Target Facebook shopping group one of several centered on Black women

Mark A. Carlson

While some retailers fail to support Black lives, there is a growing trend of shopping groups on social media created for and by Black women propelling social change. For them, shopping isn’t just about products. It’s about community building, bonding over buying and, sometimes, encouraging multi-generational Black wealth.

Too often, there aren’t spaces exclusively for the collective joy and protection of Black women, especially on the internet, group leaders say. When Black women aren’t co-opted, assimilated, or silenced, they add, they thrive.

USA TODAY spoke with Black women online groups for Trader Joe’s, Costco, Target and Starbucks by Zoom and email. Here’s what they had to say.

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Black girls in Trader Joe’s Instagram group

An Instagram group with 218,000 members, Black

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Women’s History Month 2022: Shop 17 women-owned businesses

Mark A. Carlson

March is Women’s History Month, and there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate. We can educate ourselves with books, podcasts and documentaries, we can lift up the amazing women in our lives, and we can show our support with our dollars by shopping women-owned businesses. To help with that last one, we’ve rounded up 17 of our favorite female-led businesses available on QVC and HSN, from a clothing line designed to celebrate curves to a makeup brand that’s inclusive of all skin tones.

Whether you’re in the market for fashion, beauty products, home goods or kitchenware, this list has it all. Keep scrolling to learn more about the creative, inspiring women behind these businesses — and for 51 great products to shop from them.

Women-owned fashion and accessories

Fashion influencer Tanesha Awasthi founded the blog Girl with Curves in 2011, covering trends, style tips, beauty advice, wellness and more

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Here’s How Much Women Can Save Buying the Men’s Version of These 8 Products

Mark A. Carlson
Mother and Daughter Shopping in Supermarket stock photo

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The pink tax is real: products marketed toward women tend to cost more than the same products for men. On average, personal care items that are marked “for women” cost 7% more than ones aimed at men. Most of the time, these products have very little difference when it comes to performance, or the men’s version is actually crafted better than the one geared toward women.

No one actually cares which version you buy, so you might as well buy the better, cheaper version. Here’s some men’s items that women should definitely buy next time they’re shopping. 

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Target Prices

  • Women’s 5 Blade Disposable Razors Pack of 5: $4.89
  • Men’s Triple Blade Sensitive Skin Disposable Razor Pack of 8: $3.79

If you’re still buying pink razors, it’s time

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15 Women-Owned Food Brands You Can Shop Right Now

Mark A. Carlson

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Arguably the best part about celebrating any holiday is all the good food you get to enjoy throughout the season. There’s pumpkin-spice-flavored everything during the fall, peppermint and gingerbread all December long, pastel-colored sweets leading up to Easter — the list goes on. As for Women’s History Month in March with International Women’s Day on March 8, there’s an equally delicious way to celebrate, and that’s by supporting a woman-owned-and-operated food brand.

There are plenty of tasty name-brand options on the market, but Women’s History Month is as good a time as any to instead buy from the many food businesses powered by women entrepreneurship. Whether it be gluten-free beer that actually tastes good

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Woman’s Dismembered Body Is Found in Shopping Cart in Brooklyn

Mark A. Carlson

Police officers found a grisly scene outside a Brooklyn pawnshop early Thursday after a 911 caller discovered a woman’s dismembered torso that had been stuffed into a shopping cart.

The unidentified body had been placed in a large bag that was inside the shopping cart, the police said. It was found in a mostly industrial section of East New York, Brooklyn, near Broadway Junction, where roadways and elevated subway lines crisscross storefronts and warehouses near a parkway entrance.

The police released few details, other than to say that the investigation was ongoing and that the medical examiner would determine the cause of death.

Yellow police tape surrounded the pawnshop — its steel shutters down — at the northwest corner of Pennsylvania and Atlantic Avenues on Thursday, with detectives and uniformed officers milling inside the cordon, denying shoppers entry to a small construction supply store on Atlantic Avenue that was also

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8 Ways To Save On Amazing Toiletry & Beauty Products

Mark A. Carlson

The average woman spends $313 a month on everything from haircuts to razors. But if you enjoy your beauty routines, you shouldn’t have to cut them out of your budget altogether! Using the best tricks to save here and there will help you hold onto your hard-earned cash while still finding excellent products. After talking to experts, we uncovered the best ways to do just that while spending less.

