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Eighth Generation is fueled by artists and innovators. In celebration of Black History month, we're highlighting some fellow entrepreneurs and Black-owned businesses in the greater Seattle area. We are more than halfway through February, but your support for black-owned businesses should go beyond a monthly observance. Purposeful spending can start now and be embedded in your daily life!
Going grocery shopping? Skip the supermarket and check out Local Yokels. Looking for a new book? Put your dollars toward Estelita’s online bookshop. Craving a beer after working out? Grab drinks to-go from Métier Brewing Company (MBC) following an online training with Yoga by Biola (YBB).
Check out these businesses and more below! Shopping online and virtual classes are available to accommodate COVID-19 guidelines.
“Grounded in excellence,” Black Coffee Northwest is a café and community hub in Shoreline aimed to inspire and energize their customers. The small business prioritizes Black youth by providing training programs, after-school study sessions, outreach events and “coffee chats” about current events. Shop merchandise online!
Relax and replenish at multiple locations throughout the Seattle area – currently open with safety measures put in place for COVID-19. City Sweats specializes in Infrared Sauna Therapy to helps with detoxification, weight loss, relaxation, skin clarification, insomnia, anxiety, depression and asthma.
Estelita’s is a curated community bookstore and library focused on social justice, ethnic studies and liberation movements. They host book talks, classes, meetings and history lessons to strengthen the community’s collective analysis for justice. Browse their bookshop online!
This family-owned company provides world-class cleaning and disinfecting – something we can all utilize during these times. Browse different sanitation services that use eco-friendly products!
Founder Ras Levi Peynado and the Herbanfarm team craft delicious seasoning, sauces and honeys from ingredients grown in all natural soil. They also offer health and beauty options like salves, candles and beard balms!
Owner Mike Sanders has been around animals his entire life. Certified in pet first aid and pet CPR, Mike provides your pup with socialization, daycare and grooming services. He will also take care of your cats while you’re away. Fun fact: Jake N Friends is named after Mike’s dog, Jake!
Local Yokels owners Damon and Amber make it easy to buy locally, eat healthy and shrink your carbon footprint. Shop farm fresh produce online individually or select a subscription, all while ethically investing in Seattle’s micro-economy!
As one of the few black-owned breweries nationwide, MBC values representation. From the artwork on their beer labels, to the vendors and charities they partner with, MBC is growing an inclusive craft beer community for everyone involved. Check out what’s on tap and available to-go!
This popular food truck took the idea of a corndog and made it delectable! Custom made waffle irons form hotcake batter and fillings – fruit and berries or artisan meats and chesses – in a corndog shape. They also have vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options on their menu!
QueenCare products enrich your skin and use aromatherapy to uplift your mood. They also host events to inspire self-love and entrepreneurship in young people! QueenCare products can be shopped online and a portion of the proceeds fund youth programming in the Seattle/King County area.
“Lead by love and fed by community,” The Ride is a cycling studio that offers small group fitness and meditation sessions. Owner Aina Oyewole-Williams and her team avoid aggressive coaching and instead support personal growth on all levels. Discover pre-recorded classes or check the schedule for other online and livestream videos!
Owner Viola Esdaille opened Sugarfoot, a fashionable and affordable style shop, with inspiration from her fashionista grandmother! Browse the online store for shoes and apparel to face masks and designer press-on nails. Every now and then you can also enter a raffle!
Seattle tattoo artist Damon Conklin is the owner of SuperGenious Tattoo. Check out portfolios of different tattoo artists, set up a free consultation and schedule an appointment if you’re wanting some new ink! It is best to call the shop for walk-in availability during COVID-19.
Valerie Madison blends her environmental science degree and love for design in her alternative, high-end jewelry business. The team uses recycled metals and eco-friendly stones so the environment is always put first. Shop rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets all online!
Abiola Akanni, the lead instructor and founder of YBB, prioritizes mental well-being over performative yoga with specialty yoga courses. These on-demand courses – like the self-guided classes for ethnic and race-based stress – honor the experience of marginalized groups and inspire social change.
We are inspired by these entrepreneurs who do the hard work to pave the way for diverse communities and provide commerce opportunities for youth. Let us know in the comments what Black-owned businesses you support in your community! You can also visit the Intentionalist for a searchable guide to minority-owned businesses across the nation.