February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of the accomplishments of the Black community and an opportunity to recognize the pivotal role that Black Americans play in U.S. History.
Black History Month is also a month of solidarity, understanding, and an opportunity to amplify black voices in our communities. This February and beyond, we encourage you to support black-owned businesses and continue to recognize the small changes we can make in our everyday lives to support the Black community.
Here are some of our favorite female-founded, black-owned brands to celebrate and support this month:
Major’s Project Pop
Let’s get this poppin’, shall we? First up we have Major’s Project Pop, a female-founded business that offers a fresh take on kettle corn. Founded by Chauniqua Major-Louis (commonly known as Major). Major’s Project Pop values people and purpose over profit (which is what the “Pop” in Major’s Project Pop stands for). She founded the brand when she realized a lot of the popcorn on the market today was a little bit too “dirty”. Major’s Project Pop is committed to serving its customers with honesty, integrity and places a high value on food literacy by producing delicious popcorn with clean, easily recognizable vegan ingredients. Grab a bag of Major’s Project Pop here.
Nirvana Soul Coffee
Another brand we love a ‘latte’ is Nirvana Soul Coffee. A fellow Bay Area brand, based in San Jose, California. Nirvana Soul is a female-founded, black-owned coffee shop that was founded by a pair of sisters, Jeronica Macey and Be’Anka Ashaolu. Nirvana Soul’s mission is “to bring people together through the power of coffee and tea”. They worked to create a space that “feeds their souls and makes people happy” creating a customer-centric space and encouraging community involvement. Visit Nirvana Soul’s San Jose location at 315 S 1st Street San Jose, California, or order their delicious coffee from their website here.
A batch made in heaven! Next up on our list is Partake Foods, a female-founded cookie company that was created in 2016 by Denise Woodard when her daughter was diagnosed with multiple food allergies. Partake cookies are gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, and are free of the top 9 allergens. Partake are “better for you” cookies, that are consciously crafted with allergy-friendly ingredients. You can get Partake Cookies on their website, here.
Southern Roots Vegan Bakery
Life’s what you bake it! Southern Roots Vegan Bakery was co-founded by Cara Pitts and her husband, Marcus Pitts in San Antonio, Texas. When her partner, Marcus, decided to go plant-based, Cara made it her mission to create vegan-friendly sweets with the same great taste. After trial-and-error, Cara created a plant-based donut recipe that was loved by many in their community, and Southern Roots Vegan Bakery was born! Now Southern Roots ships nationwide with a wide assortment of baked goods. You can find and enjoy their products here.
Joe and Monroe
This next business is hard to hold a flame to! Last but not least, we have Joe and Monroe. These individually poured, eco-friendly, and vegan-friendly candles are the perfect addition to your home. Founded by Joyaa, an IT Project Manager by day and Chandler by night. Joyaa joined her love of art and science to create Joe + Monroe in honor of her grandfather (Joe) and her daughter (whose middle name is Monroe). The candles are handcrafted with love in Houston, Texas, and made from sustainable apricot and coconut oil. You can order her candles here.