American Baptist College’s newest Trustee, Rosetta Miller Perry, was recently lauded with praise for establishing two retail stores in the Nashville International Airport (BNA). The first Tennessee Tribune Store is scheduled to open in early November 2021, while the second store will open in the spring of 2022.

As a prelude to the opening, the powerful lifelong entrepreneur and community and civil rights activist hosted a vendor showcase at her home to focus on the diverse minority-owned and small businesses that will have products available for retail sale in the store. Their offerings range from ready-to-drink beverages, snacks, apparel, traditional souvenirs, jewelry, candles, literary works, and more. Bishop Joseph W. Walker III, senior pastor at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville, will have several books available for purchase in the store.


“It is my goal to advocate for the many minority and small businesses that need an opportunity for exposure because their wares are outstanding. They just need a platform,” said Perry.


During the program, Airport Authority Board Chairman Bill Freeman lauded Mrs. Perry for her tenacity and vision to develop such a unique retail establishment. In addition to normal items, the store will focus on Nashville’s local flavor.


“The upcoming Tennessee Tribune retail location perfectly embodies the rich heritage of our city and our commitment to bring travelers the best our region has to offer,” said Doug Kreulen, president and CEO of Nashville International Airport. “Rosetta Perry is a pivotal force in our community, and it is an honor to share her life’s work with generations today, tomorrow, and in the future.”


The Nashville International Airport services approximately eight million travelers annually and they will have the opportunity to experience local artists, minority-owned, women-owned, and small businesses.


“American Baptist College proudly salutes our board member, Rosetta Perry, and appreciates the strong minority community outreach of the Nashville Airport. This transportation mecca was a supporter of American Baptist College’s 95th anniversary in 2019, and we are working to further develop a strong and continuous partnership in years to come,” said Forrest Harris, president of the College.


June Michaux, owner of Chaux Consulting, coordinated the event and said, “This is just the beginning of the opportunity for minority-, women-owned, and small businesses to compete and participate in supply chain and retail sales. These companies now have a competitive edge and an advocate providing assistance and support as they continue to leverage market resources and bring their businesses, dreams, and goals to fruition.”