50 Chicago businesses to patronize this holiday season

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With the holidays right around the corner, we have collected a list of 50 Black-owned businesses to patronize this holiday season.

Above is the first in a series of children’s books targeting Black girls. Munson Steed’s Little Professor Skye: Favorite Things provides an opening whereby parents and educators can actively engage budding readers in a discussion about the many wonders and gifts of science, technology, mathematics and engineering by engaging in the world around them. Readers will immediately identify with the idea of annotating their “favorite” things. To purchase your copy, <a href=”http://littleprofessorskye.com”>visit http://littleprofessorskye.com</a>


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Photo Credit: Tamika M Price


1). Standout Style Boutique is an award-winning women’s boutique and event space located on Chicago’s south side. Launched in March 2014, this style destination offers classic-meets-modern style in a range of sizes (XS-3XL) with a focus on serving up not only STANDOUT STYLE, but STANDOUT service. located at 3353 S. Morgan in Chicago and online at shopstandout.com.


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Photo Credit: Excuse Free Fitness


2).Excuse Free Fitness:  It’s time to eliminate every excuse to not stay fit. Don’t wait until after the holidays to get fit start today! You don’t have to be great to start BUT you have to start to be great! Located in the heart of homewood, Caprice O’bryant and the excuse free team host weekly classes to get your blood pumping and reaching your fitness goals. Visit their website today or stop by, your first class is only $10. www.excusefreefitness.com  20% off all personal training packages!

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Photo Credit: EnjoyaCorn


3). Enjoyacorn: Loyal customers have inspired Enjoyacorn to share their rich and unique taste which is blended of all natural ingredients. Flavor selections from cheesy caramel to buffalo ranch to spicy guacamole. Every flavor will leave your taste buds satisfied. Enjoyacorn kernels are seasoned generously and baked to perfection.
Enjoyacorn offers a variety of services. Presently, a store front and delivery service located 3460 W 79th st, Chicago, Illinois. Orders amounts can vary from 6 ounces to 6 gallons. We also provide catering service for special events, customized gifts and we often conduct and attend events within the Chicagoland area. They more than high quality affordable popcorn they are a family looking to share our love for popcorn with you. Our goal is to satisfy every customer one kernel at a time. Facebook @enjoyacorn


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4). Kissed By a Bee Organics: Organic. Natural. Pure. Kissed By A Bee Organics is a small business that focuses on organic products that heal! www.kissedbyabee.com/


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5). MommyMaiDD®:  As seen on Windy City Live. Do you know anyone who is expecting this holiday season? MommyMaiDD® is extending our brand and continuing our mission to make the lives of millennial parents easier with The Stork Bag®. The Stork Bag® is the first ever reusable subscription bag just for pregnant mamas!10% off entire cart with code: NEWS10 www.thestorkbag.com


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Photo Credit: Love Cork Screw


6). Love Cork Screw: LCS Entertainment, LLC is a wine and lifestyle brand dedicated to offer consumers wine, entertainment, and other products and services. LCS Entertainment, LLC provides consumers a line of Love Cork Screw wine varietals that offer the sophisticated and novice wine enthusiasts a range of choices for any palate. Each sleek wine bottle is colorful, whimsical and fun. Additionally, LCS Entertainment offers a new product: two types of Scented Candles, each with a unique name that serves as the perfect complement to have a full LCS Entertainment experience. Our products seek to accentuate the five senses – titillate the palate, stimulate the tactile, arouse the aural and the aroma, packaged in an aesthetic that appeals to the wine novice and intrigues the sophisticated wine lover. LCS Entertainment, LLC is a certified MBE (Minority Business Enterprise) and a WBE (Women Business Enterprise).


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7). House of Tres Jolie Boutique www.houseoftresjolie.com. Everything is 40% off .It began with a fashion show and a vision.  Tres Jolie, which is French for “very pretty,” were a series of fashion shows produced by Sam Cook and her sisters.  They loved the idea of displaying and expressing beauty through clothing for the fabulous, everyday woman.  After putting on several successful shows, many of which were done as fundraisers for various charitable efforts, Sam recognized her calling: to not only display clothes for the everyday woman but to offer them opulence at an affordable price. In keeping with her roots, she transformed Tres Jolie into House of Tres Jolie. This one-of-a-kind boutique has been operating for 5 years.  While the current focus is the online market, Sam also does pop-up shops in and around Chicago. #CatchHerIfYouCan.


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8). The Law Offices of Maria M. Barlow LLC : Your holiday wishlist is a little non traditional? Need legal help? Some clients come to us needing an aggressive litigator, while others require the skills of a savvy negotiator. Regardless of your specific needs, we apply the best techniques and most effective strategies to your case. The Law Offices of Maria M. Barlow LLC is dedicated to protecting the rights and concerns of every client. Ms. Barlow will take the time to fully explain your legal options and answer any of your questions so that you are able to make an informed, confident decision about your legal matter.


