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February: Celebrate History Locally, Right Here in Baltimore

Posted February 8th, 2021 Black History Month, Black-owned businesses, holidays, local buisnesses, restaurants, retail, Valentines Day

February is filled with holidays and reasons to reflect, learn, and love. February is home to Black History Month, a month to appreciate and recognize the achievements of African Americans throughout the history of the United States. February is also home of President’s Day and Valentine’s Day. Every February 14th, people go above and beyond to recognize the people in their life that they love.

Don’t forget to celebrate your loved ones, or treat yourself,  this Valentine’s Day and support local, black-owned businesses for Black History Month.

Here’s our Valentine’s Day gift guide that will support black-owned businesses in Baltimore, not too far from your home here at Luminary at One Light.

Valentine’s Day Gifts

From accessories, like their Dutch Weekend Tote, to their hilarious and adorable stationary, there is no way Pandora’s Box will disappoint—the boutique is hip and equipped with the best trends in town. Monesha Phillips, founder and owner, represents everyone by filling her store with local gifts and goodies.

For the fashionista in your life, check out The Dollhouse Boutique for specially stylized clothing, right in the heart of Mt. Vernon. As a featured designer, Natalia Karyl has selected and designed only the best, most fashionable clothes for her store.

Buy a spot for you and your loved one at the Virtual Candle Making Workshop at KSM Candle Co. You can learn how to make your own soy candles for your next romantic dinner or event! This blacked-owned business began because of owner Letta’s inspiration to create Zombie Apocalypse skills. Your candle will set the mood for a romantic occasion and have a long burning duration!

Because of her love and admiration of black authors and writers, Alisa Brock opened her own bookstore. Stocked at stores across Baltimore, and found online, Dramamama has the best notebooks and journals—the perfect little personalized gifts for friends and family.

Sweet Treats

Find the cure for your sweet tooth here at Midnite Confections Cupcakery. With over 15 flavors of cupcakes and cookies, there is something for everyone. If you or your loved one has a special diet, do not fear! Keto Kookies are now available in 4 different flavors. You can feel the familial love inside these baked goods- the owners Sandra and Aaron both come from a family of cooks. They intend to spread the love beyond their own walls to all of Baltimore.

Crust by Mack is a pop-up bakery dedicated to filling your belly and supporting local charities. Crust by Mack has raised money for over half a dozen minority owned businesses. Order these pastries, like flakey buttermilk biscuits and sweet vanilla bean chocolate chip cookies, online at their website!

A Valentine’s Day classic is the chocolate covered strawberry! And Berries by Quicha has just that! They have the most deluxe chocolate-covered berries you have seen… so deluxe even President Obama and Beyonce have indulged in these berries! Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white chocolate covered with sprinkles and Valentines’ decorations… they have the perfect treats for the holiday.

The best handmade chocolate is found at Pure Chocolate by Jinji. The most exquisite chocolates are crafted to delight your taste buds. Their signature Date Poppers, dates stuffed with cacao nibs, honey and sea salt, are a fan favorite! As a daughter-father combo, Jinji Fraser and Guy work together to represent local black-owned businesses and serve delicious chocolate.

Wine & Dine

Serenity Wine Bar in Locust Point has pizza and a self-serve wine bar! This black-owned restaurant is owned and operated by Nneka Bilal, who worked at Pizza Hut for 23 years before opening her own place. Help yourself to some wine, homemade sangria, and thin-crust New York style Pizza this Valentine’s Day, or take your meal to-go for a delicious dinner at home.

Pre-order and pick up a fancy Valentine’s Day dinner with this deal at Magdalena Restaurant. Owners Eddie and Sylvia Brown have transformed Magdalena into a renowned restaurant and dedicate their lives to charity. The menu includes an appetizer, first and second course, and a dessert. The Maryland Jumbo Lump Crab and Lobster Spring Rolls, along with the Painted Hills Prime Rib of Beef are hard to pass up! You can sign up for this delicious dinner here: Magdalena Valentine’s Day Dinner at Home Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite.

Off the Rox Wine and Beer shop has every drink to pair with your meals! If you want to try something new, look at their Rox Box: a mixed 4 pack of small production wines. Owners Jeryl Cole and Tyrekia Jackson are experts in customer service and management, which has helped their small business succeed!

Support Local
We hope you’ll continue to shop, drink and eat at local, Black-owned businesses in February and beyond! From the Luminary at One Light family to yours, we wish you a very Happy Valentine’s and/or Galentine’s Day!

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