Adelaide Elliott// Associate Editor// February 10, 2023
9 Black-owned Businesses to Back This Month and Always Carabiner
Celebrate Black history month by supporting these Black-owned businesses.
Adelaide Elliott// Associate Editor// February 10, 2023
As conversations about racial inequality grew in 2020, many consumers dedicated themselves to getting more educated on terms like diversity, what it means to be anti-racist and actionable topics like how to support black businesses. Per a release at the time from Google, there was such a surge in online searches for Black businesses in 2020 that the search engine giant decided to offer a tool — a badge that Black-owned businesses can add to their website to denote their diversity — to make the search easier.
It seems all that education and support has helped as studies from companies like Merchant Maverick, a small business financial review service, show that the rate of Black-owned businesses increased from early 2020 — almost 40 percent per Merchant Maverick’s findings between February 2020 and August 2021. To keep the conversation and increased momentum going, we’ve rounded up a few of our editors’ favorite Black-owned businesses and Black-made gifts from across a variety of product categories.
Black-owned lifestyle brand Côtier, founded by Marx and Amber Succès, is committed to making moments and celebrations more memorable and remarkable by sparking meaningful conversation and connection through fun. Products like the company’s Did Baby Poopie? poop emoji lottery game puts a spin on baby shower door-prize games and icebreakers and offers multiple skin shade options for its baby characters so all can be included. Côtier
Offering stationery and gifts for “real relationships,” Little Lovelies Studio prides itself in not shying away from the good, bad and ugly in life, though graphic designer and Founder Nikki Tyler does encourage taking it on with a little humor! Taking inspiration from Tyler’s family, friends and sometimes pop culture, pieces from Little Lovelies Studio like its Daily Shit List Notepad embody all the studio’s creative goals. Little Lovelies Studio.
Created by sibling duo and longtime puzzle lovers Ericka Jones Chambers and William Jones, Puzzles of Color aims to bring more art and puzzle themes featuring people of color to the medium by using art created by artists of color. Ija Charles, a self-taught painter and entrepreneur, painted the pictured Black Boy Joy 1,000 piece puzzle to highlight the joy and resilience of young Black boys. Puzzles of Color.
After discovering how toxic some candle ingredients can be, candle lover Christina Degreaffenreidt set about experimenting with her own candle creations and ingredients. In March 2020, Multifaceted was born and the line of clean-burning coconut and soy wax blend candles have continued to grow. Candles like the brand’s bestselling Dandelion Flower Top candles are hand poured and feature flower-shaped, hand-dyed wax toppers. Multifaceted.
Creative studio and stationery brand Creative Pounds was founded in 2017 by illustrator LaTanja Jones Snelling as an event signage business. The brand became what it is today in 2019 after Snelling began selling pins for her daughter, Logyn, who was dealing with chronic illnesses. The response was so positive that the Creative Pounds never stopped, and Snelling began selling a variety of stationery items and art prints that “depict the everyday joy and culture of Black people,” per her description. Stickers like Creative Pounds’ Protect Black Women Sticker have been bestsellers since their first introduction. Creative Pounds.
Skin Champagne is a skincare line dedicated to creating science-backed, non-toxic and organic products designed to address a number of skin concerns and types while still delivering a stylish, luxurious experience and look. Committed to acknowledging the uniqueness of every person’s skin, Skin Champagne’s oils, serums, cleansers, scrubs and more can help with everything from dry skin to oily skin and products like its Sublime Glow Body Oil are offered in several shades to better match each user’s skin tone. Skin Champagne.
A goal to connect women with themselves through self-reflective and organizational stationery brought Aims Moon Paperie together in 2016, and according to Founder and artist Amy Slaughter, it has guided the stationery brand ever since. Greeting Cards like the Queen Bee design pictured here fuse her signature exploration of identity and self-expression with soft hues and current fashions. Aims Moon Paperie.
Junita’s Jar is a lot more than just a delicious cookie brand. Junita Flowers started the company in 2018 to help herself and others heal from domestic violence, using her cookies as a way to spark conversation, start a community and spread her message. Flavors like Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip pack plenty of rich, indulgent flavor right alongside Flower’s message, too. Junita’s Jar.
Focusing on fun illustrations, patterns and color combinations, Pineapple Sundays Design Studio opened in November of 2018 with three products: a brass ornament, enamel bookmark and keychain. Today, artist and Founder Lauren-Ashley Barnes has made significant expansions on her product offering and now makes greeting cards, keychains and pins in addition. Her bookmark offerings have grown to include a number of enamel chained bookmarks, too, as she continues to seek out topics, colors and patterns that spark joy. Pineapple Sundays Design Studio.
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