It may be a ghost town in your neighbourhood at the moment and the outside world may have come to a standstill, but life certainly goes on. We bring you a list of Black-owned businesses for you to support, and vice versa, during the lockdown.
It’s great to see so many people adapting to the temporary, new way of life. We’re not letting the outbreak beat our spirits and so it’s business, almost, as usual. We’re still celebrating birthdays, keeping fit, cooking our favourite dishes, reading amazing books, practicing self-care, building businesses and so much more!
So, to help you continue living your best life, we’ve put together a list of Black-owned businesses that you can support and who will also support you while you’re at home!
Please share your fave Black-owned business in the comments below.
For your Caribbean food requirements, head to Windrush Bay online for everything you need to cook your favourite dishes. On the site, you can order spices, condiments, tropical fruit and vegetables, teas and so much more, all can be delivered directly to your door. Yes, you have to stay indoors, but Windrush Bay will bring the market to you!
New Beacon Books
New Beacon Books became the first ever UK Black-owned bookshop when it first opened its doors in 1966. Fast forward to 2020 and now the shop offers access to a range of Black literary greats online, making it nice and easy to get your dose of Black excellence and daily reading while you’re social distancing.
Detola and Geek
Why not take advantage of the situation and use the time to update your home décor? Detola and Geek have some fabulous pieces that can elevate your home interior design in a few clicks. You can order a range of African inspired homemade products including lampshades, pillows, table décor and more.
Going to the salon is off limits at the moment so now is the perfect time to rediscover your hair skills and refocus on your hair care routine! Antidote Street offers a range of hair care products to meet your needs, along with a blog to give you some inspiration.
Perhaps you’ve decided to use the extra time at home to start or continue to develop your business. If you need some help to achieve the right logo or some extra assistance to finesse your branding, GB designs can help you with it all.
Again, for those of you using this time to work on your businesses, Pink Ship is a great option for entrepreneurs needing support with digital marketing. Check them out of you need support to create a webinar series, SEO support, social media or any other customised digital help.
A Life More Inspired
We’re all experiencing a lot of change and upheaval in all aspects of our lives and naturally, this can feel overwhelming. So, it’s important that we’re looking after our wellbeing. A Life More Inspired can help to look after you with affirmation cards (including a child-friendly pack) or if you need some extra support you can book a chemistry call with the woman behind the Black-owned brand, Nicole Rae-Wickham.
Reign x Shine
Reign shine is a wellness brand with Black women at the forefront! While the brand is centred around retreats, they also have some amazing products to help you look after your mental wellbeing from home. We really love the Reign x Shine gift box which includes a clay mask, a gratitude journal, bath salts, candles, a surprise gift and much more!
Just because your gym has closed that doesn’t mean you can’t continue to work out, there are lots of free resources only a click away to help you adapt to working out at home. But if you’re really missing using equipment to exercise you should check out Cass Fitness.
Cass Fitness stocks booty building bands, sweat belts, ankle bands and even a transformational guide to hopefully help you to transition from working out at the gym to getting your sweat on at home a little easier.
If you’re missing the convenience of going to a shopping mall where you can get everything you need under one roof. Why not head over to a virtual equivalent? Jamii is the one top virtual shop where you can find a huge range of products including hair care, cosmetics, clothing, homeware, art, wellness and a lot more. They also operate the first discount card for Black-owned businesses.
We might be indoors, but birthdays are certainly not cancelled. Perhaps you can’t be there to celebrate a loved one’s birthday but thanks to KitsCH Noir you can definitely send amazing birthday cards. KitsCH Noir has a range of humorous, gorgeous and even educational cards that are sure to put a smile on somebody’s face!