Black-owned businesses showcased

Chronicle Media

Melissa from Kraft It Up shows some of her custom apparel, gifts, and accessories being offered at the Far South CDC Marketplace, 837 W. 115th St., Chicago. (Provided photo)

Nine Black-owned small businesses from Chicago’s South Side are open from noon to 6 p.m. daily through Jan. 31 at the Far South CDC Marketplace. 

Sponsored by the Far South Community Development Corp., the marketplace features new businesses Be Original Clothing, Cherish a Peace of Nature, Kraft It Up, and Naturals by Nette, alongside returning vendors Bomb Beauty Boutique, Cosmic Creole, Max Candle Co., Javez Java Coffee Roastery and Vessels of the Paut Neteru. 

With the support of a Storefront Activation Grant from the city of Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, Far South CDC is showcasing four new Black-owned small businesses, alongside five returning marketplace vendors. 

The Far South CDC Marketplace is at 837 W. 115th St., Chicago. 

For information and specific business hours, visit or call 


Pauline Sylvain-Lewis (right), owner of Max Candle Co., serves a customer. (Provided photo)

“We are thrilled to continue our Far South CDC Marketplace program, providing an opportunity for these incredible South Side businesses in the city of Chicago to explore the market of a physical retail space and showcase their goods, services and products – as we promote, foster and support entrepreneurship within our communities and obtaining ownership to create generational wealth,” said Cam Brown, director of the Neighborhood Business Development Center at Far South CDC. 

For many of the participating small businesses, the Far South CDC Marketplace is their first storefront location. The initial pilot of the Marketplace launched in 2022 and was funded through the Storefront Activation Program. 

Businesses at the marketplace: 

  • Be Original Clothing: Faith-based apparel that celebrates resilience and growth through life’s challenges. For information, visit 
  • Bomb Beauty Boutique: Unique women’s and men’s clothing and accessories. For information, visit 
  • Mars Majestyy, owner of Bomb Beauty Boutique, offers women’s and men’s clothing and accessories. (Provided photo)

    Cherish a Peace of Nature: Hair-care products infused with essential oils, and enriched with natural and organic ingredients to nurture the scalp, skin and hair. For information, visit 

  • Cosmic Creole: Holistic health service aiding the mind, body, and spirit through medicinal plants. For information, visit 
  • Javez Java Coffee Roastery: An independent roaster using notes, including spicy, nutty, fruity, and earthy. For information, visit 
  • Kraft It Up: Custom apparel, gifts and accessories, and craft workshops and classes throughout the Chicago area. For information, visit 
  • Max Candle Co.:  Holistic healing through aromatherapy, offering soy-and-beeswax-blended scented candles in reusable containers. For information, visit 
  • Naturals by Nette:  Handmade soaps and body care products made from oils and butters. For information, visit 
  • Vessels of the Paut Neteru: Honoring and sharing the way of life of the ancestors, providing a selection of Adinkra symbols and objects made from ebony wood, handmade in the United States and Africa. For information, visit