Monthly Archives October 2023

Client Focus: Africana Villa

Entrepreneurs turn a 6,000 square foot vacant building into a neighborhood asset providing healthy food that also meets the needs and tastes of a culturally diverse population. Africana Villa—a food market, West African restaurant (the first in the city of Springfield), and clothing store—opened its doors earlier this month at the corner of Locust and Dickinson streets in Springfield.  When Roseline and Obioma Chiuwa first reached out to FCCDC in the spring of 2022, it seemed like a logical progression to grow their Afro-Caribbean food buying “club” to a retail storefront in the Springfield neighborhood they called home. When staff
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