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Sojourn Heritage

Welcome to Sojourn’s Collection of

Heritage Accommodation

Malvin Gray Johnson – “The Letter”

Our Mission:

To create a unique brand of boutique hotels focused on the history, culture, and heritage in the communities where they are located.

Our Why

To share the rich history of African Americans across the country through art, jazz, wine, and food in a uniquely diverse hospitality setting.

To foster a strong sense of community by partnering with or creating new businesses from within the communities and showcasing those businesses to the world to help stimulate their growth.

Sojourn commits to creating or empowering at least 10 businesses within the community to serve as our partners and vendors.

Our Vision

Our vision is to create a unique brand of Boutique Hotels that will capture and keep pace with the world’s fastest-growing segment of the tourism market, “Heritage Tourism.”

Our Vision

By bringing African American history and culture alive in cities all across the United States and abroad, we will create a brand that combines the amenities of a first- class hotel and the intimacies of a bed and breakfast.

Our Vision

This “Breakfast Table” experience model encourages people from various races, genders, and cultures to come together and share their lives with one another.

Why Urban Communities

The Sojourn Heritage business model is designed to increase economic opportunities for local residents. We purpose to participate in the transformation of urban communities and tell the African American history.

Gentrification of the inner cities across the country must include the black community in its redevelopment plan. Our goal is to work with developers to be a forerunner in community tourism to ensure that this happens.

We will work with city leaders and developers to create viable ways to shape the transformation of our communities through inclusion and economic opportunity.

Why Heritage  Tourism

The National Trust defines heritage tourism as “traveling to experience the places, artifacts, and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past,” and heritage tourism can include cultural, historic and natural resources.

Currently, Heritage Tourism is the fastest growing sector of the tourism industry. In 2015, Heritage tourism travelers spent over 200 billion dollars in the United States and that trend is expected to continue to grow.

Why Boutique Hotels

The Boutique hotel industry has outperformed the broader hotel industry at an annual rate of 5.6 % over the last 5 years to 2015 thanks to consumers demand for unique offerings.

Over the past decade, customers have moved away from the cookie-cutter hotels created for the masses especially in urban locations.

As of 2016, the boutique hotel industry has grown to a 13.7 billion dollar industry.

Independent brands are currently growing at a rate of 7% per year.

Our Team

Kristin Kitchen

Kristin Kitchen

Founder & CEO

Kristin Kitchen, Founder and CEO of Sojourn Heritage Accommodations is embarking on a new way of doing business in the Heritage Tourism Industry. For the last 15 years, Kristin has been the owner and operator of the Six Acres Bed & Breakfast in Cincinnati, Ohio. Restoring this historic 6000-sq. ft. home that was once part of the Underground Railroad and turning it in to a successful business inspired Kristin to launch a new brand of boutique hotels that combine the intimacies of a bed and breakfast with the amenities of a 1st class hotel.

With a background in real- estate development, having owned and managed over 20 residential and commercial properties, Kristin has taken that knowledge along with her passion for entrepreneurship to the next level. By integrating a model that not only transforms blighted or underutilized historic structures in Urban communities into viable hotel lodging spaces but in doing so, helps to restore the community by creating or enhancing existing business from within the community to operate as vendors for the hotel.  “We create jobs and entrepreneurs with in each community because our mission is to make our communities better and to empower the people that live there.”

“When we thrive, our community thrives.”

In 2014, she launched the Sojourn Heritage Hotel Brand, a new brand of hotels focused on African American History and Culture in urban areas, to share the history while uplifting the community.

The Sojourn Heritage Accommodations Hotel Group introduces the DUNNS JOSEPHINE HOTELto the South Florida travel destination community.  The DUNNS JOSEPHINE is an amazing boutique hotel, located in the blossoming, cultural garden and entertainment mecca known as Historic Overtown.  The hotel had it’s soft launch December 2019.  The DUNNS JOSEPHINE HOTEL is an ode to both the Miami and Harlem Renaissance periods of glitz and old world glamour from days gone by.  Staying true to theme, the DUNNS JOSEPHINE HOTEL boasts (15) guest rooms dedicated and decorated to the likes of Miami and Harlem Renaissance legends such as Josephine Baker, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Cab Calloway, Marcus Garvey, and the iconic Duke Ellington and Billie Holliday.

As a historian and successful business woman Kristin has given lectures at various colleges and universities across the country and continues to do so.  Kristin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Masters in African American Studies. 

Kristin lives in Miami Florida with her adorable, 8 year old daughter Zahri Jean.

 

Organizational Affiliations

Board Member: CEIA, Inc. -Community Economic Advancement Initiative, Inc.

Member: NABHOOD- National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators, and Developers

Member: Greater Miami Visitors and Convention Bureau

Member: Greater Miami Hotel and Beaches Association

Member: Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce

Member: ICABA- International Career and Business Alliance

Philanthropic Works

She is President of Good Deeds Mission, a non-profit 501c3 organization whose mission is to serve, assist with and fight for equality for urban communities around the issues of social, political and economic justice.

Kristin mentors at least 2 small business annually to support their road to success.

Developed a continued partnership with Cincinnati public schools to provide field trips at Six Acres to teach children about the underground railroad.

Barron Channer

Barron Channer

Development Consultant

As CEO of Bach Real Estate, Barron has a 10 years experience with complex real estate transactions including acquisitions, restructuring and development.
Mona Stephen

Mona Stephen

Interior Design Partner

Owner of M1One Design group based out of Atlanta, Mona has over 15 years experience in both residential and commercial properties.
Marcee Jones

Marcee Jones

Owner of Urban Connoisseurs

Marcee has over 10 years experience as a consultant in the wine industry and is partnering with us develop our hotel’s wine retail space.
Julius Jackson, Sr

Julius Jackson, Sr

President of Social Investment Holding

An investment group focused on investing in small and mid-sized minority companies, particularly in Urban Communities.

Our Expertise

  • Historic Authenticity
  • Preserve and Protect Resources
  • Revitalize Historic Assets
  • Create the relationships between Communities & Tourism
  • Collaboration
  • Hotel Development
  • Historic Renovation Projects

Our Hotel Model

  • Create a boutique hotel brand with 15-40 keys per unit in historic properties located in Urban Communities.
  • Share the history and culture of the community combined with and as it relates to the national African American story.
  • Open our Signature “Taste of Noir” wine shops brought to you by our black owned vintners.

In Case You Missed It

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Six Acres BB

Six Acres Bed and Breakfast We are located on six lovely acres just fifteen minutes from Downtown Cincinnati.   Our location is easily accessible to downtown venues such as sporting events, cultural fests, and The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

 Our location is easily accessible to downtown venues such as sporting events, cultural fests, and The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

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Coming to a city near you,  we welcome developers, investors, contractors,  financial partners and business owners to expand upon our cultural and historical experiences. We welcome local and state government entities to promote and be a part of this growing brand. Take a moment and leave your information below.

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