MILWAUKEE — Saturday is expected to be among the busiest shopping days of the year. But before you head out to a big box store or the delay of an endangered ship, the Historic King Drive Business Improvement District hopes to keep your dollars in the area.
Other businesses highlighted ahead of the holiday shopping weekend are Bronzeville Collective, Maranta Plant Shop, Honey Bee Sage, Birdsong’s, Spinn and Pete’s Fruit Market. We talked to a few of those stores about what they have to offer.
Angela Mallett is the owner of Honey Bee Sage, an herbal apothecary and gift shop. The King Drive location opened three weeks ago.
Mallett is a massage therapist by training and has always had an interest in healing herbs.
“It has been part of African American heritage and the heritage of indigenous peoples around the world to use natural resources or natural methods for their well-being,” Mallett said.
In the shop they sell different herbs and their own tea blends. They also sell natural body products made by other local vendors.
“This is an important time for small businesses, especially as we approach the time for people to come in and maybe not buy as much for the next few months. This is a good time to help us grow a little bit,” Mallett said.
Honey Bee Sage also offers a place for those who may just need a break from the holiday madness. Inside the shop there is hot tea and non-alcoholic drinks.
That is part of our goal, to have a community in this area,” he said.
Half a block down from Honey Bee Sage is Maranta’s botanical shop, which offers a tropical escape this time of year.
Monse Tavares has owned a plant shop since opening its doors in 2021. She hopes her neighbors will consider supporting local businesses this holiday season.
“It is important because you are helping the community, people in the community, and you actually know that the money will be invested back into the business,” said Tavares.
In addition, she says plants make a unique gift and suggests giving a snake plant or zz.
“Although flowers are beautiful, as you know they eventually die. That’s why plants are a great gift… you get to see them grow over the years,” said Tavares.
Another store to check out is Birdsong’s on the corner of King Dr. and North Ave. This shop is King Dr’s food, which has been on the road for 18 years.
“Keeping it in the community is very important,” said owner Edgar Birdsong.
This weekend is Birdsong’s annual sale, which means everything in the store is 25% off.
“We sell over 700 different perfumes, oils and essential oils. We have lotions, shower gels, body butters, massage oils.”
All those businesses are owned by BIPOC.
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