We’re proud to support black-owned businesses all year long.

When it comes to the Intentionalist journey to date, black-owned businesses have featured prominently. Several of the first handful of business owners we met back when we first started out were Lillian Rambus, owner of Simply Soulful, Tracy Gates, owner of Busy Bee Café, and Donna Moodie, owner of Marjorie.

Two years later, it has been awesome to learn that the platform and community we’ve built is connecting folks to black-owned businesses in Seattle (and beyond), highlighting the many ways that local businesses are so much more than the products and services they sell.

“Intentionalist is a vital resource for connecting communities – not only within your own demographics and industry, but especially to search for and support other communities and businesses. My team and I used Intentionalist while planning our numerous Black History Month Celebration events, particularly for The Soul of Seattle. We are thankful that Intentionalist exists and proud to be a part of the Intentionalist community.” – Edouardo Jordan

Ready to #SpendLikeItMatters and support Seattle’s black-owned businesses as a part of your Black History Month celebration?

Here’s what’s on our In-TEN-tional-List:

  1. Ready. Set. Spend Like It Matters. Get rewarded for visiting and checking-in to black-owned businesses throughout February. Really.
  2. Flowers Just 4-U Roses are red. Violets are blue. We’re proud to support the region’s only black-owned florist, and so should you!
  3. Intentionalist Black History Month Brunch at The Jerk Shack – February 16th – 11 AM.
  4. Métier Brewing If you haven’t yet checked out Washington state’s first and only black-owned brewery, what are you waiting for?
  5. The Ride Yes, you will sweat at Aina Williams and Carrie Stengel’s cycling studio. And you will love it.
  6. Cafe Selam Treat yourself to Abebu Wondem’s warm hospitality and delicious Ethiopian food.
  7. Tougo Coffee – Yesler, Café Avole, and Cortona Café are all great black-owned coffee shops where you can use an Intentionalist Gift Card.
  8. City Sweats While infrared sauna therapy is great year round, the cooler temperatures outside make Dee Alam’s wellness sanctuary the perfect place to escape the rain.
  9. Plum Chopped If you already know and love Plum Bistro, you’ll want to be sure to also visit Makini Howell’s vegan salad bar.
  10. Andro Kelli Wimbley-Dinh has created Everyone’s barbershop, a welcoming and safe space for the queer community and women.

Bonus: We’re incredibly excited to support The Soul of Seattle on February 7th, which will feature so many Intentionalist black-owned businesses! Don’t have tickets to this sold out Urban League of Seattle fundraiser? Rest assured there are a lot of great events throughout Black History Month, including several more hosted by Edouardo Jordan.

Don’t live in the greater Seattle area and/or curious about awesome black-owned businesses in other cities? We’ll have a blog for that! Check out all of our Black History Month content and events here.


Thanks for all that you do to #SpendLikeItMatters – shop small, buy local, and #BeIntentional! Discover awesome brick + mortar small businesses in your community, suggest your favorites, and be sure that you’re following us on social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter).

Intentionalist is your local guide to small businesses and the diverse people behind them. We believe that where you spend your money matters, and we’re sure glad you do too! Whether you identify as a localist, activist, or just a good neighbor, we make it easy for you to connect with, learn about, and support small businesses in your community through everyday decisions about where you eat, drink, and shop.

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