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9). Games Plus Inc. www.gamesplusinc.com


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10). Bella Amore Spa, located in Oak Brook Terrace, is your best place for full body waxing, custom eyelash extensions, eyebrow waxing, skin therapy and a wide variety of other body treatments.  Book your appointment today to experience Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois Rejuvenating Spa Experience.

Owned and operated by Esthetician, Shiwanna Townsend, we promise a great service with a smile, at competitive prices. If you don’t know which treatment you need, we’ll take the time to study your habits and determine the pressure, temperature, and motion best suited for your body’s condition. http://www.bellaamorespainc.com/


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11). The BRIJ Embassy, Product: The Neo-Green Book, a quarterly trade publication around supportng black. Includes spending trends and over 500 socially responsible Black businesses, institution’s, and organizations in Chicago. Only $3.00 at Culture Conn, 400 W 71st St. and Afri-ware, 1701 S. 1st Ave, Ste. 503, Maywood. Also available online at https://thebrijembassystore.selz.com/


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12). The Frock Shop: The Frock Shop rents designer dresses from coveted national and independent designers for black-tie events, prom, weddings and parties.  Our niche is statement evening gowns with a few unique party and cocktail dresses mixed in.

2150 S. Canalport Avenue, #3A-10 Chicago, IL 60608 www.frockshopchicago.com


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13). The Crazy Crab Chicago is a traditional seafood boil restaurant.  Our menu includes crab, lobster, shrimp, crawfish and more.

We developed our recipes with Lisa Phelps, former Director of the test kitchen at Pampered Chef.  Our flavored seasonings are: Lemon Pepper, Garlic Pepper, Cajun, and Trifecta (all 3 spices mixed together).  We also offer a variety of original appetizers.

Our goal is to create an authentic Cajun Boil dining experience, in a family friendly environment.

We are a family-owned business that seeks to offer quality food and excellent customer service

Hours: 12 p.m.-10 p.m.  Call: 708-422-8000  Location: 9204 S. Western Ave., Evergreen Park, Illinois 60805


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14).Curated vintage clothing and styling services. Save $20 when you spend $60 or more http://8ty4vintage.bigcartel.com. Location: mobile, travels to client. Owner: Margarita Williams


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15). www.holisticharmonyinc.biz Location: mobile services Deal: Free Consultation and $20 rebate on any Premium Starter kit

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16). Don of Cuts Chicago. Award Winning Barber


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17). A Polished Work nail spa lounge 1000 E. 76th St., Chgo. IL 60619 Lavish and luxury right in your back yard. Truly a hidden gem www.apolishedwork.com


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18). I’m the one that got away: imtheonethatgotaway.com/shop Location: eCommerce Deals: All apparel 50% off



19). Kristen Harris: Author |Speaker | Wife  | Mommy | God’s Girl | Empower.Inspire.Uplift. Purchase a self help book today! kristenrharris.com



20). Shuntella Richardson: After a successful worldwide book tour. Grab your copy today of Amazon’s Best Seller! Early Bird Pricing has ended but truly worth the investment! www.fromfeduptofabulous.com



21). APS Books & More Bookstore 7601 S. Cicero (inside of Chicago’s Ford City Mall)
www.weareaps.com  Deals: 3 for $10 and 3 for $25 on select titles



22). Sisters N Sugar Sweet Shoppe 3 sisters with a vision & running a Chicagoland Bakery and living life between cakes. [email protected] IG: Sisters n Sugar Sweet Shoppe


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23). The Hem Of His Garment:  Full service silk screen and rhinestone custom apparel



24). Exotic Wheel Rim Boutique: Shop with the pros for the largest selection of wheels in Chicago 1000s of wheels in stock. Wheels, Tires, Grilles, Exhaust Tips, Wood Kits, HID Lights and much more. In Business Since 1992


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25). The Smith Center for Community Advancement (SCCA) is a nonprofit organization that serving the Chicago Communities. By providing comprehensive support services to assist youth and families in crisis, we’ll elevate familial stability, implement mechanisms for academic success, and counteract adverse behaviors, and strengthening community pride and involvement. http://www.tscca.org/



26). Flavor Brunch. presented by longtime staple Flavor Restaurant, focuses on Cajun/Carribean/Southern Fusion for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.17575 Kenzie Ave Hazel Crest, Illinois (708) 914-4373 Flavorbrunch.com/ Opens at 9:00am 9:00AM – 10:00PM\


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27). AJO SOLUTIONS: Are you the Recruiting/Talent Acquistion contact for your Employer seeking highly qualified Mid-Executive level talent? *Are you the Recruiter who should’ve filled your Company’s open job recquisition like yesterday? *Are you the HR Employee who now has Recruiting as your many number of responsibilities and cant seem to juggle?
*Are you the Small Business Owner with a Key Position to fill without the full time recruiting budget resources to find viable candidates?
Let AJO WinWin Solutions partner with you for your recruiting and staffing needs today.
[email protected]


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28). Flawless Beauty By Nicole: International Makeup Artist who’s Bold, Vibrant and Fearless. For booking Inquiries: [email protected] website: www.flawlessbeautybynicole.com


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29). Issues Hair Salon is widely known for amazing styling who’s  also known for many philanthropic initiatives in the community as well. Owned by Yvenetta Midge Welch, a true business woman.




