TOLEDO, Ohio — Many businesses and most government offices are closed Monday in honor of Juneteenth. But what exactly is this new holiday and what is the appropriate way to celebrate it?
Juneteenth is the nation's youngest federal holiday, but its roots go back more than 150 years.
The United States celebrated its first federally-recognized Juneteenth in 2021 after President Joe Biden signed a bill creating Juneteenth National Independence Day.
Recognition of the holiday gained traction in 2020 amid nationwide protests over police killings of Black Americans including George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
Taking action can also include making a conscious effort to support local businesses within your community.
In an effort to make this more than a hashtag, we're putting together a list of businesses that are owned by Black men and women within the northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan area.
This list will continue to grow, and if you have a business to add, please text it and a description of what the business' specialty to 419-248-1100. We'd love to see pictures of the business, too!
- Ann's Bar-B-Que
- Big C's Barbeque
- The Caribbean Breeze Restaurant and Lounge
- FatBoyz by Al & Zoe
- Gottis Tacos
- HotBox Order App
- Island Soul
- J & D's Pizza
- J's Catering
- Jamaican Spice
- J'maes Home Cooking
- Jo Jo's Food Truck
- Josephine's Kitchen
- Kay's Soul Food Kitchen
- Kingdom's Kitchen Catering
- Labaron's on the Move - Toledo Wings
- Marcus's Grille & Groove
- Pawpaws Smokin Pit
- Po Mo' s ribs
- Rachel's Catering
- Ruby's Kitchen
- Smashdawgz Food Truck
- Ten7even, Breakfast/Brunch on the go service
BATH AND BODY
BARBERS AND BEAUTY
- Beauty In A Box - Non-invasive Lipo and Professional teeth whitening
- Beauty Mark Luxury Beauty Bar (opening June 20)
- Bridgette's Beauty Salon
- The Kitchen Salon
- The Lash Room
- The Nail Bar
- Paris "The Nail Surgeon"
- Platinum Sky Nail Bar & Beauty Lounge
- Powell's Barber & Beauty Supply
- Shine Boutique
- Studio 32NINE Salon Suites & Spa
- Goodbar Beauty & Aesthetics
- Pun-Kin-place Celebration Center
- Renny Chopped Em barber
- Tamed Beauty Boutique
- Hop, Skip, Jump Family Childcare, 419-699-6836
- Intellectuals Learning Center, 2101 Monroe St. Ste. C, 419-214-0530
- A Mother's Touch
CONSTRUCTION/ HOME IMPROVEMENT
GROCERIES AND CARRYOUTS
- Village Carryout, 1407 Bernath Parkway
HEALTH AND NUTRITION
- Rock It Nutrition, Meal replacing shakes and energy teas
- Twix 'n' Between - Glasses on the Go, mobile optician
UNIQUE ITEMS AND GIFTS
For more complete lists and resources, visit the following:
The Toledo African American Chamber of Commerce is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization of northwest Ohio's Black-owned businesses and corporate partners formed to accelerate economic development and entrepreneurship.
And business owners, you can permanently add your business and all its information to our Love Local directory. This is completely free and is a resource for our viewers to use to know what businesses are open, and what businesses are hiring. That can be accessed here: wtol.com/lovelocal