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Mom-Daughter Duo Makes History, Opens Black-Owned Gas Station in Florida

One mother-daughter duo just made history as the new owners of the only Black-owned gas station in Hollywood, Florida, according to Black Business. Lashawn Flowers, 51, and her daughter, Shanita Vickers, 35, are causing quite a stir on social media as Black women entrepreneurs and Shell franchisees. The pair grew up in Deerfield Beach, Florida, and began their journey to entrepreneurship as owners of a local nail and hair salon called Girlz Collectionz. They are also the owners of a local bar and nightclub called Groove City Bar & Lounge, which due to COVID-19, is currently closed. The closing of their lounge actually sparked the idea to pivot into purchasing a gas station. “We actually purchased two Shell gas stations,” reveals Flowers, sharing that they “were able to negotiate a two-for-one deal.” Although they have a success story to share now, Flowers shares the process of purchasing two franchises was not easy and fairly tedious. Although it took just three weeks, after...

Sep 14, 2020