Nab 50 percent off makeup.

According to Heather Lovett, money-saving expert at Deal News, you should always track special deals on beauty products held by department stores. “It may seem like high-end cosmetics never go on sale, but most department stores offer special events where you can score them for a steal!” she says. “For example, at Macy holds a biannual 10 Days of Glam sale (this year, it was held from October 15 to 24), during which you can

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Clayton Echard sends Sarah, Genevieve home before rose ceremony

Mark A. Carlson

Over the course of my first full season of watching ABC’s “The Bachelor,” I have been studying Mizzou’s own Clayton Echard. Fans in the #BachelorNation have given him a lot of grief over the season for being boring, criticizing his (admittedly) questionable character judgment skills and wondering why the series went from the first Black Bachelor to … a man whose defining character trait is his desire for marriage.

A part of me does feel for the guy — there’s a lot of vulnerability at stake when you put your search for love out there in front of the world, which can be as cold and unforgiving as, well, Shanae. But another part of me can’t help but notice the innate inequity of what Clayton is asking of the nine women who remain.

What happened last week?:Mizzou football alum Clayton Echard grows closer to Susie, Rachel during trip to

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News List | City of Clearwater, FL

Mark A. Carlson

CLEARWATER, Fla. – With great excitement, the popular Saturday Morning Shoppe market announces its debut in the city of Clearwater this month, presenting “Shopping with a Vibe”.

Enjoy live entertainment, games, foodie competitions, arts & crafts, line dancing, bounce houses and some of the best food in town.

The event is in collaboration with the Clearwater Urban Leadership Coalition and the city of Clearwater, and will take place on Saturday, February 26, at the Walter C. Campbell Park in Clearwater from 3 to 8 p.m. The market will bring vendors from all over the region for a one-of-a-kind shopping and entertainment experience in Clearwater. 

Renee Edwards, Saturday Morning Shoppe founder, partnered with the Clearwater Urban Leadership Coalition to provide economic development opportunities to the community, with a strong focus on minority and women-owned businesses.

The growth of the Saturday Morning Shoppe has been remarkable, making its mark in cities nationwide

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How to shop for jeans for curvy women, according to stylists

Mark A. Carlson

Shopping for a pair of new jeans is a task that most women dread and do their best to avoid for as long as possible. Unfortunately, there’s no way to get around it when your favorite pair succumbs to one of various mishaps — your thighs constantly rubbing together which leads to a rip in the fabric or a belt loop breaks from repeatedly pulling them up — or they just simply don’t fit any longer.

If you have a curvy body, you’re probably all too familiar with some of these experiences, especially the first two. Shopping for anything from activewear to dresses can feel like an impossible mission, but jeans are an entirely different beast. To help alleviate some of the burden that comes with jean shopping, Shop TODAY spoke to a few stylists for their best tips to make it easier for you.

What to look for when

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How to shop for jeans for tall women, according to experts

Mark A. Carlson

Being a tall woman has its perks — always being able to reach the top shelf and seeing over the tops of people’s heads at concerts, for starters — but all good things come at a price. In this case, that price is struggling to find jeans that are long enough for your legs.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average height of women over the age of 20 is 63.5 inches, or just under 5 feet, 4 inches. While anything above that is technically considered above average, the struggle for full-length jeans intensifies as you approach and surpass 5 feet, 9 inches.

