Support These Local Minority-Owned Businesses This Holiday Season

Looking for one-of-a-kind gifts that you can’t find in the big box stores? Check everything off your holiday shopping list by supporting these six minority-owned businesses in the Queen City.

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MAYA: Oaxaca Wood Carving

MAYA is an independent store that features handcrafted jewelry by Navajo, Zuni, Mexican, and Mayan artists. These alebrije sculptures are hand-carved and hand-painted by Mexican artists. They represent spiritual guides like the ones featured in the 2017 Pixar movie COCO. Owl $139, Fox $212, Ram $296, jewelrymaya.com


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Hutch Baby: Masks

These masks—suitable for children ages 3–8—are washable, contoured to fit nice and snug, and have a pocket for filters. Alexus Hight launched Hutch Baby in 2014 and offers sustainable, bright, and trendy items for your little one. $20, hutchbaby.com


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Orderly Fash: Dark Teal Rose Petal Drop Earrings

Online store Orderly Fash sells clothing and colorful, eye-catching accessories. Tasia-Iman Owusu started it in 2017 for women of all sizes and ethnicities with a strong sense of self. Inspired by the shape of a rose petal, these earrings have a unique velvet-like finish. $22.95, orderlyfash.com


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Curious Concoctions: Artisan Silk Soap Bars and Bath Gemstones

Self care is important, especially right now. Treat yourself with custom, handmade products from Ali Armstrong’s Curious Concoctions. We like the artisan silk soap bars, which create lavish bubbles that leave your skin soft and nourished. Soap Bars $5, Bath Gemstones $6, curiousconcoctions.net


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Kilimanjaro: Elephant Bookends

Owner Titus Nzioki shares his Kenyan heritage through the ethically-sourced African art, jewelry, fabrics, clothing, and other goods he stocks at Kilimanjaro. Decorate your bookshelves with these elephant bookends, handcrafted in Kenya and made from ebony wood. $150 for the pair, africanforus.com


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Alexis Nickelle Co.: Candle Making Sets

Be your own light in the darkness with a candle making set from Alexis Nickelle Co. The soy candle kits aim to empower and inspire, and come with everything you need to spark up: a lidded jar, fragrance oils, soy wax, and more. $36, alexisnickelleco.com

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