Jul. 4—LIMA — Black-owned businesses were recognized Sunday at an event organized by 6th Ward Lima Councilor Derry Glenn.
This is the third year for the awards but the first time it was held on Independence Day.
Glenn says it's important to recognize what these businesses are up against.
"Black businesses have a lot of struggles ... from working with banks or trying to find ways through the pandemic — like finding money from the federal government. It's been a tough year for them this year, so we feel that we want to recognize them on Independence Day," Glenn said.
Receiving an award for having the oldest Black barbershop in Lima was Pastor Gary Copeland, who owns Hair Brouhm LTD Beauty Salon.
Others receiving awards in person were Jesse Lowe, owner of Black Lace Hair Salon at 768 N. Main St. and a former Lima councilor.
"When I purchased the building, my goal was to kind of be an incubator, and to bring in other black businesses because about 10 years ago, I didn't have a home, I didn't know what I was going to do, and I had lost everything," Lowe said. "You go through trials and tribulations, and you end up getting a building. We have five other minority businesses within the building plus my home. So when you stay steadfast and keep your eyes on what you're supposed to do, He'll bless you, and He continues to bless me, and I just want to say thank you for supporting us."
Receiving recognition for the oldest Black restaurant and bar in Lima was Lela Johnson, owner of The Boilermaker Restaurant and Bar.
"I want to thank everybody for their support," Johnson said. "We all interact with one another, and that's what it's all about too. You don't want to be a hater, just because you see somebody else doing something, you don't want to hate on them. I support them all."
Other award recipients were Thomas Ross Johnson, owner of Cecil's Grill, and Natasha Mears, who owns Perennial Glow Spa.
Businesses that were scheduled to be honored but couldn't attend included Jones-Clark Funeral Home, Fresh & Faded Barbershop, Devine Hair Salon, The Krab Trap, Jean & Lilly's Fashion Boutique, Showcase Chimney & Brick Home Repair, Londell Smith & Associates LLC, Burns Dental Inc., the Law office of Farley Banks and Continued Care Inc. — Home Health Agency Center.
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