Eat & Drink / Halifax History / Shopping February 22, 2022

17 Local Black-Owned Businesses to Support in Halifax

Black excellence abounds in Halifax – especially in the local business community! From independent artisans to authentic eateries, these incredible Black-owned businesses will keep you dining and shopping your way through the best of Halifax!

Retail & Shopping

tREv Clothing

60 Queen St, Dartmouth

tREv is an acronym for this brand’s pillars of success: trust, Respect, Educate, value. These principles have been instilled in brand founder Trevor Silver since he was young. The brand design incorporates the scales of justice and represents the work/life balance that so many strive for, and exemplifies universalness, inclusion and is a badge of growth and love.

If stylish streetwear clothing and accessories are your thing, you won’t want to miss shopping here.

MichNat Fashion

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Add some colour and a touch of Afro-flair to your wardrobe! Creative Director, Funmi, designs show-stopping clothing and accessories here made for all occasions. Find all kinds of pieces here and be prepared to be wowed by the stunning dresses.

If you’re in the market for something custom, you need to check out this business – tell MichNat your vision and let them deliver beyond your expectations.

Bad Publicity

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This local brand encourages people to embrace all flaws regardless of what society considers the “norm”. Shop through their online store to find a selection of cosmetics, loungewear, footwear, and accessories offered at awesome prices. If false lashes and vibrant makeup palettes are your thing, be sure to check this brand out!

Luna y Mar Designs

Looking for something trendy and personal? This business is just for you! Here is where you can buy custom-made-to-order crochet clothing and accessories.

Luna y Mar keeps it simple by operating an Instagram page for all business. Send a DM through the app to inquire about an order and receive a one-of-a-kind crocheted piece, designed just for you.

Kalisimbi Shop

56 Supreme Ct, West End Halifax

This family-owned business is a one-stop shop for all your African food and beauty products. Step inside to find imported organic fruits and vegetables, spices and herbs, and meat and fish. In their beauty section, find an assortment of hydrating hair products, African black soap, body butters and creams, and more.

Sankofa Afrikan Gifts

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If you’re looking for Africentric clothing, accessories, jewelry, home décor, and more, Sankofa Gifts should be at the top of your shopping list. Find one-of-a-kind authentic goods made locally and abroad here.

Their goods are mainly sold online but be sure to keep an eye out for their pop-up shops, usually announced on their social media channels.

Bireti Jewellery

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Looking for that unique piece of jewelry to set you apart from the crowd? Look no further, Bireti has you covered. Find a selection of stunning pieces made of precious metals, gemstones, and beadwork. These pieces are truly one-of-a-kind and a work of art. Shop through the online store or find a selection of pieces at the AGNS Gallery Shop.

Aside from the pieces for sale, you can also request custom orders. Jewelry repairs are also available, and you can expect a high-quality job.

Rocks From My Bra

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Niambi Tree, the face behind this brand, discovered the healing power of crystals during a counselling session and wanted to share it with the world. This business offers intricate jewelry pieces made from wire-wrapped crystals. Each crystal is set with an intended energy, and if you’re looking for something custom, you can ask for the crystal to be set with an energy of your choice – how cool is that?

Check out their Instagram page for the latest details on pop-up locations to shop at or visit their Etsy store to make an online purchase.

Natural Butter Bar

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This local skin and hair care business offers luxurious products at unbeatable prices. Shop from a selection of natural handmade butters and oils online or at Eunoia Lifestyle Shop. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone else, there’s no better way to pamper.

G&G Undressed

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For those who love to unwind with some self-care products, this business is for you. G&G Undressed offers handmade natural bath and body products, aimed to target eczema, pain relief, and promote overall relaxation. Browse through their online store to find facial products, massage oils, soaps, butters, bath teas, and bath bombs, including one that even contains a healing crystal inside.

Dining

Mary’s African Cuisine

1701 Barrington St, Halifax

Mary started her business as a rice seller in Achimota, at a little wooden stand when she was just a teenager. She now has over 30 years of experience in the culinary industry and serves up some of the most authentic African food in Halifax.

Order one of the combination platters for a generous sampling of many menu items and be sure to try one of Mary’s homemade bottled juices – you won’t be leaving hungry here.

Brawta Jamaican Jerk Joint

1567 Grafton St, Halifax

Looking for some authentic Jamaican food? Brawta has you covered.

This family-owned restaurant offers some of the best Jerk meats around Halifax. Locally sourced ingredients go into their stews, curries, and other specialty dishes, and they pack BIG flavour. From the mouthwatering menu to the friendly service, this is a dining experience you can’t miss.

Delectable Desserts

112 – 50 Eileen Stubbs Ave, Dartmouth

For those with a sweet tooth, check out this family-owned bakery, specializing in decadent truffle cakes, mousse, and gourmet cheesecakes. Build your own cake or order breakfast treats, dessert trays, and more! Any occasion calls for dessert, so add a little sweetness to your day here.

R&B Kitchen

760A Main Street, Dartmouth

Specializing in soul food, Caribbean, and more, R&B is sure to cure your comfort food fix.

If you’re looking for new food to try all the time, this is the spot for you – R&B doesn’t have a set menu. Check out their Instagram or Facebook account to discover their daily creations and call to place an order.

Jamaica Vibes

5527 Cornwallis St, Halifax

Step into this casual joint for authentic Jamaican food and a great time.

Here is where you’ll find some of the best Jamaican patties and roti around Halifax. Find unbeatable meal deals and happy hour specials that just can’t be missed.

Temi Bakes

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Originally from Nigeria, Temi is a multi-award-winning baker creating custom-crafted confections for all occasions.

Believe the hype – Temi’s cakes are decadent. She offers all kinds of flavours, from classic chocolate or vanilla to premium flavours such as pink champagne. Simply fill out the online form to order your custom creations.

Looking for a little something extra? Find a selection of candles inspired by Temi’s cake flavours online or at Eunoia Lifestyle Shop!

The list doesn’t end there – there are many more incredible Black-owned businesses in Halifax. Find them featured by the Black Business Initiative, Ebony Shopping Plaza, or Takin’ BLK.

Nova Scotia is rich in Black history – learn about African Nova Scotian heritage and its contribution to Canadian and African diasporic history by visiting the Africville Museum or the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia.


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