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By Imani Williams
HIGHLAND PARK – Sistas are definitely doing it for themselves. This is seen in the works of Black Whole Collective where owners, (Sauni) Stolen Legacy, (Shamayim Harris) Heaven on Earth Spiritual Products, and (Goddess Yvette) of Moon Flower Creations collaborate to bring a cultural experience directly to you.
For Sauni, African art and clothing started out as a hobby. “I was selling and trading pieces of art and its history from home, the business grew rapidly and I decided I needed a location,” she told BTL.
Her first digs were the International Marketplace on E. Jefferson. From there she moved to Cultural Expression with Rod Spencer and her learning experience continued with Aunt Beauty of Beauty’s International Marketplace. Even with all the opportunities to work with really wonderful people and experience the joy of being self-employed Sauni still felt a need to be in her own space. “I wanted to connect people to our heritage, ‘our legacy,’ which had been stolen from us,” she said. So the name ‘Stolen Legacy’ seemed more than appropriate and when the book ‘Stolen Legacy’ was later presented to Sauni it was divine confirmation for her, that the perfect name had been selected.
The goal of the store, now located on Woodward in Highland Park, is to inform and provide the community with culturally rich services and products. The idea of a collective had been in Sauni’s plans as well and that idea manifested once she relocated.
When asked about wares for purchase Sauni said, “With the collective the services and product lines have expanded providing African and African inspired clothing, unique jewelry, aroma therapy products, candles, oils, incense herbal teas and unique gift items.” She adds, “For a unique shopping experience, we have products from as far away as Africa and as close as Detroit.”
The collective will have a large African art show on Sat. Feb 28, where there will be food drumming and hopefully you.
Black Whole Collective: Tue -Sat 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
12521 Woodward, Highland Park, MI