Body and Soul Celebrates Black History Month with Authentic African Apparel
By Eric Hairston
Body and Soul, a gem located in the heart of the arts district in Winston-Salem has always been a welcome place, laden with cultural items and artwork from Africa. Anyone who enters the store will always feel at home with a warm greeting from the owner Dana Suggs. My many visits to the shop have been more than pleasant, Dana makes you feel like you are family and is informative about the different pieces in the shop. The store is always filled with the sounds of music from one of the many music compilations from Putumayo World Music, a mix of cultural music from all over the world.
Being around more than a decade, the boutique has been a staple of Trade street that many of the patrons vouch for (including me) that in Winston-Salem there is nothing like it! From the collection of African art to the great selection of African American literature, The shop shines a light on the rich history of African Americans as well as the diverse and expansive culture of Africa. The shop also has a great selection of African Jewelry, which includes earrings, bracelets, and handmade necklaces. I particularly enjoy the fragrant oils and incense that I use religiously.
This month the boutique celebrates black history with Afrocentric apparel along with a 10 percent discount on select items such as Afrocentric Skirts, dashikis, hats, ties, and all traditional and non-traditional African clothing. In celebration of the rich history and contributions to American history, these pieces are perfect for commemorating the many accomplishments of African Americans in the United States–after all, Black History is American History. The shop is located at 545 Trade Street in Winston-Salem.