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Black-Owned Businesses in Toronto You Can Support Right Now

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CommunityLocal BusinessToronto

Black-Owned Businesses in Toronto You Can Support Right Now

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Black-Owned Businesses in Toronto You Can Support Right Now

February 1 marks more than the beginning of February. It marks the beginning of Black History Month. This year’s theme, The Future is Now, is meant to celebrate and acknowledge the work being done and continues to be done every day by Black Canadians to support and elevate their communities. 

In support of Black History Month, we’re highlighting Black-owned and operated businesses across Canada that are leading the way. While February may only have 28 days, we’re committed to using our platform to support and share stories from Black Canadians throughout the year.

Black-Owned and Operated Businesses in Toronto: 

Cherry Gardens

High-quality women’s loungewear and underwear sets. Athleisure-inspired basics that will make you feel good. Designed and made in Canada.

Named after a neighbourhood in Kingston, Jamaica, Cherry Gardens is an athleisure-inspired loungewear brand with a focus on minimal design, sustainability and diverse representation. Their sets and separates are thoughtfully created in Toronto by founder Myla Davey with comfort in mind; to celebrate the body and enhance the way your lounge. Shop online and follow Cherry Gardens on Instagram for more details.

Sundance Harvest

A grassroots organic urban farming organization for BIPOC and marginalized peoples.

Sundance Harvest is a year-round urban farm located in Toronto, Ontario, focused on Food Justice. The Food Justice movement started as a grassroots response to communities suffering from food insecurity and economic pressures that prevent access to healthy, nutritious and culturally appropriate foods. At Sundance Farms, youth are encouraged and guided to start their own food movement, practice urban farming and help eradicate racism within the food system. Learn more about the work being done by Sundance Harvest to end institutionalized racism within the food industry. Get involved and follow Sundance Harvest on Instagram for more details.

Clean beauty Soaps

Ingredients matter. All natural, made with only non-toxic ingredients with love in Toronto.

Created by Iman Elzinie, Clean Soaps is an all-natural health and beauty line. Iman prides herself on only using non-toxic ingredients in all her products. Featuring soaps, candles, and body scrubs (coming soon!), Clean Beauty believes ingredients matter. Extra love and care go into every handmade product Clean Beauty produces. Shop their all-natural selection and follow Clean Beauty on Instagram for more details.

Aunty Lucy’s

Burger business with a focus on delivery and great quality.

Located at: 296 Brunswick Ave, Toronto,

You know we love a good burger, so we couldn’t resist adding Aunty Lucy’s to this list. What began as a small pop-up burger shop grew into a Toronto mainstay at the Annex Hotel. Named after owner Chieff Bosompra’s grandmother, Aunty Lucy’s is a little taste of Ghana in the city, serving as a cultural symbol as much as it serves up delicious food. Smash Burgers are at the heart of Aunty Lucy’s menu – order on Uber Eats and follow Aunty Lucy’s on Instagram to stay updated on the latest menu items.

PAPAYANWELL

Papaya Wellness was created from a vision to create a safe space for communities to come together to learn and grow around holistic health.

PAPAYANWELL is a community that supports women on their path to holistic wellness, especially BIWOC (Black and Indigenous Women of Colour). Life can get complicated and everyone should have the opportunity to better themselves, which is why PAPAYNWELL was created. It’s a realistic wellness space that acknowledges the challenges in life while supporting women through nutrition coaching, meal planning, free community cooking classes and meal services which will be coming soon in Toronto. Learn more about how you can get involved and follow PAPAYANWELL on Instagram.

Celebrate Black History Month in Toronto

The Toronto Public Library celebrates Black History Month with a schedule packed full of entertaining events, programs and events. This year, you can honour Black heritage by checking out their full roster of online events.

Download Rocketman to help you visit and support these Black-owned and operated businesses. 

Let Rocketman help you get around the city. Navigate the city safely and cut down waiting times to get to your destination with real-time countdowns to the next bus. Make sure to follow COVID-19 rules if you’re travelling to these businesses by transit. There are ways to ride public transit safely, so you should always be aware of best practices. Remember: wearing a mask on ON transit is mandatory.

Even though getting around is limited, you still need to be prepared. Rocketman keeps you ahead of your trip by providing you with real-time transit alerts, travel times and our new crowdedness feature. 

