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Support These Black-Owned Businesses Near Your 1331 Maryland Apartment This Juneteenth

On Juneteenth on Friday, June 16, our country will commemorate the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans, a date that became a federal holiday two years ago. It honors June 19, 1865, when the last Confederate community of enslaved Americans in Galveston, Texas, received word that they had been freed at least.

Here in Washington, D.C., we can celebrate Juneteenth in our own city by visiting businesses and restaurants that are owned by hardworking Black entrepreneurs who have put their all into their creative endeavors. Check them out here!

Mahogany Books, located at 1231 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, D.C. which is 10 minutes from your 1331 Maryland apartment, is an independent bookstore that believes in social entrepreneurship. They take a leadership role in the African-American community by promoting reading, writing and cultural awareness as tools to improve self-esteem, self-love and communities to enrich lives.

Mahogany Books was founded in 2007 for readers in search of books written for, by, or about people of the African Diaspora. For the first 10 years, they were solely online and engaged authors, book clubs, conferences and publishers to ensure Black books were accessible to anyone eager to read about Black culture. In 2017, they opened the doors to their first physical location in Washington, D.C.

Lee’s Flower Shop, located at 1026 U St NW, Washington, D.C. which is 12 minutes from your 1331 Maryland apartment, is a colorful shop providing flower arrangements, orchids, teddy bears and sweets, plus delivery options.

Lee’s Flower Shop is the oldest Black-owned flower shop in Washington, D.C. as well as the oldest D.C. florist, and may also be the longest-standing Black-owned flower shop in the United States. For 75 years, they have become the most trusted flower shop in the city, offering the freshest flowers and most beautiful arrangements for every occasion.

Mahogany Books

1231 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, D.C. 20020

(202) 844-2062

Lee’s Flower Shop

1026 U St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

(202) 265-4965