Shop featuring Black-owned companies opens in Columbia.

A shop dedicated to showcasing products from Black-owned companies held its grand opening in Columbia on Thursday, Nov. 17.

BOPs, which stands for "Black-owned products," is located inside NoMA Warehouse at 2222 Sumter St.

The shop will offer a wide variety of products including clothing, personal care, cleaning products and more.

Owner Layla Sewell won a pitch competition with Benedict College's creative entrepreneurs, which led her to open the store, according to a news release. Sewell said the store's mission is to "create a tangible shopping experience where Black businesses are supported and Black people are celebrated."

Columbia Mayor Daniel Rickenmann noted that BOPs adds to the number of small woman-owned...

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