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Staff Favorites: Local Black-Owned Businesses to Support 365 Days a Year

From buying a bottle of delicious Black Girl Magic wine to a beautiful leather Telfar bag, there are a multitude of ways to support Black businesses each and every day

Explore (in no particular order) some of our staff’s favorite Black-owned businesses across the New York City boroughs and read why we adore them! 

Happy Cork
51 Buffalo Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11233
Instagram to follow: HERE
Happy Cork is a phenomenal wine store that is local and Black-owned! Every time I’m there, the store associates are cheerful and the vibe is great. I love knowing that I am supporting the community! – Seb 

556 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Instagram to follow: HERE
They have amazing beers, fabulous music and I love that it’s black-owned. As a person of color, it’s an inviting and inclusive place for me to grab a drink with friends – Erick

Ethel’s Club
315 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Instagram to follow: HERE
I love Ethel’s Club. It’s a social and wellness club, and they collaborate with a lot of BIPOC small business owners as well! 

Brandon Blackwood
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Instagram to follow: HERE
Brandon Blackwood is a Chinese, Jamaican NYC-based designer and most of his leather handbags designs are all classic and chic that can go with any outfit!

– Erika 

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Instagram to follow: HERE 
I love FORVR not only because of the amazing scents but because of the strategic marketing. Their Christmas and Valentine’s Day collections were both a hit with beautiful packaging and fun, cheeky, creative names to go along with it. Aside from that, the founder is my favorite influencer, Jackie Aina, and what’s not to love about her?! – Nikki

Good Day Scents
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Instagram to follow: HERE 
Good Day Scents hand-poured candles are made in small batches with GMO-free soy wax to ensure there aren’t any harmful toxins. The fragrances are amazing and the messages on each candle help spread positivity, making them a great addition to my candle collection and gift for my friends – Marge

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I LOVE Telfar Clemens! In addition to being the designer behind the iconic Telfar bag, he’s been a pioneer in creating genderless clothing and accessories for almost two decades! 

The Lit. Bar: Bookstore & Chill Bookshop 
131 Alexander Ave, The Bronx, NY 10454
Instagram to follow: HERE
I think it’s essential for consumers to support small, local businesses, especially when they have stories like The Lit Bar. The Bronx is home to more than 1 million people and the borough didn’t have a single bookstore. The Lit Bar changed that in order to serve the community!

– Lo

There are SO many other businesses to support! Here are a few amazing directories that help make finding Black-owned businesses super easy and accessible:


There is a need to continually show up for our neighbors beyond just this moment in time.  
Happy Black History Month,



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