Indie Soul Entrepreneur of the Week: Ebony Kenney
Phinesse Demps | 7/4/2014, 6 a.m.
This week’s Indie Soul Entrepreneur of the Week Ebony Kenney is holding it down with her graphics and design business Ripe Fruit Creative. She recently opened GreenLeaf Teahouse cafe located at 1905 St. Paul Street in Station North.
“I love tea and everything about teas,” Kenney said. GreenLeaf Teahouse is for tea lovers but there are other drinks available as well. The main purpose of the teahouse is for the art world— be it authors, musicians, poets or anyone who cares about the arts to have a place where they can come and vibe together and be creative. I want positive energy and to be with a collective group of people who care about art. It’s not about race or anything like that. This [place] will be a vibrant place for all to enjoy.”
Ebony Kenney was born to be an entrepreneur. She worked for an advertising agency to learning about advertising, promotions and marketing, which she thinks are the three elements needed to be a successful business owner. She also worked for Arbitron, which is now Nielsen Audio, a consumer research company in the United States that collects listener data on radio broadcasting audiences.
After she was laid off from the advertising agency, she decided it was time to do her own thing. “I definitely learned about how to operate a business as well as understand marketing. I encourage others to do the same and not let anyone hold you back.”
Currently, the GreenLeaf Teahouse is a private club, but in the fall Kenney hopes to be open to the public. GreenLeaf Teahouse is available for events and for meetings.
For more information about becoming a member or joining the “Tea Club,” call 410-385-3093 or visit: www.facebook.com/greenleafteahouse and for information about her graphics and design through Ripe Fruit Creative, call 410-294-8956 or visit: www.ripefruitcreative.com.