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Black-owned businesses showcased by Visit Fort Wayne

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) -- Visit Fort Wayne has published a list of black-owned restaurants in the Summit City.

It's something a female entrepreneur says is both an honor and overdue.

"I consider it an honor and a blessing that Visit Fort Wayne wants to showcase us," Katrina Tucker says.

Tucker owns and runs two businesses out of her southeast side home -- Kay's Treats featuring gourmet popcorn, and Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Emporium featuring custom made t-shirts, purses, mugs, pillows, and more.

Visit Fort Wayne posted a blog on its website featuring black-owned restaurants and other businesses, including Tuckers'.

Katrina Tucker owns and runs two businesses out of her southeast side home.

"This is a part of the community that has been really overlooked, and they play a really important role. And of course in this current moment we were just kind of looking for our role, how we could come alongside the movement and kind of bring awareness to that part of our community," Visit Fort Wayne's Erin Okeson says.

Tucker says Fort Wayne has so many black-owned businesses that go unrecognized.

"It's important to me that people know about who we are, what we do, what we offer the community, and that their dollars are spent here with us, not only just support our business but they're taking care of actual families," Tucker says.

Some of Tucker's merchandise also features slogans or images from the Black Lives Matter movement.

"That's important to me. A shirt says a million things and it's seen all the time, everywhere you go, it doesn't matter where you are. So it's important that everyone knows and understands that all lives can't matter if black lives don't matter," she says.

She says her website has generated customers from across the country, and she hopes to expand soon into a new space to accommodate her growing business.

She also hopes the exposure from the Visit Fort Wayne blog will continue to highlight a whole range of black-owned businesses in the city.

"I don't want it to just stop right now because of what's going on. We've been here, we'll be here, and we want to share what we offer to our community with everyone in our community," Tucker says.

"As we move forward we'll also look at ways to incorporate them, of course, into our regular messaging. So just keeping attention on those communities past this point," Okeson says.

Click here for the blog on Visit Fort Wayne's website.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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