Hill District business relocates due to inflation, COVID setbacks

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Ujamaa Collective is dedicated to remaining in the Hill District, but due to inflation and COVID setbacks, had to relocate from its prime street-front location and move to the back of the building.

“We had to relocate, even though we didn’t leave the building. We had to surrender the front space, we lost the display windows and the visibility of the everyday community foot traffic,” said Frankie Harris.

Ujamaa Collective is a Black-owned, woman-owned nonprofit in the Hill District that sells an array of products including clothing, artwork, jewelry, and literature. Currently, the store hosts nearly 100 artists and artisans.

Ujamaa has been in the Hill District for more than a decade, but in the last two years, and more recently due to inflation, they’ve had to get creative to provide their community with the same quality and selection of goods

“Sometimes it did require extra money for transportation and extra time to receive items,” explained Harris. “But I think one of the strongest suits is that we know how to pull up and tighten up. We figure it out together,” said Harris.

Ujamaa Collective is open Tuesday through Friday from noon until 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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