Shopping with Storycatchers Theatre
In the spirit of Black History Month, Storycatchers staff and youth compiled a list of 28+ Black-owned businesses that value representation and community. We’re celebrating brick and mortar options for Chicago locals and great online shops for our out-of-town followers.
Happy Black History Month and happy shopping!
Purchase from Storycatchers’ Ensemble Members
Our ‘Shop Black-Owned with Storycatchers’ list starts with businesses founded and owned by current ensemble members and alumni of our Changing Voices post-release program.
Founded by a DA, a Changing Voices alum from the Saucy CV Ensemble, Merch Chicago is a streetwear brand dedicated to the city. Its online store is full of screen-printed designs showing off love for Chicagoans (regardless of their 312 or 773 area code 😀).
The Ingenious Brand
Founded by Leeko, also from the Saucy CV Ensemble, The Ingenious Brand is an Instagram-only store (for the time being) with the mission of making clothing that looks and feels original and inventive. Make sure to send him a selfie after you receive your purchase!
Lived Through Hell
This collection of poetry by a current member of Changing Voices, Zarria, “is devoted to all those who feel alone. If you’ve ever faced rape, abandonment, betrayal, or heartbreak – You are not alone. Live to tell your story.”
Our Favorite Chicago and Online Shops
Below are Black-owned businesses recommended by Storycatchers staff and youth. Each recommendation represents our values of community, relationship building, and healing through our stories.
Mimi’s Tot Closet
The Work Spot
An Orange Moon
Semicolon Bookstore & Gallery
Bundles of Joy
Hyde Park Hair Salon
Bettye O Day Spa
Jordan’s Beauty Supply
Forty Acres Fresh Market
Batter and Berries
Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat
Two Fish Crab Shack
Brown Sugar Bakery
The Hot Dog Box