A Brooklyn family owned bed and breakfast empire will be featured in a new doc-series coming to OWN— the Oprah Winfrey Network.
“Checked Inn” follows entrepreneur Monique Greenwood and the couples who visit her family-run, upscale bed and breakfast.
In 1995, Greenwood pursued a her love for hospitality by opening the Akwaaba Mansion B&B, her first bed and breakfast in Bed-Stuy, while also working as a magazine editor. Five years later, she landed a dream job at Essence Magazine, the leading publication for African American women. Greenwood quickly rose to become Editor-in-Chief — even as she continued to run the B&B. After juggling both careers for years, Greenwood eventually decided to walk away from her high-profile job at Essence. She wanted to focus on building the B&B business with her husband, Glenn, with the goal of creating a legacy they could pass on to their daughter, Glynn.
Today, Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns is the most successful B&B business on the east coast and Monique remains the hands-on force behind it. She runs her now four inns the only way she knows how—as the heart and soul, the everything planner and the innkeeper. Monique even finds herself offering advice to her guests when they confide in her.
Set at Akwaaba’s Mansion at Noble Lane in the Poconos, Pennsylvania, this former Woolworth estate is where couples go to push back the world, re-ignite passion and celebrate life’s most exciting events. Things may not always go smoothly, but Monique—with Glynn under her wing—and the hard-working staff, make sure their guests have an experience they’ll never forget. Celebrity guests include two-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter Peabo Bryson, black hair care entrepreneur Lisa Price of Carol’s Daughter and Pastor John Gray and his wife Aventer.
“Checked Inn” is executive produced by Dave Caplan (“Monica the Medium” and “Holy Foley”) from Trooper Entertainment in association with Lionsgate Television. The series is also executive produced by Rahel Tennione with Co-Executive Producer, Becca Guillon.
The show premieres on Tuesday, November 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The series will then air regularly on Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT, beginning on November 25.