When we began the second iteration of the Khafra Community (KC) Cohort last October, our goal was simple: We wanted to provide a 3-month strategy and development incubator for Bay Area small businesses and nonprofits, completely free of charge.
And we did just that. Plus, a little more.
Our traditional work with small business entrepreneurs usually focuses on one-on-one brand strategy and implementation. However our second iteration of Khafra Cohort allowed us to create brave communal space, fostering connection and thought partnership for entrepreneurs who too often find themselves making some of their most important decisions alone.
SOL Development founding member Felicia Gangloff-Bailey with SOL Development manager BJ McBride
Our Fall 2017 cohort included: Qulture Collective, Roots Community Health Center,Roots Healing, and SoL DeVeloPMeNT - all POC and (most) women-led organizations located in Oakland. We met with folks in five group sessions to outline their larger strategies, discuss the importance of message development, and identify ways to build internal capacity and hold themselves accountable. We even connected our cohort members with a team of mentors skilled in legal analysis, finance, strategic planning, movement-building, and more.
Show & Tell, Qulture Collective, and Black & Brown Ballet owner Alyah Baker with SOL Development founding member, Karega Bailey
To our surprise, each of these organizations were committed to healing of some sort, and used this core value to connect deeply with one another throughout the process.
Below, we share some cherished insights from last fall’s group.
MAGIC MAKERS celebrates queer arts and healing, and intentionally centers the work of QTPOC, working class, and socially/politically conscious artists and healers.
The third annual Magic Makers will feature over 50 artists, healers, and treat makers: ▽ ARTISTS & CRAFTERS: artwork, accessories, clothing, homegoods, pottery, zines, books, + more ▽ HEALTH/BEAUTY: tinctures, salves, elixirs, bath & beauty, + more ▽ HEALING SERVICES: acupuncture, tarot, massage, + more ▽ HANDCRAFTED FOOD & DRINKS: delicious grits, ice cream, + more ▽ OUTDOOR: cozy bonfire, cocktail bar, hot cider, and more artists
▽▽▽ IMPORTANT ACCESS NOTES ▽▽▽ Let’s love and support our community! For the first hour (12-1PM), we’re prioritizing access & comfort for anyone who prefers to avoid crowds (due to mobility, anxiety, scents, etc). For everyone else, please consider coming after 1PM. If you come at 12PM and are wearing scents, we will ask you to return at 1PM.
Undoubtedly, you’ve already recognized that Khafra Company has taken a bit of a hiatus.
We could wax poetic about how and why, convince you that we’ve been on a vacation, pretend like we’ve been visiting hella trade shows finding the hottest new designers for you.
But a lot of that would be a lie.
Here’s what really happened: One day we woke up and decided we cared more about your lives than how much merchandise we could sell you.
We decided to focus on creating and sustaining relationships with like-minded entrepreneurs.
What do we mean?
Well, simply, you trust us to tell you where to shop and why. We want to make that worth your while.
From today forward, any product, store, designer, or affiliate you see discussed, advertised, or promoted via Khafra means that that entity is as committed to black and brown and gay and lesbian and trans and a full array of lives as we are.
We figure, boycotting certain businesses? Yea, sure. That works for a day, a week, months at a time. But we’re committed to longterm investment in businesses that invest in you.
More about this to come, in the meantime though … DO THIS.
Look. Here’s What We Won’t Get Rid of in 2015
There are a lot of trends we’d like to see folks leave in 2014. But here are a few we’re not getting rid of anytime soon. First things first, we LOVE a good clog!
No one believed us when we first said they were making a comeback. But no one believed us about Birkenstocks either.
Trust us, the clog is going nowhere. At least not just yet. So you might as well stop by Owl N’ Wood and see if they’ve still got this pair!
Ok, we already checked. They only have them left in black. But shoot us an email and we’ll find you a perfect pair.
We also need need need ok, maybe just want want want a wide-brimmed hat!
Lucky for us, we found the gem of all gems (Shirley + Alice) while in Brooklyn.
And then Shirley + Alice introduced us to this other gem. AND … they ship nationwide. swoons
CALLING ALL BAY AREA ARTISTS! https://www.bombayartisan.com/content/
Calling Oakland/SF Bay Area artists! We want YOU to represent our region and compete for a solo exhibition at Art Basel Miami 2014 via RUSH Foundation +Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series. Artists here’s your chance- get online today through August 16th and submit your original work to the competition. A select group will get a show at Betti Ono this November and one will get a chance to rep our region at Scope Miami Art Basel + get your own solo show at @Scope New York! – Tell a friend!
Are you the next big name in visual arts? BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin and Russell and Danny Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Art Foundation are offering artists a chance to show their work during Art Basel Miami 2013.