Black retailers hope to be very busy as all signs point to vigorous spending this holiday season. Some of these retailers are offering fantastic deals—both in store and online—as shopping for the end-of-year festivities gets under way in earnest after Thanksgiving Day.
“I have a “Small Business Saturday” free-shipping offer that runs from Nov. 24 to Nov. 28,” says Angela Price, founder and CEO of Caribbean Cake Connoisseurs. Her famous rum cakes are served at Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse.
As in the past, small-business advocates are urging shoppers to patronize local entrepreneurs and small businesses. Project Enterprise, a nonprofit that supports and develops entrepreneurs and small businesses in disadvantaged communities in New York City, is holding its 8th Annual Holiday Bazaar for one-stop shopping from local Harlem vendors. The bazaar takes place on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Harlem Commonwealth Council, 361 W. 125th Street.
In his November newsletter, cartoonist Jerry Craft, creator of the Mama’s Boyz comic strip, writes that Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that “officially” launches the holiday season, originally was “Black Guy Friday,” a day set aside to support African-American businesses.
“However in 1931, it was President Herbert Hoover…who had the word ‘Guy’ removed from the name in an effort to support ALL businesses and get the country out of the great depression. It wasn’t until the 1970s that the term resurfaced and was now explained as a time when businesses try to get ‘in the black’ (meaning profitable),” Craft explains.
In the spirit of the season, and in celebration of Black entrepreneurship, TNJ has put together a list of 25 vendors offering quality products and services at recession-friendly prices. Let those you patronize know that The Network Journal sent you.
TNJ’s 2011 Holiday Shopping Guide
Aisha & Co.
Dolls, toys and gifts with a unique approach to a diverse marketplace.
Films from Africa and the African Diaspora.
Association of African American Vintners
Click on “The Cellar” to order wines from Black vintners.
The Aria Spa and Wellness Center
Ask about gift certificates.
Trendy African-inspired and produced clothing for the younger crowd.
Ethnically inspired fashions for women age 35-65.
Unique gifts by African, Asian and South American artisans.
Caribbean Cake Connoisseurs
Caribbean drowning-in-rum cakes.
Hair, body/bath, skincare products.
Festive arrangements for all occasions.
A one-stop site to learn about the leading global African fashion and lifestyle brands.
Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe
Works by, about, and for African-Americans and the African Diaspora.
Signature custom-designed hats for men and women.
Books, board games, shirts, and mugs, showcasing the characters of Jerry Craft’s Mama’s Boyz comic strip.
Assortment of products from the nutrient-rich Moringa plant.
Afrocentric apparel and accessories for men and women.
Fine jewelry for today's sophisticated woman.
The Patricka Collection
Artistic, bold creations in beaded jewelry.
Wellness and empowerment products.
Style and comfort for larger shoe sizes.
Srina™ Organic Green Tea
Teas and tea accessories from Sri Lanka.
Sweet Spot Golf Apparel
Fine golf apparel.
One-of-a-kind hand-beaded leather band watches.
Vera Moore Cosmetics
Cosmetics and skin care for men and women of color.
Vintage Sportswear Inc.
Classy lifestyle apparel celebrating African-American golfers of yesteryear.