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Two Milwaukee-area businesses thrive during Black History Month

Posted at 5:46 AM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 06:46:53-05

This month, there are several Black-owned businesses residents can support in the Milwaukee area.

Paparazzi Ice Cream Shop

Paparazzi Ice Cream Shop on North Teutonia shop is a five-star business, that is owned by Romaro and Clarissa Green. The idea to open their ice cream parlor came from their kids, who all work at the store.

Their son Romello Green, takes his job seriously.

"I mostly just watched YouTube videos, I still do, I take the criticism, I watch on ways to get better I love ice cream, love helping the customers, just really love having a business, especially at a young age that I am," said Romello.

Romello's older brother Davonte likes helping the customers.

"I'm looking forward to having it perfect, well not perfect, but good, and I want to see a smile on my customer's face, I want them to be happy," said Davonte. " I want them to thank me you know, be thanking me that I did good, I just want to make it the best that I can."

Davante's parents quit their corporate jobs to launch their Thai-fried ice cream concept, which will be opening its third location soon, in Racine.

Clarissa is proud of the way the kids are handling their responsibilities at the store she says, "They don't disappoint me at all, they know everything as far as business-related, they can handle a customer from A to Z, very friendly mature they're customer-oriented, they can cross-reference items, I can literally sit back and watch them work."

The Sophisticated Man

Another proud owner in Milwaukee is Diana Hamie, whose men's clothing store, The Sophisticated Man, has been around since 1970.

"This is a men's boutique store where you don't have to go all over town looking for different items, we have everything a man needs right here, from his shoes to his socks, his hat his suit his underwear his loungewear everything he needs," said Hamie.

The style here is very unique and colorful, Diana herself, has a long history in this community, of being there for her customers.

"We do a lot of emergency work help with the hotels. A lot of times, the hotels call us because their guest has lost their luggage, or something happens, so we do a lot of special stuff. What makes our store special is we do whatever it takes. If we have to run out in the middle of the day and get a suit altered and get it ready by two o'clock, we do it," said Hamie.

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