Black owned businesses have advanced in number and variety over the past decades. As an African American, I take pride in and appreciate the historical circumstances in which these businesses have developed. In putting together this list, I found many products could only be purchased online. Some products were also available at a limited number of brick and mortar locations as described on websites (e.g., where to buy).
This site is organized to provide a road map to shop for certain kinds of products. The clothing category for example is sub-categorized. The “high-end designer label” reflects the types of clothes you would find in venues such as New York fashion week. What I designate as the “fashion” sub-category reflects companies that offer a particular style or brand. The “emporium” sub-category is distinguished by the variety of what is offered. Additionally, symbols are used across several product categories. In some cases a heart (♥) symbol is used when companies indicate they offer products for children or youth.
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