BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)–The COVID-19 pandemic has wrecked havoc on so many businesses this year but we have also seen a surge in the number of black owned businesses across the country and most importantly our state.
Join Deon Guillory as we take a look at the impact and how you can support local black owned businesses.
Color Crossroads; A focus on black owned businesses
In this months edition of Color Crossroads, we’re continuing the conversation on black owned businesses. We have also found a number of businesses that have great last minute gifts in case you need a few gifts with Christmas being on Friday.
We’re excited to #ShopBlack this holiday season. It helps pump funds back into our communities and helps give black people sense of empowerment and independence. If you’re thinking about starting your own black business, we encourage you to go for it. You’ll never know what can happen unless you try.
Destiny’s Creations by Imani is a company that specializes natural handmade self care products and homemade desserts. It is a family owned business that serves people here in Baton Rouge and all over the USA! We sell Handmade Natural Soap, Handmade Candles, Handmade Bath Bombs, Sage, Shea Butter, cheesecakes, pound cakes and more!
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Scent Delicacy prides themselves on making supreme quality candles and we guarantee that by using the highest quality fragrance oil blends, premium cotton wicks, and only 100% soy wax from the US. Every batch of candles are carefully hand poured in Louisiana, They are tested, and cured appropriately before being sold to ensure luxurious quality every single time. Their soothing fragrances create the right feel and are all natural to ensure safety for your family and your fur babies. Their wax has a low melting point which creates a slower burn for a longer lasting candle.
Miller and Jack produces sanitizer and disinfectant solutions for the healthcare industry and consumers. Their products include wholesale hand sanitizers, gel, liquids, sprays, and disinfectants. Miller and Jack is a proud American owned and operated company based in Milton, Louisiana. Miller and Jack has built a vertically integrated supply chain of North American suppliers and providers of the highest quality ingredients and formulations that are EPA-Registered.
Miller and Jack is a bulk and wholesale producer, manufacturer, and distributor of sanitizer solutions. Kills Coronavirus and Covid-19. Kills all viruses 10x faster than Lysol! Safe on skin and on all surfaces!
Chiquita’s Miracle Works is owned by Danita Tate. She’s the sister of late Attorney Chiquita Tate who was murdered in her downtown office in 2009. In 2017, Tate created her own cleaning supplies which is called Chiquita’s Miracle Works bathroom Cleaner and multi-purpose disinfectant deodorizer which both works and smells really good.
She recently added candles called Chiquita’s Blessed Scents. She also has travel size disinfectant deodorizer and bathroom cleaner for people who are traveling and wants to stay safe from the COVID-19.
Omega’s Beaded Creations & Accessories was started in August 2014 in Baton Rouge, La. At the time Omega was a stay at home mom caring for her 1yr old who had undergone emergency open heart surgery to save her life. I was also caring for her two siblings who, at the time were 3 & 11.
Unable to work outside of the home due to her daughter’s health, she decided to start a crafting hobby making hair accessories for her three girls. Unknowingly, the hair accessories became a success. A few months later she came up with the idea to create custom beaded jewelry for girls to match their hair accessories. The beaded jewelry was an instant hit and soon the adults both male and female were requesting custom pieces.
Needless to say, she added beaded jewelry to the collection. In the Spring of 2017, she decided she wanted to offer more as well as stretch her talents. With that, she added Custom Resin items & Drinking items to her list of can-do things.
Custom shirts, onesies, bibs, towels, Double Wall Insulated Tumblers, Sippy Cups, Custom Games(Dominoes/TicTacToe), etc have been a huge hit for Omega’s Craft House, LLC. I am dedicated to making unique custom items for males and females of all ages that will leave a lasting impression and help anyone stand out from the rest. Every item is created with the customer(s) in mind. Every effort is made by her to give the customer(s) exactly what they want. Each item is handmade by her only with careful detail and a WHOLE LOT OF LOVE!
David’s Custo-Fab can help if you need something fab to add to your living room, dining or even outdoor patio. David makes custom furniture for people that’s made to last for decades. His furniture is mostly traditional but very strong and sturdy. His purpose is to give you your money’s worth and top notch quality.
K-Kreationz offers a variety of customized items. They offer personalized chains, keychains, tumblers (20oz), shirts, masks, sequin pillows and engraved wine glasses. The brand is always striving to over deliver and providing the best customer service there is. Another bonus is they also offer delivery services for those who are unable to meet to pick up their items.
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STMPD Legacy Apparel strives to share the courageous stories of Black people in America. Their brand is designed to promote conversations about historical people of color whose legacies are not traditionally shared. They are utilizing technology and fashionable apparel to promote the legacy of our ancestors to the next generation.
Shocase is a strong, reliable graphic design and printing enterprise committed to making every project a success regardless of quantity or specifications. They want you to trust them to provide the very best print at competitive rates… let them shocase your imaginings.
