A new Black-woman-owned business has opened in Kentucky to bolster opportunities for Louisville entrepreneurs.
WLKY reports Shareka Alexander-Redmyer is the proud owner of Blitz Salon & Spa Suites located on S. 7th Street in Louisville. The space will serve nearby locals and will reflect a deeper mission to help her community, she says.
Alexander-Redmyer is extending a warm welcome to aspiring entrepreneurs who dream of owning their own spa someday but aren’t able to go all in yet. Until then, they’ll have their own suite to grow their business.
“I was like, oh my gosh, something that I am doing is giving people jobs,” Alexander-Redmyer told WLKY.
She added, “I wanted to find a way to give back to Old Louisville. I went to college in the neighborhood, and I just loved it. And I knew that I wanted to do something to help people feel good.”
Additionally the business will also accomodate entrepreneurs by offering complimentary Wi-Fi and round-the-clock access. They won’t have to stress about paying for utilities either.
“The good thing about that is you don’t have to pay your own utilities,” Alexander-Redmyer explained, according to WLKY. “You don’t have to worry about the overhead costs that you would have to worry about if you owned your own building.”
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Nail technician Kacie Crowe is already serving customers at the shop and shares positive sentiments.
“Nails is something that I can sit and do and be peaceful and enjoy doing,” Crowe said, per WLKY. “I’m not going to go to work every day like ‘Ugh it’s another day.’ No, ‘Another day of doing what I love to do.'”
The outlet also notes that there is hope for Blitz Salon and Spa’s presence to encourage other Black-owned business to open shop in Old Louisville. The business is reportedly the second Black-owned business to open its doors in the neighborhood in one week.
Phillip Baker, a member of the district’s metro council, praised the business mentioning, “It creates economic opportunities within our district and for other people to say they can be part of something. They get to be able to realize their dreams, continue to invest in themselves, and have support, not only from another business owner who is going though the same thing but also the city as well.”