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Congrats To K’s Kicks!

K's_KicksThe winner of our Salisbury-Rowan Black Business Pitch Contest was Kari Johnson of K’s Kicks! Our winner received a monetary, service, and media package that was provided by local black owned businesses and organizations. Because of our community’s generosity, we were able to provide a service package for all contestants! Our other contestants were Sierra Watkins of SieBration Bar and Destiny Stone and Daniel King of The Music House Inc..

Kari is a lover of all things creative. Music, writing, and art are passions of hers. She is a 2007 graduate of Livingstone College with a Bachelor’s degree in English. She hopes to continue growing her business K’s Kicks as well as writing her Children’s book series Dallas Does based on her 6 year old daughter.

Kari began K’s Kicks in 2018 after personal projects she shared online were praised and people began to inquire about her work. She realized that everyone has a pair of shoes they aren’t ready to part with that she is able to bring back to life. Over the course of a year through social media and word of mouth, a buzz has began in the Rowan community as well as other places about her work. Her ultimate goal is to be able to focus 100% on her business and partner with schools in the community to provide shoes to students each year.

Tonya Cross – Visionary of The Vine Event Planning



Salisbury-Rowan Black Business Pitch Contest

The Vine Events has partnered with some amazing local black owned businesses and organizations to host a Black Business Pitch Contest! The final round of the contest is Saturday, January 18th at 2pm EST at Mission House, 120 Statesville Blvd, Salisbury NC 28144. This is a FUBU (For Us By Us) event. We have pooled our resources together to offer pitch winner both monetary and service package all provided by black owned businesses.

The community is invited to attend. Come prepared to cheer on the contestants and shop with local black vendors. Join us in sowing into our community and empowering each other!

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Vision Board Party

The Vine Events - Vision Board Party 2019

The Vine Events – Vision Board Party 2019

It’s a party, it’s a party, it’s a PAR-TA…

One of my annual self-care practices is creating a vision board. A vision board is basically a visual representation of your intentions. I put mine up in my home office. It’s a reminder of what I want to accomplish and helps me refocus when I get off track.

On Sunday, February 3rd I will hosting a Vision Board Party! This will be a fun filled event that I’ll be facilitating. What makes my workshops unique is that you leave with a plan of action to accomplish your goal(s). After the workshop, there’s nothing to it, but to do it.  Also, I provide all the supplies to create your vision board and snacks to get your creativity flowing. All you have to bring to the party is yourself! RSVP by purchasing your ticket before Wednesday, January 30th. Invest in yourself and your vision, because YOU ARE WORTH IT!

Tonya Cross – Visionary of The Vine Events

Date: Sunday, February 3rd

Time: 4 pm EST

Location: Westridge Place Apartments Clubhouse, 100 Donner Drive, Salisbury, NC (Directly behind Westend Plaza formerly known as Salisbury Mall)

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**Limited space is available! Purchase your ticket(s) ASAP**


Vision Board Workshop

Our visionary Tonya Cross is facilitating another Vision Board Workshop! We organize events that empower people with knowledge. Our goal is to provide an enriching experience that encourages positive change.

What do you foresee for yourself in 2018? What would make 2018 an epic year for you personally or your brand/business?

If you’re local (Salisbury, NC/Rowan County) you’re invited to join us and begin answering the above questions at the Vision Board Workshop! What’s a vision board? A vision board is an amazing tool used to help you establish your intentions, clarify your goals, and create a plan of action.

All you have to bring to the workshop is a few of your favorite magazines! We’ll furnish all the other supplies you’ll need to create your vision board. RSVP by purchasing your ticket before Thursday, January 11th. Invest in yourself and your vision, because YOU ARE WORTH IT!

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Cost: $10 – Click HERE to purchase your ticket(s) via PayPal! Note: The Vine Events is a subsidiary of Women’s Fellowship Ministry. Your payment receipt will show Women’s Fellowship Ministry.

**Limited space is available! Purchase your ticket(s) ASAP.**

For The Love of Men

We’re hosting “For The Love of Men” on Saturday, July 30th at 1pm EST. This event is for women who have fathers, husbands, sons, brothers, and/or nephews of color. We will have a conversation about loving the men in our lives, knowing our rights, and the importance of restoring and replenishing ourselves. Visit our Facebook event link for more details: **This program is not sponsored by Rowan Public Library** #ForTheLoveOfMen #LovingOurMen #KnowingOurRights #SelfCare #TheVineEvents #TheVillage #TheTimeIsNow

CoLab Community


Thanks to everyone who submitted information to We-The-People database! The database is for individuals, organizations, and businesses associated with Salisbury NC/Rowan County African American Community. We had to change the name of database to CoLab Community; We-The-People name is already being used by another organization. CoLab Community is a social network site designed to introduce, support, and unite those who have a heart for local African American Community. Please visit and support the database at


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Our specialty is informative events such as, Q&A parties, screening dialogues, interpersonal workshops, and community forums. We offer both face-to-face and online event designs. Contact us today for a “free” consultation for your next meeting/event.

Community Forum – My Brother’s Keeper

August - What Will Be Your Legacy MonthToo often, we hear about what’s wrong in our communities and areas that need improvement. Through our community forum, My Brother’s Keeper, we decided to redirect our community’s focus on what’s good and highlight organizations that are having a positive impact. Our forum panelist were Pastor Timothy Bates of Nightcrawlers, Minister Andrew Davis Jr. of One Thousand Men Marching, Thaddeus Harris of Transitions Foundation, Inc., and Porter McRavion of H.A.N.D.S, LLC. These gentlemen shared the importance of being involved in the community and why they have chosen to be their brother’s keeper. Our guest learned how they could become allies of these wonderful community movements.

