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The line for the Black Love Experience event snaked back from the entrance and curved around a corner down Mississippi Avenue, S.E. Hundreds of people huddled the cool air waiting for their chance to get inside.

You only have to step inside a few paces to know the wait was worth it. The Black Love Experience, is a women-led event promoting growth, economic development and the arts across D.C. Over 40 vendors from the District, New York, Philadelphia, Senegal and South Africa that set up shop this year at THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave, S.E. on March 23.