Milanni Parys had its beginning as a handmade children’s clothing boutique specializing in fashion forward custom children’s wear, most notably, the children’s bell bottom uniform sets and the ever popular handmade mommy and me sets. They have now expanded into women’s wear offering mask and headwrap sets as well as retail apparel and ethnic jewelry pieces.
Savvyy & Co. designs, hand-paints, sews, and well.. works their magic, to create original designs for each customer while providing exemplary customer service. Sakinah Abdul-Azi is the owner and she says she prides herself in customizing each piece as “One of one.”
While she typically focuses on sneakers, Sakinah has also designed handbags, wallets, hats, home decor, denim jackets, and furniture pieces.
RNB Exclusivz is a local sleepwear brand that currently caters to women sizes small to 5x. Owned by cousins Roycha’ Richard and Briana Augustus, their goal is to make every woman they encounter feel beautiful in their skin and relax comfortably as they head to bed. They offer shipping as well as local pickup in the Baton Rouge area. They want you to always remember to be raw, be bold but most of all be exclusive. Side Note: You better ask about their slippers.
Fab Boutique is perfect for anyone who needs a new handbag. The brand is a unique clothing and handbag company. This one-of-a-kind boutique is inclusive with their sizing, provides excellent customer service, and offers installment payment plans if needed. You can find out more about this brand by visiting their website.
Baubles and Beeswax crafts collections as diverse as your moods to energize, inspire, renew or calm your soul. They produce luxury items to elevate your space, arouse your senses and enhance your mood. They offer unique, eye-catching, premiere options for gift-giving. They can enhance your memorable moments with custom products. And they do it all with love and laughter.
Livefree Natural Home and Bodycare is a natural lifestyle boutique specializing in helping you transition to a healthy, natural lifestyle, through education and offering high quality natural products. Our Home Detox classes help you learn the basics of “going natural” while also offering an exclusively curated selection of handmade and handcrafted natural home, hair, body care products that you can trust to help with the transition. You can find us online at
Radiant Beauty Bar is about making people feel good about themselves all while looking amazing. They love to enhance and accent smiles through cosmetic teeth whitening, tooth gems services and teeth whitening products. The brand is all about beauty, fashion and self care and health. They want everyone to feel beautiful! Their motto is “Radiance starts with you.” At RBB, they value client care, customer service and superior experience.
Beautiful Weirdos is a community welcoming everyone who has ever been labeled weird or judged for making the decision to connect with their higher power. There is no traditional route when it comes to growth, and spirituality.
From this point on stop comparing your path to others. Take a deep breath, light an incense or sage and prepare for an adventure! The company offers tools such as healing stones, crystals and tips on how to release the noise of negative self talk.
Unique Stylez– Are you looking for trendsetting, handcrafted and one-of-a-kind jewelry? Your style should never be compromised. Try U-nique Stylez. While their focus is uniquely crafted earrings and rings, no matter what type of jewelry you’re looking for, their pieces are designed to be unique, fashionable and fun to wear.
R. Burnett Brand is a luxury watch company and lifestyle brand owned and operated by 26 year old, Richard Burnett, the brand focuses heavily on details and quality as each timepiece is sourced from African wood. Need a new time piece?
Secure Ya Bag helps you find the perfect bag to help you stylishly get to where the money reside. The brand offers custom backpacks, handbags, duffle bags and luggage. They empower customers to rock what makes you uniquely-U.
Preach is a board game that is great option for game night. Its a fun, creative, and exciting way to sharpen your communication skills as a believer. All you do is spin the spinner, pick the card that the spinner lands on, think about the content on that card, and Preach what comes to mind. Could be Burger King have it your way or even I have to fight every night to prove my love! Fun for the whole family!
Experience Paint Saavy, the web’s newest virtual party entertainment and arts & crafts supply company. Grab a drink, take a seat, and enjoy a sip & paint party, or get the kids and supplies and enjoy a fun and entertaining online painting event. Join Paint Savvy for a one-of-a-kind adventure in art. Their virtual paint parties deliver the magic, where experienced artists will guide you step-by-step through creating a featured painting. All within the comfort of your own home! Experience Paint Saavy today! A fun and exciting experience.
Lauryn Lou Kreationz makes custom handmade resin accessories, what we sell is Initial Keychains, hairclips, earrings, coasters, bookmarks, ABC kits, Spelling Kits and Name Magnets.
Brown Magic Sweets is an online pastry shop located in Baton Rouge, La.
They specialize in making gourmet cheesecake made with signature #brownmagicpralines as the crust! They even have mini bites and even sell cheesecake by the slice on Sundays. All orders are made fresh but most importantly, made with a touch of magic and love. Or as they like to say, fromthekitchenwithlove!