line-height:0; padding:0 0; text-align:center; text-decoration:none; width:100%;\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener\"> \u003Cdiv style=\" display: flex; 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When I first started, I asked a local store owner in my community if he carried any Black-owned products and if he would be interested in carrying mine. I would drive traffic to his store by promoting to my customers, where they could find it without paying for shipping. After I dropped off the product and came back a week later, he not only told me no, but he hadn’t even tried it out. After that, I told myself I’m going to be in Target 1 mile away, and two years later, I was on their shelves. That first ‘no’ could have been discouraging, but I used it as motivation.\u003C/p>\n\n\n\n\u003Cp>Second, if you are a CPG product-based company, please get a handle on inventory and move away from spreadsheets to an inventory management solution when you can afford to. Inventory management is a vital component of your financials, helping to show just how profitable you are. Lastly, please, please make sure you are properly insured, increasing coverage when you grow.\u003C/p>\n\n\n\n\u003Cp>\u003Cstrong>How does Play Pits envision its impact on the natural beauty industry and the broader community in the coming years?\u003C/strong>\u003C/p>\n\n\n\n\u003Cp>\u003Cstrong>Powell: \u003C/strong>Who knew deodorant could be this fun and sexy at the same time?! Play Pits is poised to make waves in the natural beauty industry and beyond, redefining what hygiene means. Our products are not just about keeping odors at bay; they’re about elevating your daily routine with scents that delight the senses and formulations that are gentle on even the most sensitive skin.\u003C/p>\n\n\n\n\u003Cp>In the coming years, I see Play Pits becoming a household name, trusted by families everywhere. 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