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Celebrate Black Excellence: Check Out These Black-Owned Businesses!

Celebrate Black Excellence: Check Out These Black-Owned Businesses!

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Conscious consumerism is on the rise, with shoppers intentionally investing not only in stellar businesses, but in their diverse entrepreneurs too. One of the best ways to make your transactions more meaningful and empowering is by supporting Black-owned businesses. As pillars for commercial innovation and beacons for new narratives, Black artists and business owners are re-defining the landscape of our global market.

So, if you’re on the hunt for some of the market’s best hidden gems, unique statement pieces and high-quality products, check out these fabulous Black-owned businesses!

Don’t Sleep Interiors

If you’re looking for some bold home décor, check out Don’t Sleep Interiors. Their name says it all. From radical pillow prints to gorgeous African-diasporic art, Don’t Sleep Interiors will definitely keep you up at night surfing through their inventory of mugs, pillows and frames dedicated to historic Black figures like James Baldwin and Malcolm X.

Photo frame with a print displaying a quote from Dr. John Henrik Clarke. Books and photos of Malcolm X strewn to the side.
Interested in this frame? Grab it on Etsy for only $25 now! (Photo from Don’t Sleep Interiors)

The brand has been featured on big name media companies like ESSENCE, HGTV and Oprah Daily’s recommendations for Black-owned businesses to shop from. According to their website, Don’t Sleep Interior’s mission is to, “invoke meaningful conversations, promote free thinking, & encourage exploration into our collective past.” You can check out their Etsy shop here.

Semicolon Books

Everybody loves a good read, even if you aren’t a book nerd. If you happen to be in the Chicagoland area, stop by Semicolon Books, a Black, woman-owned bookstore that also ships abroad via Etsy.

Woman peers up at bookshelves.
Chicagoans! Stop by 1355 W Chicago Ave Unit Store to explore the wonderland that is Semicolon books. (Photo from Pexels)

Semicolon Books is also dedicated to philanthropy, focusing on non-profit fundraising to increase access to literature for marginalized communities and under-resourced Chicago public schools. Making waves on Buzzfeed News, The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune’s list of best black-owned businesses, Semicolon Books is changing the market by giving back to the community.

Peach and Pixie

Shout out to all of our spiritual babes out there, because this one’s for you! Self-care extends beyond skincare and physical wellness; mindfulness and spiritual well-being are just as important, and crystals are becoming a popular self-care tool to ground ourselves.

Amethyst geodes and a rose quartz sphere in front of a candle.
Hop on over to Peach and Pixie’s Instagram to peruse their awesome inventory. Fair warning: once you start scrolling through their gemstone collection, you won’t be able to stop. (Photo from Pexels)

Not only is this a Black-owned business, but a woman-led one too! Online crystal retailer Peach and Pixie offers some dazzling gems and pendulums that are also ethically sourced. Check out their sparkling array of crystal earrings, carvings and sage kits!

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Zelie for She

Summer is here and we know the struggle of buying sun-friendly clothes last minute, especially if you’re plus-sized. Luckily for you, L.A.-based designer Elann Zelie’s got you covered. With a wide curation of plus-size friendly beachwear and cute miniskirts, each piece from Zelie for She is rare and crafted with the utmost quality.

Elann Zelie poses in a mirror selfies wearing an orange body con dress with black dots and blue jeans. Zelie is the owner of Zelie for She, a Black-owned business in LA.
Zelie says one of her go-to outfit combos is pairing her sand dunes dress with some simple jeans as a tunic. As a Black-owned business, Zelie for She also strives for representation Zelie never saw as a child. (Photo from Elann Zelie)

Beaux & Paws

Dog owners, listen up! Beaux & Paws is a philanthropic businesses founded by teen entrepreneur Sir Darius Brown, who hand sews dog bows, donating one to a shelter dog for every sale he makes.

Sir Darius Brown holds a puppy wearing an orange bandanna in Times Square. Brown's Black-owned business, Beaux & Paws, helps dogs get adopted.
Brown received a Global Child Prodigy Award in 2022, which honors up to 100 children internationally for their trailblazing work. (Photo from Sir Darius Brown)

Brown’s mission is to raise awareness to the plethora of dogs searching for forever homes, which he says starts with looking dapper! From classy plaids to lush pinks, Beaux & Paws has something for all pups. He even has a page dedicated to advertising dogs up for adoption!

Got any other awesome Black-owned businesses to recommend? Let us know in the comments below! We love to amplify the talented Black artists and business professionals who are re-defining the market every day.

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