The shop, named after co-owner Kolou Elizabeth Beavogui, is born of a dream she had whereas promoting at African markets in Guinea.
CLEVELAND — The newly opened Kolou’s Market in Ohio Metropolis isn’t just a brand new place for Cleveland’s African group to get their groceries. It’s a residing, respiration dream of co-owner Kolou Elizabeth Beavogui.
As a younger woman, Beavogui would promote produce and different items at African markets in her house of the Republic of Guinea. Markets in Africa are a major line of revenue for a majority of the inhabitants. As Beavogui bought older, she left house and moved to Liberia, the place she continued to promote gadgets within the native markets.
After assembly her husband, Siba, the 2 determined to go away Africa for the US. The dream of someday proudly owning a market within the US was recent on Kolou’s thoughts. She and her husband arrived in 2013. 23 years later, the Beavogui’s purchased the land for the longer term market.
“The shop is known as after her,” Siba explains. “For her dedication to our household”.
They relied on Councilman Kerry McCormack, and workers and lessons on the Financial Group Improvement Institute of Cleveland, to work by way of purple tape. A lot of paperwork, permits, and cash stood in the best way of the shop formally opening for years. The storefront had the identify on the skin for 7 years, however Beavogui’s dream was nonetheless a dream.
Within the final 12 months, the dominoes fell into place to permit Kolou’s to open the doorways on August 27th. The shop gives conventional African meals, locally-sourced produce, baked items, seasonings of every kind, sweet and different trinkets, and can provide extra as soon as the pandemic is over. The calling card for the shop although, is genuine, African-sourced items like black cleaning soap and palm tree oil. Siba factors out that different shops promote such oils diluted with generic oil. That is not the case for them.
“In our case, we intend to present [our customers] the 100% pure oil that’s coming from our area. We’re not going to dilute it with something so as to pump up the revenue. We would somewhat cost them more cash for them to get the best stuff,” Siba explains.
He says the directly-sources gadgets will set them other than different African or ethnic shops in Cleveland like La Borincana and Jojo’s Market. For Beavogui, there isn’t a competitors. The shop itself is sufficient.
She says folks she used to promote with at market in Africa have been together with her each step of the shop opening course of within the US, and they’re pleased with her. Beavogiu is pleased with herself, and her husband, for locating just a little slice of house right here in Cleveland.
“Right down to Africa with our mother and father, everyone is joyful. We’re so joyful we do not even know what to say, as a result of our goals have come true,” she says.
Kolou’s Market is situated at 4700 Bridge Avenue, Cleveland. It’s open 10 a.m. to eight p.m. Monday by way of Saturday. It is going to shut two hours earlier at 6 p.m. on Sundays. As soon as enterprise picks up, the homeowners hope to rent extra workers. For now, their youngsters are working underneath them. Go to their web site, here.