This year has been a year of constant change without a doubt. One thing that I have learned is we are all in this together. I have learned so much about the what is going on currently and I have learned about the importance of shopping small businesses and black owned businesses. I tried to make sure all of the places I list have strong online presence in case you do not feel comfortable going into a store! Everyone needs a little support especially during the holidays, so instead of shopping big or fast fashion brands, here are a few places to shop in the Boston Area to show your support!
195 Essentials is a Boston based clothing line who’s mission is to give back to the community. This black owned father daughter online business is a clothing brand that makes all sorts of graphic T-shirts. The T-shirts have all different important messages. They all promote positivity for: essential workers, LGBTQ pride, and the importance of voting! This business also makes sure that 10% of their proceeds gets donated to people and causes that need their support. Their mission is to help out all people affected by COVID-19. They are a new company that is both small and black owned! Their website is also extremely easy to navigate!
Frugal Bookstore in located in Roxbury, MA and it Boston’s only black owned book store! This bookstore has a dedication to making sure their store is a staple of the neighborhood. Their mission is to “Change Minds One Book at a Time”. They have a large amount of books that are educational about the black community. One book I found that I read a lot as a kid was “A Chair for my Mother”. The website is often being updated with new books, so for the next book worm, or for someone who would like to get educated about the history of racism, you should definitely check this store out or check online!
Petsi Pies is a black owned bakery in Somerville, MA that makes fresh pies daily. You can preorder online any pie you would like! The website is extremely easy to manage, and has a lot of different options to choose from. They have a mix of savory and sweet pies, the one I am currently eyeing is Apple Pear Cranberry Pie with Walnut Crumb! I mean does that not sound delicious?! They also have diary free and vegetarian options!
SKM Jewelers is located in Framingham, MA. This boutique has everything from necklaces, to purses and accessories, to clothes. This woman owned business has amazing deals for the tops trends. Her mission is “Our number one goal is to make you look and feel good”. Make sure to stop in here for all the top trends instead of shopping fast fashion!
Framingham Baking Company
Framingham Baking Company is located in Framingham, MA. This family bakery has been around since 1917, serving authentic Italian American desserts and treats. The bread is baked fresh everyday, and their best seller, pizza. A Sicilian style pizza, best served room temp! I may be impartial because I have worked here for 8 years now, but I promise you this place will make you feel like home!