When Donny Harper and his wife started Good Co. Apparel six years ago, they had three main goals: to connect with the community, to send a positive message that solves a problem in the community and, most importantly, to promote the right company.
“The business you surround yourself with is important to who you become or don’t become,” Harper said. “This message is not repeated enough in our community, so now every time you wear something from Good Company, you are spreading that message, but you are also wearing yourself because you are good company.”
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And on Saturday, Harper had a lot of company.
FC Cincinnati hosted a full capacity crowd for the first time at TQL Stadium. In honor of Juneteenth, FCC partnered with two black-owned businesses to sell team clothing at the East Plaza entrance.
“A major league football team has partnered up with a small black-owned business. It’s paying tribute and saying ‘We want to support you guys,’ which is amazing to me, ”Harper said. “For them to let us come here and sell today is amazing.”
Harper’s partnership with FC Cincinnati has been in the works for about 10 months.
Khisha Asubuhi, owner of Originalitees, stood next to Harper’s booth. Asubuhi started her business just under 12 years ago and she designs pride clothing for the city, state and neighborhood.
“We are now selling jerseys at the stadium,” Asubuhi said. “It went pretty well. We’ve sold a lot of shirts online and a lot here so it’s pretty exciting.
Asubuhi’s partnership with FAC began over the past year. When asked what it meant for her to sell outside of TQL on June 10, a smile lit up Asubuhi’s face.
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“It means a lot,” Asubuhi said. “It’s Juneteenth and it’s a huge platform. They are at full capacity so this is a really good opportunity and I’m really excited for this opportunity and to be able to put our brand on a different platform.
MLS on Thursday announced plans to celebrate Juneteenth, created in collaboration between league clubs, Black Players for Change and an independent organization of Black MLS players, coaches and staff seeking to increase inclusion. in football.
MLS will feature a limited-edition jersey auction and the broadcast of the Black National Anthem ahead of the weekend games.