By The Open Center

Just as we reflect and learn from our history, it is important to also support those who are paving the future. One way to do that is by looking within our local communities to support its Black-owned businesses.

Here are some of our favorites local businesses within our hometown of New York City:

Harlem Grown: Harlem Grown is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire Harlem youth to lead healthy and ambitious lives through mentorship and hands-on education in urban farming, sustainability and nutrition.


Sacred Vibes Apothecary: Owned and operated by Master Herbalist, Karen M. Rose, Sacred Vibes Apothecary provides connection, healing and education through Spiritual Herbalism and plant medicines.


Inspired by Harriet Tubman’s vision for Black freedom and her mission to uphold the dignity of enslaved people, Harriet’s Apothecary is an intergenerational, healing community of Black Cis Women, Queer and Trans healers, artists, health professionals, magicians, activists and ancestors who are redefining what self-care looks like.


Moodies Records: Earl Moodie has been running this Bronx neighborhood staple and musical mecca for almost 40 years. This is the place to go to find Jazz, R&B and Soul and out of print Ska, Rock Steady and Reggae albums.


Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center is the only Black-owned bookstore in Manhattan. Its huge selection of books dedicated to African American history, culture and black liberation makes it a community staple.


Naaya Wellness: Founded by Sinikiwe Dhliwayo’s deep desire to change the narrative of what it looks like and feels like to be well, Naaya roots BIPOC in their well-being through decolonizing wellness. Naaya provides a brave space for BIPOC to show up for their wellbeing in the fullness of their humanity.


Olamina Botanicals: Olamina Botanicals is Black female-owned apothecary crafting tinctures, teas, syrups and salves. Its founder, Jess Turner, is a clinical herbalist who is committed to helping low-income, working-class and BIPOC communities who experience the “first and worst” impacts of climate change—repair through connection to the land and plants growing around them.


Mama Glow: Mama Glow is a company committed to supporting women along their childbearing journey-from fertility, pregnancy, after birth and into motherhood. Founder, Latham Thomas is changing the conversation when it comes to childbirth and using her voice to educate on the injustices towards black women and childbirth. And be sure to check out their highly acclaimed online professional doula education program.


Consider the reasons why diversity matters in small, local businesses.

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