How This Husband-and-Wife Team Grew a B&B Empire

Once a dilapidated Brooklyn residence, Akwaaba grew to become a thriving business.

Franchise Your Business

Schedule a FREE one-on-one session with one of our Franchise Advisors today and we’ll help you start building your franchise organization.
2 min read
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Monique Greenwood and her husband, Glenn Pogue, stayed in their first bed-and-breakfast in 1985. Six years later, while working as editor in chief of Essence magazine, Greenwood stumbled upon a dilapidated mansion in her Brooklyn, N.Y., neighborhood that she was determined to turn into their own B&B. After three years of red tape, the couple purchased the 18-room mansion and began renovations. Akwaaba Bed and Breakfast opened on July 4, 1995, as a declaration of their entrepreneurial independence.

In the following years, the couple opened Akwaaba by the Sea with two locations in Cape May, N.J., Akwaaba D.C. and Akwaaba in the Bayou, which they sold shortly after Hurricane Katrina. Their most ambitious acquisition to date, Akwaaba's Mansion at Noble Lane in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, is the site of the couple's new reality show, Checked Inn, on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Akwaaba Philadelphia is set to open soon, and the couple hopes to launch a collection of home goods bearing the Akwaaba brand. From one dilapidated house to a B&B empire, Greenwood and Pogue are an inspiration with their fearless approach to entrepreneurship. 

Related: After Serving Time, This Entrepreneur Came up With a Better Way for Inmates to Stay in Touch With Family and Friends

More from Entrepreneur

Our Franchise Advisors are here to help you throughout the entire process of building your franchise organization!
  1. Schedule a FREE one-on-one session with a Franchise Advisor
  2. Choose one of our programs that matches your needs, budget, and timeline
  3. Launch your new franchise organization
Entrepreneur Insider members enjoy exclusive access to business resources for just $5/mo:
  • Premium articles, videos, and webinars
  • An ad-free experience
  • A weekly newsletter
  • Bonus: A FREE 1-year Entrepreneur magazine subscription delivered directly to you
Are you paying too much for business insurance? Do you have critical gaps in your coverage? Trust Entrepreneur to help you find out.

Latest on Entrepreneur