February is a month-long observance, created to recognize the contributions and achievements of those of the African diaspora. This year, let’s focus on how to move forward and celebrate Black folks in our communities. Known as Black History Month, we are reframing our support this February to celebrate Black Futures Month, a celebration of all to come.
While there are countless Black folks doing great things in our communities, we wanted to give a shout to 12 businesses and organizations that inspire us.
Here are some local Black-Owned gems you can support this month.
Founded by our favorite auntie, Chris Boreland, Elbo Patties are for the people. Made by hand with lots of love at their East Georgia location, they offer Jamaican classics with creative twists on familiar favourites.
Recently opened and already a local favourite, Rise Up Marketplace is making community convenient. Offering hot meals and the best of local artisans’ products , this bodega is far from average. Enjoy freshly baked breads, sandwiches, soups and more while supporting local; come for the food, stay for the great vibes!
Visit Rise Up Marketplace at 704 Vernon Drive, Vancouver or check out their website for more information
Black Women Connect Vancouver
Founded by Nataizya Mukwavi in 2017 to bridge gaps present in the local Black community, particularly those affecting Black women, BWCV is a community created to empower and embrace Black women. Their mission is to build and establish meaningful relationships, and to celebrate the beauty of Black womanhood.
CHOP IT UP!
Opening up shop in 2021, CHOP IT UP! Is a community-led plant-based cooking class. Hosted by Asha Wheeldon (KULA Kitchen), Chris Boreland (Elbo Patties) in collaboration with Black Women Connect Vancouver, and their special guests, their aim is to make plant-based education accessible and culturally relevant for all. With four sold-out events under their belt, 2022 is certain to be a big year for them.
Are you hungry? You will be…
Inspired by founder Lilian Umurungi-Jung’s need for delicious and nutritious pregnancy snacks, Mumgry has introduced unbeatable nut butters to the market. High in protein, calcium, and iron, their nut butters are good for everyone, especially Mums. As their tagline says, it’s “Only the Good Stuff”.
Project Love Run
Founded by Filsan Abdiaman in 2018, PLR is a safe space for self-identifying women to move their bodies in an inclusive environment. PLR events are designed to be a running experience that will reframe your relationship with your body and mind, no matter your experience level.
Bringing nutrient-dense, whole African foods to Canada, founder Oumar Togola wants to bring nourishing foods straight to your table. Naturally grown, their items feature Farafena’s equitable direct partnerships with over 850 women farmers in niane villages to help them attain financial independence and further contribute to their communities.
Distributing beautiful textiles handmade in Zimbabwe, Batiqua aims to uplift and empower marginalized artisans with their fair trade home decor. Their designs are beautiful and unique, and their selection ensures you can find the perfect fit for your home.
In Founder Linda Adimora’s words
“ It’s been my hope to go to these artisans and give them the opportunity to better themselves, and ultimately better the next generation with the ability to provide for themselves.”
Looking for your next spring fit?
Made to order in Vancouver, Oge Ajibe’s mission is rooted in inclusivity. Using sustainably sourced cotton and other recycled materials, each garment is crafted to fit just right. Providing clients with comfort and confidence, their unique items are available in sizes XS-5XL.
Founded by Cicely Belle Blain, Bakau Consulting is an anti-racism consulting company based in Vancouver. They offer training and workshops, equity audits, policy development and more.
Colour The Trails
Founded by Judith Kasiama, Colour The Trails is a collective advocating for inclusive representation and accessibility in outdoor spaces. With events in BC, Alberta, and Colorado, check out their Website to find your next adventure!
Colour The Trails
A combination of Hatha yoga movement, breathwork, meditation, and devotional practices, Kendra specializes in Transformational Yoga. Certified and registered with the Yoga Alliance International, she brings a compassionate trauma-informed and intersectional framework to her practice. Her work continues to create safe spaces for our communities to heal.
Firina Achor Creative
Founded in 2020, FAC is a PR agency specializing in the luxury health and wellness industry. Offering new product development, media relations, and brand strategy, Firina Achor was driven to share her expertise in the wellness industry.
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