Mom-Daughter Duo Makes History, Opens Black-Owned Gas Station in Florida
One mother-daughter duo just made history as the new owners of the only Black-owned gas station in Hollywood, Florida.
Lashawn Flowers, 51, and her daughter, Shanita Vickers, 35, are causing quite a stir on social media as Black women entrepreneurs and Shell franchisees.
The pair grew up in Deerfield Beach, Florida, and began their journey to entrepreneurship as owners of a local nail and hair salon called Girlz Collectionz.
They are also the owners of a local bar and nightclub called Groove City Bar & Lounge, which due to COVID-19, is currently closed.
The closing of their lounge actually sparked the idea to pivot into purchasing a gas station.
“We actually purchased two Shell gas stations,” reveals Flowers, sharing that they “were able to negotiate a two-for-one deal.”
Flowers shares the process of purchasing two franchises was not easy and fairly tedious. After completing a credit application, she still had to prove she had the capital to complete the purchase.
“I don’t believe in failing in anything I do,” Flowers said, according to Black Business. “If you don’t work your business, it won’t be a success. You absolutely must put in the hard work.”
The duo's The first location is now open at 2501 North University Drive, Hollywood, FL 33034