Black History Month: Marlo Jenkins

February is Black History Month

The Greenhouse joins in the national effort to acknowledge, appreciate, and uplift Black business owners in our community.

Meet Marlo Jenkins, Owner of Braiding With A Twist


GH: Tell us a little about yourself & your business

MJ: My name is Marlo Jenkins, and I grew up on the south side of St. Petersburg, moving from one neighborhood to another in low-income areas. Despite dropping out of school in the ninth grade, I later returned to earn my GED. I continued my education and obtained a bachelor’s degree in human services.


GH: What inspired you to start your business/what is your “why”?

MJ: In 2019, I had a vision to encourage young teenagers to explore entrepreneurship within their community by teaching them various braiding techniques, which I had learned on my own. My goal was to provide them with an opportunity I didn’t have while growing up – a space where they could grow into the best version of themselves and acquire the skills needed to be independent.

GH: What advice would you give to others looking to start/grow their business? 

MJ: When embarking on a business venture, my advice to others is to choose something you’re truly passionate about. Passion drives dedication, allowing you to endure challenges. With diligence and patience, you’ll realize that success takes time to flourish!
GH: What does Black History Month mean to you? 
MJ: Black History Month signifies to me that regardless of race, each of us possesses the ability to create an impact in the world!
GH: How can the community support you and your business? 
MJ: Our program offers a FREE 10-week program for teenagers ages 11-17. Presently, we are assisting 25 girls and require hot meals and snacks for them. To support these young ladies, we welcome all donations. You can visit our website at ‘’ and click on the donation button or contact us via phone at 727-598-0995 for alternative donation methods.

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