Get ready to shop! From gourmet cupcakes to bold head wraps to flowers and baby gear, shop these Black Owned Bos. brands.
Boston, MA – August 2, 2022 – A special edition of Boston Seaport by WS Development’s iconic retail incubator, The Current, brings together an exciting collection of nine Black-owned, small businesses during National Black Business Month. Following the ongoing success of the Seaport x Black Owned Bos. Market, this iteration of The Current expands on Boston Seaport’s partnership with Black Owned Bos. and offers a diverse new line-up. Look for cruelty-free, vegan and plant-based holistic skin care brand, Brown and Coconut; delicious gourmet cupcakes and treats from Caked; beautiful floral arrangements from Centerpiece Flower Shop; baby and kids gear from Hip Baby Gear; natural candles and incense from Lifebloom; wholesome snacks from Nüssli118; luxury African-inspired accessories from Tafari Wraps; and loose leaf tea and tea based spa products from The TéSpa. Extending their time at The Current from the Spring 2022 season is sustainable and inclusive baby products and accessories brand, Little Cocoa Bean Company. The Current will be open August 17 through September 25, 2022 and is located at 100 Seaport Boulevard, adjacent to Seaport Common. www.atthecurrent.com
“We are grateful to Black Owned Bos. for continuing to partner with WS in ways that are meaningful to so many talented Black entrepreneurs and emerging brands. As we celebrate National Black Business Month, we are thrilled to launch this special edition of The Current, and we know shoppers will be delighted to discover all they have to offer,” says Carina Donoso, Senior Director of Retail Experience & Incubation, at WS Development.
“Black Owned Bos. is excited to support The Current Season 9 and about the opportunity to collaborate with WS Development on their signature retail incubator in the Seaport. Impactful support and wraparound services are crucial to success as a small business,” says Jae’da Turner, Founder & Managing Director Black Owned Bos.
The Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECMA) will support Black Owned Bos. and its takeover at The Current by providing each of the nine participating Black owned businesses with $1,000 micro grants as well as digital devices such as iPads, mobile hotspots and Square payment readers. “Inclusion of Black-owned businesses is an important step toward closing the racial wealth gap that exists in our city,” says Nicole Obi, President and CEO of BECMA. “We’re excited to build on the success of this partnership by supporting Black retailers, in the Seaport area, in a scalable and sustainable manner.”
In celebration of The Current’s opening on Wednesday, August 17, Seaport will host live music by Super Smash Broz and Italian ice from The Slush Lady on Seaport Common, 3pm – 5pm.
For guests seeking a great workout in between shopping on opening day, Seaport Sweat (also on Seaport Common) will offer a high energy Athletic Conditioning class with Michael Soares at 5:30pm followed by Pilates Fusion with Britney Willingham at 6:30pm.
Seaport will continue to host its Seaport x Black Owned Bos. Market on Seaport Common, with remaining dates of August 27 and August 28, September 25 and October 16, 2022. Since 2020, WS Development has worked with Black Owned Bos. on their Seaport x Black Owned Bos. market series, to spotlight local Black entrepreneurs and artisans. This effort has extended to a year round partnership with other exciting pop-up experiences like The Holiday Market at Snowport and now The Current.
The Current is located at 100 Seaport Boulevard, alongside Seaport Common. Below are details on the new edition of The Current; shops will be open seven days a week, Monday to Friday from 11am – 7pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12pm – 6pm. Look for more information and further updates at www.atthecurrent.com and @seaportbos.
Brown and Coconut
Featuring hydrating face and body oils, clarifying kale masks, moisturizing body butter and more, this women owned company was recently awarded by Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston 2022 for “Best Clean Beauty Line.” Sisters Zeena and Letisha founded the Medford based Brown and Coconut when they saw a space in the market for holistic skin care that actually worked. Each product focuses on delivering results through gentle, non-irritating elements and all of the products are cruelty-free, vegan, and plant-based. Each product is packaged in glass bottles that can be reused and recycled. www.brownandcoconut.com | @brownandcoconut
Caked is a small gourmet bakery based in Boston offering cupcakes, toaster tarts and truffle balls that are made fresh daily and are free of artificial colors and preservatives. Founded by Lauren King who followed a dream and turned it into a business, Caked’s whimsical flavors include Chicken and Waffles cupcakes topped with maple syrup frosting and a mini waffle, Basic Chick with espresso vanilla bean frosting and caramel sauce, and creations inspired by s’mores, cannoli, and cinnamon French toast, to name a few. www.cakedboston.com | @cakedboston
Centerpiece Flower Shop
Founded by Angel Diaz in 2020 in Roxbury, Centerpiece Flower Shop is known for its delicate and beautiful arrangements. From hand-tied bouquets, dish garden arrangements, and dried florals to gifting ideas, Angel works to create unique, stylish and stunning displays of the freshest flowers, using only seasonal flowers and greens. Centerpiece Flower Shop was recently awarded by Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston 2022 for “Best Florist.” www.thecenterpieceflowershop.com | @thecenterpieceflowershop
Hip Baby Gear
Hip Baby Gear was created by husband and wife duo Michael and Jami Reyes, to be a staple for all baby and kids’ needs. With a shop in Marblehead, Hip Baby Gear features modern products for babies, kids and mamas, placing an emphasis on all natural and organic products, including strollers, cribs and high chairs along with other must-haves in clothing, personal care, accessories and gift ideas. www.hipbabygear.com | @hipbabygear
To enhance the human experience through handmade products that bring nature home, Lifebloom was created by husband and wife duo Eric and Megan after a weekend getaway in Vermont. Wishing to bring their favorite aspects of the outdoors home, they created candles that evoked memories of nature. All home fragrance products are 100% natural and crafted by hand, including hand poured, natural candles in handmade concrete vessels, wax melts, Palo Santo incense and Palo Santo smudge bowls. www.lifebloomcandles.com | @lifebloom
