6 Black-owned businesses to get the perfect, local holiday gift

Naughty But Nice Kettle Corn Co. will be featured in Mastercard's national Pricelesscampaign. Photo via Libby Foster for Bham Now
Naughty But Nice Kettle Corn Co. is the perfect stocking stuffer for Christmas. (Libby Foster / Bham Now)

As the holiday season approaches, consider supporting Birmingham Black-owned businesses. From food to cosmetics, we have curated a guide on how to shop and support in The Magic City. Keep reading to find out which Black-owned businesses made our list.

1. Naughty But Nice Kettle Corn Co.

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Founder and CEO Tanesha SIms-Summers serves fresh kettle corn and confidence. (Naughty but Nice Kettle Corn Co.)

Popcorn fans will love a gift from Naughty but Nice Kettle Corn. Started by Birmingham natives, Tanesha Sims-Summers and her husband Clem Summer, NBNKC supports local businesses, empowers everyone and gives back to the community. With flavors like French Toast and Jalapeno Popper, whoever you gift this to will be thanking you.

2. Memory Lane

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Business partners, Chris Smoot and Tanarius Hayes. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Memory Lane is a buy/sell/trade sneaker and vintage store located in Downtown Birmingham. They sell one-of-a-kind sneakers and rare items from the ’80s-2000s. You can find brands like Nike, Adidas, Supreme and more. Memory Lane has the perfect gift for sneakerheads.

3. Aware Cosmetics

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Makeup to empower everyone. (Aware Cosmetics / Facebook)

For beauty and makeup gurus, Aware Cosmetics has the perfect gifts this holiday season. Founded by professional makeup artist whose studio is in Mountain Brook, Jestina Howard promotes women to be aware of their beauty, not obsessed with it. Jestina also gives an annual donation of product sales to the American Lung Association of Alabama. Consider buying the makeup or scheduling a makeup session this holiday.

4. Frou Frou Boutique

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Fashion that makes you feel good. (Frou Frou Boutique / Facebook)

Fashion lovers will love a gift from Frou Frou Boutique. Whatever your style is, they have clothes that make you feel confident and beautiful. Frou Frou is owned by Brigelle Perryman Oden, a fashion icon herself. She also owns Flow, another amazing store to shop ’til you drop.

5. Melanin Jewels

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Gorgeous jewelry that promotes positivity is found at Melanin. (Melanin Jewels)

For those who focus on positive, good vibes only, Melanin Jewels is the perfect place to shop. From jewelry, skincare, crystals and incense, Melanin has it all. The brand’s main focus is about the people whether it’s wellness, beauty or self-healing.

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7. Intricate Ink Studio

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Give a unique gift this holiday season. (Mikayla Hammock / Instagram)

Give a personalized gift this holiday season from artist Mikayla Hammock. This young artist creates beautiful pen and ink drawings that tell a story within the drawing. You can buy her prints online or find her at vendor markets in Birmingham alongside other black-owned businesses.

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Emma Johnston
Emma Johnston
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