As Black History Month comes to an end, we’ve compiled a list of local Black-Owned Businesses to encourage support of these businesses not just for the month of February, but for many years to come. While this short list of creatives, restaurants, unique shops, and entrepreneurs features a small portion of the Black-owned businesses in Boston, we also urge you to continuously discover and support the local Black-owned businesses in your own neighborhoods and community.
The Urban Grape has been serving the greater Boston area with imported and local wines since 2009. The owners, Hadley and TJ Douglass, aim to “make wine less intimidating for the average drinker.” The shop is located on Columbus Ave in Back Bay, and the company website offers online ordering options (with shipping!).
Located on Tremont Street in Boston’s South End, this neighborhood restaurant draws inspiration from simple traditional Italian cuisine and practices. Chef/Owner Douglass Williams is well known not only for his signature housemade pasta dishes but for his long-lasting connections with local diners.
3. TRILLFIT Wellness Center
In an effort to make working out less about work and more about fun, this fitness studio uses hip-hop music and dance techniques for their class format. The studio is built on valuing inclusivity, as CEO/Founder Heather C. White works to sustain a diverse space with “real bodies and real people.” Not only are they conveniently located in the heart of Boston’s Mission Hill, but the high-intensity and energy-filled classes are also available for online streaming.
This curated gift shop serves as a destination for local specialty foods and handcrafted gifts. Founder and community builder Sofi Madison first opened shop in 2012 with the vision of helping local entrepreneurs gain exposure. Filled with locally sourced and unique pieces, this one-stop gift shop is not only socially conscious but is the perfect place to find hidden gems.
5. BREK.ONE DJ
Local DJ BREK.ONE provides Bostonians with multi-sensory entertainment, combining remixes with lighting and visual effects— making him one of the most notable Boston artists. He’s a multidisciplinary creative, in not only music but art, fashion and beyond. As we all know, the current state of affairs have had a large impact on the entertainment industry and many entertainers have had to come up with creative solutions to drive revenue. Check Brek’s merch in the link above.
6. Styled By Gilda, Personal Stylist
Looking for a total wardrobe revamp? Or maybe thinking about budgeting on your next shopping trip? Personal stylist Gilda Miranda works with men and women of all ages, backgrounds, and fashion experience. By offering customized packages depending on individual client needs, Gilda personalizes her styling experience to best fit your needs.
7. Brown and Coconut Skincare
Sisters Letisha and Zeena Brown began their skincare line with a lifestyle blog in 2013. Motivated to create luxurious botanically-based skincare products, the duo continues to create unique plant-based formulas that leave customers feeling revitalized, refreshed, and natural. Their main goal? To “create products that you can’t wait to come home to.”
8. Frugal Bookstore
A well-known community bookstore in Roxbury, MA, Frugal Bookstore promotes literacy and a love for reading among all ages. Clarissa and Leonard Egerton have been running the shop since 2008— spreading knowledge, awareness, and a genuine passion for books across Massachusetts. They currently offer online and in-person shopping experiences, along with special request book finds.
9. Giselle’s Flowers and Gifts Florist
Who says sending flowers has to be for special occasions only? To show someone you love them—or to show yourself some love— heading to Giselle’s in Roxbury, MA will fulfill all your floral needs. With over 20 years of experience, the team at Giselle’s is sure to leave any occasion beautiful and bright.
10. Isle de Nature Candle Company
Co-founder/CEO Veronica Armstrong created this Boston-based fragrance company so she could create environmentally-friendly products that support honeybee populations and show that “nature and luxury can live harmoniously.” All of the naturally-sourced products— including their signature Dominican beeswax candle — can be found on the company’s website.
Although supporting these local Black creatives in their endeavors is a great way to celebrate Black History Month this year, remember that shopping local and supporting local POC-run businesses can (and should) extend into our normal, everyday shopping practices. Show the city you love that you truly care, and give back to the community that makes Boston your home.