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Black-Owned Businesses in Vancouver & Victoria You Can Support Right Now

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CommunityLocal BusinessVancouver

Black-Owned Businesses in Vancouver & Victoria You Can Support Right Now

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Black-Owned Businesses in Vancouver and Victoria 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 Vancouver & Victoria: 

Beetbox

In the heart of Vancouver’s West End, Beetbox is a counter-service restaurant offering an ever-growing community of vegans, vegetarians and ‘flexitarians’ a homespun menu of plant-based comfort food.

Beetbox is proudly 100% Plant-Based, Vegetarian & Vegan

Beetbox
Located at: 1074 Davie St., West End, Vancouver

Beetbox is an exciting culinary concept located in the heart of Vancouver’s West End, Beetbox is a counter-service restaurant offering an ever-growing community of vegans, vegetarians and ‘flexitarians’ a homespun menu of plant-based comfort food perfect for dine-in, quick pick-up or delivery. The latest project for industry veterans GM/Co-owner Justin Tisdall and Chef/Co-owner Bryan Satterford, Beetbox offers a mouthwatering menu of burgers, sandwiches and wraps as well as snacks, salads and sides and a bar that features local kombucha and craft beer and vegan BC wine on tap, handcrafted cocktails and zero-proof libations. Order pick-up or delivery NOW and follow Beetbox on Instagram.

Batiqua

Batiqua is a small Vancouver shop selling handmade and hand-painted home decor and textiles

Batiqua is a small Vancouver shop empowering artisan lifestyles through contemporary fairly traded products.

Founded as a fair trade social enterprise with the mission to empower marginalized artisans into sustainable employment opportunities, Batiqua is a small Vancouver shop selling handmade and hand-painted home decor and textiles. Linda, the SOULpreneur & social entrepreneur behind Batiqua is directly involved in the design process, bringing to market textiles of a premium aesthetic, elevating the handmade craft. Her beautiful designs are inspired by her global travels and proud Zimbabwean heritage. Shop online and follow Batiqua on Instagram.

Calabash Caribbean Bistro

Caribbean Restaurant serving Vancouverites. An inspiring and artistic experience, true to the roots and traditions of the Caribbean.

Caribbean Restaurant serving Vancouverites. An inspiring and artistic experience, true to the roots and traditions of the Caribbean.

Located at: 428 Carrall St, Vancouver

Calabash Caribbean Bistro has been a mainstay for Caribbean food and live music in Vancouver. What makes Calabash so special is that you can come for a delicious meal and then stay for drinks, music and a night of dancing. For food, tuck into comforting classics like braised oxtail, free-range jerk chicken and jerk pork belly with coconut dumplings paired with their speciality cocktails. Get your jerk on and follow Calabash Caribbean Bistro on Instagram.

Udamma

While working and running Udamma Fashion, Okee also runs Afrobeats events in Victoria.

While working and running Udamma Fashion, Okee also runs Afrobeats events in Victoria.

Located at: 104 Menzies St, Victoria

Udamma means ‘synergy’ in the Igala language. This Afrocentric fashion brand promotes community and cultural diversity through their clothes. Their vibrant and functional kaftans are unisex and in 2019 they ran the runway at the African Fashion and Arts Movement Awards (AFAM) in Vancouver. Check out UDAMMA Fashion on Instagram.

Celebrate Black History Month

The Issamba Centre, The African Arts & Cultural Community Contributor Organization are offering a wider variety of events through Black History Month, including the Black History Month 2021 -The Symposium. Register online for free today.

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 BC 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 Vancouver & Victoria

Black-Owned Businesses in Vancouver and Victoria 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 Vancouver & Victoria: 

Beetbox

In the heart of Vancouver’s West End, Beetbox is a counter-service restaurant offering an ever-growing community of vegans, vegetarians and ‘flexitarians’ a homespun menu of plant-based comfort food.

Beetbox is proudly 100% Plant-Based, Vegetarian & Vegan

Beetbox
Located at: 1074 Davie St., West End, Vancouver

Beetbox is an exciting culinary concept located in the heart of Vancouver’s West End, Beetbox is a counter-service restaurant offering an ever-growing community of vegans, vegetarians and ‘flexitarians’ a homespun menu of plant-based comfort food perfect for dine-in, quick pick-up or delivery. The latest project for industry veterans GM/Co-owner Justin Tisdall and Chef/Co-owner Bryan Satterford, Beetbox offers a mouthwatering menu of burgers, sandwiches and wraps as well as snacks, salads and sides and a bar that features local kombucha and craft beer and vegan BC wine on tap, handcrafted cocktails and zero-proof libations. Order pick-up or delivery NOW and follow Beetbox on Instagram.

Batiqua

Batiqua is a small Vancouver shop selling handmade and hand-painted home decor and textiles

Batiqua is a small Vancouver shop empowering artisan lifestyles through contemporary fairly traded products.

Founded as a fair trade social enterprise with the mission to empower marginalized artisans into sustainable employment opportunities, Batiqua is a small Vancouver shop selling handmade and hand-painted home decor and textiles. Linda, the SOULpreneur & social entrepreneur behind Batiqua is directly involved in the design process, bringing to market textiles of a premium aesthetic, elevating the handmade craft. Her beautiful designs are inspired by her global travels and proud Zimbabwean heritage. Shop online and follow Batiqua on Instagram.

Calabash Caribbean Bistro

Caribbean Restaurant serving Vancouverites. An inspiring and artistic experience, true to the roots and traditions of the Caribbean.

Caribbean Restaurant serving Vancouverites. An inspiring and artistic experience, true to the roots and traditions of the Caribbean.

Located at: 428 Carrall St, Vancouver

Calabash Caribbean Bistro has been a mainstay for Caribbean food and live music in Vancouver. What makes Calabash so special is that you can come for a delicious meal and then stay for drinks, music and a night of dancing. For food, tuck into comforting classics like braised oxtail, free-range jerk chicken and jerk pork belly with coconut dumplings paired with their speciality cocktails. Get your jerk on and follow Calabash Caribbean Bistro on Instagram.

Udamma

While working and running Udamma Fashion, Okee also runs Afrobeats events in Victoria.

While working and running Udamma Fashion, Okee also runs Afrobeats events in Victoria.

Located at: 104 Menzies St, Victoria

Udamma means ‘synergy’ in the Igala language. This Afrocentric fashion brand promotes community and cultural diversity through their clothes. Their vibrant and functional kaftans are unisex and in 2019 they ran the runway at the African Fashion and Arts Movement Awards (AFAM) in Vancouver. Check out UDAMMA Fashion on Instagram.

Celebrate Black History Month

The Issamba Centre, The African Arts & Cultural Community Contributor Organization are offering a wider variety of events through Black History Month, including the Black History Month 2021 -The Symposium. Register online for free today.

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 BC 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 Vancouver & Victoria

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