Quarantine has been tough on black business. Since covid, we’ve seen a 41% increase in black businesses closures, almost double the national average. Though our ability to help is limited by four walls, shopping smarter is a great first step. Here’s a list of 5 quarantine-friendly black businesses. From online shopping to socially-distant socializing, these black-owned brands will help you survive quarantine in style.
X On Demand: Stream Black Entertainment
Love to stream movies and TV during quarantine? You’re certainly not alone. X On Demand is a black-owned streaming service featuring indie content. Are you a content creator yourself? X On Demand lets artists submit work too. Founded by Rashidah De Vore, X On Demand is about providing the ultimate platform. As De Vore explains: “We’re already using a mix of platforms to voice our opinions on shows and movies we’ve watched – why not have it all in one place?”
EatOkra: Black-Owned Restaurant Resource
If you’re interested in supporting black-owned restaurants, EatOkra is the best fix. The EatOkra app helps you locate black-owned restaurants near you, highlighting which restaurants have delivery and curbside pickup. If you’re a restaurant owner (or know one) click the “get listed” link for consideration. With Eat Okra, married duo Anthony and Janique Edwards encourage us to eat well and support great businesses.
Nude Barre: Essentials in Every Color
For those who need to refresh their lingerie collection, Nude Barre is ideal. Nude Barre offers nude lingerie for people of all shades. Nude Barre was a product of necessity. A longtime dancer, Erin Carpenter invented Nude Barre after spending years looking for tights that matched her skin color. Now, Nude Barre has everything from tights to boyshorts in diverse shades.
Propagating Plants: Start a Green Hobby
A classic millennial trend, decorating your home with plants is an affordable way to brighten your space. But if you need help with upkeep, try Propagating Plants. Led by Hilton Carter, Propagating Plants is a weekly virtual class on plant growing and care. Known for his books and viral Instagram–featuring his collection of over 200 plants–Carter is the ideal host. An intimate, fun experience, Propagating Plants is an opportunity to master a new skill and socialize safely.
Garner’s Garden: Beauty and Health
If you’re looking for holistic alternatives to your daily beauty products, Garner’s Garden is your place. Philip Garner made black history with his own line of dental hygiene products. His brand Garner’s Garden provides a plethora of natural beauty and health essentials from soaps to lotions. The crown jewel: his new spray-on Hand Sanitizer–ideal for our era.