You don't have to go far to 'Buy Black' on Black Friday or the holiday this season! Alexandria and Northern Virginia have plenty of options for you to support minority-owned businesses (you can find more here). Here are my picks of Alexandria (and Northern Virginia) Black-owned businesses to support this season for unique gifts and all year round!
Rush Cycle (Alexandria, Va)
This indoor cycling studio which just opened in the new West Alexandria neighborhood is owned by Dee. Give the gift of fun fitness or get a jump on those New Year's fitness resolutions. The first ride is free!
Hazel O. Salon (Alexandria, Va)
Cofounded by Niki Monty and Marcia Rhodes-Taylor this chic salon just launched a line of candles for the holiday season! The candles come in a variety of scents with rich stories behind the names of the candles.
Oh So Good Organics (Northern Virginia)
Owned and made by Jennifer Naqvi this Northern Virginia organics company focuses on candles, skincare, soaps, and even men's products!
Donna Lewis (Alexandria, Va)
High-end luxury in Old Town is tucked away at this boutique owned by Donna and Chris Lewis. Visit their online alfresco mask shop for unique designs upcycled from beautiful printed fabrics!
Harambee Books & Artworks (Alexandria, Va)
The only independently Black-owned bookstore in Alexandria offers a variety of books and other cultural gifts sure to add more culture and knowledge into your life! I have Isabel Wilkerson's "Caste" on my wish list and am happy to support by buying from a local business (this title is on sale now!)
Threadleaf (Alexandria, Va)
Owned by Nicole McGrew this Old Town boutique focuses on thoughtfully made apparel where you can be stylish and source sustainable clothing options. The boutique even carries unique skincare and home goods that will make great gifts!
Where do you intend to #buyblack this holiday season? Drop the names and websites in the comments below!