Chicago Entrepreneurs Launch First Black-Owned Gourmet Sliced Bread Company

Black History Months is off to a fast start. The month kicked off with Shirley Weber making history in the state of California. Then, Stacey Abrams and the Black Lives Matter movement earned Nobel Peace Prize nominations. Moving forward, three entrepreneurs out of the Chicago area are looking to carry the baton.

Led by Mark Edmond II, Charles P. Alexander and Jamel Michael Lewis, Black Bread Company is a gourmet sliced bread company with a variety of flavors. Set to launch in February, the company hopes to become the first Black-owned gourmet sliced bread company in the U.S.

"[We are] introducing the first Black-owned gourmet sliced bread company. Three best friends have created a legacy that will last a lifetime. We welcome you to take this journey with us," the company wrote on its Instagram page.

While the trio focuses its efforts on selling bread, the Black Bread Company is more of a lifestyle than a brand. Thus far, Edmond, Lewis and Alexander have hosted an Instagram Live session with the goal of sharing their business expertise and process with customers and fellow entrepreneurs. Black Bread Company also offers exclusive merchandise to keep customers warm throughout the winter months. With their budding business, the three Chicago business partners aim to provide a sign of hope for the Black community and fellow Black entrepreneurs.

"Times are changing. The world is changing. There’s no time like the present to make the decision to be on the positive side of change. We salute, celebrate, and say thank you to every powerful agent of change that has come before us and afforded us this opportunity at such positive progression, knowing that the time is so right. We are eternally grateful for your sacrifice for what is right," Black Bread Co. wrote.

Black Bread Co. currently offers white and honey wheat for preorder. They also offer nationwide shipping for customers around the country.

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