The lack of quality jeans for taller women on the market is not lost on denim atelier Benjamin Talley Smith. “I do think it’s a tough jean to find. [It’s] probably an underserved customer base because it feels like we do

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Amazon Shoppers Love This Packable Columbia Women’s Rain Jacket

Mark A. Carlson

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For travel, commuting, and everyday life, a good rain jacket is a must-have. When selecting one, you’ll want to take note of several features to ensure you’re getting the best of the best: durability, breathability, and a completely waterproof exterior, to name a few. However, you can also lean on trusted names like Columbia, which has been a customer-loved brand for outdoor-ready apparel for years, and it’s no surprise why. Whether you’re in the market for hiking pants, trail running shoes, or, in this case, a rain jacket, Columbia has you covered, and its price points are somewhat more accessible than those of other giants in the outdoor space.

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Man charged with indecent assault after girls and women attacked on bus and at Marion shopping centre

Mark A. Carlson

A man who allegedly assaulted five girls and women at an Adelaide shopping centre and on a public bus on Sunday has been arrested and charged.

Police said one of the victims was just 12 years old, and that not all of them had yet been identified.

Police were called to Westfield Marion Shopping Centre at Oaklands Park just after 11am and spoke to several young victims.

It is alleged the 29-year-old suspect was on a public bus, travelling from O’Halloran Hill along Chandlers Hill Road to the shopping complex, when he assaulted one of the victims.

When the bus stopped at Marion Interchange, he allegedly followed the girls into the centre and

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U.S. women shut down Finland, advance to gold medal game

Mark A. Carlson

The Finns finally managed to solve Cavallini in the third period with the goalie pulled, but it was too little too late with only 26 seconds remaining on the clock. Abby Roque swiftly reclaimed the three-goal lead after the Finland tally with an empty-netter in the game’s dying seconds, sealing the win for the Americans and propelling them one step close to a successful title defense.

Just as many expected before the women’s hockey tournament even began, the U.S. and Canada are indeed meeting once again in the gold medal game. They’ve faced off in the women’s hockey final in five of the last six Olympics since 1998, when women’s hockey first became an official event at the Winter Games. Since then, they’ve formed one of the best rivalries in all of sports — if not the best.

“We are just so excited. This is what we have been playing

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Jerome Chazen, Original Partner in Liz Claiborne Empire, Dies at 94

Mark A. Carlson

Jerome A. Chazen, an original partner in the Liz Claiborne company, which helped reshape how career women dress, died on Sunday at his home in Upper Nyack, N.Y. He was 94.

The death was confirmed by his son, David.

Mr. Chazen was a driving force behind Liz Claiborne Inc. as it outfitted a generation of women in corporate life looking beyond Brooks Brothers blouses with bows. His fruitful relationships with department stores paid dividends just as malls began to take over American retail shopping. Women’s Wear Daily called him “one of the architects of the apparel giant’s phenomenal growth in the ’80s.”

Liz Claiborne, founded in 1976, grew to become the largest apparel company in the country, offering working women an affordable alternative to high-end designers like Calvin Klein and Bill Blass. It established itself with retailers by producing and delivering entire collections of coordinated separates meant to be worn

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Glendale shopping districts to honor women friendships with Galentine’s Day event

Mark A. Carlson

PHOENIX — Fans of the hit television show “Parks and Recreation” know about the unique holiday of Galentine’s Day, and women can celebrate it in Glendale two days before Valentine’s Day.

Galentine’s Day honors the friendship women share and first appeared in 2010 on an episode of the series that ran from 2009 to 2015 on NBC.

Locally-owned businesses in Glendale’s Catlin Court and Old Towne shopping districts are observing the holiday on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with various activities.

“There will be fun things to do along the way including make and take activities, fun photo ops, lovely gift ideas at the unique boutiques and specialty shops and sweet treats to satisfy your sweet tooth at the iconic eateries,” Valerie Burner, Galentine’s Day chairperson and owner of Bears & More, said in a press release.

“You can also follow the Historic Downtown Glendale Charm Trail to

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Boho-chic women’s boutique strolls into buzzy Woodway shopping hub

Mark A. Carlson

A buzzy boutique boasting oh-so-NOLA vibes is headed to an equally buzzy Houston shopping hub. Hemline, the fashion-forward women’s clothing store founded in New Orleans, will open its sixth location on Woodway this spring.

