Coconut Grove

West Grove shops selling chocolate to help renovate Mariah Brown House

A dollar’s worth of chocolate will help preserve West Grove’s history: A candy drive was started to help renovate the Mariah Brown House on Charles Avenue.

The Friends and Family of Mariah Brown’s House and Museum want to preserve the house to showcase the rich Bahamian and African American history of Coconut Grove.

Friends’ member Toya Johnson, who runs Barberdoll’s Community Barbershop, is one of the Grand Avenue business leaders selling the $1 chocolate bars for the renovation. So is Adjua Ellison, who recently opened Favour Salon.

“Patrons sometimes get hungry while getting their hair done. This way, they can have a snack and support a good cause at the same time,” Ellison said.

“For only $1 a bar, the candy will make great stocking stuffers for Christmas gifts,” added Friends President/Executive Director Renita Samuels-Dixon. “Some members of the organization plan to give them with notes saying their gift supports the Mariah Brown House and the preservation of the history of the Grove.”

This is the group’s second fundraiser.  In October, The Friends and Family of Mariah Brown’s House and Museum, in partnership with the Coconut Grove Ministerial Alliance, raised more than $2,000 during “A Night of Song” gospel concert held at Greater St. Paul AME Church on Thomas Avenue.