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File #: 180708    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 6/21/2018 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 6/21/2018
Title: Recognizing Monique Greenwood, Chief Enjoyment Office of Akwaaba Bed and Breakfast Inns, and her husband Glenn Pogue on the opening Akwaaba Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Squilla
Attachments: 1. Signature18070800.pdf
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Recognizing Monique Greenwood, Chief Enjoyment Office of Akwaaba Bed and Breakfast Inns, and her husband Glenn Pogue on the opening Akwaaba Philadelphia.

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WHEREAS, Akwaaba Bed and Breakfast Inns was established on July 4, 1995 with the opening of its headquarters, Akwaaba Mansion, in Brooklyn, NY. Since that time, the couple has opened additional Bed and Breakfasts' in Washington, DC; on the Jersey Shore in Cape May; in New Orleans, which was unfortunately closed after Hurricane Katrina; and in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains; and

WHEREAS, Akwaaba was established by former editor-in-chief of Essence Magazine Monique Greenwood. In 2001, Greenwood quit her job as editor-in-chief of Essence Magazine to further develop her business and establish a legacy for her daughter, Glynn. In 2017, Greenwood signed on to host a reality television show in conjunction with her business called "Checked Inn." The show is aired on OWN, the television network launched by media mogul Oprah Winfrey; and

WHEREAS, Greenwood recently announced she and her husband will open their sixth Bed and Breakfast on the East Coast in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. The new inn will be called Akwaaba Philadelphia; Akwaaba means "welcome" in a language spoken in Ghana. Greenwood says she and Pogue have long loved the flavor of Philly, and believe they've found the perfect location to expand their 23-year-old hospitality brand; and

WHEREAS, The couple will open Akwaaba Philadelphia at the former Spruce Hill Manor Bed and Breakfast, located at 3709 Baring Street in Philadelphia. The 1879 Victorian mansion features gracious common spaces and landscaped grounds for small private events, in addition to its six guest suites, all with private baths and most with living rooms and kitchenettes. While the company plans to begin accepting guests as early as August 2018, Greenwood has indicated her intention to host a "soft" opening on July 4th, because "it has always ...

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