In honor of Black History Month, we're sharing a few of our favorite local Black Owned Businesses in each of our TULA Markets! We hope you'll check them out now of course...but more importantly, continue to shop/support/share about them beyond just this month.
- Blow Candle Co.: As if being a TULA partner wasn't reason enough for Blow Candle Co. to be on the list, we absolutely LOVE everything this company (and the inspiring woman behind it) is about. For every candle sold, Blow will donate a portion of the proceeds directly to a female owned/founded organization with a mission to support and empower other women. In addition, Blow will use it’ s platform to amplify and further the message and work of the organizational partners and other women doing work to help others bloom in the community. The fact that the products are sustainably made with quality materials and smell absolutely to-die-for is just the cherry on top!
- Black Pearl Books, founded by Katrina Brooks in 2019, focuses on diversity and inclusion in their selection. Ms. Brooks opened her business because she didn't see enough Black literary representation for her children and herself. As a business, Black Pearl Books has experienced rapid growth in the past two years, and is already a cherished Austin shop.
- Hope Green founded Emojis Grilled Cheese Bar, a successful Austin food truck that serves a variety of gourmet grilled cheese sandwich offerings. Emojis also gives back to its community by helping to provide meals to healthcare workers and those experiencing homelessness. Additionally, Ms. Green has compiled a collection of her best and most well-loved recipes into a cookbook!
- Black Mamas ATX is a non-profit that serves Black mothers-to-be of Austin by providing birthing and mental health services that extend through the first year of the child's life. Dr. Michele Rountree, Ph.D., founded Black Mamas Community Collective, and has done extensive research on health promotion, health prevention, and health equity.
- MJ Wood Co. creates gorgeous hand-crafted cutting boards, charcuterie boards, planters, coasters, and other woodworking delights. Melia Nunez founded her business in 2019 with no formal training--just a strong passion for wood grains and designs that make an impact in homes. MJ Wood Co. even has its own line of cutting board care oil.
- Find More amazing Black Owned Businesses in Austin worth checking out HERE or HERE
DENVER | BOULDER
- TeaLee's Tea Co.: TeaLee’s Tea House and Bookstore is located at the gateway of Denver’s Historic Five Points. They provide high quality loose leaf teas, food and specialty drinks, including beer and wine. It's the perfect cozy spot for a small gathering (baby shower, corporate meetings, coffee date etc.)
- Black and Blossomed: Apart from creating and selling flower arrangements, Black + Blossomed also meant to be a community for all people to become an active participant in the beauty of the world around us and most importantly, the beauty within ourselves.
- Le French Bakery & Cafe: Le French offers an authentic Parisian boulangerie atmosphere, where you can enjoy baked goods, sandwiches, salads, and soups on site or to go. They pride ourselves in preparing all their goods from scratch with locally sourced ingredients.
- Be A Good Person: My favorite hat and hoodie come from here. We love the simple yet powerful, positive message that this founder built an entire brand around.
- Flick of the Whisk Cakes: Yummm, you had me at homemade oreos and jar cupcakes. This delicious woman owned business was founded in 2019 and continues to serve up incredible baked goods all over Denver. She also makes a mean custom wedding cake if you're in the market.
- Mateo: Owner and chef Matthew Jansen has truly created something with staying power. As other restaurants come and go, Mateo has been holding steady in Pearl Street in Boulder since 2001. On the menu, you’ll find dishes like steak frites, river trout (served with shaved fennel gremolata and lemon), spaghettini and other fare.
- Find more amazing Black Owned businesses in Denver/Boulder worth checking out HERE.