On June 2nd and 3rd, 2018, Ricafrica launched with a pop-up-shop at Connect Gallery in Hyde Park, Chicago. The weather was beautiful and thousands of people flocked to Hyde Park for the Hyde Park Brew Fest. The Ricafrica Pop-Up_shop was nestled amid a vibrant exhibit at Connect Gallery, where Effen Vodka hosted tastings and renowned artists such as James Nelson honored us with the opportunity to watch their genius in action.
A special thanks to our business partners from Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe, without whom the pop-up-shop would not have been possible: Audrey Jewellery (South Africa), Cheneso (Zimbabwe), Epic African Jewellery (Kenya), LuOme (South Africa), My Soul Tonic Kenya (Kenya), Suave Kenya (Kenya) and Threads by Miji (Zimbabwe). The unique pieces they showcased in our pop-up-shop were received with much awe and excitement. As hoped, our pop-up-shop was the intersection African heritage and innovations with old and new celebrants of Africa. The desire to connect is and has been there. There opportunity to connect is now here.
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