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

CirculateMKE’s mobile marketplaces connect customers to some of Milwaukee’s most diverse vendors. The market reappears this Black Friday at PEAK Initiative in the Midtown district. (File photo provided by Shalina Ali)

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

Here’s how you can shop locally and support local entrepreneurs of color today, Black Friday and beyond.

(Did we miss anything (because we tried and know we did)? Let us know in the comments or by emailing us at [email protected])

Black friday

CirculateMKE is back this year with entrepreneurs from across town. The seventh annual CirculateMKE Black Friday market takes place from 11 am to 5 pm on Friday, November 26 at PEAK Initiative, located at 2480 W. Cherry St. More information is available. here. For questions, e-mail [email protected].

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Sherman Phoenix All Black Friday features products from black entrepreneurs in the Milwaukee area. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, November 26 at the Sherman Phoenix, located at 3536 W. Fond du Lac Ave. For more information, send an email [email protected].

The Bronzeville MKE Collective Also hosts a Black Friday market with over 30 Black, Brown, Queer and Ally brands. The market runs from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, November 26 at the Bronzeville Collective location in the Harambee neighborhood, 339 W. North Ave. More information is available here.

The XEdit the event space hosts a marketplace featuring items from black and brown entrepreneurs and designers on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Stop by 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, November 26 and Saturday, November 27 to participate. More information is available here.

After Black Friday

Harold S. Vincent High School, an MPS school focused on agricultural sciences, is home to a makers market featuring items ranging from packets of popcorn to lip balms to houseplants, all grown or made by students. The market is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on December 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 7501 N. Granville Rd. More information is available here.

The Kujichagulia Holiday Market, showcasing products from the businesses of Sherman Phoenix and the Kujichagulia Producers Cooperative, provides an opportunity to meet and support local entrepreneurs. The market will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 19 at the Sherman Phoenix, located at 3536 W. Fond du Lac Ave. Singer Keshena Armon will provide live music.

MKE Black is a non-profit organization that provides a directory of black-owned businesses in the greater Milwaukee area. Its application, available here, directs you year round to black-owned businesses and organizations that provide everything from mental health resources to catering.

Bronze box offers collections of goodies all from local black-owned businesses, and 20% of the proceeds go to MKE Black. Vegan options available. Some boxes will not be available after Thursday, November 25. Order here.

BONUS: collection of gifts, registers and exchanges in our neighborhoods at the moment

Metcalfe Park Community Bridges organizes a gift drive for residents of Metcalfe Park. By December 8, choose an item from the organization’s wishlist and donate to the residents of Metcalfe Park to help spread the holiday cheer. Wish list can be found here.

The Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center organizes a toy drive for Indigenous children 18 and under. The toy drive will take place between 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on December 16. Interested parents must register by December 9 and must provide proof of at least one child living in their residence, along with the parent’s tribal ID, letter or proof of Indigenous descent. For more information, contact Alicia Terry by email at [email protected] or by phone at 414-316-5004.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee organizes a fundraiser for the benefit of young people who participate in their programs. The collection of gifts is currently underway and continues until Friday, December 10. View the gift list and buy gifts to give here.

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