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Black Owned Alternatives to Major Brands (A Guide to Buying Black – December 2014)

I committed to purchasing from small businesses during the holiday season in 2014 and it was not an easy process.   The one percent have abundant economic resources to make purchasing from them seamless, convenient and emotionally enjoyable.  Most small business owners do not have such resources.  I struggled to complete a purchase of cookies because renegade ads for a major cookie brand kept on popping up on my screen directing me to a major brand’s site.  One company did not have online commerce capabilities and the owner expected me to email him my credit card info. What a joke!  I had to try three different websites before I was able to find a company that would send a particular brand of wine to my state.  I had to travel farther than I would usually travel in order to secure goods.  I am also guilty as an owner.  My sister wanted to purchase shoes from my shoe company joojos and experienced difficulty getting the shoes in the size that she needed. My husband and I, the owners of joojos, have limited capital and therefore our inventory is not as wide-ranging as a major children’s shoe company.

But these sacrifices are small compared to the sacrifices that those before us have endured for the causes that they believed in. No one spit in my face.  No dogs were sent to attack me.  No guns were waved at me.   Moreover, I have built invaluable mutually beneficial relationships with fellow entrepreneurs.  It was worth it.

I have compiled a list of black-owned alternatives to major brands.  I will update it from time to time.  Please see the link to the pdf below and the table below. Please share it widely.

Black Owned Alternatives to Major Brands _ December 2014

Thanks,

Ama

Purchasinglove’s Guide for Buying Black

All of these businesses are black-owned and many of them are small start-ups which desperately need our patronage. Patronizing from these businesses may require patience. But that patience pales in comparison to the sacrifices that our ancestors have made. Moreover, that patience is a small sacrifice for the goal of economic empowerment within communities of African descent. According to Maggie Anderson, author of Our Black Year, 95% of wealth in the black community leaves. While one dollar circulates in the Jewish community for 20 days, the Asian-American community for 30 days and the Anglo Saxon community for 17 days, it only circulates in the African-American community for 6 hours before leaving. It is time to recirculate the wealth in order to create employment and inter-generational wealth. Ujamaa (cooperative economics) has never been so important. Please subscribe to purchasinglove.wordpress.com for updates to this list.

Additionally, if you are an entrepreneur of African descent, please do three things. First, register your business with the Around The Way App which is a black-owned business directory. Second, set up a web store at purchaseblack.com. Third, contact me, Ama Yawson, at ama@loveessence.com so that I can feature you on my socially responsible spending/small business blog Purchasinglove.wordpress.com.

Item Category Big Box Brand Emerging Black-Owned Business
Cookies Ms. Field’s Cookies Favorable Treats

favorabletreats.com

Energy Bars Kind Bars

Nature Valley Bars

Power Bars

Loadebar

https://www.loadebar.com/www

Bath and Beauty Products – Soaps, Lotions/Butters and Hair Products Origins Body

Dove

Lime Green

https://brooklynlimegreen.com/

Nubian Heritage

https://www.nubianheritage.com/

Shea Moisture

http://www.sheamoisture.com/

Pooka Pure and Simple

http://www.pookapureandsimple.com/

Belle Butters

http://www.bellebutters.com/category/skincare

Camile Rose Naturals

http://www.camillerosenaturals.com/

Karen’s Body Beautiful – Hair products for natural hair by a Bed Stuy native – available at Target

http://www.karensbodybeautiful.com/

Ixora Botanical Beauty

http://ixorabotanicalbeauty.bigcartel.com/about

Nuekie – Natural skin care for dry skin formulated by a black woman chemist

http://www.nuekie.com/

The Mane Choice – Hair vitamins and hair products

http://www.themanechoice.com/

Naturally Me – Vegan Body Products for Dry Skin

 www.naturallyme.us

Sheamakery – high end bath products that look like desserts

http://www.sheamakery.com/

Gift Baskets Wine and Country Gift Baskets Taikun Cos , LLC Riding Hood Baskets

http://ridinghoodbaskets.com/

Bookstores Barnes and Nobles Hueman Bookstore

http://www.huemanbookstore.com/

Special Interest Books by Black Publishers Penguin books Kids

Simon and Schuster

Just Us Books – Publisher and Distributor of books for children of color

http://www.justusbooksonlinestore.com/

Independently published books for teens and adults include Afro-State of Mind by Lurie Favors, Afros: A Celebration of Natural Hair by Michael July and One Drop by Yaba Blay.

Independently published books for children include Sunne’s Gift by Ama Yawson, The Ghanaian Goldilocks by Tamara Pizzoli and Thunder and Lightening by Mary Evans which are all available on Amazon.

