Black-owned businesses are often not represented in mainstream media but are involved in various industries. With the movement to support Black-owned businesses increasing to the social unrest currently going on in America Black Americans seem to be more focused than ever on circulating the Black dollar. In no particular order here are 10-Black-owned businesses you should consider patronizing in 2020.
1. Rileys Ribz – Antonio and Caryn Riley founded Rileys Ribz a sauce brand with quality ingredients and gluten free sauces.
2. Trade Street Jam – Ashley Rouse founded Trade Street Jam Co. a small batch jam company. Rouse has been a chef for nearly 15 years came up with the name while living in an apartment that was on a street called Trade Street in North Carolina. Now her company based in Brooklyn, New York creates fruit forward and clean tasting vegan jams that are low in sugar and high in flavor.
3. DTR 360 Books – DTR 360 Books is an online bookstore for books written by Black authors. They have a comprehensive collection of books in every literary genre.
4. Live Alkaline Water – Dr. Shayla Creer and Robert McCray are the founded Live Alkaline Water, which is the first Black-owned water brand to be sold in Walmart. The natural alkaline water is sourced from McCray’s family-owned natural underground spring in North Carolina.
5. Me and the Bees Lemonade – Me and the Bees Lemonade is an ready-to drink all natural lemonade. Mikaila Ulmer started the brand at 5-years-old and the lemonade has grown by 500 percent since the companies inception. Now 10 years later the award-winning lemonade has five flavors is available online and in Whole Foods Market, The Fresh Market, World Market, H-E-B stores across Texas and Kroger stores in Houston.
6. Joe’s Gourmet Fish Fry – Maranda and Joseph Dowell are behind Joe’s Gourmet Fish Fry a Black family-owned business that sells gluten-free, all natural fish fry. The seafood breaded mix is available in two styles one is made with wheat flour, and the other is available as a gluten-free mix made with yellow corn flour.
7. Ellis Island Tea – Nailah Ellis-Brown, the creator of Ellis Island Tea entered entrepreneurship at the age of 20 when she launched her own hand-crafted tea business back in 2008. Ellis-Brown vision for Ellis Island Tea grew into opening her own manufacturing plant; making her the only Black woman beverage creator to do so.
8. The True Products – An Atlanta-based company produce eco-friendly and plant-based laundry detergent and fabric softeners that naturally and safely remove deep stains and odors.
9. The Soap Shop – The company established in 2014 sells laundry detergents, dish-washing liquids, body washes and cleaning supplies. Their products are available in giant 2.5-gallon containers, and the laundry detergent is a specially formulated solution for washing clothes in high-efficiency washers that use a low amount of water.
10. 3 Some Chocolates – 3 Some Chocolates was started by Patrick Glanville and his partner Kristin Parker-Glanville. Their company combines three flavors into 1, offers it in a pack of 3, and calls it a 3 Some. 3 Some Chocolates has had over 400,000 units sold so far according to Black News.