Pride’s 2017 ‘Support Local’ Holiday Gift Guide

By Jimese S. Orange

Charlotte is rich with minority-owned businesses doing big things that make gift giving easy for the holidays. Make a great impression by shopping local and supporting the community with these local goods for your loved ones. 

Manifest: 30 Days of Intentional Mantras by Kelley Carboni-Woods

Manifest: 30 Days of Intentional Mantras

This little book of uplifting, life-affirming mantras, accompanied by simple ideas of how to apply them to your daily life, is a gift with transformative power. A mantra is a mind instrument and tool that can shift thought patterns, words and actions, aiding in manifesting a life of peace, joy, freedom and love. It’s a perfect gift to give and usher in the New Year. Available locally at Revolution Ego, Park Road Books and


Jun E. Caniel’s children’s clothing collection

Jun E Caniel Cubs

For that brilliant and loved child in your life, get a onesie or shirt that says just that. Jun E Caniel’s children’s clothing collection was designed to encourage creativity, greatness and freedom of expression through wearable art, empowering slogans and imagery. 


Michael Noelle Leatherworx 


The cigar aficionado in your life will be thoroughly impressed with this accessory, designed to hold all his or hert cigar needs in one stylish place. These handcrafted, 100 percent leather cigar pouches are made with attention to detail and functionality, with sleek slots to hold a cutter, lighter and a few cigars. Other than the finest Cuban cigar, this might be the most unique gift you could give a cigar connoisseur.


Cosmosis Stones Jewelry

Cosmosis Stones Jewelry

Crystals and gemstones are believed to have the power to transmute negative energy into positive energy, by shifting the ions in the air around us. Cosmosis Stones crystal and gemstone jewelry is hand-wrapped and crafted with the intention to harness this magic for the empowerment of the wearer. Check out the jewelry collection of beautifully unique rings, necklaces, bracelets, cuffs, pendants and loc adornments on Cosmosis Stones Instagram page, and purchase select pieces at these local businesses: Mama Bessie’s, Dupp & Swat, Sanctuary Imports, Revolution Ego and Reggae Central.


It’s Poppin’ Kettle Korn


There are levels to kettle corn, and It’s Poppin’ is in a league of its own, with savory flavors such as “Fried Chicken” and “Mac N Cheese,” so close to the real deal your cravings might be satisfied with just the snack. With an array of unique sweet and savory flavors, each gourmet kettle corn recipe is a party in your mouth. Seasonal flavors such as Pumpkin Spice, Gingerbread and Peppermint Bark will be a part of Holiday Kettle Korn Tins, with your choice of three flavors starting at $25. Don’t want to order online, stop in and visit the shop inside 7th Street Market in uptown.


Jewel Scents

Jewel Scents

You’re in for more than just the delight of a rejuvenating morning dip or relaxing evening bath with these bath bombs, made with moisturizing avocado and almond oils. As the delicately fragranced bath bombs dissolve, you’ll find a wonderful surprise inside: A jewel valued from $15 to- $7,500 is hidden inside each one.