Saturday, August 7, 2021

Two Cousins Open First Black-Owned Beauty Supply Store in Jefferson City, MO

Kumba Brewer and Candy Wright, both Liberians, migrated to Jefferson City, Missouri as teenagers. The cousins, who are now in their late twenties and early thirties, have established themselves as important citizens of Jefferson City. 

Two young Liberian natives, Kumba Brewer and Candy Wright moved to Jefferson City, MO as teenagers, few years ago. The cousins who are now in their late 20’s and early 30’s, have become prominent members of Jefferson City. 

It was July of 2021 when the young cousins stood in their store anticipating their first customer to walk in. After many weeks of ordering, doing inventory and stocking, they were able to cut the ribbon at Essence Beauty Supply Store, located at 431 E McCarthy Street.

The grand opening is defying statistics because ethnic beauty supply stores like theirs  are not typically Black-owned, but profits are driven primarily from the Black community.

The owners say there’s a need for more Black-owned establishments, and they hopes their business will serve as a blueprint.

For more information on Essence Salon, to book an appointment or inquire about hiring, contact the business at 573-338-2719 or follow them on Facebook .

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