February is Black History Month, a month-long observance of the history of the African diaspora. Many use this time to also recognize the influence of the Black community in addition to bringing attention to businesses and influential individuals.
In Jersey City, approximately 24% of the population is black, and yet very few black-owned businesses get much attention. It’s a shame to have such a significant portion of the community in Jersey City be overlooked. Whether you want to educate yourself on Black history at the museum in Greenville or want to support local businesses throughout the city, here are some spots to get you started.
Formerly Bloomsbury Sq, Pholk Beauty was created by Niambi Cacchioli as an inclusive makeup and skincare brand.
Be the Difference
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Be the Difference is a brand based in Jersey City with the overall mission to encourage, inspire, and uplift.
Myrtle & Flossie
Mom-centric brand Myrtle & Flossie focuses on providing 4th trimester resources and clothing that are nursing-friendly and can even be worn after birth.
Joi-Louise the Label
Joi Louise created a brand to bring fun, fashionable looks for everyday women. You can find printed pieces, streetwear, and more on her website.
You can get the full spa treatment at Suite Tee, located at 172 Newark Ave in Downtown Jersey City. They offer waxing, tanning, and more.
SW3AT Sauna Studio
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Treat yourself to a session in an infrared sauna at 172 Newark Ave. You can also do halotherapy as an add-on. Check out their website for session prices and membership packages.
Home Boutique JC
Home Boutique sells accent furniture, homemade pet supplies, and other home goodies. You can order from the website and browse through items like custom pet beds or crystals for your home.
Located on 291 Grove St, SECÜR focuses on providing chic, fashionable pieces. Whether you’re looking for a bold dress or an everyday outfit, this is definitely a great spot to check out.
DeCarlos is a bespoke tailor who aims to create timeless suits perfect for every customer. The shop recently moved to 150 Bay St.
But-A-Cake is run by Dara Sasha, a pastry chef and private chef who creates butter cakes, cupcakes, and other pastries. You can find her at different pop-ups and events in the area.
Afro-American Historical and Cultural Society Museum
Though it’s technically not a business, it’s definitely worth mentioning. The Afro-American Historical and Cultural Society Museum located at the Greenville public library is dedicated to African-American history. You can find information on the slave trade in New Jersey along with artifacts, books, photographs, and more.