👋🏽 Sanjay and Natasha here, this Holiday Season, support black-owned businesses when you shop for the special people in your life. We’ll be adding new gift ideas throughout the holiday season, so stop by regularly.
Black-owned businesses have been impacted especially hard by the pandemic, closing at 2x the rate of other small businesses.
We're excited to announce our #BuyBlack Canada Gift Guide 2020 – to support and celebrate black-owned businesses and their (aka our) communities.
To help YOU also #BuyBlack this holiday season, we’ve created The Hustl Works #BuyBlack Canada Gift Guide, featuring products from black-owned businesses based in our city of Toronto in Canada 🇨🇦 (yes, these are all CANADIAN entrepreneurs listed).
The guide has been curated with the help of various students from the Hustl Works Academy, featuring businesses such as:
- AUXGOD Game: a party card game (sorry Cards of Humanity) started by Michael (@MikeBamboo) Rousseau. Mike curates playlists for each genre of music himself. Mike has been curating in-person party events, but since the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, AUXGOD had to put a pause on all in-person events until future notice in Toronto. Since you can't make it out to parties, why not make your Friday and Saturday nights LIT with AUXGOD.
- The Empathy Crate: a small business built with empathy and inclusivity at the heart of its mission, with collections of handmade holistic wellness products started by Leslie-Ann (@LikeLesley) Parris. The Empathy Crate encourages peace, compassion, kindness + introspection for an individual's healing process. It provides 100% pure soy candles, salt soaks, and aroma sprays all infused with essential oils. She's even offering Local Delivery (a built-in Shopify feature) and personally delivers her packages to her customers in the GTA). Leslie's passion for wellness transcends into her everyday life — check her out on TikTok.
- CurlShoppe: a brand dedicated to providing quality and affordable naturally-based curly hair care products, founded by your very own Hustl Works Co-Founder, Natasha @TheCurlyCEO Sheppard, and Co-Owned with her bestfriend & business partner, Rowan McAnoy. Being a women-owned, black-owned, Canadian small business, the curly hair community really showed solidarity during the pandemic summer. It seemed everyone needed their staple hair products at home and ordering beauty products online was the way to go. Free shipping for orders over $25, and curbside local pickup also available
- Clarendon Trading Company: a vintage clothing company built by a young black entrepreneur couple, Johnelle Francis and Colette Liburd. After taking a big hit in the early months of the pandemic due to the shutdown of ALL of their in-person marketplace events (which they were just ramping up with), they focused their efforts online — consistently posting Instagram stories and engaging their community. They are still passionate and positive about vintage clothing as ever and thoughtfully curate their sustainable fashion every day from other locals. They started their business out of their 1 bedroom apartment and now they have a warehouse in Markham, and their newest location in a popular GTA mall, Scarborough Town Centre!
- 808 Company: Founder Sandra-Lee Shaw uses a holistic perspective when choosing and making her products to provide wellness to your mind, body and spirit. She combines crystal activated, sustainably sourced, high-quality natural ingredients to create products you will feel good about wearing and using. COVID amplified her business and encouraged her to level-up her brand to continue serving her community.
Check them out and let them know we sent ya 😉
With COVID-19 and all, most holiday shopping will be online, so why not purchase from a small business this year?
Shop local, from home. Stay safe!