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Black Owned Ice Cream Businesses You Should Know

Walmart’s recent attempt to commercialize Juneteenth with a new ice cream flavor backfired.

Their “Celebration Edition: Juneteenth Ice Cream,” was met with outrage and has sparked a backlash from many on social media.

Juneteenth ice cream found in a Walmart store in North Carolina.

The company has now pulled the product from its shelves and issued an apology. However, don’t worry, they still have several other Juneteenth related items for sale including the “It’s the freedom for me,” can cooler :/

Black Owned Ice Cream Businesses

This is a great time to remind all that there are several Black-owned ice cream businesses that we can support, starting with Creamalicious, the brand that originally created the swirled red velvet and cheesecake flavor that Walmart used for its own version.

Black-Owned Ice Cream Businesses

Creamalicious Ice Creams (Nationwide)

Mikey Likes It (New York, NY)

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Here’s The Scoop DC (Washington D.C.)

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JD’s Vegan (Select locations nationwide)

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Taharka Bros. Ice Cream (Baltimore, MD)

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Earthy Goodness Vegan (Houston, TX)

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Ari’s Ice Cream Parlor & Cafe (St. Louis, MO)

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Little Giant Ice Cream (Oakland, CA )

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Ruby Scoops Ice Cream & Sweets (Richmond, VA )

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Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats (Alexandria, VA)

 

Whipped Urban Dessert Lab (New York, NY)

 

Lil’ Ice Cream Dude’s Cool World Ice Cream Shop (Athens, GA)

Cajou Creamery (Baltimore, MD)

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Kubé (Oakland, CA)

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Double Dipper Ice Cream (Claymont, DE)

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Ice Cream 504 (New Orleans, LA)

 

Tipping Cow (Somerville, MA)

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Tony O. Lawson


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Black Owned Brewery Celebrates Two years of Crafting Beer and Community

Hard to get more Northwest than coffee, bicycling and craft brews. That just so happens to be the special recipe behind Washington state’s first and only Black-owned brewery.

Metier Brewing in Woodinville just celebrated its two-year anniversary this summer. Owner Rodney Hines and co-founder Todd Herriott made it more than just about beer.

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Rodney Hines

“All about building community and offering a welcoming gathering space for families, friends, and those who appreciate well-crafted beer,” Hines said. As soon as you walk through the door you’ll see the purpose written on the wall: “Our Mission is to brew damn good beer and build a stronger community to inspire bigger dreams for all.”

It’s a family-friendly, pet-friendly, and bike-friendly brewery located in the heart of Woodinville’s wine district.

Metier is french and poetically means “one’s calling, one’s destiny.” The team behind Metier Brewing Co. is symbolic of their diversity mission.

Herriott owns a premium bicycle shop with the same name on Capitol Hill and Hines left a corporate job in the coffee world to dive into craft beer full-time. “I’m a home brewer…and no one should ever taste any of that,” Hines joked.

“This has been a dream of mine for a long time. Where everyone can feel welcomed. It took me over 50 years, but here we are!”

They hired a brewmaster and have quickly found success in brewing up some popular beers.“We’ve already won awards for our beer, so it says we’re delivering on that so we’ve got the product. We’ve got damn good beer and that’s allowed us to focus on the other part of our mission,” Hines said.

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Hines says there are only about 65 Black-owned breweries that they know about across the nation.

“That is not to say that folks of color don’t like beer. I think that’s to say that folks of color don’t always see themselves welcomed into all spaces,” Hines said. “It feels like an inviting space for everyone, and there’s intention behind that.”

“That’s out of about 8,000 and there are even fewer female-owned breweries,” he said.

The business is brewing craft beers but the passion for community is evident on the walls. Tap Room Manager Bailey Kroeger says it was their commitment to diversity and caring about people that attracted her to work with the brewery.

“It’s been nice to work at a company that actually cares about me,” Kroeger said.

Fundraising efforts and partnerships with other local businesses are celebrated throughout the taproom and most recently Metier Brewing teamed up with another local brewer to release “Say It Loud: Stout and Proud” to benefit Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle.

 

Source: NBC King 5

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She Created The Largest Black Woman Owned Beverage Manufacturing Business in the U.S.

Nailah Ellis-Brown is the founder and CEO of Ellis Infinity Beverage Company, the largest Black woman-owned beverage manufacturing business in the United States.

In this interview, we discussed how the business grew from her mother’s basement and being sold out of her car, to operating out of a state-of-the-art facility and being stocked in retail locations across the country.

We also discussed some of the details of a recent investment her business received from actor, Kevin Hart.

 

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Tony O. Lawson


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Black Owned Tea Brands You Can Purchase Online

People all over the world have been drinking tea for thousands of centuries, and for good reason. Numerous studies have shown that a variety of teas may fight off inflammation, boost your immune system, and even ward off cancer and heart disease.

