Black-owned businesses are often not represented in mainstream media but are involved in various industries. Since 2020 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 during the upcoming holiday season.
1. Nubian Heritage African Black Soap – Back in 1992 just out of college and without jobs Richelieu Dennis and Nyema Tubman started selling set out African Black Soap and Shea Butter on the streets of Harlem, NY. The company has grown over the years and now offers soaps that include ingredients such as shea butter, palm ash, plantain peel extract, papaya enzymes, and salicylic acid. Benefits include targeting troubled skin without over-drying.
2. 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.
4. Culture Tags – Culture Tags founded by Eunique Jones Gibson in 2020, is a game that about culture, community, and the Black experience. The card game uses hashtags and acronyms, CultureTags, tests players’ knowledge about the culture and their ability to decode the acronyms. Gibson studied the classics to find out what the secret ingredients were to a successful game with longevity. Gibson’s goal was to create a recession-proof game that would become a staple in any household.
5. PartakeFoods – Partake Foods launched in 2016 by Denise Woodard, when her daughter was diagnosed with multiple food allergies. They offered a selection of delicious, allergy-friendly products including crunchy and soft-baked cookie flavors such as Chocolate Chip, Birthday Cake, and Double Chocolate and a line of baking mixes that includes Brownies, Blondies, Pizza Crust, and a 5-in-1 Mix. All products are certified gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan, and are free of the top 9 allergens (wheat, tree nuts, peanuts, milk, eggs, soy, fish, sesame, and shellfish).
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. 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.
8. 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 11 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.
9. Talley & Twine – Talley & Twine Watch brand was created by Robert Williams who designed his first watch that eventually became a successful luxury watch brand. Since that time, the company has aimed to create quality and detailed timepieces at affordable prices.
10. 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.