How to support Milwaukee entrepreneurs of color on Black Friday (and beyond)

CirculateMKE’s mobile markets connect customers with some of Milwaukee’s diverse vendors. The market is reappearing this Black Friday at the PEAK initiative in the Midtown district. (File photo provided by Shalina Ali)

There are many ways to shop for gifts on Black Friday, but it can be difficult to find places where the money you spend stays in our neighborhoods.

So today, on Black Friday and beyond, you can shop locally and support local colored entrepreneurs.

(Did we miss something (because we tried and we knew we did)? Let us know in the comments or email it at [email protected])

Black Friday

CirculateMKE is back this year with entrepreneurs from all over the city. The seventh annual CirculateMKE Black Friday market takes place on Friday, November 26th from 11am to 5pm at the PEAK Initiative at 2480 W. Cherry St. More information is available here. Email if you have any questions [email protected].

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Sherman Phoenix All Black Friday offers products from black entrepreneurs in the Milwaukee area. The event will take place on Friday, November 26th, 11 am-5pm at Sherman Phoenix, 3536 W. Fond du Lac Ave. instead of. You will receive further information by email [email protected].

The Bronzeville collective MKE also hosts a Black Friday market with over 30 Black, Brown, Queer and Ally brands. The market will be held on Friday, November 26th from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Bronzeville Collective’s location in the Harambee neighborhood, 339 W. North Ave. More information is available here.

the X Change Event space hosts a market of items from Black and Brown entrepreneurs and creatives on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Stop by on Friday, November 26th and Saturday, November 27th between 11am and 4pm to participate. More information is available here.

After Black Friday

Harold S. Vincent High School, an MPS school specializing in agricultural science, hosts a maker market of items from popcorn boxes to lip balms to houseplants, all of which are grown or made by students. The market will be held on December 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th from 4pm to 6pm at 7501 N. Granville Rd. More information is available here.

the Choosing a holiday market, with products from Sherman Phoenix Companies and the Kujichagulia Producers Cooperative, offers the opportunity to meet and support local entrepreneurs. The market takes place on Sunday, December 19, from 12pm to 5pm at Sherman Phoenix, 3536 W. Fond du Lac Ave. instead of. Singer Keshena Armon will provide the live music.

MKE black is a non-profit that maintains a directory of Black-owned businesses in the greater Milwaukee area. His app, available here, directs you year-round to black-owned companies and organizations providing everything from mental health resources to catering.

Bronze box offers collections of goodies, all of which are owned by local Black owned businesses, and 20% of profits go to MKE Black. Vegan options available. Some boxes will no longer be available after Thursday, November 25th. Order here.

BONUS: Gift promotions, registrations and exchanges in our neighborhoods are now taking place

Community Bridges Metcalfe Park organizes a fundraiser for the residents of Metcalfe Park. By December 8th, choose an item from the organization’s wish list and donate to Metcalfe Park residents to get the Christmas spirit going. You can find the wish list here.

the Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center organizes a toy campaign for local children up to the age of 18. The toy campaign will take place on December 16. between 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Interested parents must register by December 9th. register and submit proof of at least one child living in their place of residence as well as the tribal ID of the parents or proof of native ancestry. For more information, contact Alicia Terry via email at [email protected] or by phone at 414-316-5004.

the Boys and girls clubs in the greater Milwaukee area runs a fundraiser for the youth who participate in their programs. The fundraiser is currently running and will run until Friday December 10th. View the gift list and buy gifts to donate here.

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