PART III: Black-Owned Businesses to Shop With Today, Tomorrow and Forever

There’s never been a more important moment to lift up the Black community. Some of us are donating to social organizations; others are marching and mobilizing to raise consciousness. But other sustainable manner to support is by shopping from Black-owned brands. 

CouponoSCOPE has compiled a list of Black-owned and led businesses across fashion, beauty, food, books and much more – all of which you are sure to adore. We inspire you to learn about and shop from these lovely brands, today and every day.

We know the list is far from to be complete, and we promise to continue adding to it every day. We are also foregoing profits made from this page to guarantee all proceeds go back to Black brands and the black community.

Riot Swim

Founded by Monti Landers, this bathing suit company carries fashionable, luxe and minimalistic options for women, with suits coming in five sizes. Plus, Riot Swim’s site features YouTube videos with try-on reviews to make sure you find the right fit. They’ve been featured in Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, The Zoe Report, PopSugar and more.

Tapestry

Tapestry is the parent company of Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman and is run by Chairman and CEO Jide J. Zeitlin. At its core, the company is driven by values of optimism, inclusivity and innovation and propels their brands and people forward so that they can reach their global potential.

Unitees

This D.C. company is owned by two brothers and a cousin. This company started 30 years ago while the owners attended Howard University. Unitees has a printing company and a clothing line. They make one-of-a-kind dip-dye clothing with Ghanaian Ndinga symbols and more. They call their creations “the Native Tongue Collection” because they speak a language that the soul understands. The style, fit and hand-dyed uniqueness are for those who value originality. All of their pieces are made in house and include silk-screen printing, embroidery, dyeing and sewing.

BLK & Bold

BLK & Bold sells coffee and tea that helps the community. They donate 5% of profits to non-profit organizations to support at-risk youth. The founder, Pernell Cezar, says, “Since you don’t drink bottom shelf wine, you shouldn’t drink bottom shelf coffee.” The delicious blends are available at Target, Whole Foods, Amazon and the brand’s website.

Jones Bar-B-Q

Jones Bar-B-Q is founded by sisters Deborah “Shorty” and Mary “Little” Jones. For them, barbecue has been a way of life since they were children. Over 30 years later, the Jones sisters carry on their father’s legacy of smoking meats and making their family’s secret barbecue sauce from scratch daily at their restaurant. Fun fact: They were featured on “Queer Eye”! You can order their secret sauce to enjoy yourself on their website!

Partake Foods

Partake was developed when two parents discovered their infant daughter had food allergies. When they couldn’t find healthy options for her, they set out to create their own solution. So they made Partake cookies, delivering healthy and delicious snacks that are wheat-, egg-, milk- and nut-free.

Tasteful Innovations 

This premier catering company serves the four corners of Atlanta and beyond. You can order everything from beef broccoli to maple salmon and hire Tasteful Innovations to be your personal chef (no joke!) or cater your birthday or wedding. The Tasteful Innovations Head chef Sean Clark has been in the food, beverage and hospitality industry for over 30 years. He has been the executive chef at five local restaurants in the Atlanta area and served as a food and beverage director for Marriott. Not sure about you, but my stomach is growling already.

Brother Vellies

Brother Vellies was founded in 2013 by designer Aurora James with the goal of keeping traditional African design practices and techniques alive while also creating and sustaining artisanal jobs. Now handmade artisanally across the globe, Brother Vellies creates luxury accessories that celebrate cultural histories and timeless design.

Kahmune

Founder and brand director Jamela A Acheampong started Kahmune in 2016 as “a solution to the age old fallacy that ‘nude’ refers to a specific color.” Her luxury line offers an array of footwear styles designed to match the skin tones of all women. Kahmune offers styles in 10 colors ranging from the fairest of skin tones to the darkest of brown. At the companies core, they believe representation, diversity and inclusion matter.

Y.J.Lacour

This sneaker brand started in Chicago and aims “to design a line of sneakers that blends the luxurious nature of world-renowned fashion houses with the inner-city street flair that characterized rap music’s humble beginnings.”

Clare

Clare is on a mission to make paint shopping easy and inspiring, so you can create a home you love. They’ve reimagined a whole new paint shopping experience with designer-curated colors, technology to guide you, mess-free paint swatches and the highest-quality paint and supplies, delivered right to your door. Founder Nicole Gibbons has had such success that Clare Paints has been featured by top media outlets like HGTV, The Oprah Winfrey Network, Good Morning America and Elle Decor.

Jungalow

Jungalow offers bohemian furniture and decor to help you tap into your own creativity and bring good vibes home. Jungalow started as a design blog by Justina Blakeney in 2009 and has since grown into a lifestyle brand and the go-to source for “jungalicious” design goods and inspiration. Jungalow works with vendors from all over the world to source, design and create products and work toward more responsible and sustainable business practices.

Lowe’s

Lowe’s is led by President and CEO Marvin Ellison, who has over 30 years of leadership and business experience. Lowe’s grew from one small-town hardware store in North Carolina to one of the largest home improvement retailers in the world. Then and now, his business is committed to helping homeowners, renters and pros improve their homes and businesses.

Harperlman

Harperlman sells handmade keepsake dolls that have Black skin and come in multiple styles, with great outfits. You can also order a custom doll that looks like you or someone you want to surprise with an endearing gift. You can even customize the size and hair style.

Little Likes Kids

Founded by mom Kemi Tignor in 2018, Little Likes Kids aims to delight and exceed the expectations of children ages 6 and under. The company is committed to being a trusted source for thoughtfully designed, quality toys that kids love. Currently, Little Likes Kids is helping barbers in Midtown D.C. by donating a puzzle or game to a child in need for every $25 donated.

Aspire Marketplace

The Aspire marketplace lets you connect with Black-owned businesses so you can buy Black-led and founded beauty brands, eateries, clothing and home products. Their website is a convenient place to discover and shop new and trending businesses. They are driven by the message to “shop with a purpose.”

CT Prints

Owner Mike Ross established The Ross Imaging Center in 2000. His businesses, including CT Prints, provide a wide range of services, such as scanning, printing, mounting, laminating, processing, custom photo gifts and editing film and images. The CT Prints lab technicians can recover data from damaged digital storage devices as well as create backups and archives of images and information. CT Prints can also repair film, digital and video camera equipment.