Black companies recognized in Lima

LIMA – Black-owned businesses were recognized on Sunday at an event hosted by Lima 6th Ward Councilor Derry Glenn.

This is the third year for the awards, but the first time it has been held on Independence Day.

Glenn says it’s important to recognize what these companies are up against.

“Black businesses are having a lot of trouble… working with banks or trying to find ways to get through the pandemic – like getting money from the federal government. It’s been a tough year for them this year so we think we want to recognize them on Independence Day, ”said Glenn.

Pastor Gary Copeland, owner of Hair Brouhm LTD beauty salon, received an award for having the oldest black hair salon in Lima.

Jesse Lowe, owner of Black Lace Hair Salon at 768 N. Main St. and former Lima City Councilor, also received awards in person.

“When I bought the building, my goal was to be sort of an incubator and bring in other black businesses because about 10 years ago I didn’t have a home, I didn’t know what that I was going to do, and I had lost everything, “Lowe said.” You go through trials and tribulations, and you end up getting a building. We have five other minority businesses in the building as well as my house. , when you stand firm and keep your eyes on what you’re supposed to do, He will bless you, and He continues to bless me, and I just want to thank you for supporting us.

Lela Johnson, owner of Boilermaker Restaurant and Bar, received recognition as Lima’s oldest black restaurant and bar.

“I want to thank everyone for their support,” Johnson said. “We all interact with each other, and that’s what it is too. You don’t want to be an enemy, just because you see someone else doing something, you don’t want to hate them. I support them all.

The other winners were Thomas Ross Johnson, owner of Cecil’s Grill, and Natasha Mears, owner of Perennial Glow Spa.

Businesses that were to be honored but were unable to attend included Jones-Clark Funeral Home, Fresh & Faded Barbershop, Devine Hair Salon, The Krab Trap, Jean & Lilly’s Fashion Boutique, Showcase Chimney & Brick Home Repair, Londell Smith & Associates LLC, Burns Dental Inc., The Law Firm of Farley Banks and Continued Care Inc. – Home Health Agency Center.

Derry Glenn presents Pastor Gary “Grapes” Copeland, owner of Beauty Salon Hair Brouhm LTD, with an award for black-owned businesses in Lima.

Jesse Lowe, owner of Black Lace Hair Salon, LLC, says a few words after receiving a black-owned business award in Lima on Sunday.

Thomas Ross Johnson of Cecil’s Grill accepts his Black Owned Business Award.

Contact Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.

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