While some brews provide more health benefits than others, there’s plenty of evidence that drinking tea can have a lasting impact on your wellness.

If you can’t visit your local cafe for your tea of choice, don’t worry, these Black owned tea brands will deliver herbal goodness right to your doorstep.

Black Owned Tea Brands

Adjourn Tea House

Brooklyn Tea

Ivy’s Tea Co. 

Sip Tea Shop 

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Hands of Sage

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Teas With Meaning

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Bea’s Wellness Teas

True Serenity Tea

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Jayida Ché

Kim Bees

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Orange Street Storehouse

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INI Sips

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Just Add Honey

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Steep & Sip Teas

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Teas Please

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Elle’s Elixirs

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Lady Rose Specialty Teas 

BrickHouse Gourmet Coffee & Tea Co.

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Bunka

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MoreFya Herbal Tea and Smoke Blends

Cup of Té

The Black Leaf Tea & Culture Shop

Drink Our Hi-G

Just Be Tea

Deeply Rooted

Flora’s Tea Company

Tranquilo Teas

ZABICO Life

Oat Straw Tea Company

Angry Black Tea

 

-Tony O. Lawson


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Black Owned Coffee Brands You Can Purchase Online

Last year, we created a viral post about Black owned Alternatives to Starbucks. Unfortunately since then, some of the businesses we listed have gone out of business or are closed temporarily due to the COVID related shutdown.

However, coffee lovers are still in luck since there are several Black owned coffee brands that you can purchase from online and enjoy at home!

Black Owned Coffee Brands

Russell’s Gourmet Coffee

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Signature Blends By Kim Fields 

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Peter’s Brew Coffee 

Blk & Bold

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2 Bros Coffee Co.

Boon Boona Coffee

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Sailor’s Brew Coffee

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Dope Coffee 

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Not So Urban Coffee & Roastery 

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Northwest Coffee Roasting Company

INI Sips

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BrickHouse Gourmet Coffee & Tea Co.

Historic Noir Coffee

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L A Grind Coffee & Tea Bar

Calvine’s Coffee

Kahawa 1893

MochaBox Coffee Company

Happy Beans Roaster

Bad Beans Coffee Co.

Red Bay Coffee

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-Tony O. Lawson

 


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Black Owned Beverage and Juice Brands You Should Know

The global non-alcoholic beverage market size was valued at $967.3 billion in 2016. It is expected to reach $1189.10 billion in 2023. Here are some Black-owned beverage brands to support.

Black Owned Beverage Brands

Turmeric Magic

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Brooklyn Brewed Sorrel

Füd

2T Water

Liquid Hydration

Teranga Juice

Me & The Bee Lemonade

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Ellis Island Tea

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MoFaya Energy Drinks

J.I.V.E Juice

Spicegrove

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-Tony O. Lawson


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Black Owned Beer Businesses You Should Know

Historically, there have been almost no “official” Black businesses involved in the beer industry. Now, times are changing, and several Black owned beer businesses are making a name for themselves.

Let’s take a look at some of them.

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Rhythm Brewing Company is a New Haven CT based Brewing Co. that produces, “RHYTHM”, its Flagship Lager.

Sankofa Beer Company is a DC-based producer and distributor of premium craft beer, inspired by the founder’s connection to West Africa.

Cajun Fire is an eco-friendly nano brewery based out of New Orleans, Louisiana specializing in making unique craft beverage brews that appeal to the casual consumer.

Harris Family Brewery is a new NANO-brewery headquartered in Central Pennsylvania that will produce excellent craft beer.

Harlem Brewery manufactures craft beverages. Its flagship Sugar Hill Golden Ale and Harlem Renaissance Wit both celebrate the rich history of Harlem.

Blackfrog Brewery is a nanobrewery born in Holland, OH. Dedicated to making great beer for great people.

Khonso Brewing fuses different beer styles together to create a unique beer experience.

18th Street Brewery is currently the second largest brewery in Northwest Indiana. Our beers range from saisons to double india pale ales to double milk stouts to pilsners and lagers.

Brazo Fuerte Artisanal Beer is a new craft beer company that brews world-class, full-flavored session beers for active, passionate beer drinkers

Soweto Gold honors the icons of Soweto, past and present. It embodies the spirit, pride, initiative and tenacity of Soweto, and of South Africa.

Stimela Brewing Co is a South Africa based brewing company that crafts premium beers for people who have a thirst for greatness.

Ukhamba Beerworx is Cape Town’s first Black-owned craft brewery. They produce traditional African Beer.

White Lion Brewing Company is the first craft beer brand to go to market in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Band of Brothers Brewing Company is the third craft brewery in the “One & Only” Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The brewery features the largest taproom in Tuscaloosa.

