Corrections & Clarifications: In a previous version of this article, the name of Grassrootz Bookstore and Juice Bar was misspelled.
Supporting Black-owned businesses on Black Friday is a “no brainer” this year, according to Ali Nervis, owner of Phoenix’s Grassrootz Bookstore and Juice Bar.
In 2020, the country has watched as Black Lives Matter protests swept the globe in response to the death of unarmed Black men and women. Companies began altering their policies to increase diversity and inclusion in their products and staff.
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As America’s shopping holiday approaches, local organizations are creating opportunities for customers to buy Black on Black Friday.
Nervis is also one of five members of Archwood Exchange, a nonprofit that has hosted the Buy Black Marketplace for several years.
The marketplace has been on hiatus due to the new coronavirus pandemic, but the group will host its annual Black Friday market on Nov. 27.
“We really wanted to take that day back, it’s called Black Friday,” Nervis said.
“It’s the biggest shopping day of the year so it only made sense to do something on that day to circulate the dollar, help support Black businesses in the community and bring awareness to them. I don’t know if it’s a nationwide thing yet, but at least in Phoenix we can see that it’s really taking hold.”
In addition to the Archwood Exchange Black Friday event, Sarabo and Ubuntu Sessions are hosting the Buy Black by Black Afri-Soul Marketplace on Nov. 27.
“We want to do things that move the culture forward, that move our people forward and that creates opportunities for us,” Nervis said.
“These are businesses, good businesses, on their own worthy of support. We don’t have to put a qualifier on it. But there’s the acknowledgment of the history of what’s happened in this country. The oppression, exploitation and the wealth canyon that has been created. So in many ways, those of us who are doing business, it’s a means to end, we’re not just doing it just to make money or set up shop, we’re also trying to uplift an entire community.”
Following is a list of some of the Black-owned businesses you can shop in metro Phoenix.
Brick and mortar shops
Grassrootz Bookstore and Juice Bar: Bookstore and community library. The store will reopen to the public Nov. 28. 1145 E. Washington St., Phoenix. (480) 678-4560, grassrootzbookstore.com.
Straw and Wool: Men’s hats and accessories. 610 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. (602) 888-4761, strawandwool.com.
Stardust and Sage: Crystal shop and spiritual botanica. 610 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix., (602) 314-4409, .stardustandsage.com.
B&R African Styles: Clothing and accessories. 6719 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix. (602) 410-8064, brafricanstyles.com.
Afri-Soul Marketplace: A cultural center that offers a variety of Black-owned brands and art. 1145 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 623-566-6082, smallworldafricanart.com/afri-soul-marketplace.
Sammie & Dannie: Curated vintage clothing, accessories, furniture and home decor. 4540 N 7th St., Phoenix. (602) 314-5935, sammieanddannie.com.
Krazy3 Cotton Candy: gourmet cotton candy in traditional and unique flavors. 5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir., Tempe. (480) 432-6356, krazy3cottoncandy.com.
Mane De Jour Beauty Supply: Beauty supply boutique. 1652 N. Scottsdale Rd., Tempe. (480) 825-7330, manedejour.com.
Get Sassy Beauty Supply: Sources for wigs, hair in bulk, beauty and barber supplies. 1368 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. (480) 917-0014, getsassybeautysupply.com
Herstori Wraps: A variety of headwraps, bandanas, headbands, t-shirts and more. herstoriwraps.com.
Being Dapper: Custom made men’s apparel by designer JC Donaldson. beingdapper.com.
Tebo Dambe: Handmade women and men’s apparel by designer Tebo Dambe. tebodambe.com.
Taylor Candle Co.: Soy wax candles in various fragrances including Butta Love, Cashmere Dreams and Cuffing Season. taylorcandle-co.com.
Soulful Explorer: Made to order t-shirts, hoodies, tanks and accessories. soulfulexplorer.com.
Sistas Seeking PHX: Organization with t-shirts, jewelry, bags and journals. sistasseekingphx.com.
Confessions of a Dope Teacher: Custom t-shirts, earrings, jewelry and sticker packs. confessionsofadopeteacher.com.
Bougie Tea Party: Custom-made teas and herbal kits. bougieteaparty.com.
420 Skincare: A selection of handmade cannabis-infused body butter and soaps. 420-skincare.com.
Michelle and Hair: Haircare products and hair extensions. michelleandhair.com.
Cassi Care Skincare: Handmade face masks, soap and fragrance oils. cassicare.com.
The House of MiAsia: Handmade clothing by designer MiAsia including her unique “snap wraps.” facebook.com/mysnapwraps.
Deyseroe Clothing: Men and women’s athletic apparel boutique. www.deyseros.com.
HerSoul Beauty: Handmade body butter, lip scrubs, body scrubs and holiday beauty packages. hersolbeauty.com.
Essence of Life Fragrances: Variety of fragrant body oils, soaps, shea butter, incense and sea moss. .facebook.com/essenceoflifefragrances.
Eboni Cleopatra Jewelry: Handmade jewelry and accessories. facebook.com/UniquelyUJewels.
Black-owned business directories
Phoenix Black Collective: .PhoenixBlackCollective.com.
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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: From bookstores to beauty shops, 25 Black-owned businesses in metro Phoenix