There has been a concerted effort to support Black-owned businesses this year, with a special push to reclaim Black Friday as “Buy Black Friday.”
Instead of doing holiday shopping at big corporations who will undoubtedly survive the year, consider the impact of patronizing small businesses in your own NYC community, especially the demographic hardest hit by COVID-19 that needs our support now more than ever.
Get’s get shopping!
1. Cafe con Libros
What: Feminist indie bookstore & coffee shop
Where: 724 Prospect Pl, Brooklyn, NY
How to shop: Visit in-person or support their Bookshop page.
2. Paige’s Candle Co.
What: Hand-crafted vegan soy wax candles
Where: Queens, NY
How to shop: Order online or find products in local NYC shops.
What: Superfood health & beauty products
Where: Brooklyn, NY
How to shop: Order online here.
What: Handmade jewelry with an upcycled + vintage appeal
Where: Astoria, NY
How to shop: Order online.
5. Peace & Riot
What: Boutique & home goods store that combines the owners’ (wife & husband’s) eclectic and global tastes, with influence from African and Caribbean heritages.
Where: 401-403 Tompkins Ave, Brooklyn
How to shop: Shop in-store, or order online here.
6. Xanthine’s All Natural Products
What: Handmade, all-natural personal care products created by a Forensic Toxicologist
Where: Astoria, Queens
How to shop:Order from the website and/or sign up for the monthly subscription online here.
7. The Raspberry Room
What: Handmade pillow covers, face masks, and other fabric good.
Where: Brooklyn, New York
How to shop: Purchase from their website here.
8. Brooklyn Blooms
What: Bouquets, flower arrangements, and more.
Where: 433 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn
How to shop: Visit the shop in-person, or place an order online.
9. Gooey on the Inside
What: Gigantic gooey, delicious homemade cookies
Where: 163 Chrystie St., Lower Manhattan
How to shop: Delivery, pick-up, or nationwide shipping.
What: Artfully designed hoodies, sweatshirts, and t-shirts
Where: Made in Brooklyn, New York
How to shop: Online here.
11. The Lit Bar
What: Bookstore, wine bar & cafe
Where: 131 Alexander Ave, The Bronx (it is the only bookstore in The Bronx)
How To Shop: Visit in person (current hours: Tues-Thurs 12-6 p.m. | Fri & Sat 12-7 p.m. | Sun 12-6 p.m.) or support their Bookshop page online.
featured image source: Instagram / @paigescandleco