A HAPPY CUSTOMER—Participating in the IFH grand reopening event, Marla Roebuck learns the technique of hair wrapping from Nigerian native Jemiriye Adeniji. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels)

To retired teacher Evangelist Marla Roebuck the ability to patronize the International Fashion House in Bloomfield is a delight.

“I like pushing my culture and African garb,” said the Hill District resident.  “I have friends from Africa and have traveled there.” She also mentioned that she has Black and African art all throughout her home. The IFH is an establishment she plans to frequent on a regular basis as a way to enhance her existing collection and knowledge.

Roebuck is the type of purchaser IFH owner Jocelyne Ditumona appreciates and hopes many more like her become regular customers of the IFH Fashion Boutique and Braiding Salon. Considering her entrepreneur venture a jewel in the community known as Littler Italy, her goal is to be known as the premier establishment to find culturally inspired clothing, accessories and arts and crafts from around the world. And a braiding salon that focuses on natural hair that specializes in a unique variety of braids, weaves and locks.


READY FOR BUSINESS—The owner of Gadget Masters, Sylvester Omeja prepares to assist a client.

The 4705 Liberty Ave. location is also the main operating site for Gadget Masters, operated by Sylvester and Georgina Omeja. Located on the lower level they describe their business as an electronic store that sells, buys, trades, and repairs and recycles electronic items like laptop computers and cellular telephones. Training is a strong component as well.

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