Looking for gift ideas? Black-owned Cincinnati shops to support for Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is a chance to support local business in our community.



a building with a store on the corner of a street: The store front of the Smith & Hannon Book Store on Vine Street in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020.


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The store front of the Smith & Hannon Book Store on Vine Street in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020.

This year, due to the pandemic, our local shops have been struggling, but we can help.

This year, there is a movement saying bye to Black Friday and encouraging people to #BuyBlack Friday. This movement, from Facebook Elevate, is to get people to buy from Black-owned businesses every Friday through Black Friday.



a man standing in front of a building: Cam Means, 27, left, and Marcus Ervin, 29, the owners of Black Owned outside their new store on 822 Elm Street that opens on October 18. The store will sell clothing with the Black Owned label on the items.


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Cam Means, 27, left, and Marcus Ervin, 29, the owners of Black Owned outside their new store on 822 Elm Street that opens on October 18. The store will sell clothing with the Black Owned label on the items.

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A day after Black Friday, on Nov. 28, is a holiday called Small Business Saturday. Another opportunity to give back, support local and support Black-owned businesses owners by visiting one of these stores or shopping online.

Shop local this holiday season: Check out these Cincinnati shops for Small Business Saturday

The coronavirus pandemic has been hard on small businesses, with more than 3.3 million businesses – or 22% – shutting down from February to April, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. Black-owned businesses were hit even harder, with 41% closing permanently.   

Here’s a list of Black-owned small businesses worth checking out on Small Business Saturday:

If you’re hoping to get in shape …

Give the gift of personal training and classes from 1 More Rep Cincinnati Fitness CenterBody Revamped Bootcamp or Paradise Gym and Fitness Center.

If you’re looking for wellness coaching and health services, try visiting Caldwell Family Wellness, Garden of Wellness Massage Therapy and Just Essential Nutrition.

If you want to give the gift of food …

You can share a meal with a loved one at any of Cincinnati’s Black-owned restaurants. If you want to give a gift, buy a gift card.

More: Cincinnati has a lot of black-owned restaurants. Here are 25 that you should try

If you’re shopping for a fashionista …

You have a ton of options in the Queen City.

Visit Aphrodite Muse Clothing, BlaCk OWned Outerwear or Chic Life Apparel.

You can buy local jewelry from IMGBAT Art and Jewelry and Junebug Jewelry Designs.



a store front at day: The storefront of the Joseph Clark Gallery on Hamilton Avenue in the Northside neighborhood of Cincinnati on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020.


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The storefront of the Joseph Clark Gallery on Hamilton Avenue in the Northside neighborhood of Cincinnati on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020.

If you want to support local artists …

Cincinnati has a ton of Black artists with their own shops and selling works online.

If you want to support a local Black artist, buy work from Black-owned Joseph Clark Gallery. You can also buy directly from some of the 16 artists who created the Black Lives Matter mural in front of City Hall.

More: Behind the Black Lives Matter

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