5 Black Owned Businesses To Support (Toronto)
Across North America, consumers are searching for Black-owned businesses to support in light of the conversation surrounding Anti-Black racism. Anti-Black racism is deeply ingrained in the fabric of our society and of our country. The racial wealth gap between White and Black/Indigenous groups is born out of a number of factors, and Black/Indigenous populations are far behind in key measures of economic well-being. Despite this, Black buying power is one of the most significant when analyzing the economic power of racial groups. Black Americans spent $1.4 trillion in 2019, they make up 13.4% of the population, and have 8.9% of the buying power. White Americans have 81.7% of the buying power, make up 72.6% of the population, and spent $13.2 trillion in 2019 (https://www.catalyst.org/research/buying-power/). Unfortunately, Canadian data on economic buying power of racial groups is not as readily available, however; US data still provides us with insight.
Buying from Black-owned businesses is one way for Canadians to help support members of the black community in the fight against systemic racism. Black entrepreneurs and business owners face many barriers that their White counterparts do not, so it is important to show our support by putting our money where our mouths are.
Looking for some local black-owned business to endorse?
Here is my list of 5 Black-owned businesses that you can support right here in Toronto:
Blooming Flower Bar: “Blooming Flower Bar is Cabbagetown’s neighbourhood flower shop. In what neighbours have dubbed ‘the happy place’, you’ll find a wide assortment of fresh-cut flowers sold by the stem. Either pick flowers from our DIY flower bar or allow Blooming’s friendly staff to put together a wondrous custom bouquet.”
Jean-Marie Candle Co.: “Bringing Light to Dark Places. Handmade & Hand-poured. Soy Wax Non-Toxic scented candles.”
Rachel Joanis Illustrations: “Rachel is the artist and founder behind Rachel JoanisIllustrations, an online print shop based in Toronto. All artwork is created and designed by Rachel, who also works as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer.”
A Different Booklist: “A Canadian, independent, multicultural bookstore specializing in books from the African Caribbean Diaspora and the Global South.”
MBM Made By Madrigal: “MBM Made by Madrigal is a furniture and lifestyle boutique which houses refinished vintage antiques, custom furnishings, and handcrafted home goods that add brilliance to any decor.”
Each of these brands has so much to offer and deserve support regardless of them being Black-owned, but it is an added benefit to know that they are. Check out each of these brands, and let me know what you think!