Little Cocoa Bean Company
Little Cocoa Bean Company was founded by mom, home chef and CEO Tracy Skelly who saw a lack of inclusivity within the realm of baby products. Little Cocoa Bean Company is dedicated to both educating and providing resources for parents and guardians by creating chic and sustainable baby products and accessories. With focused charitability, the company gives back to the community by dedicating a portion of product profits to organizations aiding in social and environmental causes, as well as helping those in need. Little Cocoa Bean Company remains at The Current following its successes from the previous 8th edition. www.littlecocoabeanco.com | @littlecocoabeanco
This woman owned business was founded by Angela Hofman, a former architect turned foodie. To heal herself from her struggles of chronic discomfort, Angela took control of her health and educated herself about the healing power of food, diving deep into nutrition, creating Nüssli118 by offering truly nourishing, plant-based snacks. With a mission to help people feel great through healthy and delicious foods, this Cambridge based business offers products that are simply prepared, using the best, organic ingredients: raw, sprouted nuts and seeds, naturally sweet fruits, fresh vegetables and fair trade spices. Angela uses a traditional dehydration method on all of her food to obtain the highest nutrition possible with creations including cashew espresso blondies, lemon ginger squares, sprouted pear cardamom nut granola, vegan tiramisu and so much more. www.nussli118.com | @nussli118
Created by a mother-daughter team based in Fort Point, Tafari Wraps is a luxury design house and resource celebrating and preserving Afro-Diasporic Culture through the functional art of luxury headwraps, home décor, fashion, and art education. The brand’s products are inspired by the vibrancy of the Caribbean and the landscape of Africa with cutting-edge designs, all made in Tafari Wraps’ Boston atelier. As a resource, its headwrap consultations, group Wrapshop and Creating Textiles with Adinkra Symbols workshop drive cultural competency while encouraging Black Diasporians to reconnect with their ancestral heritage. Tafari’s Wrapshops have been endorsed by the American Cancer Society, Massachusetts Cancer Coalition and the Lupus Foundation of New England. Tafari Wraps was recently awarded by Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston 2022 for “Best Hair Accessories.” www.tafariwraps.com | @tafariwraps
Owner Alexis Jones used her culinary background to develop unique blends of tea, originating from her love for food, inspired by her grandmother whom would cook every night for their family, and her father, whom tended their garden and made cooking fun with his at-home cooking competitions. As Boston’s first black woman-owned tea company, The TéSpa returns to Boston Seaport after a successful season at The Holiday Market at Snowport to offer its own hand blends of loose-leaf tea plus a variety of tea based spa oils and bath soaks. Products include Citrus Rose Té, BeauTé Hydrating Facial Mist, Mint Lemongrass Oil Té Roll-On, Flower Power Toner with Aloe and more. www.thetespa.com | @thetespa
About Black Owned Bos.: Officially launched in March 2019 as a platform and resource to highlight and lift Black owned businesses, places, spaces and the people moving the culture forward in the Greater Boston area, Black Owned Bos. (pronounced “boss”) has transformed and expanded into a powerhouse business services and consulting agency. As a community centric and mission driven for profit business, Black Owned Bos. creates spaces to amplify, incubate, and support through strategic partnerships, intentional projects, and curated retail opportunities. For more information visit www.blackownedbos.com, follow @blackownedbos on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok, and Black Owned Bos. on Facebook.
About BECMA: The mission of the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts, Inc. (BECMA) is to advance the economic well-being of Black businesses, organizations that serve the Black community, and Black residents of Massachusetts. With a growing membership of businesses, students, and individuals, it has the mandate to connect Black businesses to lucrative opportunities and to advocate on the policy and community level for Black economic interests. “For more information on advocacy and membership, visit www.BECMA.org or call 857-308-4623. Also, follow @BECMAInc on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
About Boston Seaport: Culture, industry and community converge making Boston’s Seaport district a dynamic and vibrant area that has quickly emerged as one of the most exciting neighborhoods and destinations in the country. Seaport is currently Boston’s single largest development project. WS Development is transforming 33 acres of waterfront land with a carefully selected mix of residential, hotel, office, retail, entertainment, civic and cultural uses, and public open space across the district. Combining the best of historic and modern-day Boston, Seaport is the destination for fashion, culture, arts, dining and entertainment, and technology and life sciences, expanding Boston’s position as one of the top cities in the world for innovation, science, and quality of life. For more information visit www.bostonseaport.xyz, follow Boston Seaport on Facebook, and @SeaportBos on Instagram and Twitter.
About WS Development: Massachusetts-based WS Development is a mixed-use developer with a singular mission: creating places people want to be. With an approach that values art, science, innovation and, above all else, people, WS strives to engage each community it serves with best-in-class installations and activations. Established in 1990, WS is a vertically-integrated company that conceptualizes, owns, operates and leases more than 100 properties that range from cutting-edge urban spaces to lifestyle and community centers. With over 22 million square feet of existing space and an additional nine million square feet under development, it is one of the largest privately-owned development firms in the country. For more information, visit www.wsdevelopment.com, call 617.232.8900 or follow WS Development on LinkedIn.