In the spirit with the Jennyfer Crawford-Williams’ All Things Detroit Holiday Experience, which was sponsored by Chase Bank, Sunday November 13, when more than 200 local makers and businesses gathered to sell a wide array of handcrafted and holiday-themed goods, gifts and foods; BLAC wants to keep the spirit going and share the Black vendors that we loved.
For those who missed the event this year yet love to shop local and support small Black businesses during the holidays or whenever, All Things Detroit curates a great list of them for you.
Jennyfer Crawford-Williams is founder of All Things Detroit and Ask Jennyfer. She is also the owner of All Things Marketplace, based in Corktown. All Things Detroit is produced by Ask Jennyfer, a Detroit-based firm specializing and branding and promoting small businesses.
All Things Detroit brings together 200 vendors and these small businesses sell a variety of locally-made goods and foods – all in an effort to help us fill those holiday wish lists.
And don’t forget to swing by Detroit Cocoa Bar and buy a chocolatey treat from Owners Deirdre Johnson, Rosalind Jackson and Vonetta Robinson. Their signature Hug-in-a-Mug cocoa calls to mind the best childhood memories. It blends milk and dark chocolate for the perfect warm-up. A vegan option is also available. “Not only do we want to connect our customers with the nostalgic feeling of a warm cup of cocoa, but we also promote the health benefits of the cacao bean and integrate that into all of our products,” added Jackson.
This year, be sure to stock up on original holiday greeting cards and wrapping paper created by The Candidly Speaking based in Fraser, Mich. The woman-owned stationary greeting card and stationary shop that remains committed to celebrating black images and experiences. Owner LaToya Simpson said: “My goal is to create representation in an industry where people who look and sound like me have a voice.”
Founded by sisters Espy and Jennifer Thomas , the Detroit designer and entrepreneur started the business out of their love for graphic t-shirts and natural black woman style. The duo are also the co-founders of the Detroit event “Naturally FLYY Detroit Presents: WE ROCK DOPE HAIR! A Natural Hair Experience”— an annual event she hosts with her sister Jennifer. Naturally FLYY Detroit offers branded streetwear like t-shirts, dresses, and tees.
Uncle Calvin’s Sweet Potato Pies
Founded by Calvin Richardson, Uncle Calvin’s bakes and sells sweet potato pies using the same southern recipe Mr. Richardson has enjoyed throughout his entire life!
Founded by Kiana Hughes, Scent Science creates affordable, high-quality products for the everyday lifestyle. Their products include 100% soy wax candles with eco-friendly wooden wicks and premium soy blend wax melts.
Shop for cozy wearable art handmade crochet fashions or herbal beauty products crafted by Nan’Chang Creations. “My mission is to create beautiful wearable art pieces that are stylish and unique,” said Owner Nan’Chang Springer, of Taylor. Keep an eye out for a new fall spice herbal bath tea, grown from herbs in her own garden. It’s a relaxing experience anyone can enjoy.