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'Tis the season for festivities and gift-giving, but have you ever pondered the impactful purchasing influence of the African American community? The rich tradition of economic participation and spending within the Black community persists, making it all the more crucial to channel our support towards Black-owned businesses during this festive season.

As you embark on your holiday shopping spree, consider the profound significance of directing your hard-earned dollars towards sustaining and uplifting Black-owned enterprises, particularly those that have faced adversity amid the pandemic. In Tuscaloosa, local Black-owned businesses are in need of your patronage to weather the economic challenges they currently confront.

The internet has emerged as a vital tool, offering a lifeline to Black-owned businesses that may lack a physical storefront. Numerous enterprises now operate online, showcasing a diverse array of products and services. Even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, statistics revealed that only about 3% of businesses in the United States were Black-owned, with over 80% grappling with closure within their initial years of operation. This year, the rallying cry to "Buy Black" resonates more than ever, echoing the devastating impact of the coronavirus on Black-owned establishments.

KSV Restaurant-local great soul food with awesome food for your soul and belly by Joe Taylor located on Culver Road in West Tuscaloosa.

Catfish Heaven-Want a great place for great catfish, fish and wings? Try Catfish Heaven located off of Greensboro Ave, a great small place to get fresh hot food and a local African American restaurant.

The Coley Agency-Allstate Insurance from agent Michele Coley, a longtime Tuscaloosa citizen provides residents with auto insurance and more located on Hargrove Road.

Colvin's Auto Sales-the local used car dealer can find cars from everywhere. Colvin's has been on the corner of Skyland Blvd for 20 years or so and can help you find your next car.

Bail Bonds Express- Have a family member or friend in jail? Jerry Giles at Bail Bonds Express is an expert bondsman and can help with that and notary services too.

Catch A Taste-They have new 2nd location on the West End that has opened offering the best wings and food owned by Erica & David Grant.

Wills Funeral Services-owned since 1993 by Rev. Joe C. Wills offers counseling, notary and funeral services for those during their time of bereavement during the holiday season and throughout the year.

There are so many black owned businesses in Tuscaloosa from stores to restaurants to funeral homes, car dealers, and many online as well. Support and Buy Black this holiday season!

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