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The Shops at Sharp End Celebrates Grand Opening in Columbia

By Inside Columbia

The Shops at Sharp End officially had its grand opening last month to showcase the innovative retail incubator for entrepreneurs in Boone County.

On Jan 31, the community came together to celebrate the grand opening with a ribbon cutting, a chance to meet the participants, buy the unique products and enjoy refreshments.

The Shops at Sharp End is located at the corner of 5th and Walnut in the historic Black Business District. The Shops at Sharp End is a collaboration between The District, Columbia REDI and Central Missouri Community Action to help young businesses while preserving and remembering the history of the Sharp End.

During the mid-20th century, Sharp End flourished as a historic African American district. It served as a lively center of Black culture and entrepreneurship. To learn more about Sharp End and the plans for The Shops at Sharp End, visit

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