As we continue to support small businesses this holiday, they’re the ones that take the biggest hit in our current uncertain times. Black-owned shops are especially hustling to keep their business afloat.
The streets of Detroit face hardships from BLM protests to living spaces that are seeking out attention. The Detroit community has the ability to create a new vision and we’re seeing the movement within the exchanges happening in independent stores. How can you support small black-owned businesses in Detroit? Put your dollar where the black-owned shops are. Most of these sell clothing you can wear to attract more support!
CHECK THESE 7 BLACK-OWNED RETAILERS TO SUPPORT:
Black-owned shops in Detroit are making a name for themselves in recent years. However, there are timeless ones that literally own the streets. Owner Karen Brown has been selling antiques, clothes, home goods, and moreover 20 years. Each item of clothing is carefully selected for its fabric, flow, comfort, and beauty. The boutique is Eastern Market meets France. You’ll find trendsetting fashion and unique home accessories. A pandemic may get in the way of physical shopping, but her online store is still there for customers. Purchase online HERE. Located at 2712 Riopelle St, Detroit, MI 48207
DOPE TOO LLC
Postcards From Everywhere launched their clothing brand: Dope Too LLC, luxury loungewear apparel in February 2021. Their first release was the signature Dope In Real Life hoodie that sold out three times! Since then, the inspiring brand has added T-shirts, dad hats, crewnecks, beanies to the collection. since then, we’ve also added T-shirts and dad hats to the collection. Though the choices are still limited due to Dope Too, it’s all the more reason to shop small! The message is to live outside the fabrications of social media. The brand doesn’t have really have a social presence, so it relies on people like you to show your support! Click HERE to shop.
BE KIND DETROIT
Started by Gabrielle Robinson, BeKind Detroit is committed to eco-conscious life. Black-owned shops are best when they have the planet in mind too. They carry a number of certified organic cotton and fair-trade goods. Check out their Everyday Tote bags, Reusable Organic Product Bag Set, and reusable Steel Straws on the BeKind website or at the brand’s space at The Rust Belt Market in Ferndale. Gift a BeKind Logo Tee to spread some more cheer this holiday. Click HERE to shop online or head over to BeKind Detroit at The Rust Belt Market, 22801 Woodward Ave., Ferndale.
Located inside Détroit is the New Black, Dandy Detroit offers custom-tailored clothing for men. If anyone knows the business of high-end custom clothing, it’s brand owner, Nelson T. Sanders Jr. Black-owned shops like Dandy Detroit are in skilled hands thanks to his who over 15 years of experience. He also previously worked as the creative director at 1701 Bespoke. The holidays mean bringing out our best outfits. Gift a suit to someone special. Shop Dandy Detroit online HERE. Located at 1430 Woodward Ave., Detroit.
HOPE FOR FLOWERS BY TRACY REESE
Detroit designer Tracy Reese unveiled her sustainable collection Hope for Flowers in 2019. Made from ethical sourcing practices, the line features feminine dresses and separates in floral prints, stripes, and other unique prints. Ten percent of sales from Hope for Flowers go to recycling organization Detroit Dirt. Shop online HERE for all of Hope For Flowers’ flowy floral quality statement pieces.
LOVE TRAVELS IMPORTS
Black-owned shops in Detroit spread love within the community. Most are hand-made in Detroit, but sometimes it’s a nice change to gift something meaningful from other areas of the world. This Detroit company sells fair-trade artisan goods handcrafted in places like Haiti, South Africa, Peru, and Guatemala. The founder of Love Travels Imports, Yvette Jenkins, picks out the women’s and men’s apparel, body products, home décor, face masks, and more as she travels the world. Shop Love Travels Imports online HERE to discover the owner’s adventures captured in each cherished piece. Located at 19452 Livernois Ave.
FLO BOUTIQUE DETROIT
Flo Boutique Detroit is a West Willis Village staple that opened 18 years ago. Felicia Williams-Patrick owns Flo Boutique Detroit, a . Offering ‘funky, eclectic, and unique signature styles and accessories. Stop by and say hello! Black-owned shops would appreciate the in-person support while permitted. The store is full of expressive clothing lines with a modern vintage twist. Click HERE to shop online. Located at 404 W. Willis, Detroit, MI 48201
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