8 Black Owned Businesses to Shop for the Home, Body, and Soul

BY: - 16 Dec '15 | Money

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If you missed any part of our Black Owned Gift Guide series, be sure to click here. In this post we are sharing businesses to shop for the home, body, and soul.

Check out our Black Owned Gift Guide Series and buy black this holiday season!

On July 10, 2015, I had the honor of launching and Co-Founding Black Biz Scope live on Periscope, along with Pamela Booker of Koils by Nature and Adeea Rogers of The Trendy Socialite.

If you’re not familiar with Periscope, it is the newest and most popular live streaming social media platform right now. It allows you to essentially create your own “TV channel” and broadcast to anyone around the world at any time.

Pamela, Adeea and I decided to use this platform to intentionally and strategically support and build community for black-owned businesses. We give black businesses the opportunity to share their business via live broadcasts on Periscope from 10-11 AM EST and 6-8 PM EST every Friday.

Since July 10th, we have featured over 250 black-owned businesses (uniquely owned, so none of these 250+ are multi-level marketing businesses). We have been featured on Huffington Post, Atlanta Black Star, Madame Noire, and most recently, Black Enterprise.  We are committed to keeping as much of the black dollar recycled in the black community as possible.

Black Biz Scope has been as much of a blessing to me as it has to the hundreds of entrepreneurs who have been featured. I would never have known about half of these businesses had it not been for our community with Black Biz Scope.

Over the next several days, I will be highlighting excellent black owned companies where you can shop for your family and friends this Christmas season.

Today’s post features businesses where you can shop for the whole family. There will be a separate post for men, another for women, and still another for children. Yes, there are so many excellent businesses out here that just happened to be black owned. Why not support them?

Here are 8 Black Owned Businesses to Shop for the Home:

Inspirado:

I came across Inspirado in a Google search and boy did my heart leap when I found out they were black owned. The Founder, Alex Miller, set out to make premium products that incorporated beautiful design with powerful words.

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We all know words are powerful. And you probably have similar products around your house. Now, you can shop Inspirado and know you’re supporting not only a small business, but a black owned business. And, this right here from his site says it all:

“Whether you want to grow your business or grow your soul, jump higher on the field or overcome obstacles in the workplace, Inspirado products will help be the voice providing that extra nudge that you need to achieve greatness.” Just for you: take an additional 15% off holiday sales using coupon code: MOMS2016

We Montage:

I first heard about James Oliver, Founder of We Montage, through Periscope. His product of taking your family photos and turning them into amazing wall art that you can easily move around is ingenious.

He has been featured on MarthaStewart.com, Today Show amongst other major media outlets. His mantra of “More love. More happiness. More inspiration.” is evident in his products. And first time customers automatically get a 20% discount! So if you’re looking to bring happiness, love and inspiration into your home, check out We Montage.

Naturally Me And You:

Whether you’re looking for eczema cream, dishwashing detergent, disinfectant spray, carpet cleaner or even wood cleaner – this site has you covered.

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Founder, Rita Pardo has an expansive knowledge when it comes to natural products. So, if you’re looking for something for your home, chances are, you’ll find it here.

Products True:

There’s not much to say here other than, did you know a black owned laundry detergent company even existed?

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Freedom Paper Company:

BFGG Freedom Paper CompanyOnce again…I bet you didn’t know there was a black owned paper product company.

From paper towels, to bathroom tissue, Kleenex, napkins and even trash bags (plus so much more), you can get it all right here from this Baltimore based company.

 

Purchase Black:

Brian Williams, CEO/Founder of PurchaseBlack.com is on a mission: to highlight excellent and exceptional businesses that just happened to be black owned.

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Brian learned that there is a great opportunity within Black America to make a sustainable positive difference in the community through simply making it easy to support excellent Black owned businesses.

Timeless Treasures:

This is faith-based company that specializes in apparel, mugs, beaded handmade/hand stamp jewelry for the whole family. They also make custom girl headbands, and floral crowns.

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The Dyna Smiles:

The demand for trendy and chic products that reflect people of color is steadily growing in the market place. However, finding such likeable and relatable designs still pose a challenge for today’s multi-cultural consumer. Check out the iphone case cover below.

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To answer the call, Daveia Odoi of DNT Dynamite Design, LLC (a New Jersey based graphic design studio) created “The DynaSmiles by DNT”; a refreshingly delightful collection of high quality paper goods, everyday accessories, apparel and much more. And just for our BMWK family, they are offering a 10% off discount for their travel tumblers. Just use code: BMWK. It’ll be good towards the tumbler only and expires 12/31/2015.

BMWK: Have you heard of these businesses before? Which black owned businesses that cater to the whole family and home would you add to the list (stay tuned as we have more businesses coming your way specifically for men, women and children).

About the author

Christine St. Vil wrote 153 articles on this blog.

Christine St.Vil is co-author of the Whose Shoes Are Your Wearing: 12 Steps to Uncovering the Woman You Really Want to Be. A happy wife to an amazing hubby of 8 years, and homeschooling mother of three, she teaches moms how to FLY (First Love Yourself). She uses her corporate background to work with women who are ready to start a new business, accelerate their career growth & design a life they love. She's on a mission to help moms to battle the mom guilt epidemic, so they can begin to put themselves first on their never-ending list of priorities.