Rocketman transit app for iOS

Rocketman transit app for Android

 Learn more about how to use the Rocketman transit app in Ontario

Black-Owned Businesses in Toronto You Can Support Right Now

February 1 marks more than the beginning of February. It marks the beginning of Black History Month. This year’s theme, The Future is Now, is meant to celebrate and acknowledge the work being done and continues to be done every day by Black Canadians to support and elevate their communities. 

In support of Black History Month, we’re highlighting Black-owned and operated businesses across Canada that are leading the way. While February may only have 28 days, we’re committed to using our platform to support and share stories from Black Canadians throughout the year.

Black-Owned and Operated Businesses in Toronto: 

Cherry Gardens

High-quality women’s loungewear and underwear sets. Athleisure-inspired basics that will make you feel good. Designed and made in Canada.

Named after a neighbourhood in Kingston, Jamaica, Cherry Gardens is an athleisure-inspired loungewear brand with a focus on minimal design, sustainability and diverse representation. Their sets and separates are thoughtfully created in Toronto by founder Myla Davey with comfort in mind; to celebrate the body and enhance the way your lounge. Shop online and follow Cherry Gardens on Instagram for more details.

Sundance Harvest

A grassroots organic urban farming organization for BIPOC and marginalized peoples.

Sundance Harvest is a year-round urban farm located in Toronto, Ontario, focused on Food Justice. The Food Justice movement started as a grassroots response to communities suffering from food insecurity and economic pressures that prevent access to healthy, nutritious and culturally appropriate foods. At Sundance Farms, youth are encouraged and guided to start their own food movement, practice urban farming and help eradicate racism within the food system. Learn more about the work being done by Sundance Harvest to end institutionalized racism within the food industry. Get involved and follow Sundance Harvest on Instagram for more details.

Clean beauty Soaps

Ingredients matter. All natural, made with only non-toxic ingredients with love in Toronto.

Created by Iman Elzinie, Clean Soaps is an all-natural health and beauty line. Iman prides herself on only using non-toxic ingredients in all her products. Featuring soaps, candles, and body scrubs (coming soon!), Clean Beauty believes ingredients matter. Extra love and care go into every handmade product Clean Beauty produces. Shop their all-natural selection and follow Clean Beauty on Instagram for more details.

Aunty Lucy’s

Burger business with a focus on delivery and great quality.

Located at: 296 Brunswick Ave, Toronto,

You know we love a good burger, so we couldn’t resist adding Aunty Lucy’s to this list. What began as a small pop-up burger shop grew into a Toronto mainstay at the Annex Hotel. Named after owner Chieff Bosompra’s grandmother, Aunty Lucy’s is a little taste of Ghana in the city, serving as a cultural symbol as much as it serves up delicious food. Smash Burgers are at the heart of Aunty Lucy’s menu – order on Uber Eats and follow Aunty Lucy’s on Instagram to stay updated on the latest menu items.

PAPAYANWELL

Papaya Wellness was created from a vision to create a safe space for communities to come together to learn and grow around holistic health.

PAPAYANWELL is a community that supports women on their path to holistic wellness, especially BIWOC (Black and Indigenous Women of Colour). Life can get complicated and everyone should have the opportunity to better themselves, which is why PAPAYNWELL was created. It’s a realistic wellness space that acknowledges the challenges in life while supporting women through nutrition coaching, meal planning, free community cooking classes and meal services which will be coming soon in Toronto. Learn more about how you can get involved and follow PAPAYANWELL on Instagram.

Celebrate Black History Month in Toronto

The Toronto Public Library celebrates Black History Month with a schedule packed full of entertaining events, programs and events. This year, you can honour Black heritage by checking out their full roster of online events.

Download Rocketman to help you visit and support these Black-owned and operated businesses. 

Let Rocketman help you get around the city. Navigate the city safely and cut down waiting times to get to your destination with real-time countdowns to the next bus. Make sure to follow COVID-19 rules if you’re travelling to these businesses by transit. There are ways to ride public transit safely, so you should always be aware of best practices. Remember: wearing a mask on ON transit is mandatory.

Even though getting around is limited, you still need to be prepared. Rocketman keeps you ahead of your trip by providing you with real-time transit alerts, travel times and our new crowdedness feature. 

Rocketman transit app for iOS

Rocketman transit app for Android

 Learn more about how to use the Rocketman transit app in Ontario

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