A Beautiful Time to Grow!
Sowing seeds of support for Black-owned businesses focused on enabling others to flourish.
"Our shop is a space to learn, heal and connect deeply with others and more importantly, ourselves."
Morrisa Jenkins and Bonkosi Alyssa Horn are co-founders of Freedom Apothecary. Since 2018, their Philadelphia-based apothecary shop has been providing women an oasis for holistic healing as both a retail and event space. Enjoy discovering their wellness products and gift boxes. Photo courtesy of @freedom.apothecary
"My vision for Plant Bomb is to connect folks to eating healthy Plant-Based foods without sacrificing flavor."
Wellness coach and plant-based chef Rajiv Harry is the founder of Plant Bomb. Rajiv started cooking as a young kid, inspired by his father who shared his love of Trinidad and its flavorful cuisine. It reflects a fusion of African (mainly West African), Creole, Indian-South Asian, Chinese, Amerindian, Arab, European, and Latin American-Spanish-Portuguese cuisines. Rajiv has fused these flavors in each Plant Bomb bottle. You can discover plant-based recipes and these plant-based, non-gmo, dairy-free, gluten-free sauces on his website. Photo courtesy of @plant.bomb
Green Heffa Farms
"Green Heffa Farms is a farm, a tea company, a natural health brand, and an educational resource. We do a lot on our 14.84 acres."
Clarenda Stanley, also known as Farmer Cee, is the co-founder, CEO/President of Green Heffa Farms in NC. A certified B Corporation, Green Heffa Farms is an organic farm and wellness brand that grows medicinal plants and herbs for custom botanical blends & tees. Raised largely by maternal grandparents who taught her to always grow organically, conscientiously, consciously —Cee was taught to honor and respect the land, that land was true wealth because it reproduces what we need to thrive. Photo courtesy of @greenheffafarm
BLACK IN THE GARDEN
“I want us to be able to talk about plants with the same vigor and volume as everyone else.”
Colah B Tawkin is a mother, comedian, podcaster, and lifelong nature-lover. She is considered the ultimate “plantrepreneur.” Colah is the creator, producer, and voice behind the renowned Black in the Garden podcast. With over four seasons of recordings to date, the podcast offers conversations at the intersection of Black Culture and horticulture. Colah interviews a range of individuals covering various relevant historical and current topics rooted in plants. Photo courtesy of @blackinthegarden
“Everyone should have access to the products that are considered better for us.”
Powered by Plants and People, Motherland Essentials in South Carolina was founded by Andrea Davis. Grounded in her belief as a young wife and mother that handcrafted soaps from natural and organic ingredients are essential for her family’s wellbeing, she created Motherland Essentials. As an extension of her nurturing spirit for others, Andrea created a company that provides premium wellness products with responsibly sourced ingredients at a cost accessible to her consumers. Shop Motherland Essentials and discover plant-based products formulated for the entire family to enjoy. Andrea has developed a full line of handcrafted, small-batch, plant-based bath and body care for all to enjoy. Photo courtesy of @motherlandessentials
PLANKS & PISTILS
“I know a lot of florists, I follow a lot of florists. I can name three other florists under the age of 40 who are black men.”
John Caleb Pendleton is the founder of the unique floral and wood design business Planks and Pistils. Originally from Alabama, John lives in Chicago, where many consider him Chicago’s first “guerrilla florist” as he is known for placing lavish floral arrangements at the base of African American Monuments. Rooted in his father’s passion for woodworking and his mother’s for gardening, John has cultivated a business that began designing flowers for his wife in their home. Now Planks & Pistils is a floral and wood design studio focused on “human flourishing, Blackness, and progressive storytelling.” His Planks & Pistils shop supports next-day floral delivery to Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods. You can learn more about John by listening to his conversation with Colah B Tawkin on her podcast Black in the Garden. Photo courtesy of @planksandpistils
BLK GIRL GREEN HOUSE
“Is there anything more gratifying than helping a leafy, living thing thrive?”
Blk Girls Green House is a Black-woman owned open-air plant & specialty home goods shop founded by Oakland-based Kalkidan Gebreyohannes and J’Maica Roxanne. BGGH is spreading its roots throughout the community by offering a space where people can connect with nature, culture, and each other. J’Maica and Kalu have been nurturing over 90 plants at home between themselves and over 200-plus plants at Blk Girls Green House. BGGH has recently been featured in recent articles by Essence, Forbes, Domino, and 7x7, to mention a few. They are committed to collaborating with fellow Black-owned businesses, entertainers, and creators to create the ultimate urban destination to connect to nature and refill “hearts and spirits,” says Gebreyohannes. Photo courtesy of @blkgirls_greenhouse
Bloom & Plume
“I’ve always thought that beauty is one of the communicating tools that allures people to think about something differently.”
Maurice Harris is the Los Angeles-based artist best known as the visionary behind Bloom & Plume, a bespoke floral design studio located in Echo Park. Maurice's unique point of view, sense of humor, craftsmanship, and dedication to his community have made him one of the most sought-after floral designers in Los Angeles. Focusing on his community, Maurice opened his café located between Echo Park and Downtown LA. The Bloom & Plume Coffee shop decor of purple, gold, orange, green, and black is inspired by Maurice's grandmother, a gifted milliner. Photo courtesy of @bloomandplume
“Create something that you enjoy looking at, and chances are others will enjoy it too.”
As the first-generation Canadian of Jamaican descent, Karla Smith-Brown has always been connected to her Caribbean heritage. In 2018 she visited Saint Elizabeth Parish in her family’s homeland. There she immersed herself in the “vibrant energy, bountiful land, and nurturing spirit of the parish.” This experience inspired her to find a way to capture the essence of this experience when she returned to her home in Brooklyn, New York. Karla founded OLIVEE Floral, an artistic floral design studio that honors her family’s heritage. She named her studio after her Great-Grandmother Olivee, a “feisty, fearless, and high-spirited” woman whose spirit is at the heart of Olivee Floral. Photo courtesy of @oliveefloral
“In the black community, mental health isn’t always talked about, and this is a way to promote that.”
Mignon Hemsley and Danuelle Doswell co-founded the D.C.-based plant shop Grounded Plants to bridge the gap between owning a business and creating a place for physical and mental well-being. Their digital and physical houseplant businesses are designed to boost their customer's creativity, reduce stress and purify their environments. Mignon and Danny remain on a mission to generate more discussion on mental wellness within their community. Based on their own positive experiences raising plants, they are confident that plant ownership is a path to providing others balance and wellbeing. Shop Grounded Plants’ collection of products designed to help you disconnect and decompress as their plants and accessories help you turn spaces into places of tranquility and mindfulness. Photo courtesy of @ground.ded
“With the appropriate nourishment, care, one can develop to shift like a beautiful plant.”
Talia “Tata H” Hollins is the founder of the very successful FB club @blkwomenwholoveplants and Plant BLK. Tata curates spaces online and in the physical world for Black Women Who Love Plants. Talia is a community and business leader who is an entrepreneur at her core. She attributes her success to “perseverance” as she embodies the spirit of “keep going” and is not afraid to fail. She goes back to the drawing board to reflect upon the lessons of her journey —which is complemented by her beauty, style, grace, and humility. Shop plantblk.com to discover an inspiring assortment of products and services from Tata’s personally curated collection of BIPOC / Women-owned businesses. Photo courtesy of @blackwomenwholoveplants