20 Black Millennial Businesses To Check Out Now!

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From skincare to books to building financial accessibility, these 20 Black-owned businesses are representing a broad spectrum of categories. Each one dedicated to bringing the best products and services that enrich their consumers and communities. Peep how these business savvy millennials are putting it down.

 

Sip & Sonder

This Black woman-owned specialty coffee house and roastery in Inglewood, California and Downtown Los Angeles, brings the community more than just some delish java. It’s a multi-functional event space and entrepreneurial and creative hub that fosters connection and creativity among its patrons. Former law firm legal eagles and friends Amanda-Jane Thomas and Shanita Nicholas concepted the shop as a place for the community and the culture

Not in the area? Check out their site to shop their signature coffees, teas, and more!

 

BYCHARI

 

Chari Cuthbert, Designer & Creative Director of the BYCHARI brand, brings inspired jewelry to celebrities and beyond. These pieces are delicate and detailed, and will stun anyone on the receiving end.

 

Aya Paper Co.

 

When launching Aya Paper Co., Founder and Creative DirectorSaVonne Anderson brought her passion for environmental justice into the development of the brand. Made from 100% recycled materials, Aya Paper delivers an earthy modern vibe to its sustainably source collection of greeting cards, journals, and more. Get to manifesting with this artfully minimalist journal!

 

Brave + Kind Bookshop

 

This little Decatur, Georgia book shop, owned by native resident Bunnie Hillard, is dedicated to bringing kids and their parents a curated selection of inclusive, artful, classic children’s books, bundles, and subscription packages.

 

Coco & Breezy

 

Twin sisters Coco & Breezy Dotson DJs, visual artists, and creators of this successful eyewear line have been bringing their stylish point of view to celebrities and the fashion-forward since launching in 2009

 

Trade Street Jam

 

Black-owned and operated, Trade Street Jam packs flavor into its mouth-watering creative concoctions. Started in the South but now based in Brooklyn, New York, the company also creates baking mixes and gift sets. Give someone you love a bit of that yum.

 

Bespoke Binny

 

Etsy shop owner Natalie Manima brings her unique flair to home décor to like through African-inspired home décor boasting color lampshades, aprons, and oven mitts.

 

Show & Tell

 

Alyah Baker founded this Oakland-based concept shop to curate and support unique, vibrant, inclusive design. You’ll find colorful handmade textiles, make-up, soaps, candles, apparel and more from various artists, makers and creators. The shop’s purpose is social responsibility, celebrating people of color, LGBTQIA+, women and other marginalized communities. It lives up to its tagline of unapologetic style & joyful living.

 

Esusu

 

Founders Abbey Wemimo and Samir Goel created Esusu to help build financial access and inclusion for all communities. Partnering with Freddie Mac, the company allows renters to establish credit through on-time rental payments.

 

Mayvenn

Founder Diishan Imira grew up watching the stylists in his family serve their communities but saw they did not sell the products the community was buying. He built Mayvenn into the source for hair extensions, wigs and other hair products and a resource for finding stylists near you that cater to Black hair needs.

 

NightLight Pediatric

 

Families looking for urgent care specializing in pediatric care in Houston, Texas can turn to Nightlight Pediatric, a healthcare organization founded by three women of color–Dr. Anastasia L. Gentles, Zawadi Bryant and Connie Cazares. Eight locations and virtual telemedicine services bring worried parents and young patients some peace of mind.

 

KNC Beauty

Eyes, lips, face, oh this beauty haven is all the things. Starting as a beauty columnist for Elle magazine, KNC Beauty founder Kristen Noel Crawley applied years of experience in the beauty space into a successful beauty company known for its collabs, including its latest with Champion Sportswear.

 

Curlbox

 

Curlbox is a subscription box that allows you to try haircare collections expressly made for the curl gang. Myleik Teele started the service after being frustrated with traveling far and wide to find the right product for her natural hair, only to discover that it was just not the right one. Here’s to turning a bad experience into something good for everyone.

 

Bierwax

A vinyl record craft beer bar in Brooklyn? Of course! Owner Chris Maestro amassed over 5,000 vinyl records animpressive selection of beers on tap to give the venue a perfect vibe for enjoying music and community. The team has just opened a second location in Ridgewood, Queens.

 

Chloe & Chad

Aisha Besson is a Brooklyn native who spent hours creating soaps, balms, and butters to keep skin supple and nourished. She turned that hobby into a reprieve for her sister, a breast cancer survivor who just had her daughter Chloe and needed products that were good for her. After having her son Chad, who experienced severe eczema, Aisha was even more determined to invest in naturally-derived products by creating homemade vegan grooming and home products made from organic ingredients and essential oil.

 

228 Grand Street Candle Company

 

Classic amber and apothecary jars and gold travel tins are the containers of choice for Kendal Brown’s 228 Grant Street Candle Co., a small batch candle based in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

Rosen Skincare

The next-gen acne care company was created by a 21-year-old Kamika Martin back in 2017 after she suffered years of severe breakouts. The UCLA grad made her formulations by starting in her kitchen and doing extensive research until she perfected Rosen Skincare. The company focuses on clean, accessible skincare products at an affordable price.

 

Blk Mkt Vintage

 

Black curators of a collection of black curiosities, heirlooms, and collectibles, Kiyanna Stewart and Jannah Handy founded the Brooklyn-based antique/vintage concept shop in 2014. Since then, it has worked on interior design projects, prop rental, and styling and sold vintage items in-store and online.

 

Clare

 

Founder, Nicole Gibbons, is a color-obsessed interior designer who has been featured on HGTV, OWN, The Today Show, and more. She created Clare to make paint a fun and uncomplicated experience.

 

Brilliant Or BS

Created by a reality television show producer Kimelia Weathers Smith, this truth or lie-based game is perfect for making your next gathering something to talk about!

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