Spas Bliss Spa

Elizabeth Arden Spas

Support a local black-owned spa in your area by going to the link below.

http://www.spaindex.com/special-features/black-owned-spas/

Wines Yellow Tail Wines Heritage Link Brands is a black-owned distributor of black-owned South African wine companies including Seven Sisters, House of Mandela, M’hudi and One World

http://www.heritagelinkbrands.com/

Bee D’vine wine is a brand of Ethiopian honey wine which is black-owned and produced in California. A certain portion of revenue is used for reforestation projects in Ethiopia.

http://www.beedvine.com/

Tea Teavana Loose Leaf Teas that inspire creativity and productivity

http://www.possibiliteas.co/

Baby Food Earth’s Best Organic

Happy Baby

Sista Girl Baby Food

http://www.sistagirlmidwifery.com/sgmw/

Women’s Clothing Rainbow

H&M

Zara

Uptown Girl – Trendy Fashions

http://uptowngirl.com/

Blue Labels Boutique- Trendy Fashions

http://www.bluelabelsboutique.com/

Busayo NYC -African print in modern styles

http://www.busayonyc.com/

Rue 114 – African inspired with plus sizes

http://www.rue114.com/

Antisparkle – Inspirational T-Shirts

http://www.antisparkle.com/

Men’s Clothing Macy’s

Men’s Warehouse

J. Crew

B. Oyama – High end Italian suits with Parisian style

http://boyamaonline.com/

Martin de Tours – Custom Made Suits owned by Bed Stuy Local

http://mdtclothier.com/

Kool Nerd – Inspirational T-Shirts. Some of the proceeds from sales go to promoting science, technology, engineering, art and math among children of African descent.

http://www.koolnerdclothing.com/

Brooklyn Circus – Trendy Street-Wear

http://thebkcircus.com/

Children’s Clothing The Children’s Place

Old Navy

The Gap

Mixed Up Clothing – Spring and summer multicultural fashion

 http://www.mixedupclothing.com/.

Gbekembe Girls – African inspired fashion that grows with your girls

http://www.gbekembe.com/,

Women’s Shoes Jimmy Choo

Enzo

Shane and Shawn – Stylish Shoes which are designed to be comfortable.

http://shaneandshawn.com/

Samanta Shoes – Stylish shoes for women with larger feet.

http://www.samantashoes.com

Fever Shoes – Trendy Shoes

http://www.fevershoes.com

Children’s Shoes Stride Rite Joojos – Artisinal baby and toddler shoes made from Italian leathers and partially-hand crafted in Romania.

http://www.joojos.com/

Watches Rolex

Timex

Banneker Watches

http://banneker1753.com/

Handbags Coach

Prada

Michael Kors

Love Cortnie

http://www.lovecortnie.com/

Christopher Augmon

http://augmon-com.myshopify.com/

Jewerly Claire’s

Tiffany’s

Kah Yoot

http://www.kahyoot.com/

Rachel Stewart

 http://rachelstewartjewelry.com/

V Creations

http://vcreations.biz

Precious Heart Designs

www.preciousheartdesigns.com.

Intimate Apparel Victoria Secret Urban Intima

https://squareup.com/market/urban-intima

Dolls Mattel Sugarfoot Ragdolls and Books

http://sugarfoots.com/

Natural Girls United – Natural Hair Dolls

http://www.naturalgirlsunited.com/natural-hair-dolls.html

Children’s Educational Products

-Language Acquistion Programs

-History Lessons

Pimsleur

Rosetta Stone

Smartcoos – Language programs for Mandarin, Spanish and more.

http://www.smartcoos.com/

Sweet Blackberry Videos – Created by Karyn Parsons to teach important stories of African American triumph

http://sweetblackberry.org/

Greeting Cards Hallmark African American Expressions

http://www.black-cards.com/

Shaving Products Art of Shaving

Gillette

Founded by African-American Silicon Valley guru Tristan Walker, Bevel is a shaving system designed specifically for men with kinky or curly hair. This is the first product of Walker Brands which aims to be be a fresh, new and Black-owned consumer products conglomerate.

https://getbevel.com/

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4 thoughts on “Black Owned Alternatives to Major Brands (A Guide to Buying Black – December 2014)

  1. We are a black owned and operated Floorcovering business since 1995. We sell and install carpet,tile,hardwood, laminate wood and countertops. We sell several top name brands. Mainly Mohawk! Call us in Oklahoma 580-353-6839 or come see us 1602 SE. SHERIDAN Rd.

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  2. I am looking for a company that makes baby food. I tried the sister girl website to buy food but it wouldn’t allow me to make a purchase. Do anyone know of another company?

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