With African Americans accounting for more than 13 percent of the U.S. population and with a buying power projected to top $1.1 trillion by 2015, this holiday season is the perfect time to support local black-owned businesses.
Whether you are looking for that perfect floral arrangement, specialty item for him, spa package for her, vegan treats, divine desserts, unique artwork or something for yourself, we have you covered with our Black-Owned Business Holiday Shopping Guide.
For the office and colleagues
Visiting relatives this holiday season or looking for something to make your home or office more festive? Flowers are wonderful gifts for co-workers, teachers, relatives and friends. With vibrant colors and seasonal fragrances, they are the perfect gift that everyone can admire.
Lee’s Flowers and Card has been creating seasonal arrangements such as the FTD Season’s Greetings Bouquet, Red Poinsettia Baskets, the FTD Winter Wonders Wreath and Centerpiece (ranging from $39.99 to $64.99) since 1945. This family-owned business has more than 40 years of experience creating beautiful centerpieces and bouquets. Lee’s is at 1026 U St. NW.
For foodies and art lovers
Holidays are all about delicious sweets, pies and cakes. Here are two bakeries with edible delights to satisfy any sweet tooth:
The Sweet Lobby in Capitol Hill’s Barracks Row is one of D.C.’s premier award-winning boutique bakeries and a recent winner of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. Owner Winnette McIntosh Ambrose is an engineer who balances her work in the area of vision research with her love for pastries. Sweet Lobby is best known for its classic French pastries and treats with globally inspired flavors, which can be shipped around the United States. The store offers a wide selection of deliciously stunning edible gift boxes and custom collections such as its Luxe Macaon Gift Boxes ($46) and The Gift Collection by The Sweet Lobby ($21 to $90). The Sweet Lobby is at 404 Eighth St SE.
Danielle's Desserts in Tysons Galleria (2001 International Drive, McLean) is your place for more traditional desserts. Owner Danielle Poux is living her lifelong dream by creating cakes, pies and other specialties from scratch. The menu reads like a wish list of childhood favorites with items such as Lemon Buttercream, Red Velvet, Blueberry Buckle, Bread Pudding, The Peach Crumb and especially the Fluffy Coconut Cake. With a burst of coconut in each bite and a sweet vanilla buttercream frosting made with a touch of cream cheese or Gooey Apple Caramel, the latter is perfect for the holidays).
Danielle’s Desserts also has original creations such as Danielle’s Pecan Coconut Chocolate Chip Pie, Death by Chocolate and gluten-free dessert options.
Tired of crowded malls and department stores? Visit the 22nd Annual BZB Holiday Gift and Art Show. This upscale collection of vendors specializes in designer women’s and men’s appeal, children’s clothes, holiday cards, holiday decorations, African arts, textiles, crafts, jewelry, unique home decor and more. General admission is free. The show will be held at the Shiloh Family Life Center, 1510 Ninth St. NW, on Dec. 22 and Dec. 24.
The Cigar Guys
The Cigar Guys, a cigar shop at the National Harbor, offers premium handmade and brand-name cigars, including Padron 1964 and Oliva Serie V, and hand-picked gift sets for the cigar connoisseur in your life.
Nisey’s Boutique is a fun and funky marketplace known for its selection of organic local body butters, skin care products, custom gift baskets and one-of-a-kind items. It has a hand-picked inventory of women’s apparel, accessories, transcontinental decor, handcrafted items and artifacts. Nisey’s Boutique, at 4007 34th St., Mount Ranier, has been a neighbor favorite since 1997.
Looking for the prefect outfit or gift for your fashion icon? Ida’s Idea has a variety of eclectic and traditional women’s fashions. With several stylish designer items size 4 to 24, these pieces are perfect additions to any woman’s wardrobe. The boutique is in the heart of D.C. at 931 Seventh St. NW.
Shopping for the little chic darling in your life? My Bougie Baby is your online destination for trendy, must-have fashion wears for young girls. Founded by Prince George’s resident Wendy Pittman and inspired by her daughter, Tiffani Rae, My Bougie Baby provides age-appropriate and affordable quality clothing for growing girls while giving their wardrobes a unique style. She carries funky and free-spirited clothing items and accessories for girls size 4 through 14.
For him and her
Skin Beauty Lounge is an award-winning spa experience with services that include facials, microdermabrasion, massage therapy, body treatments and more. The Skin’s Classic Facial, 60 Minute Swedish Massage or a Farmhouse Gift Set are the perfect presents to help everyone unwind and relax this holiday season.
Huda Mu’min is a celebrity chef, food and entertainment writer and philanthropist. She is owner and CEO of Pretty and Delicious, a personal chef and culinary company and creator of “A Happy Food Place”, Hu’s Who? and Styled by Hu. For more, visit chefhuda.com.
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