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Empowering Black History Month: Discover and Support San Diego’s Top Black-Owned Businesses

February 2, 2024

Orli La Jolla is preparing to celebrate Black History Month by showing support to black-owned businesses in our San Diego Area. By shopping small and local, we contribute to the community’s vibrancy and help uplift entrepreneurs who bring unique flavors, creativity, and innovation to the city. Let’s explore some of our community’s notable black-owned businesses, each with its distinct offerings and inspiring stories.

1. Maya’s Cookies: A Vegan Delight

Maya’s Cookies stands out with its high-quality, plant-based ingredients, offering a unique range of vegan cookies that are bound to satisfy any sweet tooth. Proudly black woman-owned, Maya’s Cookies brings a special touch to this Black History Month with their exclusive Cookie Collection for February. 

2. Milk and Honey Bakery: A Sweet Sister Act

Run by two sisters, Angela and Hannah, Milk and Honey Bakery brings a personal touch to their range of pastries. Inspired by their mother’s baking and their San Diego roots, this home-based business started in 2020 and has since been a local favorite. 

3. The Brulee Bar: A Group Favorite

The Brulee Bar, offers a new take on creme brulees, with over 80 flavors and counting. The perfect small bite for large groups and gatherings, The Brulee Bar has made its mark on San Diego as a household name and classic dessert everyone needs at their next event. 

4. Nomad Donuts: A Commitment to Community

Nomad Donuts is not just a bakery; it’s a destination for vegan-friendly donuts and bagels that are crafted with the highest quality local ingredients. They’ve created a welcoming space in North Park since 2014, where every customer is treated like family. Their commitment to the community and quality ingredients makes their products stand out.

5. Dirt Don’t Hurt: Natural Beauty and Wellness

Founded by sisters Kaya, Sativa, and Maritza, Dirt Don’t Hurt is a movement towards natural, safe, and cruelty-free personal care. Starting in 2017, these San Diego residents have been creating products with clean, earth-based ingredients, perfect for those mindful of what they use on their bodies and in their homes.

6. The Mental Bar: More Than Just Coffee and Tea

The Mental Bar goes beyond being a coffee and tea shop. It’s a space that celebrates mental and physical wellness through its globally sourced products. They regularly host art and music events featuring Black artists, emphasizing the importance of health and well-being. Shopping here means supporting a business that cares deeply about the community’s health and artistic expression.

Black History Month in San Diego offers a chance to support and celebrate the achievements of our local black community. By visiting these black-owned businesses, we not only enjoy their exceptional products and services but also play a role in fostering the growth and success of a diverse and dynamic San Diego.

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