By Diana LaMorie • June 06, 2020•Issues, Other Issues
Father’s Day is around the corner and what better way to celebrate the dads in your life than by celebrating black owned businesses in the process. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: acknowledging your purchasing power and being mindful about where and to whom you send your hard-earned dollars can make a world of difference to under-represented and marginalized people, particularly black small business owners. Below are some awesome gift finds for the dads in your life while supporting black businesses. You might just want to pick something up for yourself in the process too. Win, win!
(P.S., If your order won’t arrive in time (due to Covid delays or your own oopsie) what I usually do is print out or email a snapshot of the item and include it with a (e-)card to show the recipient what gift is in store. Anticipation is half the fun anyway.)
I don’t know what it is about men and whiskey, but I can’t say I know one male who doesn’t prefer it. Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey is inspired by the best whiskey-maker the world never knew, the first known African-American master distiller, Nathan “Nearest” Green. The Uncle Nearest brand, wholly owned by an all minority-led business, encompasses a premium aged whiskey with a blend of 8- to 14- year old, an 11-year-old minimum age single barrel, and a 7-year-old small batch offering. This is what I ordered …. Shhhhhhh!
I love reading the stories of modern day black farmers. Ras Levi Peynado’s struck a chord: Ras was born and raised in Seattle, where his mother worked as a craftsperson at the Pike Place Market and eventually became Market Master and Farm Program Manager. His father lived and died in Jamaica as a fourth generation farmer and humble Rasta man. After a trip to Jamaica, Ras decided to follow in his parents footsteps. In 2010, Ras began growing herbs on an urban farm. His herbs are incorporated into a variety of mindfully crafted, small batch culinary spice blends, seasonings, sauces, salts, vinegars, mustards, & teas. Check out the fish and meat spice rubs, and hot honey sauce. Whether the men in your life cook or you use these to cook for them, it’s sure to be a treat.
I have a theory that men secretly love candles. Maybe it’s not so secret, since my hubs has purchased more than I have and we’ve amassed quite the home collection. They’re a natural way to keep your home ambient, cozy and smelling serene, especially now that we are spending so much time indoors. Check out Scent Fire’s huge assortment of scents. For dads, I’d be partial to “Tennessee Whiskey” (see #1 above), “Dapper Gentleman”, “Aged Books and Wisdom”, “Living Room Flex”, or “Coffee & Wi-Fi”.
There’s a lot on offer with oneKIN, from conscious reading (great term!) books to all-natural grooming and skincare essentials. It is a curated online marketplace that honors and celebrates the multifaceted identities of its customers, and amplifies the voices of their retailers through their unique sto-retail-ing™ lens (another great term!). Check out the gifts section, esp. the Self Care King Box.
5. Calabash Tea & Tonic (& Coffee)
DC-Based owner Sunyatta trained as a 5th generation master herbalist and later as a Naturopath - learning the medicinal value of global teas, foods & spices. Check out her gift bundles and coffee (sourced from a black owned master roastery), teas, superfoods, and aromatherapy. There’s something for everyone here.
6. Urban Grind
If your dude or dad is just straight up into good coffee with no frills, pick up a few bags from Urban Grind (and throw in a casual-cool “Keep Grinding” or “Rise & Grind” t-shirt from the merch shop to boot), a local Atlanta coffee house with a utilitarian online shop that we hope keeps its business afloat.