The nonprofit Far South Community Development Corporation (Far South CDC)—an organization that provides strategic community-building services to residents and businesses across Chicago’s Far South Side neighborhoods and south suburban Cook County—is showcasing ten unique woman-owned small businesses with its Far South CDC Marketplace (837 W. 115th Street, Chicago) open now through May 2023 from 12-6 p.m. daily.
Far South CDC Marketplace is the first storefront location for a majority of participating businesses, which include Bomb Beauty Boutique, Chic T Boutique, Cosmic Creole, Herbalogy, Max Candle Co, Monique Michelle The Beauty Experience, Poppin Dough, She Sale Sea Shells, Simply Stuff and Upscale Resale. These shops offer everything from designer clothing and accessories to household goods, natural beauty and skincare products, candles, and sweet and salty snacks.
The program is supported by a grant from City of Chicago’s Small Business Storefront Activation Program, which is focused on bringing retail vendors and artwork to 30 previously vacant storefronts in neighborhoods across the city.
“We are thrilled to be a partner of the city’s Small Business Storefront Activation Program, and to provide an opportunity for these incredible Far South Side businesses to explore the market of a physical retail space while showcasing their goods and services,” says Far South CDC’s Chief Development & Innovation Officer Florence Hardy. “One of our major program areas is assistance for small businesses, ranging from webinars and workshops to helping business owners access state and federal grants and other resources. The Far South CDC Marketplace is an extension of our ongoing work to support small businesses across the region.”
“I come from a family of entrepreneurs, so I’ve been interested in starting my own business since childhood,” says Bomb Beauty Boutique Owner Mars Majestyy. “This opportunity is a dream come true. As a retail business owner, one of the goals is to have your items in a store. This is my chance to test what it would be like and determine if it’s worth it, without taking on the financial burden of rent. I get to allocate that money for other purposes to grow. I’m also proud to be a part of this marketplace with such a diverse set of businesses all in one place.”
Far South CDC Marketplace vendor details
Bomb Beauty Boutique provides explosive looks at an affordable price, offering unique women’s and men’s clothing and accessories. For more information, visit bombbeautyboutique.com.
Chic T Boutique is an affordable, upscale women’s clothing and accessories boutique. For more information, visit chictboutique.com.
Cosmic Creole is a holistic health service aiding the mind, body and spirit through medicinal plants. For more information, visit cosmiccreole.com.
Herbalogy is a retailer of holistic health products, offering premium CBD, raw sea moss, black seed oil and natural personal care products. For more information, visit facebook.com/shopherbalogy.
Max Candle Co provides holistic healing through aromatherapy, offering soy and beeswax blended scented candles in reusable containers. For more information, visit maxcandleco.com.
Monique Michelle The Beauty Experience is a full-service salon and spa offering a variety of affordable beauty treatments and products. For more information, visit mobeautyexperience.com.
Poppin Dough is a family-owned and operated business bringing people together through our love of our favorite childhood snacks, popcorn and donuts. For more information, visit poppindough.com.
She Sale Sea Shells provides crystal jewelry, chakra aligning shea butter, body oils and much more for your meditation needs. For more information, visit shesaleseashells.net.
Simply Stuff provides simply stuff to wear, with different brands and styles to fit any lifestyle. The business was started to keep employment opportunities available for youth.