With the holiday season approaching, it’s more important now than ever before to support black-owned businesses; especially those in your neighborhood. The recent surge in COVID-19 cases poses a threat to many of the small businesses that help to make Boston unique. Check out our below roundup of black-owned businesses that you can support while doing your holiday shopping this season (and all year round!). 

 

Food:

Jamaica Mi Hungry

Located in Jamaica Plain, Jamaica Mi Hungry serves up quality Jamaican food through their brick and mortar restaurant location as well as their ever-popular food truck. Dig in to Jamaican classics such as jerk chicken, pulled pork, and sweet plantain at this local eatery. And the best news? Construction on their second location in Allston is also underway! 

 

The Coast Cafe

Looking for what many call the best fried chicken and mac & cheese in New England? The Coast Cafe has got you covered! This Cambridge local business prepares southern-cooked soul food that’s made with love. The Coast Cafe offers take-out, delivery, and catering all while serving up loads of mouth watering content on their social media handles. 

 

Lucy Ethiopian Cafe

Located in Boston’s Back Bay, Lucy’s Ethiopian Cafe serves authentic Ethiopian food that’s made fresh daily. Their extensive menu includes barbeque-inspired plates as well as vegetarian and vegan options. From spicy beef to collard greens, there is something for everyone! 

 

Mama O’s Bakery

Unable to spend the holidays with a loved one? Look no further than Mama O’s. Mama O’s bakery ships their delicious homemade pastries anywhere in the US. Her custom cakes and other yummy treats are also available for pickup in Framingham. 

Retail: 

Brown and Coconut

Brown and Coconut is a boston-based online skin care company with a focus on plant-based formulas. Their handcrafted products are made with unique, natural ingredients to help make your skin look and feel incredible. At just the right size, their collection would make for a great stocking stuffer!

 

Final Touch With Class

Final Touch With Class is a full-line clothing and accessory boutique located in the heart of Nubian Square. With a mission to make every woman look and feel beautiful, Final Touch hand selects unique wardrobe options for any style. There is no doubt that this family-owned business is empowering women one customer at a time. 

Frugal Bookstore

Frugal Books is a community bookstore promoting literacy in the Roxbury community. They carry a wide variety of reads for children, teens, and adults. Don’t see the book you’re looking for? Just ask and they’ll special order it for you! With so much extra time spent at home, we could all use a new read this winter.

 

Villeside Customs 

Villeside Customs is a custom print shop run and operated in Somerville, MA. Choose from vinyl printing, embroidery, or screen printing to get your custom gift just right. Who doesn’t like a little something with a personal touch?

 


Boston’s wide array of black-owned businesses are a vital part of our communities. From fine cuisine to family-owned retail, there are many local businesses to support in your neighborhood this holiday season. 

 

Checkout these incredible businesses on Instagram: 

@jamaicamihungry 

@coastsoulcafe

@mama0s_7

@brownandcoconut

@finaltouchboutique 

@frugalbooks 

@villesidecustoms