For many companies, Friday, Dec 16th is the shipping deadline to ensure you get your gifts before Christmas (And Dec 20th is the last day to get your Clarence Claus wrapping paper in time for the holiday). So start shopping today.
During the holidays last year, Jackie Rogers was looking for wrapping paper that reflected her family, preferably a melanin-rich Santa Claus, but could find nothing.
She searched and searched — even begging friends from major cities to join the hunt — but frustrated by the lack of images she desired, she decided to make her own. It was then, ‘Greentop Gifts‘ was born, named after her grandfather’s ‘Greentop Restaurant’ he managed in the 1930s and 40’s in Orange County, North Carolina. ‘Greentop’ was a go-to place in the town for black families to come together to create great memories and she is hoping her gift company does the same.
Jackie and her husband Shaun spoke with NBCBLK before getting ready for the busy holiday season about running their new company.
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NBCBLK: How did Greentop Gifts come about?
Jackie: Last year this time I was looking for wrapping paper for our two-year-old to wrap his gifts, and I couldn’t find any paper that featured a black Santa. I found white Santas and in the past, I bought them and colored them in with a colored pencil but it wasn’t something that I wanted.
I was just really discouraged so I came home and told my husband that if I couldn’t find wrapping paper by next year that I was just going to make my own. If I had to go to Kinko’s, get on photoshop, or otherwise, I was going to figure it out. And so that’s how we started this process. It was out of a void we were trying to fill for our son.
BMWK, have you purchased from any black-owed businesses for your holiday shopping?