5 Local Black-Owned Businesses in Rhode Island

From organic soaps to Caribbean comfort food, support the local scene.

Photo from The Black Leaf Tea and Culture Shop Facebook Page.

This article was created in collaboration with Rhode Island Commerce.

February is here, which means it’s time to celebrate Black History Month. Where you spend your money matters, so consider using your dollars to support Black-owned businesses in Rhode Island.

Editor’s note: This is just a handful of Black-owned businesses in the state. To see a more comprehensive list and how to support local, check out our blog here.


The Black Leaf Tea and Culture Shop

Each unique Black Leaf tea blend is handmade by owner Amber Jackson. Her tea company also strives to build welcoming spaces for Black culture and community in Rhode Island with a mixer for young Black professionals each month.

The details: Order online at theblackleaftea.com.


White Dog Distilling

This bar and distillery in Pawtucket’s historic Lorraine Mills offers a variety of small batch whiskey, bourbon, rum and gin. Feeling adventurous? Try White Dog’s signature moonshine. You can also treat yourself to a takeout cocktail kit. Online ordering and curbside pickup is available.

How to visit: Thursday to Friday, 4-8 p.m., Saturday, 1-5 p.m.

The details: 560 Mineral Spring Ave., Pawtucket, whitedogdistilling.com.


Soulita Soap

Soulita Soap was created after founder Lexus R.S. Fernandez suffered a brain aneurysm that caused her to lose her hair and develop extremely sensitive skin. After realizing the benefits of skincare products made with botanicals, essential oils and all-natural ingredients, she started her own line of organic soaps and skincare. You can also shop for custom kits for beard care or pregnancy skincare.

The details: Order online at soulitasoap.com.


LOLA Fashion Boutique

This eclectically curated boutique stocks vintage finds, international designers and locally-made fashion. Message the business on Facebook to shop by appointment.

How to visit: Tuesday to Friday, 10:30 a.m.-6:15 p.m., Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

The details: 120 N. Main St., Providence, 401-383-0021, loc8nearme.com/rhode-island/providence/lola/3143583


Panaday Takeaway

Order authentic West Indian and Caribbean cuisine for takeout on the West Side of Providence.

How to visit: Monday to Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

The details: 7 Parade St., Providence, 401-273-1506, facebook.com