By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published Dec 09, 2019 at 3:01 PM Photography: Lori Fredrich

It’s time to get some of your remaining holiday shopping done. And you can do so while supporting locally owned Black businesses at the Recycle the Black Dollar Holiday Expo.

The holiday expo takes place on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Johnson Controls Volunteer Center, 200 W. Pleasant St.

The event will feature over 30 vendors offering a wide variety of goods from apparel and food products to books, calendars and beauty products. And the challenge being posed to shoppers is to purchase at least one holiday gift from a Black-owned business.

You can also feel good about how your dollars are being spent, since 10% of proceeds will benefit United Way of GMWC's Reducing Barriers to Employment initiative.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. You can RSVP online


Art and art classes
VIBEZ Creative Art Space

CreamCity Phresh LLC
Grateful Girls, Inc
JazzyRaé Jewels
Negus Enterprises LLC
Rep Wisconsin Apparel
Words & Images

City.Net Café
Soul Brew Kombucha
WineShop At Home - Samantha Mitchell

Books and Calendars

Blogs and Media
EXPOSED The Podcast

Candles and fragrances
Bado Buna Scents & Melts
Sensational Flames, LLC

A Goodman's Desserts
Delicious Bites
Kitchen Sweets Gourmet Pound Cake
My Sweet Thang

Food, sauces and spices
A Tasty Bite Of Heaven
Kreative Fruitz by Imani Raiyne
Mr. Greens
Garden of Eden Kingdom Living
Little Junior's Gourmet Sauces

Hair, skin and beauty
Simplistic BSC
Mary Kay - Christal Woodruff

Jewelry and accessories
Causey Custom Creations
Celebrate Jewelry
FlyBlooms by Funky Fly FlowerChild
Papyrus & Charms

Wellness and coaching
Believe University
Elevated Healing: Massage by La
The Brimful Life

The RTB$ Holiday Expo is sponsored by the African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, Cordavii Brand Consulting, The Business Council and The Woodruff Group.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.

Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

Lo's recipes and writing have been featured in a variety of publications including GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cheese Connoisseur, Cooking Light, Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the blog Go Bold with Butter, the web site Wisconsin Cheese Talk, and in the quarterly online magazine Grate. Pair. Share.