Recap: Oyin Handmade Target Celebration


I was extremely delighted this past Sunday evening as I stepped into the Hilton (401 W. Pratt Street) to celebrate the Target launch of Oyin Handmade.

It’s not often that you get to celebrate a black-owned small business launching their product into a major retailer like Target, so I was more than happy to be a part of the celebration with the founders  on this major milestone for their company.


Upon entry, guests were treated to a fun photo booth, a hair stand (where Oyin products were being used) and Oyin samples. However, what first caught my eye was the amazing food set up. I was instantly overwhelmed as I eyed a variety of tables that featured short braised beef, asparagus, potatoes, fried oysters, sushi, BLT on a stick, chicken and waffles, shrimp & grits, hush puppies, apple fritters with white powder,  a mouth-watering lobster macaroni and cheese bar and so much more. To top all of that off in the corner of the room there was a dessert bar with all the yummy goodness you could imagine. I even spotted chocolate covered waffles on a stick. As you can guess, my friend and I stayed in the food area all night long.


Another one of my favorites of the night was the music. The D.J., a friend of the founders’, kept guests dancing with lots of old school and some new school mixed. I literally danced all night long and enjoyed every second of it.


When all the dancing and eating ended, guests were given a glass of champagne to toast founders Jamyla and Pierre Bennus, who Ebony Magazine recently named the coolest family in America.  “Find someone who supports your dreams,” the Bennus both expressed during their remarks to supporters.  Each attendee was treated to a bag full of Oyin goodies when leaving. Thanks for the goodie bags, we love them!

It was a fabulous night for all who attended. Congrats Oyin Handmade!