10 Black-Owned Businesses Defining the Future
We’re officially in Black History Month, a month to celebrate and pay tribute to the accomplishments of many generations of African Americans who have faced and continue to face adversity. An easy - almost effortless - way to support the Black community is to support black-owned businesses. And we’ve made it even easier for you by compiling 10 Black-owned businesses that are defining the future in Cincinnati and beyond.
Your support, whether that be a follow on their IG business account, or a transaction on their online store, is a tiny step in the right direction. When you choose to support a Black-owned business, you’re helping build both a better represented and stronger community. Check out these history-making Black businesses below.
Flora Lee Naturals is a hand-blended and plant-based skincare line that offers items like facial oils, toners and masks - candles too! Created by Nia Baucke, Flora Lee Naturals is a company inspired by Nia’s late grandmother and her Michigan garden. Now a momprenuer, Nia is on a mission to bring brighter days with skincare and wellness. Items are affordable and start at $20.00. Follow @FloraLeeNaturals on Instagram for skincare tips and product sales.
2) Barely Blush
Barely Blush is both a nail polish line and pop-up nail experience. The brand was created with women in mind, and has color collections that speak to the universal experiences women face. Created by Cincinnati native Philishea Everage, Barely Blush was just a far-off dream of hers when she started doing her friend’s nails in high school. Now, with 8 different colors to choose from and 7 different nail care products, Barely Blush is creating connections that inform and inspire a more fulfilling and healthier world for women. They are also committed to using clean ingredients, free from 10 of the most harmful chemicals found in most nail polishes. Follow @BarelyBlushNails on Instagram and be the first to know about new products offerings.
Tii Fit Wellness offers in-person and virtual fitness classes, health and wellness events and online wellness classes to encourage, engage and energize people. Tierra White, founder and owner of Tii Fit Wellness, wants to show people that living a healthier lifestyle can be made simple no matter what your schedule looks like. Plans start at $19.99 a month, and gets you in-person classes, virtual classes and an online community of support and encouragement. Follow @MiTiiFit on Instagram for workout, tips and events.
Poppy’s Therapeutic Corner, LLC is a private group practice located in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio. Founded by Jennifer Sheard, LPCC-S, this practice prides itself on being a safe corner in the world where clients are able to develop new coping skills, ways to handle conflict and hope for increased life satisfaction full of happiness and joy. They accept a variety of insurance plans and offer different sessions based on your needs, like couples therapy, individual therapy, family therapy and adolescent therapy. Follow @PoppysCorner_Cincy on Instagram for daily mental wellness tips.
Pour Mobile is a mobile wine bar, professionally staffed for a memorable bartending experience. Special events like weddings, bachelorette parties, corporate dinners and more, Pour Mobile arrives with their fully stocked 1968 vintage camper ready to serve thirsty guests. Owner and operator Zonieke wanted to create more opportunities to drink wine in a social atmosphere with her friends - while making new friends. So she created Pour Mobile after attending the Cincinnati Bartending School for mixology.
Pour Mobile will meet you for an initial consultation to understand your needs and based on this, will customize a drinks menu tailored to your event. Follow @PourMobileWineBar on Instagram for recipe and pop up events.
SunnyBlu is a creative agency that works with organizations to produce relatable and engaging content. They offer content creation, photography and logo design and excel in storytelling for work of black women, people of color and other marginalized groups. Kaliah Ware, creator of Sunny Blu, continues to build the Sunny Blu brand as authentic and fun. She also uses her platform to educate and inspire minority artists & entrepreneurs. Follow @KailahWithTheCamera on Instagram for inspiring lifestyle photography.
Cincinnati barber turned best-selling author on Amazon, Vernon Jackson writes about dating, love and relationships from the male perspective in his book, “Looking Glass.” Self-proclaimed as the “barber who writes,” Vernon has always viewed his barber trade as more than cutting hair. Over the years, it’s become more about building relationships, listening and conversation. Check out his book to learn how we can build a deeper communication in our connections. Follow @TheBest1Period on Instagram for daily tips and inspo.
8) HR Guru
Kristen Lampkin is the HR Guru. With over ten years of experience in the field of Human Resources, Kristen has all the tricks of the trade for talent acquisition, performance management, organizational development, employee relations, coaching, and inclusion and diversity. With her help, resumes and LinkedIn profiles are taken to the next level. She’s made it easy to get started with eBooks available for purchase on the WISe marketplace. Follow @KristenLampkin_ and @HRGuruLLC on Instagram for career tips and resources.
Cincinnati Influencer Morgan A. Owens is on a mission to educate, empower and elevate minority business owners, corporate women and young girls of color. Through workshops, speaking engagements, eBooks and more, Morgan has made her mission more than accessible to her 29,000+ followers. In 2014, Morgan also started Curvy Cardio that specializes in impact-oriented workout experiences for curves of all sizes. Get started with a follow on Morgan’s IG page @MorganAngeliqueOwens, or a download on her online store.
10) Kait’s Kravings
Content creator, food blogger and enthusiast, Kait Lott is on a mission to rediscover the midwest via the food scene. Her blog, Kait’s Kravings, focuses on tasty meals, apps and treats, but her “kravings” fall elsewhere too, like fashion, lifestyle, and faith. She started Kait’s Kravings in 2019, and in that short timeframe, has grown to almost 5,000 foodie followers. Follow @KaitsKravings on Instagram for recipes and food-styling inspiration.
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