SENATOR PRICE HONORS LA FAMILY BUSINESS AT CAPITOL’S CALIFORNIA SMALL BUSINESS DAY
Sacramento, CA - Senator Curren D. Price, Jr. selected Los Angeles siblings Mary Kimbrough, Jackie Kimbrough Ryan and Alden Kimbrough as Honorees for California Small Business Day 2012 on June 11th at the Capitol.
Coordinated by the California Small Business Association, a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization that advocates for small businesses, the annual event recognizes the value and contributions of significant small business owners throughout the state.
“The Kimbrough’s are outstanding community activists who have operated a fascinating African American themed merchandise store located in Leimert Park, Los Angeles for over 20 years,” said Senator Price. “You truly are citizens of great distinction,” he proudly stated as he honored them with an award.
At Zambezi Bazaar, their family owned shop, Alden specializes in rare and out print books, magazines and records; Jackie’s specialty is greeting cards and clothing, while Mary has expert knowledge in ethnic jewelry.
The family has been active members of the Leimert Park Village Merchants Association (LPVMA), which advocates for the best interests of the local merchants and for the greater prosperity of Leimert Park Village as a whole. Jackie is the immediate past president of LPVMA. In addition to this civic commitment, Zambezi Bazaar was instrumental in creating the public art installation” The Leimert Park History Banner Project,” which is an international tourist attraction.
They also have a vast African American history collection of archival photos, signed letters, documents, books, newspapers, political broadsides, vintage movie posters, sheet music, dolls and African art. Their efforts also include curating more than 80 exhibitions in museums, galleries, universities, libraries, churches and cultural centers across the U.S and Europe.