Over 100 black-owned businesses in Lafayette are currently registered on a platform that creates a network of exposure. One of its newer members says the network has generated a lot of buzz for his business.
"I mean, we're no different than any other restaurant. We got hammered by the effects of the COVID, the quarantine, lockdown, and people being out of work," said Trey Ware, owner of Black Cafe.
His business has been up and running for six years, and he says any extra exposure helps. So when the opportunity to join, the local business owner decided to add his business to Shop Black Listed.
"Now, we're getting a good bit of feedback lately through social media. People have been tagging us and everything. Customers come walking in talking to us about it," Ware said.
According to the owner, there are a few organizations that are striving to bridge the gap between black consumers and black-owned businesses, but shop black listed has really stepped up.
"The response from this particular organization has been a little bit more impactful. Not that other organizations haven't done anything, but I feel like there's a little bit more buzz about this right now with everything that's going on in the world," said Ware.
For those businesses who just want to get their name out there for exposure, the resource is free. However, if you want to see other membership options with more perks, you can head to shopblacklisted.com.