More Black-Owned Businesses Move to New Haven Thanks to Yale’s Community Investment Program


Through continued support, Yale University fully embraces black ownership – a longstanding gem in the New Haven community.

Established in 1996, Yale University Properties is part of Yale’s New Haven Business Office and is responsible for the university’s commercial properties.

This month, in honor of National Black Business Month, the ambitious initiative continues to expand its community investment portfolio by supporting physical Black-owned businesses, the university announcement In Monday.

“Yale University’s Community Investment Program supports independent businesses, creating jobs for New Haven residents and expanding the city’s tax base,” said lauren zuckerassociate vice president for New Haven Affairs and University Properties at Yale.

“We are proud to continue to support a growing number of Black-owned businesses in New Haven and look forward to their continued success in New Haven.”

Yale University Properties partners with local radio station 94.3 WYBC this month to “promote 18 Black-owned retail, restaurant and service businesses throughout New Haven,” according to the Press release.

We are so grateful to all of our tenants who add to the vitality and vibrancy of downtown New Haven,” Zucker said. “As we strive to support a diverse tenant base, we encourage potential tenants to contact us for additional information.”

Here are some of the black-owned businesses that have succeeded with the support of Yale University Properties.

More Love Shop

It’s always been my dream to open my own boutique in downtown New Haven because of its walking distance and stylish clientele,” says Kim Poolowner and operator of More Love Shop.

Located at 1130 Chapel Street, the small, black and women-owned independent business offers a fashion-forward range of fashionable women’s clothing and accessories. Poole is the mastermind who organizes the pieces according to the needs of his customers.

She continued, “Yale University Properties helped me locate and secure exactly the retail space I wanted, and it turned out to be the best business decision I’ve ever made. I love being located on Chapel Street – it reminds me of my home in Baltimore.

The announcement comes with Yale University Properties signing leases with two new black women-owned small businesses, MINIPNG and Soap-edi.

Philly’s A Taste of Philadelphia

Owned and operated by Sem Adams, this black-owned independent restaurant is located at 1008 Chapel Street in New Haven, CT. Adams celebrated its grand opening in mid-June with Yale University properties, the city of New Haven and the downtown community by its side.

The menu features authentic Philadelphia-style cuisine, from cheesesteak sandwiches to Kobe fries topped with melted pizza cheese and pepperoni.

Adams, who established his first Philly’s brick and mortar in Norwich, Connecticut knew what it took to take his business to the next level.

“I’ve had my eye on New Haven for a while now,” Adams says. “New Haven is the soul of Connecticut, so we knew our next restaurant had to be here.”

The love we have received from Yale University properties, city officials, news outlets and the community is unparalleled,” he continued.


Owned by a New Haven-based designer Eiress Hammond, MINIPNG is a creative fashion boutique set to open in September at 77 Audubon Street, according to the press release.

“Today I fulfilled my biggest dream. I signed my first commercial lease for a storefront! Something I dreamed of doing since I was a kid is now a reality,” Hammond captioned the post. a July 15 photo of his lease with the Yale Investment Program.

She continued, “On September 15, 2022, I will open the doors to a new in-person shopping experience. Thank you @yale for believing in my dream and giving me a space to share it with everyone!


France Fortune, the owner of Soap-edi, is the mastermind behind the line of all-natural beauty products. From peppermint and rosemary shower sprays to papaya sugar and citrus water scrubs, the products aim to cater to all skin types, including the most sensitive.

Thanks to Yale, this ambitious owner is planning a grand opening this fall at 1022 Chapel Street.


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