Shop from LEDC-supported small businesses in your area! Whether you're looking to buy from minority- or women-owned businesses, our directory is the best place to find these new and growing businesses.
Butterfly Babe’s mission is to introduce the natural world back into people's lives through art. It is their hope to restore an appreciation for nature through ethical nature art, jewelry, and home decor.
Carmen Eliam Jewelry is bold with endless imagination, and harvests your profound vision within your deep sense of self. Carmen Eliam is an artist who brings you mindfully crafted jewelry, that is unique and sophisticated, Eco-friendly, and colorful. She is passionate about her special connection with copper that allows her to craft these intricate, organic bijoux of her dreams. Each piece is carefully designed by her magical fingers with a touch of African and Parisian flair. Carmen appreciates the subtle variations that make each handmade or small-batch piece completely unique. Each piece of her collection is made with love with great creativity, skill, and attention to detail from rings, earrings, necklaces and more. Carmen Eliam is an art teacher and lifestyle consultant who lives in upper NW Washington DC.
As a little girl in Cairo, Aida Mady helped her mother bake and from there her passion blossomed. Cooking & Beyond, LLC, uses those techniques Aida learned as a child, to offer a real taste of Egypt sure to spice up your table!
Everybody’s Juice is a delivery cold-pressed juice business. They offer a variety of juices made to fit your liking. Everybody’s juice was created with a passion for health, longevity, and quality of life in mind with the idea of helping others achieve optimal health through juicing.
At Fit Tribe Wellness, their mission is to educate, motivate, and inspire women of color to unleash their inner warrior by maintaining healthy lifestyles through awareness. They help women reach their full potential by feeling and looking good.
Georgian Feast is a catering company which also sells pre-packaged food items online, to satisfy the craving for Georgian food in the Washington DC metro area. They offer healthy fresh home-style food to customers who want to discover unique and different tastes, also to those who already know Georgian food.
Imaka LLC is an apparel company that designs and manufactures women’s clothing and accessories. "Imaka" is a word from the Ibo Language of southeastern Nigeria which means "you are beautiful". At Imaka, they specialize in bold and vibrant women's wear that bring out the beauty from within effortlessly.
Since 2016, JohariMade has handcrafted over 30 different flavors of jams, jellies, and fruit butters. Although JohariMade makes traditional jams such as blueberry, grape, and strawberry, they are known for their savory jams such as mango jalapeno, carrot cake, and apple pie. JohariMade jams can be purchased locally at farmer’s markets and pop up shops, as well as online. Jam is not just for breakfast!
Just AJ’s Food makes plant based sausages and sides. They are most known for their Veenies - plant based vegan “wieners” - that are simple and incredible. Their veggies are roasted, blended with seasoning, and stuffed into a cellulose casing. Their Veenies are versatile and the possibilities are endless!
Marble Arch Gardens provides holistic nutrition and clinical herbalism services to the community, including wellness education, integrative health coaching, and natural herbal products to support a healthy lifestyle. They offer many services such as workshops, classes, and cooking demos focused on the use of natural wholesome foods to maintain wellness. They proudly offer an award winning line of herbal organic and naturally grown wellness products that include custom formulated medicinal herbal teas, tinctures, salves, creams, herbal & milk soaps, herbal massage oils, and natural aromatherapy products; culinary herb & spice blends, infused oils & vinegars, fermented foods, and other seasonal nutrition and herbal home and body care products,
Lindsey Turnbull, the founder of MissHeard Media, is a Teen Girl Whisperer, expert, and curator. Through MissHeard Media, she helps tween and teen girls feel more confident, capable, and empowered so that they can achieve their dreams. By serving young women and their families, she is creating a world where tween and teen girls feel confident, prepared, and most of all, heard.
Number 1 Sons makes traditional fermented and pickled foods from around the world. They sell directly to the DMV community through home delivery via Pickle Van home delivery or at Pickle Stands at neighborhood farmers markets.
Paintings by Tan, captures the fantasies that fill Tan's mind. She wants her students to gain the same calm and peace of mind that she does when she paints: the freedom to forget daily problems, to break the rules, to experiment, and to delight in imagination.
