ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) — August is National Black Business Month, a month dedicated to recognizing and appreciating black-owned businesses across the country.
Urban Euphoria in downtown Rochester has only been open for two years, but they’ve already made a big impact on the community.
The event center was started by two comedians, who met while performing on set one day and quickly became friends.
“She makes the shirt. She made the logo. She’s great with branding and stuff. I’m all about the people. I’m the social butterfly. So it just knits. It makes sense,” said Charletta Broome, co-owner and CFO by Urban Euphoria.
Broome and her business partner, Jnicolle Glover, quickly realized after meeting that they shared a passion for bringing something unique and exciting to the city.
“We got into this business because we recognized the need in the community for a safe space to be entertained, for people to express their different cultures and show their diversity. It didn’t exist before Urban Euphoria,” he said. CEO Jnicolle Glover.
Over the past two years, Urban Euphoria has hosted hundreds of events at the historic Jonathan Child Mansion, which was built by Rochester’s first mayor.
“We’ve had all kinds of events from weddings, baby showers, board meetings, corporate retreats, proms, we just finished a great prom season and this year we had several schools in town during the season graduation,” Glover said.
They also host Happy Hours on Fridays from 6pm to 11pm, where a local DJ comes in to help keep the fun going.
“He does anything, genre music from the ’80s and ’90s, hip hop, to now, and always, it’s a good time,” Broome said. “We have food, your favorite Friday foods, chicken wings, fries. I hear it’s the best in town.”
Broome and Glover say their goal with Urban Euphoria is to provide a space for people to make memories, while also helping other businesses along the way, especially post-pandemic.
“We’ve partnered with a lot of people who were able to continue to stay viable during that time,” Broome said. “We work with many chefs, many caterers. A lot of companies didn’t survive and so these partnerships we were able to help each other.”
Since August is Black Business Month, this time is a reminder of the hard work that so many local business owners put in every day to make their businesses successful.
“It means a lot to me to even be included as a black business owner,” Glover said. “Two years ago, I wasn’t a black business owner, so to be accepted into a small club of dedicated entrepreneurs, who I see every day at work, means a lot to us to be included.”
Glover adds that she and Broome are from Rochester, and it’s been amazing to see the community support them throughout their journey.
“It’s gratifying beyond measure to see people we grew up with and went to school with come back and do business with us, or even some of our teachers, some of the principals of the schools we’ve gone to attended, come back and do business with us,” Glover said. “It means a lot to us.”
Broome adds that black Americans have a lot of purchasing power and that it is important to keep the money circulating in the communities where they live.
“When we keep the money in the community, it opens up and provides other opportunities,” Broome said. “We don’t want to set the standard, but kind of set an example for someone who wants to go out on their own. It can be done. So for us, for me, that means a lot.”
Urban Euphoria is currently one of eight finalists in the RIT Center for Urban Entrepreneurship’s ‘Roc the Pitch Competition’. The contest gives one winner $25,000 to help grow and support their business.
“I think this launch is a great opportunity to help someone who is just starting out, or just to scale up what’s going on,” Broome said. “We’re among eight other great entrepreneurs, just trying to make our mark on the world or even here in Rochester.”
For more information on Urban Euphoria, you can visit their website or call 585-542-9922.