By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Nov 17, 2020 at 1:01 PM

Fourteen local vendors now have a permanent home at Kujichagulia Producers Cooperative , which opens this Friday at 11 a.m. in the Sherman Phoenix Building, 3536 W. Fond du Lac Ave, Suite 103. 

The shop is an extension of of The Table, the ministry group headed by Venice Williams, who also runs Alice’s Garden. It will offer jewelry, soap, candles, wellness products, hot sauces, art therapy kits and more. The business will also go online in 2021.

Kujichagulia is the second of the seven principle of Kwanzaa and means "self determination" in Swahili. It "demands that African people define, defend and develop ourselves instead of allowing or encouraging others to do this." This concept mirrors Williams' mission in her life's work.

"My goal is to help people do what they love and bring their dreams and visions to fruition, whether it's in the form of gardening or business or whatever it may be," says Williams. "These vendors had a great summer at Alice's Garden, and we're thrilled to provide a long-term home in the Sherman Phoenix now that the season is over."

Located inside a former BMO Bank, the Sherman Phoenix houses myriad businesses primarily owned by people of color and many of which are family ventures. It opened in 2018.

Kujichagulia Producers Cooperative is open Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Social distancing and masks are required; forehead temperatures will be taken at the door. Private shopping experiences are also available on Tuesdays by appointment only. Call 414-553-7778 starting Friday, Nov. 20 to schedule.

Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.

As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.

She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that. 

Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.

Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.

In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!

When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.