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10 Black-Owned Canadian Businesses You Should Know in 2024

As Black History Month draws to a close, it's a poignant time to reflect on the rich tapestry of cultures, histories, and contributions that Black Canadians have woven into the fabric of Canada.
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As Black History Month draws to a close, it’s a poignant time to reflect on the rich tapestry of cultures, histories, and contributions that Black Canadians have woven into the fabric of Canada. Supporting Black-owned businesses is a tangible way to celebrate and uplift the Black community, not just in February but all year round. Here’s a spotlight on ten Black-owned Canadian businesses that stand out for their unique offerings, creativity, and commitment to excellence.

1. Omi Woods

Omi Woods is at the forefront of contemporary jewelry, offering pieces that are not only stunning but steeped in African heritage. These heirloom-quality items are made with ethically sourced materials, celebrating African culture and diaspora. Whether you’re looking for a piece of jewelry that tells a story or a meaningful gift, Omi Woods has something that will resonate deeply.

2. Mary’s Brigadeiro

Dive into the sweet world of Mary’s Brigadeiro, where traditional Brazilian chocolate brigadeiros are crafted with a twist of Canadian flair. These handcrafted chocolates are a testament to the art of confectionery, made with high-quality, locally sourced ingredients. Each bite is a blend of rich flavours and textures, perfect for those who appreciate the finer things in life.

3. Curl Shoppe

Curl Shoppe is a haven for those with curly, coily, and wavy hair, offering a range of products that cater to the unique needs of natural hair. From moisturizers and stylers to gentle cleansers, Curl Shoppe is dedicated to promoting healthy hair care practices, embracing natural beauty, and supporting the community in their hair journey.

4. Villij

The Villij is a wellness studio transforming the way women of colour nurture well-being through meaningful connections. After one bathroom conversation at work in 2017, best friends Kim and Shanelle embarked on a journey to revolutionize how women of colour access care. Together, they built a notable inclusive wellness community and invented Just Checking In — a wellness experience and card game designed to spark intimate moments of connection and help people build real, genuine relationships.

Today, The Villij includes a list of a team of experts whose skills span from therapy to sound healing, all of whom are WOCs. In November of 2023, the company opened its first location in Toronto.

5. Goodee

Goodee is a curated marketplace that champions good design, good people, and good impact. They offer a range of homewares and lifestyle products that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also ethically made and sustainable. Goodee’s commitment to transparency, sustainability, and empowering artisans and creators aligns with the values of conscious consumers looking to make a positive impact with their purchases.

6. Exclucity

Exclucity is a streetwear and sneaker boutique that stands at the intersection of fashion, culture, and community. Offering a curated selection of footwear, apparel, and accessories, Exclucity is the go-to destination for those looking to make a statement with their style while supporting a business that champions diversity and inclusion.

7. Aunt Lucy’s Burgers

Aunt Lucy’s Burgers is revolutionizing the burger scene with its mouthwatering creations that are as delicious as they are innovative. Using high-quality, locally sourced ingredients, Aunt Lucy’s offers a range of burgers that cater to all tastes, including vegetarian and vegan options, making it a must-visit for burger aficionados.

8. Frekl Swimwear

Frekl Swimwear is making waves with its bold, inclusive, and sustainable swimwear line designed for every body type. Celebrating diversity and body positivity, Frekl offers a range of stylish and comfortable swimwear that empowers individuals to feel confident and beautiful in their own skin.

9. A Different Booklist

A Different Booklist is more than a bookstore; it’s a cultural hub that specializes in literature from the African and Caribbean diaspora and the Global South. This independent bookstore is a treasure trove of knowledge, offering a wide range of books, music, and films that educate, inspire, and celebrate Black culture and history.

10. Blooming Flower Bar

Blooming Flower Bar brings a fresh take on floral arrangements and bouquets, offering beautifully crafted designs that are perfect for any occasion. With a focus on creativity, sustainability, and community, Blooming Flower Bar is the ideal place to find that special something to brighten someone’s day or to add a touch of natural beauty to your home.

Supporting these Black-owned businesses is a meaningful way to celebrate the diversity and resilience of the Black community in Canada. Each business brings something unique to the table, enriching the Canadian landscape with its creativity, passion, and dedication. Let’s continue to support and uplift these and other Black-owned businesses, not just during Black History Month but throughout the entire year.

Ashley Nedaei

Ashley is the Director of Marketing at Notable Life Inc. As an audacious and creative entrepreneurial spirit, she splits her time between raising her two sons with her husband and toy poodle and creative pursuits in music, beauty, and business. Follow her adventures @ndaiart.