Kuumba Kollectibles was started in 1988 by partners Alexander Medley, Jr. and Sala Damali. The initial business consisted of an African centered wholesale greeting card line created by artist Sala Damali, printed by master pressman Alexander Medley Jr., and sold nationally. The line filled the niche of images and verses reflecting the African American community. Kuumba Kollectibles also provides custom printing to the surrounding community. They moved the business into the current space at 312 Florida Ave. NW in 1992.
From 1995-2005 Alex and Sala also produced IBBMEC – the International Black Buyers and Manufacturers Expo & Conference- that brought together retailers and wholesalers of African descent from around the world to conduct trade and share information to strengthen their businesses.
In early 2012, Kuumba Kollectibles shifted to expand the use of it’s strategically positioned Flroida Avenue NW property to feature retail space in the bourgeoning Shaw-Howard area of the city. The result is a cultural feast for all the senses, featuring gifts, home decor and confections presented in high African style.