We made a promise earlier this year to do our best to not only support local small businesses, but also support Black owned businesses in the Twin Cities and beyond. It is so important to us that our little space on the internet is also a space of community, love and support for one another. So ahead of this challenging holiday season we want to share six Black owned, Twin Cities businesses to support. Whether it be gift-giving or holiday-feasting, you are going to want to add these companies to your short list!
Check out these 6 Black owned businesses in the Twin Cities to support for the holidays
1. Gigi’s Flair Emporium
This shop is full of goodies that are sure to make you smile. We couldn’t help but giggle as we browsed the products. The online shop is full of fun patches, pins and jewelry with a witty local spin. These fun rainbow Minnesota pins might just be our favorite. Gigi is amazing at dropping new content that hits on current events and our ever changing seasons. So be sure to follow along on Instagram so you don’t miss any pre-orders. And don’t forget, just because her physical location is closed, doesn’t mean you can’t buy online. Click here to shop her collection and find the perfect stocking stuffers to check off your list.
Marcus Johnson had a vision to spread love through fashion. He created every aspect of Splash from the designs to choosing the materials. He poured his heart into this business and was always ready to use his platform to support causes near to his heart like breast cancer awareness. From masks to hats to hoodies in every color imaginable, you are sure to find an item that speaks to you. So do yourself a favor and cozy up with a hoodie to survive these cold winter months. You can shop the full collection right here. Big things are coming for this brand, we know it. So be sure to follow along!
3. Twiggy Fresh
Twiggy Fresh is one of the most inspirational Black owned small businesses in the twin cities. You may have seen their beautiful displays and gorgeous premium toothbrushes inside the Mall of America’s Community Commons. Their mission: to change the world one toothbrush at a time. We are here for that! We are constantly looking for ways to lessen our carbon footprint on the world, but never did we consider the dozens of plastic toothbrushes we’ve thrown away… until now. These toothbrushes are created from Moso bamboo. With this material, it’s gone in only months after you dispose of it, rather than centuries as with plastic. Check them out locally or shop online!
4. Omari Brow Studio
Who doesn’t need a little, or a lot, of self-care this year? Whether it’s a gift for a loved one or a treat-yourself-moment, Omari Brow Studio should be on your list. Syreeta is your self-care expert. As a mom and small business owner she understands just how important your time is and will treat you like the queen you are! Brows or lashes, waxing or threading, pick your service or snag a gift certificate so you can brighten someone else’s day. Go check out her adorable studio in St. Paul or shop online.
5. Dragon Wok Delivery
If you are like us, then you know the holidays revolve around delicious food. You deserve to spend some time outside of that kitchen these next few months. So next time you go to order delivery, think of Dragon Wok. One look at their website and your mouth will be watering. All the meats and vegetables are bought daily and cooked to order the second you call. And don’t even get us started on the homemade sauces. If you are in the Minneapolis area, this Black owned small business is a must-eat!
6. Afro Deli
Last but not least on our list of Black owned small businesses in the twin cities is Afro Deli. Afro Deli is an urban fast-casual restaurant that provides a delicious fusion of African, Mediterranean, and American themed food. Yum! With locations spread across the Twin Cities, each one is focused on creating a community of people from all walks of life. Whether you are looking for a quick grab and go lunch break or a group order for a holiday event – because let’s face it, holidays will most definitely not look the same this year – this is a great solution. Plus, they are a company that is dedicated to their community by donating a portion of all proceeds to local businesses. In other words, your dollar goes a whole lot further here.
There are so many more Black owned small businesses in the twin cities, we’ve really only scratched the surface.
This holiday season, take a break from Amazon and Target for a moment and think of those businesses nearby who need you more than ever. This year has been hard on everyone. We don’t need the newest gadgets. Instead, we all need a little more love and community in our lives. So let’s keep supporting one another and building each other up.