New trolley tour focuses on Philly businesses owned by Black women

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — If you're looking to get some Black History Month events in and support Black businesses while you're at it, the perfect tour is in Philly, and it's rooted in sisterhood.

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It's called "Sisterhood Sit-In: The Trolley Tour," and it runs on Saturdays. The tour is headed by Jeannine Cook, shopkeeper at Harriet's Bookshop.

"A series of different, amazing, wonderful, beautiful women of Philadelphia ... will lead your tour and they will share what makes Philadelphia the City of Sisterly Love for them, and tell their Philly stories," said Cook.

The tour is designed to uplift, inspire and teach, as well as celebrate and support Black women-owned businesses. 40% of businesses owned by Black women did not make it into 2022, and Cook said we can do something about that.

"I think it's a strong stand for us to make sure that we are putting our dollars behind folks who we know not only has our best interests at heart with regards to the products they are selling," she said, "but also all of the other community work they do in addition to operating their business."

The tour starts at the bookshop and then the trolley continues on to Franny Lou's Porch and three other Black women-owned businesses.

"You'll visit Yowie, you’ll visit Marsh & Mane, you'll visit the Freedom Apothecary and then come back to Harriet's at the end. You’ll have about 15 to 20 mins at each location," Cook detailed.

At the end of the day, she said she just wants everyone who embarks on the tour to experience what true sisterhood feels like.

"Especially in our community, there's a deep sense of love and respect and care when we call one another our sister," said Cook. "It's worth experiencing because it's transformational and it's a level of love that is definitely needed at this moment in time."

The tours take place Saturdays through March, and more businesses may be added.

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