It’s several days until Christmas 2016, and you haven’t even started buying gifts just yet. Or maybe you only have a few more items to get, but you just don’t know where to start. Or perhaps you prefer to shop local and #BuyBlack. Well, have no fear, because if you live in the metro Detroit area, we have a solution for each scenario above. Check out our take on the Detroit version of the #BlackHolidayGiftGuide, just in the nick of time.
Compiled just for you last-minute shoppers, we’ve listed 21 of your favorite Black-owned Detroit brands that you still have time to support this holiday season. You’ll find boutiques, apparel, natural and healthy skincare products, eyewear, the famous Ellis Island tropical teas and more. Check out their special holiday deals before time runs out! Best of luck, and remember, #ShopLocal, #BuyBlack, #ShopDetroit.
Detroit Is the New Black: http://detroitisthenewblack.com/ Roslyn Karamoko is founder and CEO of Detroit Is The New Black Boutique located on Woodward Avenue in Detroit. Detroit Is the New Black is inspired by the city itself. Karamoko brands all of her T-shirts, sweaters, jackets, dresses and sweatshirts with the Detroit Is The New Black logo. This boutique not only has apparel for women, but they service men as well. So if you want to rep Detroit, fly down to Woodward Avenue or shop online.
AYV – Accent Your Vibe Clothing Store: http://www.theayvstore.com/
AYV Clothing Co. is a Detroit based staple in underground fashion in the midwest. AYV Clothing Co. provides consumers with quality garments that are fly and fashionable. AYV has grown into a full blown lifestyle brand consisting of: T-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, cut and sew denim products and accessories. The line can be found in street wear boutiques in Canada, New York and across the Midwest.
Rare Boutique: http://www.raremi.com/
Rare Boutique, located in Southfield, Michigan, is an urban boutique bringing you the freshest kicks and hottest fashion trends. Rare not only offers “rare” sneakers, but also offers hand-crafted clothing, fashion-forward urban accessories, and high end jewelry needs.
The Restaurant Fashion Bistro: https://www.instagram.com/therestaurantfb/
The Restaurant Fashion Bistro is a unique urban boutique, specializing in serving up the most exclusive brands of the latest, hottest, trending styles — mainly for men, and is located in Southfield, Michigan.
Encourage Me, I’m Young Inspirational Apparel: http://emiyworld.com/shop/
Encourage Me I’m Young (EMIY) Inc., a nonprofit 501c3 based in Detroit is a grassroots volunteer-driven organization dedicated to legacy. They have supported, developed, and nurtured children and fathers to reach their fullest potential since 2007. They sue their voice advocacy and their passion in programs to drive their work to “build families through developing boys and encouraging fathers.”
Glow Clothing Store for Women: https://www.glowclothingstore.com
GLOW is a women’s clothing and accessory boutique determined to empower women to be themselves, Live, Love, Laugh and GLOW. Glow’s goal is to provide well designed pieces with a mixture of trendy, sophisticated, yet contemporary, fashion-forward clothing and accessories. Glow provides pieces that help women GLOW from the inside out. They’re motto is “Life is too short for boring clothes, just GLOW.”
Swank A Posh Boutique: https://shopswankaposh.com/
Swank A Posh is the corner store for all fly girls worldwide. They style, buy and design pieces based solely on what they believe is stylish and authentic. Established in 2009, Swank now has four stores, including their online store. Swank is solely owned by #girlpreneur, Ebony Swank.
The Accessories Shop: https://www.instagram.com/theaccessoriesshop/
Located in Royal Oak, Michigan, the Accessories Shop is a woman’s dream for all things accessories. They carry both men and women’s jewelry in a range of styles, from trendy and designer-inspired fashion jewelry to classic and statement pieces. They also offer a wide selection of handbags, clothing and shoes, all of which make great holiday gifts.
The Pink Pump: http://www.pinkpump.com/
PINK PUMP is a female empowering brand that encompasses clothing, footwear and accessories. The mission of PINK PUMP is to provide a lifestyle brand for women who love fashion; while giving back to help empower other women. PINK PUMP … for Women, by Women.
The Styling Closet: http://www.thestylingcloset.com/
The Styling Closet evokes a mindset — an attitude, not an age, that is designed for the confident, sexy, modern woman. It seeks to create an upscale, visually stimulating boutique environment while providing top-notch service to ensure an exceptional shopping experience. Stylists are knowledgeable, passionate about fashion and skilled at addressing clients’ styling needs. Services include closet analysis, closet organization, personal shopping, special occasion dressing and e-consulting.
ProFashional Style Consulting: http://profashionalstyling.com/
ProFashional Style Consulting was created by two young Detroit natives that go by the names of Paris Milani and Meme Joneses. They offer men and women items for sell, as well as styling services to help get people out of their inner shell and take their style to another level.
