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Black Owned Business to Support Near MC

Now more than ever it’s very important to support the local black-owned businesses around us and to show them endless love and support. Around campus and in the Bronx, we are lucky enough to have some great businesses that are black-owned. 

Zambo Aroma

Located just on the other side of Van Cortland Park, Zambo Aroma is a health and beauty store that offers green products made at their location in the Bronx. Known as the ‘Shea Butter House of the Bronx’ they have dozens of different products that you can choose from that you know is handmade with love and care. 

Lloyds Carrot Cake

Lloyds is a staple if you go to Manhattan College or live in Riverdale. They have been open for over 30 years providing gourmet cake all over the tri-state area. Located on Broadway, and just a five-minute walk from campus makes for the perfect place to get a treat.

Papaye Restaurant

Located in Fordham Heights, this Ghanian style restaurant offers authentic African and Caribbean food that can be easily delivered to your dorm! The best part about this place is how inexpensive it is for the quality of food that you receive.


Another restaurant in the Bronx, but this one is special in its own way! It is one of the only places in the city that specializes in Togolese cuisine. The Togolese Republic is a small country in western Africa that mainly uses rice, millet, yam, and plantain in their food. This place has great reviews and great prices.

The coronavirus has impacted a lot of local and family-owned businesses, not only around the country but especially in New York City, where the epicenter is located. It is important to support these businesses that are close to us. We are lucky to be able to experience the different cultures that New York and the Bronx have to offer. We should admire and respect those cultures with pride and dignity. Black Lives Matter.



Bridget Turro

Manhattan '23

Bridget is a sophomore at Manhattan College. She is majoring in political science and minoring in woman and gender studies. She loves animals, traveling and exploring NYC.
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