The Urban Collective, LLC is the combined vision of Randi McCray and Merieta Bayati: two passionate and fearless entrepreneurs.  After years of collaboration on special projects (pop-up shops, vendor showcases, empowerment events, etc.), Randi and Merieta wanted to create a space that would support local black-owned business and provide a much-needed resource in the New Haven Community; rental space for events.

merieta_webMerieta B. is the ultimate definition of the 21st century “Girlie Girl”. She is a successful entrepreneur, author, speaker & motivational artist, and most recently, CURLS™ brand ambassador.
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Randi McCray is a New Haven native with a passion for owning her own business and giving back to her community.  After a career in tech at Yale University for 18 years, Randi now works as a consultant for non-profits while completing her Ph.D. in Public Policy.  In addition to co-collaborating at the Urban Collective, she is an adjunct professor at three local colleges in CT.
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