National Black Business Month: Businesses You Should Check Out

National Black Business Month

It’s Friday!!! As promised, here is my list of Black-owned businesses you can support during National Black Business Month! I will be back next Friday with five more Black-owned businesses for you to explore.

The McBride Sisters

You know I am going to spotlight wine! I told you that when I got all settled in, I would be ordering from the McBride Sisters. If you enjoy wine, you should check them out as well. Not to mention, their story is interesting.

The Literacy Shop

Leslie Crawford decided she wanted kids to be excited about reading again. After being told by a group of kids they did not enjoy reading because there were no books they can relate to, Leslie founded The Literacy Shop. This site is a great place to go if you are looking for children’s books that feature children of color.

Busy Believer Candles

Porsha Kwasikpui is rocking it out on the candle scene. Everyone loves the Vibe candle that she created for me. If you are interested in other great scents, you definitely should check out her site. You will not be disappointed.

Because of Them We Can Boxes

OMG! I wish these boxes were available when my two oldest daughters were growing up. I spent so much time trying to create ways to get them engaged and interested in learning more about their history. Sometimes my projects were an epic fail. These boxes are a fantastic tool if you are looking to get children engaged and interested in Black History.

“Leticia, the owner, and creator of Monkeybeadz has been creating FUNKY and FLY bracelets since 2003. She is a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. She resides in North Carolina with her husband Mark T. Macon.” Leticia’s creations can be found on Instagram @monkeybeadzlady


I love Leticia Macon’s jewelry so much that I had her make beaded charm bracelets exclusively for Tonza D. Ruffin LLC. If you are a jewelry lover, she has such a wide array of styles and designs you have to check her out. Check her out on Instagram @monkeybeadz.

Let me know what you think once you check these businesses out!

Much Love,


Published by Tonza D. Ruffin

Perfectly Imperfect but VERY PROUD WOMAN, MOM, LAWYER, and AUTHOR, but most importantly...LIFE LOVER! I laugh loud, I work hard, I play hard, I am adventurous, I am curious, I am driven, I have moments of deep insecurity, I am loving, I am vulnerable, I am explosive (not one of my finer qualities), I dance around my house alone, I am an awful perfectionist which makes my insecurity worse, I sing out loud in my car without any concern for whose watching, I have trust issues, I do not live through my children, I no longer try to force my children into the mold that I created so that I could feel validated as a mother, I am a risk-taker, I am guarded in my personal life, I am kind, I am grateful. I am so excited about the rest of my life!

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