Harlem Hops is a space for you to gather, socialize, relax, and enjoy the taste of some of the world’s most delicious and hardest to find beers.

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One Fermentary & Taproom is a premium beverage destination that crafts small-batch beers with a focus on unique fermentation processes.

-Tony O. Lawson 


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Black Owned Businesses in Harlem You Should Check Out

Yes, there are still Black owned businesses in Harlem. Many amazing ones, just like those we’ve listed below. Check them out and support!

Black Owned Businesses in Harlem

NINI’s “A Sip of Africa” is the pride of healthy, tasty, and nutritious drinks made through the consciousness of environmental sustainability and social responsibility to the community.
BLVD Bistro is a family-owned, Southern-inspired culinary labor of love.
Melba’s serves Southern classics in a retro setting that’s relaxed & homey by day, bustling in the evening.
Seasoned Vegan offers vegan dishes from organic ingredients prepared with global flavors.
MIST Harlem is a multipurpose venue that offers a cafe & bar, plus space for live music & special events.
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The 125 Collection produces high-quality soy quote candles for those who have an appreciation for fun, stylish individuality, with a bit of a decadent taste for fine, non-toxic fragrances.
The Edge Harlem offers espresso drinks, baked goods & sandwiches, plus wine & beer, in a funky space with brunch service.

Home Sweet Harlem Southern plates plus breakfast & brunch served in a chill cafe with exposed-brick walls & live jazz.

Lenox Saphire offers Senegalese & American soul food, plus French pastries, served in a hip hangout with sidewalk seats.

Blujeen Elevated American comfort food with Southern twists served in a stylish setting with a long bar.
BSquared serves dishes such as Fresh Oysters, Tempura Filled Squash Blossoms and Oyster Chowder to offer an upscale casual dining experience right in the heart of Harlem.
Lolo’s Seafood Shack is a small counter-order place offering Caribbean-inspired fare including seafood steampots.

Flamekeepers Hat Club is an upscale store offering an array of sophisticated hats for men, in many styles.

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Hyacinth’s Haven offers inventive spins on Jamaican cooking, plus classic cocktails, served in a casual-chic space.
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Lee Lee’s Baked Goods is known for its gourmet rugelach, this cheery red-&-white-themed bakery offers delivery services.
Chocolat Restaurant and Lounge creates a one-of-a-kind experience that allows its visitors to enter an urban and sophisticated world.
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The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is a research library of the New York Public Library and an archive repository for information on people of African descent worldwide.
The Nail Suite is a boutique nail salon that specializes in natural nail care and offers full-service manicures and pedicure, as well as gel polish manicures, and gel enhancements.
Onion Cut & Sewn provides beautifully effortless clothes that feel like lotion.
Zoma is a setting for Ethiopian cuisine that honor and continue the old tradition of fresh ingredients, low and slow cooking and balanced flavoring in an atmosphere thats modern and friendly.

Sister’s Uptown Bookstore is an Indie bookshop & community hub spotlighting a range of tales & events by & about African Americans.

Cove Lounge is a Caribbean inspired restaurant and lounge serving specialty cocktails plus a menu of Southern comfort food.

Tina Pearson Salon is dedicated to creating healthy beautiful hair. Tina believes the integrity of your hair should never be sacrificed for any hairstyle.
Levels Barbershop has been established to appeal to the individual who is looking for more than just your average haircut.

Grandma’s Place is Harlem’s premier toy and children’s book boutique that is a top-notch family experience with an upscale ambiance and down home appeal.

Cathedra is a boutique grooming salon that offers a new take on the old barbershop trend. Infusion of style, fashion, haircare and skincare.

Elite Conceptions Hair Lounge is a full service boutique hair salon specializing in multicultural hair textures and styling.

Ponty Bistro is a chic neighborhood bistro for French-African cuisine in breezy, comfortable digs with African art.

Shrine is an Arts & performance space hosting all-ages shows & serving drinks & bar bites.

Yatenga is a stylish, casual eatery featuring à la carte & fixed-price menus of traditional French bistro fare.

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Red Rooster serves comfort food celebrating the roots of American cuisine and the diverse culinary traditions.

Calabash Imports is an African fashion, jewelry, home furnishings and gift store.

Hats by Bunn offers “classic originals for all seasons.”

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Egunsifoods is a food company focused on producing refrigerated African food derived from classic West African dishes.

Hecho en Harlem Jewelry is rooted in the geometric form, boasting bold clean, sleek design while utilizing scale and texture to create exciting, bold, statement pieces.

Tsion is a stylish cafe featuring contemporary Ethiopian cuisine in a warm space with patio seating.

