Sunday, July 3, 2022




Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate the love in your life, but it can also be a time to show your pride and support for Black entrepreneurs. This year, buy Black when you’re shopping for your sexy celebration with these businesses:

Alexandra Winbush

Before you can perform the act, you have to set the stage. Alexandra Winbush sells ambiance, packaged together as a candle, tea, and curated playlist. Nothing sets the mood like candlelight, and these intoxicating scents take it a step further. The September Sixth Set is especially spicy. 

September Sixth Set – $38

Pink Lipps

Give your lips some love with a new lipstick, gloss, balm, or liner from Pink Lipps. Either way, you can’t go wrong—especially because all of the products are cruelty and paraben-free. 

If you happen to be in Kansas City, MO, you can book a full makeover session at the Pink Lipps storefront. Otherwise, try one of the everlasting liquid lipsticks for a look that will stay fresh all night long. Of the dozen colors to choose from, Lady Boss oozes that dangerously sexy vibe that’s perfect for Valentine’s day. 

Everlasting Matte Liquid Lipstick – Lady Boss – $12

Brown Estate

When you’re ready to take the evening from good to great, what better choice is there than a sweet red wine? Brown Estate is a family business that started as a homestead and grew into a winery. 

With elegant flavors and no-nonsense bottles, these wines get down to what wine is really all about. Their 2018 El Dorado Zinfandel is like Valentine’s Day in a bottle—rose petals and everything. 

2018 El Dorado Zinfandel – $60

Redd Rose

Wine may be the usual Valentine’s Day drink, but if you’re looking for something new, try this strawberry lemon vodka. American-made through and through, this drink is made by and for Black women. Stir it into a mixer or pour it over ice—you can’t go wrong. 

Redd Rose Strawberry Lemon Flavored Vodka – $25

3 Some Chocolates

Never mind this company’s high quality and fair trade chocolate, its name alone is enough to put this chocolate shop on the list. 3 Some Chocolates has blown up in the past few years, and rightfully so. 

3 Some’s signature chocolate bars are made with white, milk and dark chocolate, making them equally delicious and beautiful. Their popularity has resulted in a lot of work for the chocolatiers, leaving many of the products sold out or backed up, so get a few treats before the season of love wipes them out. Add a little strawberry to the original 3 Some bar for something appropriately pink and, thankfully, in stock. 

Strawberry Crush Bar – 3 Pack – $16

Anya Lust

If nothing else, Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to splurge on some lingerie. Wear it around the house, secretly don it when you go out, or save it for a special night. No matter what the occasion, lingerie has a way of making us feel delicious. 

Anya Lust understands that feeling and aims to provide it even when you’re scrolling through the store’s website. This beautiful babydoll is one of those perfect-for-anything pieces that you can feature on Valentine’s night, and then bring back again and again.

Janet Sheer Plus Size Babydoll – $60