Highlighting Black-Owned Businesses
Hello friends, and welcome back to the blog.
Friends, it’s February, and that means it’s Black History Month. I don’t go all out with every post highlighting something for the culture, but I do like to share movies, a few authors, jazz artists, and businesses. I’m featuring a few Black-owned businesses today, and I hope you’ll check them out.
NIAMBI CACCHIOLI | As a woman of color, I found myself often frustrated – and a little defensive – that even in the age of inclusive beauty, many natural brands did not address my specific concerns of dark spots, oily/combination skin, and ingrown hairs. Not to mention the high price points of green products.
Pholk Beauty grew out of my own sense of awe and gratitude at the timeless folk beauty and herbalist wisdom of my own kin, the cultivators and botanicals and minerals that have nourished our skin and souls for generations, and the multitude of ways that people of color infuse the globe with beauty [source: Pholk]
LATONIA COKELY | A self-proclaimed tea lover began crafting a vision for a small tea and wellness brand as a teen in Richmond, VA, more than 15 years ago. Tea drinking was a major part of her upbringing. “Growing up, we routinely enjoy warmed apple juice, sleepy time tea, and the occasional hot toddy.” Latonia is also from the south, where sun and iced teas are huge on hot summer days. She says …”My parents, rest their souls, led me to pursue the idea of starting a tea and candle shop as a high schooler in a business planning competition, and I have been a tea lover/blender/drinker/maker ever since.” [source: Adjourn Teahouse]
Zach & Zoe
SUMMER & KAM JOHNSON | After months of research and coaxing by our local beekeeping friends, we decided to take the plunge and officially start our journey as beekeepers, BUT we are doing it the right way. No pesticides. No additives. Just PURE, RAW HONEY from bees that we value, nurture, and love. Nothing more. [source: Zach & Zoe]
YMANI EFUNYALE | Ymani’s journey to launching Good Vibes began back in 2006 when she started making her own household cleaning products. One day, while doing chores, she left a spray bottle of a “green” cleaning product on the kitchen table. She turned her back for one moment and her (then), two-year-old son put the trigger in his mouth and sprayed it. What followed was a very scary asthma attack. As she nursed him through it, she knew she had to make some changes. In 2016, a friend witnessed her making her cleaning products and asked if she could make a cleaning product that smelled like incense. Ymani said yes, and Good Vibes All Purpose Cleaner was born. [source: SheRaise]
CEILA | I created Sticki Icki to be a curated selection of fun, maybe sometimes quirky accessories and objects that easily add color and texture to your life and space.I love the art of the hunt for that perfect piece that makes a home or outfit pop. The smallest thing can enrich your life – a beautiful basket, a cherished bowl, a gold-rimmed cup, or a favorite pair of earrings that become a family heirloom. [source: stikiIcki]
Puzzles of Color
ERICKA & WILLIAM | We are Puzzles of Color! A black-owned family business operated by siblings Ericka and William. We began doing puzzles as a family in elementary school. We enjoyed the challenges and spending time together towards a common goal. But in doing so, we seldom found images representing us and our experiences. This is why we created Puzzles of Color, frameable pieces of art created by artists of color celebrating their experiences and creativity. [source: Puzzles of Color]
My daughter and I just started the Harvest puzzle from Puzzles of Color, and it’s really great quality. I hope I’ve given everyone some ideas to support small businesses and/or businesses of color. Thanks so much for visiting today, and remember to like and subscribe. Until next time — Peace