August is Black Business Month, and Germantown is anything but short of an abundance of Black businesses. Historically, For generations Germantown has always been where Black businesses can thrive in Philadelphia. And while there are various Black-owned storefronts residents can patronize throughout the year, there are also businesses that operate without storefronts, like those who work through vending events and websites. With this in mind, the Germantown Info Hub has composed a working list of Black businesses without physical locations that you can support this month and beyond.
More Than Cakes LLC
More Than Cakes LLC is a bakery specializing in custom-made and classic pastries owned by a Black woman in East Germantown. To inquire about baked goods, contact Keya at 267-355-3742 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More Than Cakes LLC is also available on DoorDash.
Chrissy Watts owns and operates a Black culture tour company that prioritizes educating, amplifying, celebrating, healing, building, and growing with the Black community. She offers tours and events highlighting the Black experience like their Morals & Murals Hood Tour. While all the experiences are not based in Germantown, you can request them. You can learn more about Philly Experiences by visiting their website.
Jabre’s Car Cleaning Service
The former Nickelodeon and Time Magazine Kid of the Year nominee is now a teenager still working on cars. Jabre’s Car Cleaning Service provides vacuuming, trash removal, and spot cleaning for your ride. To learn more about this business, visit Jabre’s Instagram. To book an appointment, email email@example.com.
Todzsa English has curated many plant and gardening workshops to help Germantown residents improve their green thumbs. But her services don’t stop there. Todzsa offers a variety of home and lifestyle products like skin care, hair care, jewelry & accessories, and other items. Todzsa also offers a newsletter subscription and recipes on her website. Visit www.todzsa.com to learn more.
By Doriana Diaz
As featured on the Germantown Info Hub Hour, Doriana Diaz is a Germantown neighbor and memory worker who likes to take old items and turn them into something new and beautiful. Doriana commissions her skills in archiving and artistry to bring patrons custom collages, workshops, and journal making. To view some of her work, follow her on Instagram. To get in contact with her, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Black & Planted
Black + Planted is a business that helps people to fulfill their aspirations of being better with plants. DivaErykah, the organizer for the Jabali Jungle event later this month, is the business owner and offers various services. They provide plant consultations, floral arrangements for events, workshops, and more. DivaErykah also runs an apothecary where you can purchase makeup, skincare, and other items. Visit their website and follow DivaErykah on Instagram to learn more.
Mission Incorporated-Business & Professional Development Solutions provides different services that help to structure and build organizations. Mission Incorporated has helped many nonprofit organizations in the start-up and paperwork filing process, assisted them in creating strategies around fundraising and grant writing, and more. The organization also designs school and afterschool programs and acts as a catalyst for cross-sector collaborations. To learn more about Mission Incorporated and to get in contact with them, visit their website.
Mama Phoenix Traveling Boutique
The Mama Phoenix Traveling Boutique is the collective home to three different businesses owned by Mama Phoenix. Currently, she is focusing primarily on the apothecary aspect of business and plans on reintroducing the food & fiber art aspects of the business in the late fall/holiday season. To stay updated on possible pop-ups, follow them on Facebook and Instagram. You can email Mama Phoenix for apothecary product inquiries and community workshops at email@example.com and for collaborating on pop-ups & curated events at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Topaz Craft Creations
Topaz Craft Creations is a small pop-up shop specializing in custom-made keepsake boxes and other wood crafts. You can browse some of their crafts on their Instagram and DM them to purchase.
Good Samaritans Creative Company
Owned by local street artist, Nomad, Good Samaritans Creative Co is a lifestyle brand that adds its personal touch to new and vintage clothing and accessories. You can view the product of their services on their Instagram page and visit their website to learn more.
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