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Boston Strong: How to Support Black-Owned Businesses This Month

By Andrew Byrd | February 1, 2021 | Culture Style & Beauty

Jevela Jewelry Founder Jessenia Landrum

Lifting up underrepresented Boston-area brands is important year-round, of course—and especially during Black History Month. During a time where the accomplishments of Black Americans are being honored, we’ve assembled a list of Black-owned brands making history of their own around town.

Brown and Coconut

What launched as a holistic lifestyle blog in 2013 by sisters Letisha and Zeena Brown, transformed into an online business with plant-based skincare products tailored to sensitive and acne-prone skin. From there, the Boston-based sisters set out to craft simple, yet sophisticated, skincare products that are gentle on your skin and filled with botanicals to nourish and balance your complexion. From facial cleansers to hydrating face oils and moisturizing body butters, Brown and Coconut has all you need to revitalize your skincare regimen. Our recommendation? Start with the Rejuvenating Set to cleanse, brighten and hydrate.

Jevela Jewelry

If you’re looking for chic pieces to accessorize your wardrobe, Jevela Jewelry has a unique set of choices to help refresh your look. Founder and head designer Jessenia Landrum’s design aesthetic was inspired through her travels as she learned from the people and the stories they told. This influence is seen in each piece, such as the best-selling accessory “Shiva’s Crescent,” which was inspired by the Hindu deity Shiva. With a collection of exclusive earrings, necklaces and rings on the online store, there are an array of pieces to help style your casual or formal looks.

Urban Grape

For the wine connoisseurs, Urban Grape is one of the best places in the Boston area to help lengthen your palette. Owners TJ Douglas and his wife, Hadley, opened the store in 2009 hoping to make exclusive wines, spirits and craft beers accessible to everyone. They offer an impressive list of drinks measured by a Progressive Drinking Scale that helps buyers find wines that are best suited to their palate and help demystify food and wine pairings.

Nouveau Fashion Gallery

This luxury fashion boutique holds a collection of high-end European. With an extensive lineup of brands—we love Hecaiyun’s pleated ruffled shoulder blouses and EMA’s loose denim underlay sweatshirt—there are clothes for a range of styles.

Photography by: By Kat Concep