(You'd think in a big ol' black city like Chicago -- I'm from the South Side of Chicago and black -- they'd find a lots of products to "buy black" from, but I see they're actually living in Oak Park, a Chicago suburb, so that does make a difference.)
Okay, but I see in the below video they found a great grocery store in Chicago -- the only black-owned fresh food/grocery store in Illinois! -- called Farmer's Best located at 1424 West 47th Street that has all this fresh food daily. Next time I'm in the Chi, I gotta remember that... ...and Maggie found shoes at Sensual Steps Shoe Salon at 4518 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, Illinois -- hey, do you all have size 11? John found a dry cleaner and a basketball buddy in Evan's Cleaners at 1510 Madison Blvd. in Maywood, Illinois...Phone: (708) 681-5118 And importantly, Maggie found a great hangout spot in my old stomping ground of Hyde Park in Park 52 Restaurant at 5201 S. Harper Ave. in Chicago, Illinois -- Phone: (773) 241-5200 -- That food looks good. I want to go there!
Will you buy black with John and Maggie Anderson?
Ay yi yi, the thought of it all at once sends my head into a tizzy, relocated here in the lush green valley of Ohio. I just searched the black pages for grocery stores in Akron, and got no results. Can that be true? Maybe I just didn't try enough names. I think the Henry's Acme store near my old church went out of business from lack of customers. I don't even know if I ever shopped there. Guilt inducing me now...
Anyway, I see their buy black empowerment experiment website, but I can't find their Facebook page for the life of me. Hit me up with a link, will ya? Anyone who knows it, please leave a comment.
I even searched for black-owned banks in Chicago and it only turned up one on the Black Pages. Is that really right? Our family has been dealing with Seaway National Bank on Chicago's south side for years, and all this time I've been thinking it's a black bank!
If we could just get a little more organization this growing movement may prove successful, if it's meant to be.
Maggie says she calls the Chicago Urban League when she needs to find a black-owned business. I'm trying to find a better place to find black-owned businesses online.
Of course, how'd you like it if there were a "Buy White Movement"...
...I can hear the argument now. Some would say there's been an unspoken "buy white movement" for years, and harken back to the days when blacks had to buy black because our ancestors weren't allowed in white stores.
It will be really interesting to see how this buy black thing turns out.