Like many of you, over the last week, we have made it our mission to find as many ways as possible that we can lift up the Black community. While we can’t all join the protests, we can put our money where our mouth is. As businesses begin to open back up and you think about treating yourself to a spa day or as you hunt for a new gym, keep these businesses in mind (click the name to open their website!).
Safety Side Up’s classes and workplace trainings provide emergency skills for everyone from office workers to babysitters. They are a proud Authorized Provider of American Heart Association and EMS Safety’s CPR/First Aid/AED programs and certifications. You can book pandemic-friendly small group classes to ensure your family, team or staff know how to respond in crisis.
Need a new dentist? Look no further than this centrally located office founded by Dr. Nicole Apollon-Chirouze.
Nestled within their space Milieu PDX, co-founders Ayomide & Kian serve up chocolates tailored to different physical cycles, made with ethically sourced cacao.
Get dancing with instructor Nisi Harrell. According to one class-goer, “The environment is electric, people building each other up, laughter, smiles. Soon you realize you’ve let it all go and you’re just having a good time. And oh yay. You totally learn how to twerk in the process. “ Nisi is offering virtual classes now, but follow @twerknfab to find out when in-person classes are back.
Licensed massage therapist Niema Lightseed Wilson provides therapeutic services like deep tissue massage, neuromuscular therapy , proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, myofascial massage, Reiki energy work and other methods to promote radical healing and physical wellness. She’s currently offering Telehealth sessions to begin treatments for new patients.
By using the natural healing modalities of acupuncture, herbal and nutritional treatments, Black Pearl is dedicated to creating a healing environment to help you live life in optimal health and well being. Most insurance providers are accepted and you can have a free 15-minute consultation with founder Sita Symonette.
Founder David Levy’s matrix fitness system has taken off at its two locations in Portland and on their virtual sessions. Fulcrum’s workouts apply body-wise techniques to a CrossFit-style workout, in order to prevent injury while getting the most out of strength training and cardio.
R Lee’s Aroma Rocks
It’s an inhaler! It’s a diffuser! Its… Aroma Rocks! These essential oil infused river stones are a natural, peaceful way to get a breath of fresh air wherever you go. According to their site, “our products are more than salt, oil and scents mixed together. They have “purpose” and are created in the same fashion a chef creates a fine dish…from scratch with the right combination of great ingredients, great aroma, and lots of love. We use mineral rich salts, over 12 herbs and spices, nine moisturizing oils and butters, bees wax, aloe vera, oatmeal, tea, and high quality essential oils. All ingredients have unique body nourishing and healing properties.”
These silky creams super relaxing and 100% customizable with more essential oils than you can imagine! Plus they also run R&ARIE Heroes, a Facebook group that provides a safe space to discuss the importance of self care and supporting small businesses and disadvantaged citizens, especially BIPOC.
Find a full directory of Portland businesses at mercatuspdx.com. They’ve put in the long, hard hours of collecting info for Black-owned businesses across the tri-met area, and we couldn’t have made this list without them.
Farm to Fit is a Portland-area healthy meal delivery service with operations the greater metro region, Vancouver, Wash. and Salem. Each week, we craft fully prepared, locally sourced, portion controlled meals chock full of fresh locally sourced vegetables, whole carbs and healthy proteins.