SkinPhorea Facial Bar – Gift Certificates: http://www.skinphorea.com/
SkinPhorea is a facial bar with a “Happy Hour” feel. Co-owners Jessica Hayes-Stallings and Shareese Shorter have merged their visions to fulfill the skin care needs of women who desire practical pampering. Located in Royal Oak, Michigan, SkinPhorea specializes in all-natural 30-minute express facials with customized skin cocktails.
Guests are treated to a complimentary mimosa or smoothie of all-natural ingredients while they’re serviced. In addition to euphoric facials, Skinphorea offers body-waxing services from licensed, certified experts. Skinphorea’s express facial options include chemical peels, enzyme peels, LED light therapy, microdermabrasion and oxygen facials.
Dapper Body Care – Men’s Grooming Products: http://www.dapperbodycare.com/index.php
Diamond Brown is the owner of Dapper Body Care, a men’s beard and body product line. They have spent countless hours creating the perfect blend of natural products such as Beard & Body Butter, Grooming & Body Oil, Body Lotion and exfoliating bar soap. Their products have a masculine appeal, that’s sophisticatedly packaged for the well groomed fashion forward man. Dapper Body Care includes simple ingredients that are totally natural, with scents that are breathtakingly sexy.
Bath Savvy Naturals: http://www.bathsavvy.com/
From Pomegranate Mango, Lemongrass and Lavender Bath Bombs, to Vanilla Cupcake, Almond Coffee and Patchouli Love handmade soaps, Bath Savvy has you covered on a wide variety of natural body care products for this holiday season. Owned by Jan Reaves, Bath Savvy provides all-natural body creams, oil blends, sugar scrubs and more, using premium pampering ingredients for the health and beauty of skin. BATH SAVVY uses old-fashioned pureness and effective, yet body-safe ingredients that treat all skin types and is perfect for some uniquely, all natural, holiday gifts.
Doll Faced Cosmetics Lip Color: http://dollfacedcosmetics.com/
Owner of DollFaced Cosmetics Tia Ball has something pretty for women this holiday season. DollFaced Cosmetics is a lip color collection that features bold, vibrant colored, vegan liquid lipsticks & liquid matte lip paints. They also have a variety of lip glosses (not vegan) that gives your lips shine without stickiness. They invite you to join the #getDOLLFACED movement!
Moon Reflections Photography: http://www.moonreflectionsphotog.com/
Why not give the gift worth a lifetime of memories, with Moon Reflections Photography? At Moon Reflections Photography, they focus on portraits, high school seniors, businesses, head shots and small events.
Ashlie Lauren Artistry : http://www.alaurenartistry.com/
Ashlie Lauren Artistry is a metro Detroit-based esthetician and photographer who specializes in glam services. Services include: Airbrush and traditional makeup, lash extensions, full body waxing, threading, body wraps, facials/skin care including chemical peels and microdermabrasion, ear candling, custom wigs, face and body painting and photography.
Ellis Island Tropical Tea: http://ellisislandtea.com/shop.html
Ellis Infinity Beverage Company was founded in 2008 by Nailah Ellis-Brown. It is the manufacturer of Ellis Island Tropical Tea, an all natural, antioxidant-rich hibiscus tea. Ellis Island Tea is a smooth, flavorful Jamaican blend, steeped in family tradition, brewed and bottled in Detroit. Ellis Island Tea is available for purchase in Meijer stores as well as Whole Foods, or you can order directly from their website.
Alley and Eye Eyewear: http://alleyandeye.com/
Alley and Eye was created for anyone, everywhere. From vintage to designer to custom to fashion, they have you covered when it comes to eyewear. They also create really cool vintage purses for women too. Alley & Eye was founded in 2011 by Ashley Michele and is based in Detroit, MI. Their goal is to provide you with the best in eyewear as well as other cool things like bowling bag purses, snap backs, T-shirts, and vintage clothing.
All About Technology: http://all-about-technology.com/
Home of the $200 computer! They are making technology accessible and affordable for all. Located in Detroit, All About Technology is a Certified Minority Business Enterprise and the trusted, best in class market leader in their community – offering professional computer sales, service, training and upgrades. Visit them to find out all about their $200 computers, which would make the perfect holiday gift.
Wholistic Health Services: http://detroitwholisticcenter.com/HolisticCenter/
This holiday season, give the gift of holistic health. The Detroit Wholistic Center offers treatment sessions in wholistic health services such as Colon Hydrotherapy (also known as colon cleansing or colonics), Reflexology, Massage, Body Wraps, Iridology, Aqua-Chi Footbaths, and Consultations in Nutrition and Wellness. They also offer colon cleansing herbal products such as Turkey Rhubarb herbal combination formula and Reneu’ by first Fitness.