By Damion Smalls
Amongst various other professional ventures, Kimberly Bowman helms Exquisite Enterprises, which is hosting its latest Entrepreneurs Who Eat event Monday, October 29. The intrepid 2010 Burke High valedictorian created the networking series to give business professionals and owners the opportunity to take time away from the everyday grind for some much needed leisure time with a full night out on the town. This is the first in the meetup series to incorporate restaurants into the equation.
Exquisite Enterprises is a multimedia company that serves the Black community through active investment in its people, information sharing and business advocacy. The conglomerate includes Bowman’s web magazine So Exquisite Charleston, summer camp Exquisite Kids, creative hub Exquisite Minds, talk show Exquisite Radio, author resource Exquisite Publishing, and business development firm Exquisite Solutions. Bowman is also an author of several books.
Still in her mid-twenties, Bowman already knows the trials of tribulations that come with being an business owner. That’s where the Entrepreneurs Who Eat Restaurant Crawl earns its existence. Her message to interested participants is simple: “Hey, take some time away from the business life and just come out and have a good time! Come meet some people who are just like you, who do similar things as you, and you’ll have fun.”
Bowman alludes to the morale boost a night like this can produce for the perpetually overworked and overachieved. “Just kick back! You’re not being selfish,” Bowman assures. “People forget that when you’re an entrepreneur, you are the machine behind that business. People don’t see you moving everything into place. If your engine is smoking, people are eventually going to notice and your business will suffer because of it.”
Fair Deal Grocery “The Spot 47” will be the opening and closing destination for the Restaurant Crawl. Attendees can park at Fair Deal (47 Cooper St.) and board their party bus, which will provide transportation for each restaurant stop.
“As a native of Charleston, I’ve seen the culinary and entrepreneurial scene explode over the years,” says Bowman. “I just wanted to be able to provide a space and platform for people to come together to do two awesome things: talk and eat!”
Destinations for the night are the aforementioned Fair Deal Grocery, appetizers at Little Jack’s Tavern, the main course at Fuel Charleston and desserts at Rutledge Cab Co. Food and drinks at each location are not included in the ticket price.
Patrons are encouraged to tempt their tongues with multiple dishes, bring their business cards and make some connections with each other along the way. “I tell every entrepreneur that I know that this is a lesson I had to learn the hard way: it’s okay to take a break. It’s okay to take a step back. And through Entrepreneurs Who Eat, I like to try and reinforce that,” Bowman explains.
The Restaurant Crawl will be held from 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased on Eventbrite. Secure your spot ASAP while space is available. Contact Kimberly Bowman at [email protected] for any questions or concerns.