Barbara’s Flowers is a florist shop providing custom arrangements, bouquets, gifts & delivery services.

 

-Tony O. Lawson 

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Black Owned Businesses in The Boston Area

Boston, aka Beantown, is home to some amazing Black owned businesses. Check these out and let us know which ones we missed!

Black Owned Businesses in The Boston Area

Frugal Bookstore (Roxbury) is a community bookstore with a passion for promoting literacy within our children, teens, and adults.

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Bred Gourmet (Boston) is a small burger bar that serves gourmet patties & toppings, plus kale drinks, smoothies, salads & more.

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The F.I.T.T. PIT (Hyde Park) is  training facility that focuses on functional interval training that helps clients transform their bodies and reach their fitness goals.

The Urban Grape (Boston) is the first wine, craft beer, and spirits store to organize wines by their body, rather than varietal or region.

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Simply Erin’s (Cambridge) is a unisex hair salon that caters to a clientele with all hair textures.

Liz’s Hair Care (Roxbury Crossing) is a full service hair salon located in a historic neighborhood of Boston.

Addis Red Sea (Boston) is an Ethiopian Restaurant offers authentic Ethiopian cuisine coupled in a warm and friendly environment.

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The Beehive (Boston) is a hip spot for creative New American fare, cocktails, daily live music, jazz brunch & patio dining.

The Coast Cafe (Cambridge) offers counter-serve fried chicken & other soul-food classics.

M&M Ribs’s (Boston) is a food truck that offers  the “Best BBQ in Town.”

Savvor Restaurant and Lounge (Boston) is a contemporary space with Caribbean & Southern cuisine & craft cocktails, plus live music on weekends.

Slades Bar & Grill (Roxbury), once owned by Celtic great Bill Russell, serves soul food to an R&B & soul soundtrack.

Shearer Cottage (Martha’s Vineyard) is a family-owned and operated with pride since 1903. Shearer Cottage is nestled in a quiet, woodsy area in the Highlands of East Chop in Oak Bluffs on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard.

Cousen Rose Gallery (Martha’s Vineyard) offers paintings, prints, photography, pottery, books, wearable art and unique jewelry.

Oak Bluffs Inn (Martha’s Vineyard) is a highly rated 9-bedroom B&B located minutes away from the beach and features scenic gardens on the grounds. This inn is located just a 2-minute drive from Martha’s Vineyard Ferry in Oak Bluffs.

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Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen (Boston) serves up great southern comfort food and signature cocktails with a side of some of the best jazz.

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Black Owned Businesses in Canada

Canada is known for many things. Currently, it’s best known as the place that everyone wants to move to if you know who wins you know what. Our North American neighbors should also be known for the many awesome Black owned businesses that exist there. Here are a few:

Black Owned Businesses in Canada

Bôhten (Quebec, Ontario & online) is an eco-luxury eyewear line handmade from reclaimed material, sourced from Africa.

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Locsuria Natural Haircare Systems (Ontario) is a “pure and natural hair maintenance line of products.”

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Curl Bar Beauty Salon (Ontario) aims to provide the highest quality service and experience for your hair and beauty services.

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Nannis Natural Hair Studio (Ontario) provides “a unique holistic approach to healthy natural hair with locks, braids, twists, and customized styles for a wide range of special occasions.”

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Le Nil Bleu (Montreal) is an Ethiopian restaurant that offers flavourful meals.

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Club Balattou (Montréal ) is “one of the first venues to bring African bands to North America in the 1980s.

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Black Theatre Workshop (Montréal) is “Canada’s oldest Black theatre company and is committed to reflecting Black culture and community by developing and providing visibility for Black Canadian artists.”

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The Montreal Community Contact is a publication that has been serving Montréal’s Black and Caribbean Community for over 20 years.

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Grillade Lafirenzé Plus (Montréal)”offers a family friendly environment with a warm welcome and good (African) food.”

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Tassot Creole (Quebec)is a Hatian restaurant that offers delicious meals made from scratch.

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Le Virunga (Montréal)provides traditional African recipes that have been reinvented. “When African fine cuisine meets Québec.”

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Ritz Caribbean Foods is a franchise that offers “the best Caribbean food in Ontario.”

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Divas Hair Design Studio (Ontario) offers “a variety of services including hair services: Virgin Hair Extensions –Weaves, Braids, Custom wigs, Dread locking, Up-dos, Color, Relaxers, Hair products, accessories and many more.”

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Earthtones Naturals (Ontario) was “developed out of necessity for Canadian-made premium and effective natural hair and body products.”

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Shakara Naturals (Ontario) offers “natural products that help strengthen hair and improve skin.”

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London Ivy Products (Ontario) is “a hair, bath & beauty line that heals, nourishes & serves multiple purposes.”

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 -Tony O. Lawson

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