Created by married couple, Monique Greenwood and Glenn Pogue, there are six residences that comprise Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns. These upscale inns are Akwaaba Mansion of the Bedford-Stuyvesant area in the Brooklyn borough of New York City (1995); Akwaaba by the Sea in Cape May, New Jersey (2002); Akwaaba D.C. in DuPont Circle of Washington, D.C. (2003); Akwaaba at Buttonwood Manor, also in Cape May (2006); The Mansion at Noble Lane in Bethany, Pennsylvania (2012); and Akwaaba Philadelphia in Pennsylvania (2018).
The decision to open these inns were greatly influenced by the busy couple’s love for the more intimate experience of staying in a B&B and Greenwood’s passion for interior design and décor, history and socializing. Monique Greenwood, a former editor-in-chief at Essence, is a best-selling author. She and her husband, Glenn, co-owned Akwaaba Café, a restaurant near Akwaaba Mansion in Brooklyn. At one time, they presided over thirteen residential apartments and six commercial spaces. The couple also had their own show, Checked Inn, that premiered on OWN, the network of Oprah Winfrey.