Black History Month is in February.
But February is almost over. Which means, for all the great content that has come out, there are 11 other months to consider. So consider keeping the BHM support alive well past the month most companies use it for branding fodder, and instead just patronize and support these local black-owned businesses.
Below we highlight a handful located around the Pioneer Valley where Canna Provisions Holyoke, our recreational cannabis dispensary-meets-art-gallery and cafe space in downtown Holyoke, MA is located at 380 Dwight Street.
Got more spots we should hype? Send us a suggestion! We’ll keep adding to this list, and will be spotlighting black-owned businesses in the Berkshires near our Lee, MA store 300 yards off I-90/Mass Pike and the closest recreational cannabis dispensary to New York.
Duro specializes in West African culture through food that is “delicately prepared with mostly Nigerian spices”. Owner Bola grew up in a household of six siblings who all got their cooking tutorial from our beloved mom, Durojaiye, which the restaurant is named for.
Bola: “I am hopeful that this unique and culturally-focused restaurant will add value and a unique flavor to the community life of the VALLEY. This is a dream come true!”
9 College Street, South Hadley, MA.
Seeing a growth in the craft beer industry and recognizing the absence of local beer in Springfield, MA, Raymond Berry Jr. founded The White Lion Brewing Company with community in mind in 2014. After 6 years of hard work, statewide self distribution and loyal customers, they call 1500 Main Street in Springfield home. Looking for mobile beer truck and catering? They got you.
1500 Main Street, Springfield, MA.
Owner Kenny Lumpkin is a Western Mass native with over 10 years of experience in the restaurant industry and his love for jazz music and creating genuine connections with other people motivated him to open Dewey’s.
A Western Mass native, Kenny and his three sisters were raised by his mother Pamela in Springfield and Easthampton. Kenny graduated from Emmanuel College in Boston with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, and is also the owner of New Foundations Realty Group where he offers support to property owners facing financial distress. But true to supporting the local community, Dewey’s also partnered with White Lion Brewing for a special release.
232 Worthington St, Springfield, MA.
Chef Wayne Hooker is the founder, owner and culinary inspiration for Chef Wayne’s Big Mamou located at 63 Liberty Street, Springfield, MA. Back in 1996, of all the culinary experiences offered in Springfield and the surrounding communities, Cajun cuisine was not on the list. So for over two decades, The Big Mamou has been a destination for many offering made to order Cajun inspired dishes that have been featured on The Phantom Gourmet, profiled in U.S. Airways Magazine and the comic strip “Nancy”, and local newspapers.
Chef Wayne has received every accolade the region can offer for his work as a Chef, and restaurateur. The Big Mamou appears as #1 in the lower pioneer valley – based on customer reviews and feedback – on yelp and trip advisor. Chef Wayne is no stranger to business start-ups, having been co-owner and head chef to several other successful eateries including but not limited to The Big Mamou in Williamsburg, MA., Simply Southern, Hartford, CT, Pioneer Brew Pub, The Hungry Pelican – just to name a few. His newest venture, Cajun on the Go will allow him to build on the success, branding, and reputation for food quality and consistency he created with The Big Mamou adding new twist to the menu and again, finding an underserved niche in the food take-out and delivery market.
350 Worthington Street, Springfield MA.
Right next door to White Lion brewing, you’ll also find Ethnic Study a black owned café. From the site: “T.E.S. is a Black and Womxn-owned co-working space that offers small businesses, entrepreneurs, nonprofits and, creatives reliable & flexible shared workspaces, through memberships and day passes. Located in the heart of Springfield, MA, visitors, and members can share resources, intellect, and culture at our single-level workspace! The TES Cafe & Bookstore is open to the public during our regular Hours of Operation on Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 9-5pm.”
222 Worthington St. Springfield, MA
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Canna Provisions is a recreational cannabis dispensary in the Berkshires as well as a recreational cannabis dispensary in the Pioneer Valley focusing on a unique and thoughtful customer experience. We are here to guide you and towards the right provisions to fit your lifestyle, and provide knowledgeable support every step of the way. Founded by established industry pioneers with extensive cultivation, regulation and consumer sales experience, Canna Provisions stores provide a broad range of top-grade craft cannabis products that are locally sourced and thoughtfully produced. Life is a journey. No matter the path, trust Canna Provisions to better your journey. To learn more, visit CannaProvisionsGroup.com. Join us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Please Consume Responsibly. This product may cause impairment and may be habit forming. For use only by adults 21 years of age or older. Keep out of the reach of children.
This product has not been analyzed or approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is limited information on the side effects of using this product, and there may be associated health risks. Marijuana used during pregnancy and breast-feeding may pose potential harms. It is against the law to drive or operate machinery when under the influence of this product. KEEP THIS PRODUCT AWAY FROM CHILDREN. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgement. The effects of Edibles may be delayed by two hours or more. In case of accidental ingestion, contact poison control hotline 1-800-222-1222 or 9-1-1. This product may be illegal outside of MA.