November 27, 2020
Happy Black Friday!
As we kick off the gift giving season, we invite you to join us in supporting Black Owned Businesses in our community, making holiday purchases a force for good. When we’re intentional about where and how we shop, we shape our local economies and help businesses thrive. Specifically, making a deliberate choice to buy from Black owned businesses supports racial justice, shrinks the racial wealth gap, and ultimately strengthens community. So on this Black Friday, a traditional day of shopping, we are featuring a few of the many Black owned businesses in our local community. We’ve also included links to directories and nonprofits we hope you will consider supporting not just today, but every day.
Find self-care products handmade with love and curated Mood boxes filled with products selected by R&ARIE founder, Reeba Daniel. Reeba developed the R&ARIE skincare line to promote self-care as a means to build generational resilience, especially for womxn of color. Each ingredient in the R&AIRE line is chosen for both its physical and spiritual properties. As a Black mother and entrepreneur, Reeba understands the many inequities that are barriers to economic success. With R&ARIE Mood Boxes, Reeba addresses these barriers by bringing awareness to complimentary small businesses, featuring products especially made by womxn.
Shop: R&ARIE online
PHOTO CREDIT: Reeba Daniel / R&ARIE
Established in 2010, EcoVibe is a community focused business founded and run by Len and Dre Allen. 1% of all online sales is donated to local non-profit 1% For The Planet members to ensure that the company is continually giving back to environmental causes. With both a retail location open daily on NE Alberta Street and an online store, Ecovibe has a wide selection of sustainable lifestyle products from local designers, women, minority and family owned businesses, small makers and manufacturers.
Shop: EcoVibe online
Visit: EcoVibe, 1906 NE Alberta Street, Portland OR 97211 (Open Daily)
PHOTO CREDIT: EcoVibe
PHOTO CREDIT: KISS Coffee
Dr. Arlyne Simon started Timouns with a mission to inspire kid inventors everywhere and to close the gender and race gap in the innovation industry. In French Creole, 'timoun' (pronounced tea-MOON) means child. Timouns creates picture books and games to inspire the next generation of inventors everywhere! The first book in the Abby Invents picture book series is Abby Invents Unbreakable Crayons. A black girl inventor comes up with an invention for unbreakable crayons and gets a patent to prove her invention works. Purdue University, Lemelson-MIT and the United States Patent & Trademark Office all use Timouns’ inspiring book in their K-5 summer camps. You can purchase Abby Invents Unbreakable Crayons and learn more about Timouns directly on the company’s website.
Shop: Timouns online
PHOTO CREDIT: Arlene Simon / Timouns
Portland Black-Owned Coffee Shops
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Uncommon Goods (B Corp, not Black-owned) - Black Makers List
Gooddee (B Corp, Black owned marketplace) - Black Owned Brands List
Mercatus PDX - Portland Black-Owned Business Directory
I Love Black Food - List of Black-Owned Portland Eateries