August is National Black Business Month. | Photo via Unsplash
Hey Charleston, Vagney here. 👋 August is National Black Business Month, and we are shining a light on black-owned businesses right here in the Lowcountry. It is reported that Black-owned businesses have been almost twice as likely to close up shop during the current pandemic, due to weaker financial conditions in cities that have been hit hard by COVID-19. Thankfully, some Black-owned businesses in South Carolina are seeing a surge in support. ⭐
Pandemic or not, there are many ways to support + celebrate diverse Black-owned businesses in the community every month. Major props to Charleston City Paper for curating this awesome list of Black-owned businesses here in Chucktown.
Explore these businesses that offer everything from hand-blown colored glass, natural soaps, jewelry, clothing, artwork, and even tours of the city’s African-American history + more. 🛍️
Check out the 15 businesses we have listed, and here’s the complete list of resources that can help you shop local + support Black-owned businesses. ♥️
Note: Due to COVID-19, some businesses may currently be closed or offering limited services.
Shops + Makers
Motherland Essentials | Shop online | Natural soaps, plant-based bath, body + skincare
BR Design Co. | Shop online | Sister duo that create clay jewelry + accessories
Estelle Colored Glass | Shop online | luxury brand of hand-blown colored glass cake stands + stemware
Rose Florist Charleston | 117 Spring St. | This floral shop has been open since 1972 + the owner is the longest-established florist in the tri-county area.
Turning Page Bookshop | 216 Saint James Ave #F, Goose Creek | This bookstore offers African American history, non-fiction, fiction, Christian, teens, kids, murder mystery room, book clubs + an internet café. Read how the owner, Valinda Miller + the manager, Arrylee Satterfield, have a passion for educating others through the bookshop.
Health + Beauty
Creatives + Business Services
Of course, food is in a category of its own. For all of our foodie friends, K.J. Kearney, Charleston City Paper columnist, created a map of 80 Black-owned restaurants in the Charleston area, too. Map out your food here. 🍽️