Category Archives: Behind the Business Spotlight

BTB Spotlight: Raymond Paul Lewis, RP Lewis & Associates

  Raymond Lewis is a business mogul in the truest sense of the word. This Harlem native is charismatic, sharp, professional and a jazz lover who never forgets a name. Lewis’ larger than life persona is what draws so many … Continue reading

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BTB Spotlight: Benita Johnson, The Vine Wine Club

Benita Johnson founded The Vine Wine Club in 2014. Johnson’s The Vine Wine Club is a subscription-based company that offers wine, education and lifestyle events to its members. In 2005, Johnson became the first Black woman-owned wine shop in Richmond, … Continue reading

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BTB Spotlight: Celeste Croxton-Tate, Lyndigo Spice®

Celeste Croxton-Tate is CEO and founder of Lyndigo Spice, an artisanal small-batch line of chutneys, relishes, fruit spreads and spice blends launched in 2014. Her brand is low-sodium, sugar, vegan, gluten-free and packed with fresh ingredients. Croxton-Tate, a native of … Continue reading

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BTB Spotlight: Chef Rock Harper, RockSolid Creative Food Group, LLC

The art of relationship building is crucial in this current climate where so many are suffering job losses amidst the pandemic. This soft skill is what has led chef Rahman “Rock” Harper to an incredibly successful culinary career. The San … Continue reading

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BTB Showcase: Benita Johnson, The Vine Wine Club

If you haven’t been to Richmond, Va., Benita Johnson just may give you at least two reasons to get on the road or grab a flight to join her next month.  As the founder of The Exclusive Blacklist, an annual … Continue reading

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BTB Entrepreneur Showcase: Cristina Arantes of Kika’s Treats

By Kimberly D. Nettles-Barcelón Kika’s Treats is a wholesale and online store specializing in Brazilian-influenced chocolate covered cookies, caramels, and cheese bread (known as pão de queijo). The owner/creator is Cristina Arantes, a Brazilian-born woman who moved to the Bay … Continue reading

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BTB East Entrepreneur Showcase: Stacie Page, Founder of Cupcakes and More

By Benita Johnson I must admit that when I asked Cuisine Noir Magazine for licensing to do the Behind the Business- East Conference, it was because I wanted to show off the best of Richmond.  Although all of our participants … Continue reading

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2017 Behind the Business – EAST Conference

Cuisine Noir magazine is excited to partner with Benita Johnson of The Vine Wine Club in Richmond, Va to host the 2017 Behind the Business – EAST Conference on Saturday, February 11 at 1 pm. Success is on the horizon!  … Continue reading

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