by Xion Abiodun
During the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been many ups and downs in both society and in the economy. But there have been major improvements for many Black-owned businesses.
With everything going on in the world, especially the increasing racial terrorism, a majority of Black people have become more conscious. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve also realized the significance of supporting Black-owned businesses.
Have you realized that Oakland has a Chinatown and a “little Mexico” (Fruitvale district), but not a specifically Black-owned business district? Have you ever wondered why this is? Well, the answer is because those groups invest in their own communities. They are conscious about who they spend money with.
This is one reason why other communities continue to flourish and ours don’t. As a Black community, we need to do better and support our people. During COVID, many small businesses have gone out of business, and it is our responsibility as a community to make sure that no more (especially the Black-owned ones) go out of business.
My company, Xi’s Collections, is a natural-based lip gloss and accessories company providing you with all the girly essentials. You can find my company and purchase items through my Instagram, @xiscollections.
There is now a Black-owned beauty supply store in Oakland, and I encourage everyone to go support it. It is called Essence Beauty and it is located on 411 E. 18th St. It is the only Black woman owned beauty supply in Oakland, which is crazy because we are the number one consumers in that market.
Tagqol is a Black-owned natural skincare company that specializes in making body butters. You can check them out on Instagram, @tagqol_oil.
Miss Ollie’s is a Black-owned restaurant in Oakland, at 901 Washington St. The food is Caribbean-style and the flavors are exquisite. All the food is also fresh, which is not the case for most restaurants.
For the vegans and vegetarians, Souley Vegan is another Black-owned restaurant in Oakland, located at 301 Broadway. Believe me when I tell you that their food is the bomb. People hear the word vegan and tend to think that the food is automatically nasty, but that is not the case when it comes to this restaurant.
Another one of my favorites is Vegan Mob. The lines are usually long at its spot on 500 Lake Park Ave (in the old Kwik Way drive thru), but it’s worth the hype. Even if you are not a vegan or vegetarian, this food will satisfy your taste buds.
There are many other Black-owned businesses out there, but these are the few that I will share for starters. It is our responsibility to keep supporting and promoting these businesses. It won’t happen overnight, but if we keep putting money into our people and their businesses, our communities will eventually flourish.