The new locale (1391 S. Voss Rd.) will be nestled in the shopping center at Woodway and S. Voss Road, neighboring familiar clothing spots Paris Texas Apparel Co and Emerson Sloan.

Shoppers can expect a variety of boho-chic apparel, shoes, and accessories for ladies of all ages. Highlighted brands include Misa Los Angeles, Dolce Vita, Sofia, Hunter Bell NYC, and Cami NYC.

The new Woodway outpost is considered a much-needed contemporary boutique for the Memorial, Tanglewood, and Briargrove neighborhoods. It joins Houston presences in River Oaks, The Heights, Rice Village, CityCentre, and The Woodlands.=

“We have a very engaging community here at Hemline,” said franchisee Shannon Martin in a statement.

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34 best Valentine’s Day sales at J. Crew, lululemon and more

Mark A. Carlson

The day of love is finally here, and that means it’s time to pop open the wine and indulge in the chocolate.

Whether you are spending Valentine’s Day with a romantic partner, your best gal pals or your furry friend — no matter what, you’ll love these sweet deals currently available online.

We found sales and deals from top brands such as J. Crew, lululemon, Coach Outlet, Kate Spade and more.

Snag a new sweater, a discounted pair of jeans or even a gift basket to send as a post-Valentine’s Day gift.

Go ahead, treat yourself or a loved one to these can’t-beat deals we found down below.

Happy Valentine’s day shopping!

Searching for a sweet deal on women’s clothing? Then take 50% off select women’s sale sweaters and shoes

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Women and Minority Small Business Market Live Home Shopping Event

Mark A. Carlson

The Women and Minority Small Business Market Live showcase will feature products from local, Black-owned small businesses at 10 a.m. every Saturday in February, starting Feb. 5, on Channel 40 app available on Roku. Channel 40 is a minority owned local streaming service.
Clothing and apparel, fashion accessories, jewelry and beauty products are just some of the products available for shoppers to purchase.
This live shopping experience is a new, creative way to provide opportunities for local vendors reach customers as COVID-19 has made this difficult to do. We remain dedicated to keeping everyone safe while keeping our local businesses afloat.
The Minority and Small Business Market Live is brought to you by Jael LLC, Indy Chapter of IBE and the Indianapolis Recorder.

Businesses featured February 5th, 2022
Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper
2901 N. Tacoma Ave., Indpls,IN
(317) 924-5143

Hollywood Accessories
(317) 201-6599
[email protected]

Beyond Barcodes Bookstore
(765) 271-5537

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Single Women Increasingly Are Buying Homes Solo

Mark A. Carlson

When the pandemic locked down the nation, Kristin Howard had lived in the same one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles for 16 years. Suddenly, her home became her office, and her space went from suitable to cramped.

So Howard decided to buy a place. After struggling to find a home in her price range in Los Angeles’ notoriously unaffordable housing market, Howard landed a single-family house for $760,000.

Howard made the purchase as a single woman, and soaring home prices made the process a challenge. “It was extremely stressful,” she says. “Everything is so expensive.”

By buying a home solo, Howard unknowingly joined a trend: Single women are a growing force in the housing market.

The National Association of Realtors says single women made up 19 percent of all homebuyers in 2021, a share that has been trending up since it hit a low point of 15 percent in 2014. Single

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KC Black Owned urging folks to support Black businesses

Mark A. Carlson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Black female entrepreneurs are helping spread awareness about not only shopping local but shopping Black during months other than February.

“KC Black Owned, we are not just here during Black History Month or during Juneteenth, we are in the community year round,” said Chelsea, owner of KC Black Owned.

A pop-up event Saturday hosted by KC Black Owned was held at 3630 Main inside Shop Local KC to celebrate Black female entrepreneurs.

“It is a challenge, one to be a female because it is an old boys club. To be a business owner and to be an entrepreneur is mainly men, and on top of that, it’s a challenge because I am African American,” said Lanesha Frazier, co-owner of Bliss Books and Wine. “So you don’t see too many of those people, people like me that look like me that are out here doing

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