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Black-owned businesses of St. Louis Make a difference each time you go shopping by choosing a local, Black-owned business.

So you’ve posted a black square on social media. Now what? As a high school student, it can seem difficult to get involved and contribute to a social justice movement, especially if you can not yet vote. But one of the easiest ways to participate can fit right into your daily routine – you can make a difference each time you go shopping by choosing a local, Black-owned business. By purchasing from one of these restaurants or stores, you are lending economic support to the Black community. Here are some of the many places to buy from, each located in the St. Louis area.

FOOD

Emmanuel's Family Restaurant

4401 South Broadway Street, St. Louis www.emmanuelsrestaurant.com With a wide range of selections plus a vegan and plant-based menu, Emmanuel’s Family Restaurant has much to offer for a variety of diets. Emmanuel’s also provides dinner and a show by hosting live music and concert events, which they have recently used to highlight Black artists. They are currently open for dine-in and takeout or delivery, so you can enjoy in the comfort of your home.

C. Oliver Coffee + Flower Bar

7401 Hazel Avenue, Maplewood Instagram: @oliverscf  If you’ve been on Instagram recently, it’s likely you’ve caught a glimpse of this picture-perfect cafe. C. Oliver Coffee + Flower Bar opened in September 2019, and has been providing a wide selection of lattes, macchiatos, teas and more ever since. Complete with modern, minimalistic decor and a gorgeous accent wall of flowers, C. Oliver is the perfect place for a delicious coffee and status update.

CLOTHING

Tracy’s Treasures

Online only, previously based in St. Louis www.shoptracystreasures.com Treat yourself to a new outfit or eye-catching pair of shoes by ordering from Tracy’s Treasures. Tracy’s carries a stunning collection of women’s apparel, including plus-size options. They also specialize in unique jewelry, so you can check out their online shop for all of your accessorizing needs.

Korédé

4317 Forest Park Avenue, St. Louis www.shopkorede.com Korédé’s handbags, totes and backpacks are perfect for carrying whatever you need and staying fashionable at the same time. The name Korédé translates to ‘bring goodness,’ and their website emphasizes their dedication to empowering women through the combination of beauty and function. They make sleek and modern handbag designs, as well as timeless casual pieces for a variety of styles.

BEAUTY

Heritage 1933

Online only, St. Louis based www.heritage1933.com Heritage 1993 is a natural beauty company which sells safe and nontoxic hair products and skin care such as clay masks and scrubs. They also give back to the community with each purchase by donating products to women and children in local shelters. With glowing reviews from local and national news sources, Heritage 1993 is a great opportunity to purchase beauty products while helping your community at the same time.

S.P.A. Exclusive

1247 Dunn Road, Florissant www.spaexclusive.net A day spa is the perfect place for maintaining self care. S.P.A. Exclusive offers services like hair treatments, nail art and skincare. To get a manicure before your next classy event or for some relaxing pampering, book an appointment and stop by S.P.A. Exclusive.

other

Vivid Vibes Photography

St. Louis based www.vividvibesphotography.com If you’re searching for a photographer for your senior pictures or a family photoshoot, check out Vivid Vibes Photography. Reviews praise their professionalism and high quality photos, and they advertise a wide variety of settings and subjects. To capture the moments that matter to you, use Vivid Vibes.

Eyeseeme

6951 Olive Boulevard, University City www.eyeseeme.com Eyeseeme is a bookstore with a unique mission: “Promoting positive African-American images, academic excellence and cultural pride.” One of the simplest ways to get involved in any movement is to educate yourself and those around you through sources like books or documentaries. By offering titles about African-American characters as well as racial justice, Eyeseeme presents an opportunity to learn while supporting a Black-owned business at the same time.

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Art by Molly Higgins