• Alexandria Jones

Five Black-Owned Businesses to Support this Holiday Season

Black Friday sales might have ended, but there are still many businesses that could use our help this holiday season. Shopping is one of the ways we can help give back to our communities, and provide support for small business owners whose hard work is commonly overlooked by that of bigger corporations. Many Black-owned businesses were impacted severely from the repercussions of COVID-19. The holiday season is the perfect time to give back to these small businesses. So, if you’re looking for the perfect gift for yourself or for a loved one, below is a list of Black-owned businesses to support this holiday season and afterwards.

Spoken Flames

Spoken Flames’s founder and maker, Shauvan Christian, created her candle business to enhance the ambiance of any home they are placed in. Her goal was to redefine candles to be more personal after discovering that large brand logos and scent names plastered on the front labels of other candle brands disconnected her from the sensory experience. She says, “Something about this felt self-serving, passive, and impersonal,” Christian took it upon herself to change that. Spoken Flames’s candles provide a multisensory experience with messages written on the labels to promote encouragement and manifestation. It is the perfect gift for those looking to improve their self-care routines.

Kintu New York

Kintu is the perfect place to shop for anyone who is a fan of handbags. In 2015, the brand was initiated in New York, producing bags that appeal to the lifestyle of the dynamic and busy woman. These bags do not let quality suffer for self-expression. Kintu creates their merchandise using 100% natural vegetable tanned leather allowing for durability and flexibility.

Reyna Noriega

Reyna Noriega is an Afro-Latina visual artist. In her work, she allows her culture and experiences as a woman shine through as a way to connect with others through representation. Her art is vibrant and colorful, fully captivating the essence of Black beauty and culture. Noriega’s site offers a variety of prints that are enthralling and bring life into home decor.

Love Cork Screw

Chrishon Lampley is the founder of Love Cork Screw, a company whose aim is to provide wines that cater to inexperienced and expert wine enthusiasts.They produce a range of wines to fit different palates that are perfect to drink on any occasion. Lampley, being a wine fanatic herself, established the company in 2013. LCS is referred to as a holistic, lifestyle brand. Not only do they create wines, but they also sell candles, body butters, apparel and home goods.

Mented Cosmetics

Amanda E. Johnson and KJ Miller created Mented Cosmetics after a conversation about not being able to find the perfect nude lip shade sparked an idea to produce their own. Mented Cosmetics aim is for every woman to find their perfect match in makeup. They create products that are available for all women of different complexions. This brand offers their signature vegan, non-toxic, paraben and cruelty free lipsticks, along with eyeshadow palettes, foundations and makeup accessories.

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