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This new Hamilton shop puts Black-owned businesses front and centre

Heads up, Hamilton: a new storefront is getting ready to open its doors with a focus on uplifting local Black-owned businesses and makers.

The forthcoming retail shop is called Ark Collective, and they’ve started to get some early buzz going as plans for this exciting new local staple get underway.

“We at Ark Collective believe that buying & shopping Black is a way to empower our community and also support businesses owners,” reads a message from Ark Collective on social media.

While details of the shop’s location and opening date are still under wraps, Ark Collective forecasts a Spring 2022 arrival, launching with a lineup of products exclusively by Black-owned businesses and purveyors from Hamilton and beyond.

Ark Collective has also been asking locals to offer suggestions for Black-owned businesses whose products should be featured in the store, and businesses like local beauty shop Fancy French and tea company Botanically Blended have been named.

What products will ultimately line the shelves at Ark Collective is still a mystery, but locals can follow the company on social media here to stay updated!

Lead image courtesy of @ark_collectivehamilton

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