It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No not Christmas, Howard Homecoming! The Mecca has begun calling its progeny home to The Yard for a week of fun, family, and community in Washington, D.C.
With alumni like actress Taraji P. Henson, Harlem’s bad boy Diddy, everyone’s favorite television mom Phylicia Rashad and the late Nobel laureate, Toni Morrison, there’s no debate that the hallowed grounds of Howard University breeds Black excellence. But Bison don’t just create the excellence, we support it too, and homecoming season is the perfect time to show love to the Black-owned businesses in the city that keep students and faculty going year-round.
If you’re headed back home to H.U. (no not Hampton. #shadenoshade) this weekend and want to do your part to pour back into the local community, we’ve rounded up five Black-owned businesses that keep the chocolate in Chocolate City.
If you ask Milan Jordan who she does it for, she'll say she does it for the culture, and her beverage company, Cultured Kombucha, is proof of that. Cultured Kombucha believes all communities should have access to and knowledge of internal health and wellness, and makes tasty brews like "Tropic Like Its Hot" and "Bug a Boo" for those who might otherwise overlook probiotic benefits. You can support by grabbing a bottle or two before Saturday's big tailgate at shops like The Wing D.C., The Tavern at Georgetown or popping up at The Spice Suite. Enjoy!
Photo Credit: Cultured Kombucha
Lee's Flower and Card Shop
A staple of the U Street corridor since it was founded by Winnifred and William P. Lee in 1945, Lee's Flower and Card Shop is where you go when you want floral designs that go beyond the average. Make sure you head here and grab a bouquet or two to say thank you to those professors who made you into the strong Bison woman or man that you are today. And be sure to tell 'em we sent you.
Photo Credit: Lees Flowers and Cards
Everyone knows that Howard University students and grads are some of the best-dressed people on the planet, and the MOXY Lounge is one of the reasons why. This boutique shop is where modern and vintage collide with its membership-based collective boasting one of D.C.'s widest range of carefully curated vintage clothing and adornments. Basically, if you want to look fly before you hit the club for a late-night swag surf, head to the MOXY.
Photo Credit: Moxy Lounge
Running around on The Yard can build up an appetite, so make sure you head over to Chef Peter Prime's Cane D.C. for some delicious Caribbean street food like doubles, pholourie, and cow heel souse. And once you're done eating, be sure to stay for the vibes and people watching, you never know who will pop up!
Photo Credit: Cane DC
The Spice Suite
Ask anybody in the city and they'll tell you that if you're looking to add some flavor to your life, then the only place to go is D.C.'s reigning spice shop, The Spice Suite. Owned by Howard University alum, Angel Anderson, The Spice Suite is more than a place to elevate your cooking, it's also a community incubator for other Black-woman owned businesses to share their gifts with the world, free of charge. Between Angel and her "Spice Girls" you will never be short on Black Girl Magic products to upgrade your life.