Boxville was founded in 2014 with the mission to disrupt the typical startup model, which is rife with obstacles for inner-city entrepreneurs. What started as a single shipping container offering bike repairs has grown into a bonafide commerce district in the heart of Bronzeville with room for 20 small businesses to operate. Boxville shows no signs of slowing down now—the shipping container marketplace now boasts a sausage shop (The Hot Dog Box), a loose leaf boutique (Good Thoughts Tea Co.) and a plant haven (The Greenhouse), among many other small, BIPOC-owned businesses that operate year-round.
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