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BWI Airport adds 2 businesses through Launch Pad program

Two Maryland small businesses have opened new pop-up stores at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport through its Launch Pad program.

launch-padNow open are Berries By Quicha, which sells gourmet goodies, and Diva By Cindy, which offers natural hair care products.

The program creates opportunities for entrepreneurs to jumpstart their business in the airport retail environment. Berries By Quicha and Diva By Cindy join existing Launch Pad operators at BWI Marshall Airport, Fashion Spa House and Fran’s Organic Body Care.

Founder LaQuicha Brown of Baltimore brings her gourmet chocolate-covered strawberry shop to the airport. Berries by Quicha uses fresh berries and quality ingredients in each hand-dipped creation. A variety of milk, white and dark chocolate-covered berries are on the menu. The pink striped pop-up shop is located in the A/B food court, near Gate A1.

Sequoia Thompson of Baltimore is the new franchise owner of Diva By Cindy, a natural hair care line. Founder Cindy Tawiah built a brand that offers business and franchise opportunities for women and also supports homeless women and survivors of domestic violence. Before the pop-up shop, travelers could pick up their favorite Diva By Cindy products in a vending machine at the airport. With the new shop in the A/B food court, Thompson is excited to introduce the line to even more travelers.

Launch Pad businesses receive 12-month leases along with training, sales, and marketing support. Since its inception in 2017, the program has welcomed nine operators to BWI Marshall Airport.

With 27 million annual passengers, BWI Marshall Airport remains the busiest airport in the region and produces a total economic impact of $9.3 billion. The airport and visitors generate and support more than 106,000 jobs throughout the region.


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