Nightcrawlers meet on Friday nights at 10pm in various neighborhoods throughout Salisbury/Rowan County area. It’s participants walk through neighborhoods singing songs of praise, praying for the community, and conversing with the residents. On Thursday, October 31st  from 7-9pm at Clancy Hills Apartments, Nightcrawlers will be passing out candy, gloves, and toboggans.  To find out more about Nightcrawlers message Pastor Timothy Bates on Facebook or email

One Thousand Men Marching is an annual event in September that unites men of Salisbury/Rowan County. This year’s theme “Breaking The Chains With Execellence” strongly ties into their mission of connecting communities with existing resources, while empowering men and families; by promoting excellence, education and productive citizenship. To find out more about One Thousand Men Marching visit and like their Facebook Page or email (Minister Davis also oversees a ministry called Fishers of Men.)

Transitions Foundation is a non-profit, faith based organization developed to promote a stronger foundation for youth and parental relationships. Their motto is “Changing lives for a better tomorrow, one youth at a time, one family at a time”.  Transitions is hosting a Zumbathon Fundraiser on Saturday, November 16th at Millers Recreation Center located at 1402 W. Bank St, Salisbury.  To learn more about Transitions Foundation, Inc. visit and like their Facebook Page or email

H.A.N.D.S , LLC  (Helping and Never Denying Success) is a business that provides an alternative living situation for adult/children with mental disabilities. This business sows back into the community by mentoring young men in foster care. They also have a passion for youth who have aged out of the system that needs guidance in that next step beyond foster care. To find out more about H.A.N.D.S visit and like their Facebook Page or email


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Black History In The Making…

For the month of February, The Vine Events is celebrating Black History Month and we will highlight African American entrepreneurs on our social network pages. Our theme is “Black History In The Making” and our focus is “Community”. We’re kicking off our celebration with an article about high fashion designer Avnah Davis-Long written by guest blogger Desere’ Cross. We chose Mrs. Davis-Long because her life experiences parallel the story of struggle and triumph of African American people.

“Although my whole life was rough, God kept me and brought me out a new person with no limitation. He has instilled in my heart that everything that ever happened to me is my history, not my destiny, and I have seen Him work amazing things out in my life.” – Avnah Davis-Long.

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Black History In The Making – Avnah Davis-Long, High Fashion Designer

Avnah Davis-Long (center left) at speaking engagement.

Avnah Davis-Long (center left) at speaking engagement.

What does Kelly Rowland, high fashion, and Salisbury, NC all have in common? They have all come into contact with Avnah Davis-Long, a high fashion designer who has humble beginnings in Salisbury, NC.

Davis-Long moved from Ohio to Salisbury at age 12 and attended Knox Middle School, Salisbury High School, and Rowan Cabarrus Community College. At age 20, she moved to Atlanta, GA and opened a hair salon. From there, she grew her salon business. Inside of her salon, she would dress mannequins in her clothing designs. After receiving inquiries from salon clients about where they could buy the clothes draped on the mannequins, Davis-Long began to invest her income from her salon into fabric for her designs. The success of her fashion design business soon exceeded that of her hair salon, and she had to decide which passion to pursue; fashion designer or hair stylist? She chose fashion.

Davis-Long began crocheting when she was young. It was something her mom thought would be good for her to learn. This hobby that Davis-Long describes as something she was “forced” into doing, ended up jump-starting her career. Davis-Long’s first fashion line was a crochet swimwear collection, which resulted in her entering the fashion world as a notable crochet designer. In 2003, she trademarked the fashion line Avnah Couture and incorporated sewing into her line in 2006. In 2012, “Couture” was dropped from the original name, and the line was rebranded as AVNAH. AVNAH has been described as edgy, futuristic, and unique and has been featured at the New York Fashion Week, Atlanta International Fashion Week, and CIAA Fashion Week. Grammy award winner, Kelly Rowland, was the first celebrity to wear AVNAH. The collection is now being sold on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, CA and has been worn by Sasha Pieterse from ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, Cynthia Bailey from The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and many more.

Being the owner of a high fashion boutique requires wearing many hats, and according to Davis-Long, this is one of many obstacles to being an entrepreneur.
“I do everything, from sewing to administrative tasks,” Davis-Long said. However, during 2013, she plans to have her fashion line mass produced in a manufacturing plant. This will allow her to focus on personal aspects of the design process, such as creativity. When asked if she had any advice for aspiring entrepreneurs, Davis-Long said “you have to have thick skin…sometimes, when you take criticism the wrong way, it hinders you.” She also encouraged entrepreneurs to persevere even after being told “no.”

Although Davis-Long moved to Atlanta because it provided her with opportunities for what she wanted to do, she has not forgotten Salisbury. In the past, Davis-Long has had several speaking engagements in Salisbury, including one at Salisbury High School. Ultimately, Davis-Long said she wants her brand to have meaning behind it. By giving back to those in her community who need help and guidance, Davis-Long is able to exemplify philanthropy. In Georgia, she has worked with the Boys and Girls Club on different events and projects, such as sponsoring sewing workshops. She has also provided free demos for cosmetology schools in Georgia.

If you’d like to find out more about AVNAH or shop at their online store visit

Desere’ S. Cross
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Journalism and Communications Studies Major
Class of 2014

Designs By AVNAH

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