30). Designer Laurie Underwood: An award winning designer and finalist on hit show “Project Runway”, Timeless and elegant Facebook @wandagrace


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31). AnikaKai Events is a boutique event planning firm servicing the Chicago-land area. We specialize in Bridal,Corporate and Social events. Our desire is to bring the plans in your mind onto the canvas of your event. We hope to see you soon. http://www.anikakaievents.com/




32).828 Fashion:  In a mundane world of fashion ran by trends, 828 Collection (also EightwentyEight Collection ) is an oasis.

From her genesis, Suzette Opera’s keen eye and love for fashion was innate. Born on August 28th, Suzette named her business after her personal day of greatness. Known for bold colors, intense detail, and distinctive creations, EightwentyEight Collection has paved a road so untraveled that no other designer can tear asunder. Rooted in the antiquity of Suzette’s Nigerian decent, this collection exhibits a modernized African flare that command audiences to take notice. 

Thanks to this hidden custom-made gem in Chicago, there’s no longer a need to look exclusively at Paris and New York for high fashion. www.instagram.com/828_collection/?hl=en

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33). Char Miller: A licensed nail technician in the Chicago area. Delivers high fashion luxury nail services at an affordable price. Nails is my passion and to me its more than polishing a nail. Nail care is about maintenance,take it to the next level. (312) 857-4461


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34). Cynthia Boykin: The Queen of Marketing and Promotions, Promote your upcoming event or business to over 50, 000 potential prospects.



35). BourBonQue: Amazing Catering for your next holiday party: Phone: 312.480.1180 Email: [email protected]



36). Wood Fire Counter’s mission is simple – satisfy taste buds, one meal at a time. With a laser focus on flavor and execution, we aim to bring you healthy meals made with quality ingredients. From our selection of locally-sourced chickens to choosing the freshest vegetables, we pay attention to the details. So whether you’re grabbing a quick meal for lunch or dinner for the family, count on Wood Fire Counter to deliver on our promise to serve you great food without pretense. 131 N. Clinton St. Chicago, IL, 60661 312-285-2205


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37). Sip and Savor: Our goal at Sip and Savor is to capture the positive energy and excitement of Chicago neighborhoods. In recent years, Hyde Park and Bronzeville  has welcomed burgeoning revitalization: restoration of historic buildings along with development of new businesses and an influx of professionals making the community home.  I am proud to say that Sip and Savor is a part of this positive movement. We call ourselves “Globally Local” – we offer the finest coffee and teas from around the globe, while complimenting them with pastries from local bakeries. We strive to become your neighborhood coffee shop of choice.


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38). Creative Concepts: The namesake of the business is a hand-sized cone made of bread that holds various fillings. Cummings first encountered the novelty at a food cart at Disney world. With his culinary finesse, he saw the potential to transform the simple meatball-filled cone into a gourmet sandwich that could be peddled at street festivals and other large events.


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39). Get Tight Get Right: GTGR offers All Natural Fat Blocking Capsules, Personal Training and Fitness Classes!


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40). The Connection: Looking for Event Space and cater your own food? Professional, spacious and located in the historic Bronzeville @Facebook The Connection



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41). Alejandro Young, EA President & CEO Young & Associates, LLC [email protected] 1-708-748-4717 http://www.ayoungllc.com


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42). Juan Anthony Images: A polished professional that provides celebrity level work. Holiday Party is now covered.


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43). Shara D. H. Kamal: Where Fashion Meets Law http://www.fashionmeetslaw.com Shara has quickly become Chicagoland’s most preferred attorney for real estate transactions.

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44). Batter & Berries is the epitome of fresh offering enticing meals with contemporary twists. 2748 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, Illinois



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45). Wax by Denise, is a mobile spa service. Great idea to host a spa party for New Years Eve



46). Cafe Chicago is a swank black owned cafe who’s known for Taco Tuesdays and private events.


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47): Kham’ryn B. Shoes & Accessories : Located on the south side of Chicago. This boutique that’s located right in your back yard as been featured on numerous TV Shows and Fashion Runways. http://www.KhamrynB.com/



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48). Rosemint Media:  Our Mission: To create growth and opportunities for businesses and brands with attractive and valuable content & designs. http://www.rosemintinc.com


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49). Love Thy Jewelry: www.lovethyjewelry.com Turn your photos into one of a kind jewelry


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50). Women Thirving Fearlessly Vol 1.  Inspirational stories from women who journeyed from fear to fearless. www.theunstoppablewoman.net

Nakita Nicci
Nakita Nicci

Nakita Nicci is a Television personality, award winning author, lupus survivor, lifestyle expert and writer covering all things business and beauty

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