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9 Black Owned Businesses to Shop for Children and Gourmet Sweets

BY: - 17 Dec '15 | Money

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If you missed any part of our Black Owned Gift Guide series, be sure to click here. In this post we are sharing gifts for children, as well as gourmet sweets you can order as gifts.

Check out our Black Owned Gift Guide Series and buy black this holiday season!

Gabby Bows:

FINALLY! A girls’ hair barrette that won’t disappear! The Double-Face Double-Snap Barrette by GaBBY! Invented by a seven year-old and her Mom! And I can say from personal experiences that these barrettes are the truth! When I first saw adorable Gabby on Black Biz Scope, I knew I was going to buy whatever she was selling because I wanted to support. But if you’re as tired as I was with replacing barrettes, then this is your one stop solution to doing just that.

I love all of the colors and designs and my girls love them too. Save an additional 30% off the PERFECT STOCKING STUFFER: GaBBY Bows! Buy six packs and get the seventh pack free with the coupon code MERRY6: gabbybows.com/shop.

Maya India Natural products (Jr gift set):

MayaIndia products are dessert inspired bath and body treats that look and smell good enough to eat. They like to call them their Handmade Dessert for Your Skin. Maya India (named after their two daughters) takes  great care to create authentic replications of your favorite dessert items. But although their products are made primarily with natural ingredients, please refrain from eating them (they really do look good enough to eat)!

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You will find that they are filled with skin loving ingredients that will nourish and moisturize dry skin and restore a radiant glow.  MayaIndia products are made with 100% organic oils and contain no parabens or sulfates. MayaIndia Handmade Dessert for Your Skin- a 100% Calorie- Free Indulgence!

CoCopie Clothing:

Coco’Pie Clothing has the perfect tees to celebrate #BlackGirlMagic for little brown girls; aiming to promote self-esteem and the power of self-recognition.

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My girls are 4 and 6 and are absolutely in love with this brand (the older one has self-appointed herself as an ambassador). I can literally see the look of pride on their faces when they wear their “There’s Power in These Puffs” T-shirts, or open up a package from them. Use code BMWK for 10% off your purchase. 

Jewels of Jordan:

Gabrielle began creating jewelry at the age of 7 after watching an instructional video on YouTube. She originally sold her designs to friends and family, but after launching her business, expanded her platform to sell at local seminars and workshops. In June of 2011, she launched her online store, due to high demand, and has become a highly sought-after guest inside and outside the DC metropolitan area, traveling to sell her products.

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The jewelry features elegant necklaces, bracelets, and earrings designed and hand-crafted by Gabrielle, and are comprised of precious and semi-precious gemstones, Swarovski elements, and cultured pearls. The flagship collection, “Mommy and Me”, consists of matching jewelry sets for mothers and daughters.

Forever Free Books:

Founded by Tanya Barnett, this organization was created to do just that – provide free books to children. She founded Forever Free Books as her mission to ensure every child she comes in contact with has the opportunity to own a book of their choice to begin a home library.

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Their mission is to increase the reading and comprehension skills of disadvantaged children by conducting literacy events and distributing free books in their communities. You can make a donation or find out how to become a partner to help ensure every child has the adventure of reading books from the comfort of their home.

Gourmet Sweets & Treats:

Sweet treats make some of the best holiday treats to give away to family, friends and co-workers! These last few businesses offer all things sweet treats created and baked to goodness by black-owned businesses.

Veggie Cakes:

Vegan gourmet desserts redefined. If you’re really looking to put a smile on someone’s face this holiday season, I guarantee that these cupcake jars from Veggie Cakes will do the trick.

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Founder Andrea Smith based in New York City, set out to create gourmet vegan desserts that tasted as great and amazing as they looked. The Sweet Potato, Tahiti Sweetie and Caramel Chris are my favorites. Warning: order extra as you may find yourself wanting more than you bargained for. Mention BMWK and get 10% off your holiday cake jar orders.

Glassy Brown Cookies:

Who doesn’t love a good tasting cookie? Well look no further because Glassy Brown Cookies has got you covered. With over eight flavors to choose from, you’re bound to find the one that’s right for you. They also offer cookie tins and holiday cookie specials to make your shopping a little easier.

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Keena’s Kake Designs:

Also known as KKD Sweets, this baked goods company specializes in gourmet pies, brownies and bars, and offers 100% all natural sweets. No more guilt about satisfying your sweet tooth with this gourmet black owned business. Shop for the holidays and use code BMWK2015 for 10% off.

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Cake Buzz:

The Cake Bartender® insists you should “Have Your Cake and Drink It Too!®” He will amaze you with over 500 flavors of wine and liqueur cakes. Wet your palate with a drunkin’ peach cobbler, and take a journey leading to a tipsy sweet potato pie made with vanilla schnapps, Amaretto or Pecan Praline Liqueur. And yes, they do ship! I don’t know about you, but I’ll definitely be placing my order with them soon.

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BMWK, Will you show these young entrepreneurs…and your sweet tooth, some love this Christmas season?

About the author

Christine St. Vil wrote 153 articles on this blog.

Christine St.Vil is co-author of the Whose Shoes Are Your Wearing: 12 Steps to Uncovering the Woman You Really Want to Be. A happy wife to an amazing hubby of 8 years, and homeschooling mother of three, she teaches moms how to FLY (First Love Yourself). She uses her corporate background to work with women who are ready to start a new business, accelerate their career growth & design a life they love. She's on a mission to help moms to battle the mom guilt epidemic, so they can begin to put themselves first on their never-ending list of priorities.

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