Get a sneak peek 

Mark your calendar and set a reminder on your phone for Nov. 11, from 1 to 5 p.m. because you don’t want to miss a sneak peek of The Blackprint, a new and innovative retail destination showcasing more than 20 local and national Black-owned brands. The event will take place at the Cleveland Corner, 156 N. Cleveland.

The Blackprint is a vibrant hub of culture and ingenuity founded by community advocate and visionary Tasha L. Hayes. It’s a premium retail experience that is beyond the norm and more than just a retail store.

The store is part of The Garages, a retail incubator program in Wichita that supports unique retail-based business concepts that contribute to the overall vibrancy of the city.

So what can you expect to see on Nov. 11? Visitors will get an idea of the wide variety of products from home goods, gifts, greeting cards, stationary, books, health, beauty, apparel and more. Each item has been meticulously curated and narrates a dynamic story of diverse Black talent, dedication, integrity, and brilliance.

“While there’s a rise in Black entrepreneurship, sustaining a brick and mortar presents challenges, possibly leading to a gap in the market that The Blackprint will address,”

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The Blackprint seeks to curate intentional partnerships to build community and foster a supportive ecosystem for Black brands.

“The Blackprint provides a unique opportunity for Black brands,” says Hayes. “We are committed to uplifting and connecting Black creators, catalyzing their journey toward growth and success.”

The Blackprint’s mission aligns with that of The Garages, which is to support entrepreneurs with unique retail-based business concepts that provide new or desired services and products to address demand from residents, employees, and visitors. 

After their ribbon-cutting, the Blackprint invites you to get a first look at what they have to offer and immerse yourself in an unforgettable shopping experience. 

For more information on The Blackprint, visit or follow them on social media for the latest news and updates.

Tasha Hayes
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