Six: Black-owned businesses
A round-up of some of Islington’s best, in celebration of Black Pound Day
Black Pound Day is a social movement encouraging shoppers to support Black-owned businesses on the first Saturday of every month. Islington has a thriving Black-owned business scene, with many unique and wonderful small businesses serving the Borough and beyond. The next Black Pound Day is this Saturday 6 August: we’ve rounded up some of the great local Black-owned businesses for you to check out and show some support
Reggae aerobics is a fun, energising, dance-focused class designed to boost your fitness. Classes are upbeat and based around your own fitness abilities, and is based on moves from Africa, the Caribbean and the UK, fused with traditional aerobic exercises.
Native Nous creates hair and skin care products made from natural ingredients, like shea butter, cocoa butter, avocado oil, black castor oil and essential oil. Made with ingredients sourced from Ghana, their products aim to support and improve the health of your hair and skin, based on traditional Ghanaian solutions – a nod to the founders’ ancestry.
Marissa, founder of Stitch of Paradise
Stitch of Paradise
Inspired by a trip to Jamaica, Stitch of Paradise celebrates Caribbean culture – particularly beautiful Jamaican handmade cross-stitch. Founder Marissa Campbell has created cross-stitch kits so you can learn the craft yourself at home and make your own decorative pieces.
The Urban Vintage Affair
The Urban Vintage Affair sources and sells antique, vintage and hand-crafted pieces. They believe in the sustainability of repurposed and re-used products, and focus on organic and natural materials. Profits also help to support great causes like Lupus UK. Check out their online shop to find one-off pieces that have been hand-picked or handmade by founder Natasha.
Melinda and Nick of H.U.G.E Online
H.U.G.E stands for His and Hers Ultimate Grooming Experience: an online store selling organic and vegan hair and skincare brands. The H.U.G.E ethos is all about creating products for and by the Black community, and is run by two cousins hoping to educate and support through their products.
Niko B Chocolates
Niko B Chocolates offers handcrafted artisan chocolates and desserts using natural and organic ingredients. Their range includes rich and creamy ganache and gianduja truffles, salted caramels, nougats and brownies, and they also host workshops so you can learn to make treats yourself.