It’s extremely important to support our community’s black owned business all year long, and to kick off Black History Month, we rounded up a list of a few bad-ass black owned businesses you are going to wish you knew about sooner! 🤩
This curated list is only the beginning of several spotlights that we have planned for CT-based black owned businesses.
If you are looking for an incredible resource to check out thousands of Connecticut based black owned businesses, we highly suggest that you head to shopblackct.com. The platform goes above and beyond to provide an easy to use database, and acts as a free resource for black-owned businesses in Connecticut.
Rhythm Brewing Co. - New Haven
The first black and female-owned brewery in Connecticut... and the 4th in the country (hell, yes!!). The owner Alisa Bowens-Mercado Encourages customers to 'find their rhythm with every sip" hopes to change the world and the beer industry, one sip at a time.
My Wife Didn't Cook - New Britain
A unique and intimate restaurant serving up the highest quality ingredients in the market today. "From our kitchen to yours, we put lots of love and careful attention in each plate, drink & dessert"
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Big Up Brew - New Britain
Locally roasted specialty coffee. “Big Up” is a Jamaican expression that translates to congratulating and honoring yourself. At Big Up Brew they want their “brew family” to believe in self-compassion and confidence. Inspired by the owner's mother, who is an immigrant from Portland, Jamaica, all their coffee is ethically sourced from around the world, and roasted right here in Connecticut.
Capital Ice Cream - Hartford
Serving up desserts that dreams are made of, Capital Ice Cream claims to be the "Happy Place" in Hartford... and they're not wrong. While looking into this must try ice cream shop, we learned that at capital ice cream, Customers are invited to "pay it forward" by purchasing a kindness cone. These 'Kindness Cones' help Capital Ice Cream provide cones to families that might not have extra income to purchase an ice cream cone, or an ice cream cone for all members of their family.
Blacc Bottle - Bridgeport
At Blacc Bottle, their mantra is “Better Together Than Apart”. These three co-founders came together with one mission— to create change. With a goal of empowering people to have the confidence to spread the message of love, unity and positivity, this Bridgeport based bizz creates stainless steel water bottles stamped with positive and encouraging
Natural Annie Essentials - Bridgeport
Family-run candle business making nontoxic candles that are each hand-poured by their small team of family members. Owner, Annie is heavily influenced by her Jamaican culture and has mastered the ability to use scents to transport others to a tropical place.
Their candle bar is an extension of their brand, and it's not to be missed! Offering fun sip and shop candle-making classes that allow you to visit their studio and experience the art of candle making.
Isankofa - Willimantic
Effective, cruelty-free, all-natural skin care products. Founder, Sahra Deer, created her line of products out of love and concern and the driving passion for removing harsh chemicals from our deodorants to our everyday skin/beauty products. Their mission is to educate the masses on sustainability and the importance of consciousness when shopping ethically, Isankofa will be a lifestyle, not just a product on the shelf.