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Family is the key at Rasools Sportswear together

caines | 3/28/2013, 5:30 a.m.

Liberty City business still putting its stamp on the Black community People often dream about venturing into the business world because they like the idea of being their own boss. But just imagine the challenges that come when many if not all of your co-workers are members of your own family. Here in Miami there are several family-owned businesses, including The Miami Times, that have stood the test of time and extended their reach and impact from one generation to the next. Consider the unique story of one local family clothier that some say is second to none Rasools. Its one example of how hard work pays off and illustrates the concept of giving back to the community.

Rasool recalls the days of hot dogs and beauty supplies

Ronald Malik, affectionately known in our community as Rasool, is the visionary of the Liberty City-based clothing dynasty called Rasools Sportswear [6301 NW 7th Avenue]. But he says things were much harder in the businesss earlier days. Twenty-eight years ago my Dad started out selling everything from hot dogs to beauty supplies said Ronald [Ron] B. Malik, who followed in his fathers footsteps. Then we started selling jelly shoes and God kept it evolving. When asked at what age each child is required to work in the store, Ron replied, It just happens after school you come to the shop. Thats how I fell in love with the business it was fun and its still a lot of fun, he added. We all love it and put our time in. At one point there were three generations at the business all at the same time. No one has been forced to get involved, Ron said. In fact, some of us have degrees and other businesses but we still put time in at the shop. Countless cousins, aunts, uncles and other relatives have all played a role in our success. And its http://www.w3schools.com/html/html_url.aspactually kind of nice to be around members of our family for as many as 12 hours a day Im sure a lot of folks cant say that. As for the inevitable family conflicts that are bound to occur, Ron says the philosophy is, Say what you have to say, apologize if you want to, but move on.

Paving the way for the next in line

Meanwhile, baby sister Aquila Malik is in the midst of transacting sales with a few patrons. Her sister Gloria Malik is ringing up another satisfied customer at the register. And Guana Taheerah Malik, who also owns her own bail bonds business, is using her creativity to change some displays. Each of them seem comfortable in their assigned posts. Aquila is our familys most recent college graduate but she still wants to try her hand at human resources outside of the business, Ron says. But she still puts her time in at the shop. The deal we make is simple: we all work hard so that the business thrives and that allows us to take care of the family like putting our kids through college. We all have to do our share to take care of the business that takes care of us. By Tanya JacksonMiami Times writerjewelson3@gmail.com