One great way to help support the black community is by buying and supporting black owned businesses in Toronto. Change on a global scale is necessary, but we can start locally as the conversations of systemic racism and protests over police brutality continue.
Here are 5 black owned businesses in Toronto you can help support starting now!
1. Mofer Coffee
Okay this is for the coffee addicts like myself. Premium single-origin Ethiopian coffee beans that are air roasted in small batches. They have a variety of lattes, Iced coffee, ground coffee, and they even have this amazing Blue Delta which is made with blue matcha that helps boost brain health and immune system.
To see their full menu click here
2. Aunty Lucy’s
They recently opened back up for the month of June, which originally started as a pop-up that was inspired by the beloved west coast In-N-Out burger. The best part is they have a veggie burger for vegetarians like me! Their burgers range from ($8-11) or you can get a combo. They are currently open for pickup or you ca from Wednesdays-Sundays 3 pm-11 pm.
How to order: Aunty Lucy’s are currently open for pickup from Wednesday-Sunday (3 pm-11 pm) or you can order via Uber Eats, Skip the Dishes, or Doordash.
To see their full menu click here
3. A Different Booklist
A different booklist is a Canadian multicultural bookstore specializing in literature from the African and Caribbean diaspora and the global south. A great bookstore to support for those who are looking to get more educated. There are books that are available for curbside pickup and delivery.
How to order: Free shipping for postal codes beginning with M and for the rest of Ontario there will be standard shipping of $6 per shipment.
To learn more about a different booklist click here
4. Bodega Dispensary
Bodega is an independently owned legal dispensary in Toronto. They recently opened May 26 with amazing accessibility, knowledgeable staff, and competitive pricing.
How to order: Bodega is officially open for curbside pickup at 198 Ossington Ave from 12pm-8pm everyday.
Check out their product line here
5. Blooming Flower bar
Cabbagetown’s neighborhood flower shop! You can pick flowers from the DIY flower bar, or a custom bouquet with a unique selection of plant pots, plants, flower-themed gifts, and more.
How to order: Same day cheap delivery is available on their website here! They even have happy hour orders which you can get for as low as $35. Keep up to date by following their Instagram @bloomingflowerbar
These are only a small percentage of some amazing black-owned businesses in Toronto right now that you can support. Here are a few more with some amazing visuals created by @blackowned.to
How else can we help?
In addition, knowledge is critical in understanding what is happening and a vital step to fighting racism. Here are some books you can read to learn more about what racism and white privilege really means. There are also many different petitions and other ways you can help, such as signing petitions, texting or calling, donating, and continuously educating yourself. Click here to learn more on how you can help.
Let us know if you had the chance to visit any of these great places and what you think and also let us know if you know of any other great black owned businesses here in the heart of Toronto!