Editor’s note: Minority-owned small businesses are more likely to fail during COVID. We asked Alex Horton, executive director of the International District Economic Development Center, what retailers we can reach out to and support this holiday season.

Diversify Your Gift Giving

Mothership Alumni

This is a Black-owned arts collective providing economic opportunities for local artists. The artists featured are working to change the perception of what New Mexican art should be. Shop online for locally designed apparel, pottery framed art and more.

105 Fourth St. SW.

A Taste of the Caribbean

This tiny, Black-owned restaurant features authentic family recipes and cuisine of the Caribbean. The owners started by cooking in the Albuquerque Pavilion at Expo New Mexico before moving to their current location across from UNM. They offer delivery with Doordash. Call for gift options.

2720 Central Ave. SE.

Rude Boy Cookies

Have a treat with some Black-owned specialty cookies. The name “Rude Boy” is rooted in ska music and Jamaican culture. Santa’s cookies never looked (and tasted) so good with a creative twist! Pre-order online for curbside pickup or use the convenient walk-up window to pick your own dozen. 

115 Harvard Ave. SE.

Trendz Beauty Supply

Trendz is Albuquerque’s Black-owned local beauty supply shop. All of their wigs are made with 100 percent human hair. Call ahead for curbside pickup.  See holiday sales online at trendzbeautysupply.com.

4301 Menaul Blvd NE
(505) 881-4777 

Baskets of Africa

This place is a treasure-trove of baskets, jewelry and art. All pieces are fair-trade from African nations and locally produced baskets by African crafters.

714 Eubank Blvd. NE.
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