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September 2023

23sep12:00 pm5:00 pmThe Black Affair: A 100% Black-Owned Retail Experience

Event Details

Shopping & networking with a live DJ, cash raffle, food, drinks, cash vendor contest & Detroit’s finest small businesses!

ALL BLACK EVERYTHING! This is your chance to circulate The Black Dollar by supporting Black-Owned small businesses from all over the Detroit area! You’ll find all types of products and services from health & beauty, to fashion, food and wine, jewelry, crystals, financial services, community organizations and so much more! Come out to BUY BLACK and network with the best established and upcoming Black-owned brands in Metro Detroit while you enjoy amazing food, delicious drinks and great vibes in an empowering and uplifting space!

Meet us at the DRMM Hall for the festivities on Saturday September 23rd from 12-5pm. Try your luck at our 50/50 cash raffle and have fun on the 360 photo booth!



The vendor fee is $85 with your own table or $95 to use our table. Both fees include 2 chairs. It is never just a space or table and chairs for your money when you partner with Waist Bead Envy!

Your vendor packages include the following:

– A 10×10 space for setup + 2 chairs

– Vendor promo contest: the top promoter gets their vendor fee refunded, up to $95!

– Vendor raffles

– 360 Promo video – bring your logo/ hashtag signs and promote your brand!

– 9 types of promotion to bring out shoppers

– Your logo on the final digital event flyer

– Boss’s Spotlight posts promoting you and your business on Facebook and Instagram

– Slideshow feature for your business throughout the event

– Security on site


Vendor setup is from 10:30am –11:45am at 3606 E. Forest Ave. Detroit, MI 48207. There will be NO SETUP AFTER 12:00pm! Although this is a big event, we aim for quality over quantity so please govern yourself and your staff accordingly so that we are all ready to launch on time for our shoppers.


Early bird deposits of $50 will hold your vendor space and the remaining balance is due by Saturday September 9th. Should you register as a vendor on or after 9/9/23, the full fee is due immediately, along with your logo. Refunds of any monies paid will only be given if this event is canceled indefinitely by the host. No exceptions. Possible transfers are circumstantial. If you cannot attend, you must notify the host immediately. No call, no shows will not be transferred.

Registration is conducted exclusively on Eventbrite and your purchase here is acknowledgement that you have read this information in full and agree to the terms listed on this event page as a participant in this retail event.


Once your payment is received, you can be added to the private Facebook group for vendors only. I am your host, Emily Rucker, and I’ll moderate, answer questions and provide vital information about the event in the vendor’s group for you. I can be found by the name “Emily Raine Rucker”. Do not invite people to our vendor’s group – registered vendors will be invited by the host and no one else is allowed to join. There is a separate public Facebook event page that you can share with your customers and loved ones to invite them out to shop!

Emily Rucker and Magnolia Raine Enterprises, LLC DBA Waist Bead Envy are not liable or responsible for any accidents, injuries or incidents that occur while vendors, event staff or patrons are on the venue property. Additionally, Emily Rucker and Magnolia Raine Enterprises, LLC DBA Waist Bead Envy assume no liability or responsibility for any effects vendor products may have on patrons. Each vendor holds responsibility and liability for their own products and product effects.

Per the venue, alcohol must be in sealed containers; Both CBD and THC are allowed but may not be consumed on the premises (no smoking indoors). For MLM companies (Paparazzi, Color Street, Mary Kay, etc.), only one vendor per business will be accepted. One business per table (if you own more than one business, you can market both of your businesses but within one vendor space unless a second vendor space is purchased). Two separate owners of different businesses need two individual spaces. Food vendors must provide all food and heating equipment, but will be given access to running water. Electrical outlets are available on a first come, first served basis. ALL GREASE COOKING MUST TAKE PLACE OUTSIDE! Frying will not be allowed inside the event hall. If setting up outside to cook, please ensure you have your own power source. If it is too cold to cook outside, please cook on your food truck/ trailer or prior to the event and use your own warmers at the venue.


Several forms of advertising are being conducted on your behalf as part of your package, however, a successful day is a duty we all assume by spreading the word collectively. Promote, promote, promote! Commercials really do work, so your followers will remember your posts and stories, even your profile picture! Share the flyer often and across all your social media platforms. The more you share… the more people you’ll reach… the more people will come to shop!


Kindly bring all questions and concerns directly to your host by phone, via private message or email to ThankfulinTheCity@gmail.com. Please add me as a friend after you submit your payment so that you can be added to the aforementioned Facebook vendor’s group. This will ensure that you receive factual and current information for all your inquiries and are properly prepared for the event.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are feeling under the weather, PLEASE STAY HOME! Sanitizer will be available on guest seating tables, and the building maximum occupancy will be honored.

Please note that it is your responsibility to provide your logo and a short story telling the city about yourself, your business and what you will be offering at our retail event (this is for your Boss’s Spotlight). These things are optional, but we encourage you to take full advantage as they are part of your vendor package! Participation in the retail event is voluntary and vendors reserve all rights to their products and services as well as payment received for their products and services.


Community organizations and business owners under age 18 are encouraged to participate! Both are welcome to register for $50! To sign up as a community organization or kid-preneur, please select either the “$50 Community Org Payment” or the “$50 Kid Vendor Payment”.


The Vendor Promo Contest launches 2 weeks from event day! To qualify, vendors must do the following:

1. Post the flyer on social media

2. Tag “Emily Raine Rucker” (Facebook) or “@WaistBeadEnvyEvents” (Instagram) in the post so I see it

3. Hashtag #TheBlackAffair AND #PopUpShop

Your posts will be tracked and tallied, and the top promoter will receive their vendor fee back (up to $95) on event day with a special announcement during the final hour! This not only benefits your business’s budget and your success on event day, but it also helps spread the word so we all bring out more shoppers, providing a higher chance of selling out! Let’s level up!

Come have a ball with us!

Thank you for your interest in this major shopping & networking event! I look forward to working with you and providing a quality shopping experience for all our vendors & the community!


Emily Raine Rucker

Host, “The Black Affair: A 100% Black-Owned Retail Experience”

Owner & Designer, Waist Bead Envy

Phone: (313) 725-1082

Email: ThankfulInTheCity@gmail.com

Instagram: @WaistBeadEnvyEvents

Facebook: “Emily Raine Rucker”


(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm


DRMM Banquet Hall

3606 East Forest Avenue, Detroit, MI 48207