Peru Gift Shop offers ethical and curated gifts where every product has a story and where every purchase makes an impact on people's lives. At Perú Gift Shop they source the most ethical, socially responsible Peruvian brands a global platform while directing the world’s attention to the traditional treasures of Perú. Whether you're looking to buy handmade jewelry or crafts, Peru Gift Shop has you covered.
Plum Good LLC is a minority and woman-owned certified business. As a member of Made in DC, they sell fine herbs, spices, sauces, and gourmet snacks. From globally sourced to hometown favorites, they bring the flavor that makes delicious easy!
Shea by Shaun produces a high-quality natural skincare line using 100% unrefined Shea butter with pure essential and musk oils. Their innovative fragrances tell a story in each jar, by encouraging their customers to "Love The Skin You’re In." Their core values are to provide a sense of love, tranquility, prosperity, and humility with every made to order Shea butter cream.
STELLALTINAAN is a fashion and sartorial designer, with a main focus in dress making. Their business also makes jewelry, purses, belts, summer sandals, and home decor wall hangings.
STELLALTINAAN is the vision of Naan Pocen, born in Nigeria and trained in Italy. The label was created with a specific focus on fashion and home décor. They pride themselves on creating only limited editions, or one-of-a-kind items. All items are created locally, in Maryland because it is important to them to be a part of reducing our planet’s carbon footprint.
Although they aim to use luxurious and high-quality materials, most of the materials used in their production are locally sourced. Each design is created intentionally to be a conversation piece. Their clothing is strictly made with couture method of dressmaking.
STELLALTINAAN intentionally creates eclectic items with an exotic flare because their creative designer, Naan Pocen borrows ideas, textures and colours from the different cultures she has experienced in her travels. Today Naan Pocen uses all that exposure to create unique items combining color, texture, and comfort.
The Africa Memory Game offers board games, dolls, and children's items that make learning about the African continent fun.
They are passionate about showcasing the beauty of the African continent and spend time selecting and creating learning experiences for all ages.
The business was born from the need to create an educational tool that was fun and easy to help children increase their knowledge of the history, geography, and culture of the different countries in the continent.
They have grown so much over the years and have diversified their products to include games, books, events, toys, and a boutique of clothing and accessories sourced from their partners in Africa.
Treats for Eats makes remarkably tasty breads, savory quiches, tarts, muffins, cookies and pies that are vegan, gluten-free, and diabetic-friendly. Always made from scratch, you can assure there are no artificial colors or preservatives.
Wax Before The Fire sells candles, room mist, wax melts, moisturizing whipped soaps, and bath salts made to ignite emotions. Each candle is hand poured with bountiful amount of premium fragrance oils and cured for several days before being sold.
Suwachi is an artist, designer, entrepreneur and mother of two cats. Originally from Kyoto Japan, her cross-cultural life and design experience led her to the most recent art project, Wooden Pencil Company. Wooden Pencil Company is a paper-goods company which features her nature inspired illustrations for outdoor enthusiasts.
Yul d’UZ (“yulduz” is “star” in Uzbek) designs women’s outerwear using a traditional, handmade Central Asian material called Ikat. Ikat is a handwoven silk and cotton fabric made by master craftsmen in Uzbekistan in Fergana Valley whose families have employed the same techniques for generations. Ikat is a dyeing technique in which traditional patterns are formed by binding individual threads or bundles of threads (ikat means “to bind” in the Indonesian language) with a tight wrapping to create a desired design. This material is made either from pure silk or from a combination of cotton and silk. The versatile ikat fabrics stay cool in the summer and maintain warmth in the winter. Yulia Semchenko launched her business in the D.C. metro area in 2018. The modern design of Yul d’UZ’s jackets and vests, combined with colors and patterns from the ancient Silk Road, provides women in D.C.’s fast-moving, international environment with the opportunity to be elegant and stylish, while sharing in unique, centuries-old traditions from Central Asia. Yul d’UZ’s clients will know that the coat they are wearing is one of a kind, and will be able to share the history of the material when these bright clothes inevitable cause friends, family, acquaintances, colleagues, and even strangers to stop and admire.
The mission of the Yul d’UZ brand is to create and sell high-quality clothes made of ikat that bring joy and color into its customers everyday life. Yul d’UZ products will make people feel stylish and special while at the same time giving them a sense of the richness of Central Asia’s culture.