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About Us


Meet The Allens

Centric Place is a love letter, an homage and the physical manifestation of Racheal and Gerrard Allen's wildest dreams. As second generation entrepreneurs, the Allens desired to create a space to support Black arts, culture and entrepreneurship, while curating a nostalgic experience unlike any other. Inspired in part by an inherited Ebony magazine collection dating back to the 1960's, Centric Place represents Black excellence, community and connectivity. 

About Gerrard

A poet, educator, serial entrepreneur and cycling enthusiast known as 'G', Gerrard is passionate about throwing dope events while elevating the Black experience. Gerrard is a founding member of the Poetry Society at Eastern Michigan University and created The Color of Drums, a production currently in its twentieth year. 

Gerrard is also the co-founder of Curators of Black Excellence, a nonprofit organization that annually produces Juneteenth Family Reunion, an intergenerational celebration that attracts over 2,000 participants. He is also currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Urban Education from Eastern Michigan University. At Centric Place, Gerrard works with emerging Black artists to curate art experiences, poetry, spoken word and bespoke events. 


About Racheal 

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Racheal is an accomplished executive leader, serial entrepreneur​ and speaker with a passion for helping Black women leverage entrepreneurship as a pathway out of poverty. As a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt certified strategist, Racheal has nearly 20 years of experience launching and managing complex operations. 

Racheal is the CEO and Principal Strategist for Operations School | OPSIDIA, an integrated agency that helps startups and nonprofits build operational capacity through a diverse collective of operations practitioners. Recent recognition includes being named Small Business Hero of the Year by Connect313, a Young American Leader by Harvard Business School, and to Crain's Detroit Business' 40 Under Forty. At Centric Place, she leads entrepreneurial training, workshops and membership experiences. 

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