Zambo Aroma opened our storefront in summer 2018 and right away became a unique place. Since then we have grown from a simple soap shop to a cultural community center with classes, events, and workshops focused on self-care and holistic wellness. We also have focused on building our network of black business owners and entrepreneurs through networking, mentoring, and sponsorships.
The following is a set of guidelines we work and live by to create the space we want to be in. These community standards apply to Zambo Aroma employees, volunteers, customers, and interactions with outsiders. If you’re reading this and think it applies to you… it probably does. That’s okay. It can be worked on. We want people to be their best, accountable selves.
Black-owned businesses originated in America within Free African, American, and Slave communities. Logistically during much of slavery, Blacks weren’t permitted to own anything clearly not even their body). Many people had trades and skills that were used to improve the standard of living for White people in the country. During the Reconstruction Era (1863-1877), Blacks were permitted to operate businesses within the White American structure. By the 1890s there were thousands of African-American small businesses across the country.
Aromatherapy. Many people may be familiar with the term, but don’t necessarily know how to apply it. Webster’s Dictionary defines it as the inhalation or bodily application of fragrant essential oils for therapeutic purposes.