Black Business Month: Urban Euphoria offers a unique, historic event space in the heart of downtown Rochester

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — August is National Black Business Month, a month dedicated to recognizing and appreciating black-owned businesses across the country.

Urban Euphoria in downtown Rochester has only been open for two years, but they’ve already made a big impact on the community.

The event center was started by two female comedians who met during a performance on set one day and became fast friends.

“She makes the shirt. She made the logo. She’s great with branding and stuff. I’m for the people. I am the social butterfly. So it just clicks. It just makes sense,” said Charletta Broome, co-owner and CFO of Urban Euphoria.

Broome and her business partner, Nicole Glover, realized quickly after meeting that they shared a passion for wanting to bring something unique and exciting to the city.

“We got into this business because we recognized the need in the community for a safe place to have fun, for people to express their different cultures and show their diversity. It didn’t exist before Urban Euphoria,” said CEO Nicole Glover.

Over the past two years, Urban Euphoria has hosted hundreds of events at the historic Jonathan Child Mansion, which was built by Rochester’s first mayor.

“We’ve had all kinds of events from weddings, baby showers, board meetings, corporate meetings, proms, we just finished a huge prom season and we had several city schools in prom season this year,” Glover said.

They also host Happy Hours on Fridays from 6pm to 11pm where a local DJ comes in to help keep the fun going.

“He does everything, genre music from the ’80s and ’90s, hip-hop, to now and always, it’s a great time,” Broome said. “We have food, your favorite Friday foods, chicken wings, fish fry. I heard it’s the best in town.

Broome and Glover say their goal with Urban Euphoria is to provide a place for people to make memories while helping other businesses along the way, especially after the pandemic.

“We’ve partnered with a lot of people who have been able to continue to stay viable during that time,” Broome said. “We work with many chefs, many caterers. A lot of businesses didn’t survive and so with these partnerships we were able to really help each other.”

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