Black Out Day 2020 benefits black-owned businesses throughout Roanoke area

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — African Americans were encouraged to support local black-owned businesses to show the impact they have on the economy on Tuesday in honor of Black Out Day 2020.

Allyson Davoll-Cartwright, a black business owner, spent Tuesday, July 7, with her family on a tour of black-owned stores and restaurants. She says she was thankful to share this day as inspiration with her children.

“It does create a huge legacy for them to aspire to and we’re really excited just to support so many locations today,” Davoll-Cartwright said.

“In doing our research, seeing the trillions of dollars that African Americans invest in our community as a whole, really gives an example of the power that we have if we focus those monies directly into our businesses and our communities.”

One of the places Davoll-Cartwright visited was She’s International Boutique in downtown Roanoke.

Owner Diane Speaks says she sent out an email about the day and saw it pay off.

“We, this morning, got quite of business. People said ‘oh thank you for the reminder.’ But my business comes from all walks of life,” she said.

Black Out Day also gave a boost to Granny’s Grill owner Demarco Trent, who also posted on social media about the special day.

“I feel like everybody has been seeing that and they’ve been coming through showing a lot of love today. It’s picked up. It’s double up than what we saw at this time last week. So it’s been good for me,” Trent said.

The owner of Granny’s Grill says he’s been monitoring his sales on the square payment app, and they did double the business they did at this time last week. He’s grateful for the business since opening amid the pandemic in early May.

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