Family members Deatria Williams, Lakecia Farmer, and Le’Ecia Farmer are proud to announce the opening of Parable in Tacoma, WA. The family secured the space in the fall of 2020 and, through crowdsourcing, have been able to pay for initial start-up costs and obtain inventory for online sales.

Parable is a boutique that will offer plants, books, clothing and artisan products. Parable will also double as a community space for live events, children’s programming, and workshops.

The owners intend to renovate the interior space so that Parable can move from online sales to opening up its doors in the summer of 2021.

Although we are in the midst of a pandemic – the owners say that building their dream during a time of uncertainty is an act of hope for a better future  – and their community agrees. Lakecia, Le’Ecia, and Deatria have raised over $11,000 in crowdsourcing alone to get on their feet. They still need to reach their goal of $50,000 in order to open their doors this summer, but the mantra “anything is possible” has kept them going.

“I have often experienced being Black and queer in spaces where it doesn’t feel comfortable to be in. I want a space for everyone – all races, genders, sexualities – to be able to hang out, learn, and give back to the community. Parable represents that.” — Lakecia Farmer

To learn more about their story, shop, or donate, visit parabletacoma.com.

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