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Toronto's Black-Owned Businesses

Published on
Jun 16, 2020
Written by
Aisling Gogan
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An epidemic in this country has captured everyone’s attention — and I am not referring to the coronavirus. Systemic racism is embedded in the fabric of society and has existed for centuries. To ignore this reality is to ignore the mistreatment experienced by people of racialized backgrounds, especially the black and Indigenous populations, as a result of the inherently racist construction of institutions and social structures — such as policing. It is time to dismantle and abolish systems as we know them to rebuild a sustainable and equitable structure that benefits us all.

In response to the unprecedented events of the last few weeks and the tragic death of George Floyd, there has been an uproar of activism and support for the Black Lives Matter Movement. People continue to take to the streets to protest against police brutality and use social media to raise awareness and share important resources. There are several ways to show your allyship in this movement such as signing petitions, donating, contacting government officials, staying educated, turning inward to confront unconscious racial biases, and supporting black-owned businesses.

Directing your dollar is an effective way to show support to the BLM movement. Supporting black-owned businesses can help steer money away from corporate giants such as Amazon who monopolize the market and overpower small businesses. In the fight to end systematic racism, this support can help to diversify wealth, uplift community members, build economic vitality and enact progress where it’s needed.

If you are looking for a black-owned business to support we have put together a list (by no means exhaustive) of restaurants, retail, beauty, health & wellness, goods, and experience-based shops in different neighbourhoods in the GTA. If you are looking for more resources on this subject please see the links posted at the bottom of this article.

Food & Restaurants
Downtown —

Rasta Pasta

Jamaican and fusion cuisine (takeaway only) in Kensington Market


Dirty Bird Chicken and Waffles

Chicken and waffles in Kensington Market


Ethiopian Spice Store

Source of organic spices


One Love Vegetarian

Vegetarian eatery in the Annex


873 Jam Rock Restaurant

Tradition Caribbean cuisine


Pat’s Homestyle

Jamaican RestaurantJamaican cuisine


African Palace

Ethiopian cuisine located at Dovercourt and Bloor


Aunty Lucy’s Burgers

Burgers on Queen St. W


T Dot Jerk

Jamaican cuisine on Roncesvalles


Selam Restaurant

Ethiopian restaurant on Bloor and Ossington

North Toronto


Vegan restaurant in Oakwwood Village


The Islands Caribbean

Caribbean cuisine on Yonge and Sheppard


Diner’s Corner

Jamaican cuisine


Mofer Coffee

Ethiopian small-batch coffee



Late-night jerk spot

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East Toronto

Mary’s Brigadeiro

Handcrafted chocolate

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Classic Juice Co.

Juice bar


Caribbean Dutch Pot

Family style Jamaican restaurant on Broadview

Real Jerk

One of Drake’s favourite spots(2 locations → 42 Gerrard East, 1004 Kingston)



All-Star Beauty Complex

Hair & Skin products(Use “ALLSTAR” to get 15% off your first purchase )

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West Indian Golden Beauty Supply

Cosmetics & beauty supplies


It’s About Beauty Supply

Beauty supplies


Ragga Beauty Store

Hair & beauty products

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Global Beauty Supply Inc.

Beauty supplies

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Tribal Eye

Skincare & art

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Oshun’s Beauty

Beauty supplies

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Retail & Shopping Experiences


Vintage clothing

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Skateboard/Clothing - online orders only


Studio D

Unique luxury shoes and accessories

Cherry Gardens


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Clarendon Trading Co.

Etsy shop


Love & Nudes

Intimates in a range of skin-toned nudes


Broke & Living

Contemporary unisex apparel

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Get Fresh Company

Streetwear & designer apparel


A Different Booklist

Independent, multicultural bookstore - curbside pick up only


Obsidian Theatre

Culturally specific theatre company dedicated to exploring and promoting the black voice

The Green Jar

Sustainable and reusable packaging

Camilla’s Yoruba Chest

Afrocentric accessories & goods

Health & Wellness

Riders Cycle & Board

Curbside service only

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The Villij

Wellness space created by and for women of colour


The Most Nurtured

Community-based holistic wellness space created for and by women of colour (LGBT + non-binary, trans-inclusive, anti-oppressive, anti-colonial space)


More useful links:

Amplify Allyship Toolkit: https://docs.google.com/document/u/0/d/1eMktpQAwyHNgSnKDJYYVo8SQZFUV6DG9f7sIvw7frTs/mobilebasic

A full map of Black & Indigenous-owned businesses in the GTA: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1kPzokHxOM8iADltkQMwPs92RdjSy_3o-&ll=43.59160015925824%2C-79.24576889999999&z=8