Black History Month is a time for education, reflection and honoring those you have paved the way for a better world, while recognizing Black excellence. In honor of Black History Month, here are a few noteworthy trailblazers who have been passed the torch towards achieving business equity and a better Pittsburgh.

Barrel & Flow Fest

America’s best Black arts and craft beer festival, Barrel & Flow Fest, is back in action on August 12, 2023 and guess what? Tickets are on sale NOW. Get ready for one of the biggest highlights of summer at The Stacks at 3 Rivers Crossing to enjoy fine art, mouthwatering foods, Black-owned business markets, music and of course, satisfying and sudsy handcrafted beers. Plus, applications are now open for vendors, collaborators, breweries, artists and speakers so be sure to participate in this can’t-miss event. While you’re at it, be sure to rock fashionable Barrel & Flow Fest gear such as full-zip hoodies, hats, pub glasses, t-shirts, crews and more.

Eat Powersnacks™

Live a healthy, active and energized life with a bold take on snacking with Eat Powersnacks™. As seen on VegNews NBC News, Kitchn, The Breakfast Club and more, these vegan, power-fueled snacks come in delicious flavors such as Almond Butter Crunch, Red Berry Crunch and Salted Peanut Butter Crunch. Not only do they strive to donate profits back to communities and nonprofits, they also offer wholesale opportunities with businesses interested in selling nutrient-pack, plant-based snacks.

The Tiny Bookstore

Located in the North Hills, The Tiny Bookstore is a 300 sq. ft. book lover’s haven that sells books, used books, audiobooks, toys, collectibles and more. If you are thinking of a gift, this is the place to peruse a curated selection of special finds. The possibilities are endless in this tiny yet mighty space because knowledge is power. Special hours include Fridays from 4:30-6:30 PM and Saturdays from 11:30 AM – 3 PM. 

Emmanuelle Ceramics LLC

Emmanuelle Wambach, owner of Emmanuelle Ceramics LLC, launched her business in 2021 and prides herself on curating handmade ceramic dinnerware and house-wares by using hand-built and wheel-thrown ceramic techniques. Intertwining form and function, her elegant, show-stopping pieces range from plates, platters, drinkware, heart-shaped keepsakes, ornaments, bowls, floral-inspired ceramics, vases, jars, sculptures and more. Have a staple piece displayed beautifully in your home or gift it as something special to that special person in your life. She also offers custom orders.

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Colin Parrish

Colin is a Pittsburgh born and raised, daydreamer, restaurant foodie addict whose passions include running, thrifting, camping, and having a healthy amount of coffee or Malbec (depending on the time of day) . As a typical jagoff, you can catch him shopping in the Strip, running in Highland Park, or finding the best hiking views just outside of the city. He is a content manager for YaJagoff Media LLC and currently lives in Etna, PA.

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