The presumption is that most businesses in the Black Community are owned by other ethnic groups and unfortunately when people talk about local African-American owned establishments, all they talk about is hair & nail salons, barbershops and soul food spots.
While they too do offer vital services for the community, we are so much more than that. It’s so important that we keep our Black Dollars within our community. So lets ALL shop BLACK and support our black-owned businesses. On this page, we are sharing a few Black-Owned Boutique in the Lower Hudson Valley and surrounding area to shop and Follow!!! Each and every one of these stores offer something different.
Check them out. #SupportBlackBusinesses #BlackBusinessesMatter
The INSPO Boutique (Pelham, NY)
“I sparked my dream once the current president of the United States won the election,” explained Ginji. It may sound eccentric but, makes well-grounded sense. A space with fresh organic pieces made for the lover of those who want to stand out in a crowd.
***UPDATE*** We interrupt you regularly scheduled program because we have been informed that this Black-Owned business has closed permanently, but I leave it, for now, to show how our local black businesses are being crippled by the Coronavirus Pandemic and the need for us to come out strong and support the ones that are still opened and struggling. You will now be returned to your regularly scheduled program already in progress!!!
Ginji and her mom Janice are co-owners of I N S P O located in Pelham, New York. Inspo is a popular term in our hashtag internet world. It is a short term for “inspiration” which is the passion to make someone want to do something or gives someone an idea about what to do or create. Ginji expressed, “I wanted it to be a source of inspiration with a vision of a boutique for as long as I could remember. When my mom started painting a couple of years ago we originally discussed opening an art gallery.”
Simultaneously dreams came together producing a lifestyle boutique.
The owners of I N S P O are local residents of Westchester as well. Janice and co-owner Ginji owns a home in Fleetwood, and Ginji resides in a condo with her husband in downtown New Rochelle. What began as a pastime for us both has grown into a lifelong passion. Their experiences throughout the years created the foundation for their current venture now. This journey, past and present, is our inspo! Their goal is beautiful simplicity, in all genres of life. “I truly hope that mantra will translate into the overall feel of our boutique.”
“I N S P O is a lifestyle boutique owned by the daughter-mommy duo.” Gin and Jan (respectively), offer a cornucopia style infused with art, clothing, and lifestyle items. Their pieces are a classic blend of casual, work, and play. Most items are individually sewn out of a small design studio in Manhattan. Sizes include Small, Medium, and Large with plans to expand in the near future.
Periodically you will find outside artwork but, currently, all artwork is original and hand-painted by artist and co-owner, Janice Harding (aka Jan).
In addition, I N S P O offer artisanal pieces by various jewelry designers, hand-painted accessories and greeting cards and all-natural body products and vegan soy candles by “ReBourné” – Cynthia Turnquest-Jones
Weezie D Ladies Boutique (Bronxville)
The place to “find a wide variety of fun, flirty designer-inspired dresses, fashion-forward tops, must-have handbags, and up-to-the-minute accessories at this trendy yet classic boutique for fashionable women of all ages and budgets,” – Westchester Magazine
Weezie D. offers everything from women’s clothing to jewelry, handbags, scarves, and hair accessories, and is Westchester’s premier one-stop-shop for trendy women of many ages. Weezie D. opened in 2005 in Bronxville, New York, and just celebrated its 13-year anniversary this past October.
The quaint boutique shop has been named Best of Westchester in the
Ladies Clothing Store category for three years –2014, 2015, and 2017.
The shop participates in community service including its Holiday Toy Drive benefiting Providence House in New Rochelle. Throughout the year it also hosts several “Sip & Shop” events for local non-profit organizations and donates proceeds of sales to each organization.
The shop’s mantra is “Get out of the Box and Into Weezie D.” BW
Entertainment Feature Writer Samantha Hunter included Weezie D in her column ‘These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things” in Black Westchester’s January 2018 issue.