We live in a time of simplicity and convenience where it can be so easy to just click on over to a big box site, grab something and get super quick shipping and call it a day, and sometimes even get that thing you ordered by the end of that day. Right now it’s never been more important to buy from small and local businesses, and even more so from businesses owned and led by BIPOC. Sure, you’re probably not getting your item in mere hours and it takes a little more time to hunt around, but the outcome has a lasting impact on so many things, including helping to build up Black communities.
By choosing to shop from Black creators and Black-owned businesses, you’re empowering Black business owners with your wallet, and giving a chance at more diversity and representation in markets that are often saturated with far too often problematic corporations.
This year has given me a lot of pause in the way that I shop. While I know I don’t consume perfectly every time, I do my best to think more clearly about the things I spend my money on, where they’re coming from, the impact their products have on the climate, the ethics, values and racial representation in those companies. A great thing about buying from small businesses is there’s a better opportunity for not only a consumer-business relationship, but you’re likely going to get more transparency than you would from a larger corporation.
I want to share a few of the businesses I’ve been buying from lately and loving. I definitely plan to do a second part of this soon, as well.
I LOVE this company! I am always on the hunt for clean skincare products and stumbled upon this one. I decided to try the whipped body butter and the facial shea butter. I bought them in June and while I will need to place a reorder soon, a little goes a long way with this one.
I use the facial shea butter before bed each night and I wake up with the softest skin. It’s made with 100% pure organic virgin shea butter from Africa, and all of their ingredients are organic and cruelty free.
I always struggle with finding the right body moisturizer, and the whipped body butter is just the best for me. My skin feels great, it has a nice glow to it. Not to mention, I’ve found it helps in the summer to prevent the horrid thigh-chaffing.
I cannot recommend this company enough.
During quarantine I’ve been washing my hair far less than I was before, which wasn’t a lot (sorry, Mom). I usually go about four or five days between washes these days, and when I do wash my hair I like to use a hair mask to give it some extra love – and also to make it much easier to brush through (it’s thick and can be a real struggle sometimes).
I’ve dabbled in different hair masks until I found this avocado + kiwi mega moisture superfood mask from Briogeo. Each time I use it, my hair feels so soft and looks so healthy. Plus, it’s vegan and cruelty free!
I spoke about this one in a recent post, but I just have to talk about them again.
I bought the Rise & GRND medium roast coffee, even though I’m forever a dark roast gal, and it. Is. So. Good. I’ve tried it both hot and iced and it’s perfect both ways. It has so much flavor, and it’s the perfect cup of coffee for a caffeine-needing night shifter like myself. They also sell tea, decaf, instant coffee and several different roasts. I can’t wait to try some more!
BLK & Bold Coffee donates 5% of their profits to at-risk youth, and with their products easily accessible in places like Target, they have an even bigger reach.
I have been following @RinnyRiot on Instagram for a long time. I’ve always loved her retro-style art. When I found she had a shop on Etsy, Brownie Points Company, I was so pumped! I bought this 18k “Intersectional” necklace and it’s one of my favorite accessories I own. The packaging was also so gorgeous. If your feminism isn’t intersectional, it ain’t it.
She has some really great things in her shop, so definitely give it a peek.
I’m always on the hunt for great pieces of art for the house, and when I found the PinkLoMein shop I was floored. Her pieces are so colorful and beautiful. I purchased her Muse print recently for my office and I cannot wait to finish the room already to put it up.
She’s currently not selling prints again until September, but her work is so stunning I’m sure the wait will be worth it. Give her a follow on Instagram so you can stay updated.
I found Uncle Bobbies while doing a search for some local(ish) Black-owned bookshops. While it’s in Philly, which is a roughly 90 minute trip from me, I was really compelled to buy from them. The selection is wonderful! I ordered My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite and Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid. As my book stack (mountain) dwindles, I plan to buy from Uncle Bobbie’s again and hopefully someday I’ll get to go and experience the shop in person. The store has been on my mind lately, because they’ve experienced some vandalism. There is a GoFundMe on the shop’s website to help staff during COVID, so if you can spare some change while buying some books, that’s a great show of support.
That’s my list for now! I’ll be doing more roundups in the future, but I really wanted to share these with you because they’re businesses and creators with products I really enjoy and their customer service is so top notch I plan to be a customer of these businesses for life. If you have any BIPOC-owned businesses that you own or love, please share them with me!