Three brightly painted shipping containers stand out amongst the rows of wooden huts at LOVE Park’s Christmas Village this year. Each container is a storefront. All three displaying the wares of local Black and brown Philadelphia businesses.

A new program has recruited local, minority-owned vendors to Christmas Village. These merchants will sell a variety of local, handmade gift items. Gift items for sale include food, drink, fashion, home goods, arts and crafts.

Parks & Rec partnered with the City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce to award grants to three community organizations. These organizations help diverse entrepreneurs in Philadelphia grow and sustain their businesses. They are:

  • Magic Makers Marketing Collective.
  • Sable Collective. 
  • The Welcoming Center.

The program’s purpose is to support Philadelphia’s minority entrepreneurs. Giving them space in one of the city’s most popular public spaces is important. There, they can showcase their products to the entire city!

Look out for these participating local businesses in the repurposed shipping containers.

The Magic Makers Marketing Collective presents:

  • Just Keebs
  • Faiya Company
  • Queen and Rook Cafe
  • Pound Cake Heaven
  • Gynger Tea
  • Marsh + Mane
  • Weloveyousis Apothecary
  • She’s Phenomenal Fashions
  • Our Village

The Sable Collective presents: 

  • Zelik
  • Stone Cooper
  • Keta Handmade
  • By Ren
  • Point Blank Limited
  • Jalmodovar
  • Natural Glamour Bomb
  • Mishal
  • Heirloom spiritual apothecary
  • Brkfst in March
  • Rachel Stewart
  • Ariance
  • Boho Gal

The Welcoming Center presents:

  • By Foras
  • Xuipuipilli-Martinez
  • Bellasporsiempre C
  • Una Pizca de amor
  • Tenangos Philly
  • Creaciones con amor
  • Pieces de Mi Alma
  • Pupuseria y artesania leticia
  • Patty Gonzalez Basket and Gift Shop
  • Mochi’Bay Arts
  • Chocolate Arts and Crafts
  • Yemisi Art
  • Daisy Designs
  • Strong Woman Design
  • Artesania Mundo de Queen
  • July Gonzalez
  • Mildred Cano

Christmas Village is open daily from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. through December 24.