As awareness of Juneteenth is becoming more widespread, more people are looking for ways to honor the holiday. Juneteenth, also known as Black Freedom Day or African American Emancipation Day, commemorates the arrival of federal troops in Texas on June 19, 1865 to announce that slavery had been abolished. Although the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed more than two years prior, people continued to be enslaved in Texas until they were finally freed on this day. Since then, communities in the United States and beyond have observed Juneteenth by celebrating Black freedom, success, and perseverance.
One way to honor the spirit of Juneteenth is to support Black-owned businesses. Below is a list of Black-owned restaurants, stores, products, and services in the Baltimore region that Baltimore Community Lending is proud to serve, and hope you will support.
Rymks Bar and Grill – Soul food cuisine restaurant and sports bar, located at 819 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202. Website: https://rymks.com/
JBee’s Jamaican Me Crazy – Jamaican cuisine food truck and catering. Website: https://www.jbeesjamaican.com/
Sunga Café – Bakery and cafe, located at 35 N. Potomac St, Baltimore, MD 21224. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Sungacafe/
Benson Watch Company – Unique, modern watches inspired by mid-20th century pieces. Website: https://bensonwatch.com/
Jazmine Kionna – A luxury, contemporary shoe brand that offers comfortable vegan leather heels. Website: https://jazminekionna.com/
NXTLVL Gifts – Specializes in one-of-a-kind sculptures and decor for home and garden. Website: https://nxtlvlgifts.com/
Off The Rox – A boutique wine and beer shop offering an appreciable selection of wines and craft beers. Located at 3232a Eastern Ave. Baltimore, MD 21224. Website: https://offtheroxwine.com/
Melinated House of Beauty – A beauty supply store designed to give people with melanated skin a place to shop for all their beauty and cosmetic needs. Located at 711 West 40th St, #150, Baltimore, MD 21211. Website: https://www.melinatedbeauty.com/
Cashland – Premium collection of luxury basics that utilizes the finest fabric quality for comfort and value. Located at 1341 Bayard St, Baltimore, MD 21230. Website: https://shopcashland.com/
Home Helpers Northwest Baltimore – Compassionate in-home care for elderly and vulnerable adults. Website: https://www.homehelpershomecare.com/nw-baltimore/
S.J.S Financial Firm – A financial management practice that provides bookkeeping, payroll, and tax services to small businesses and nonprofits. Website: http://www.sjsfinancialfirm.com/
Lightning Electric – Highly skilled electricians that will work within the local, state, and OSHA guidelines to see your electrical needs met from start to finish safely. Website: http://www.lightningelectricmd.com/
Keller Professional Services – Offers premiere workforce and management solutions to address the needs of business, government, and workforce clients through an array of management consulting services. Website: https://kellerpro.services/
Life Prep Early Learning Center – Provides physically and emotionally safe learning environments, used to create educational adventures that maximize the full potential of each child. Website: https://lifeprepearlylearningcenters.com/