At a time when we are constantly reminded of the longstanding racism in our country, we are also reminded that true Black liberation comes with systemic change. Systemic change isn’t swift and overnight, but it starts with acknowledgement of where we are, intentional action, and true advocacy.
In the city of Philadelphia, only around 2.5% of businesses are Black-owned, despite Black people making up 43% of the city’s population. Today, and in the coming weeks, we want to continue to amplify the voices of these businesses. We’ve compiled a growing list of Black-owned creative spaces, restaurants, boutiques, and more to support:
Apparel, Art and more:
- Philadelphia Print Works: A conscious clothing company that creates apparel inspired by social justice issues and the legacies of revolutionary leaders.
- Common Ground: A consignment store offering rare, brand-name athletic shoes and graphic T-shirts.
- South Street Art Mart: In the heart of Philly’s South Street shopping district, this artist-run retail shop is home to more than 60 independent, Philadelphia-area artists and makers.
- Dolly’s Boutique: a unique boutique specializing in designer clothing, accessories, handbags, and jewelry.
- American Hats: a Philadelphia hat-maker selling American-made hats for men and women for all occasions.
- The Sable Collective: small retailer selling items from Black and marginalized communities of artisans and entrepreneurs.
- Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books: Founded by journalist and activist Marc Lamont Hill, Uncle Bobbie’s has quickly become a staple on Germantown Avenue. While the store is temporarily closed due to COVID-19, their online shop is open to shop for books and merchandise.
- Harriett’s Bookshop: Named for historical heroine Harriet Tubman, Harriett’s Bookshop celebrates women authors, women artists, and women activists.
Body & Wellness:
- Freedom Apothecary: Co-founders Morrisa Jenkins and Bonkosi Horn started this self-care and wellness shop to create a space for clean, nontoxic skincare and wellness products. As the great Audre Lorde said, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it’s self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”
- Marsh + Mane: Marsh + Mane stands as Philadelphia’s first boutique specializing in natural products for Black hair and skin.
Restaurants & Cafés:
- Good Karma Café
- South Jazz Kitchen & Green Soul
- Dos Tacos
- Bower Café
- Kings and Queens
- Angie’s Kitchen
For a more comprehensive list of Black-owned restaurants in the city of Philadelphia, go here.
While there is a generational wealth gap for Black entrepreneurs and businesses, as a company we’re committed to helping close this wealth gap. Stay tuned for more details on how BG plans to mobilize our resources in support of this cause.