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Celebrating seven Black-owned businesses in London

Written by on March 30, 2021

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With the spotlight heavily focused on shopping local this year, the London Free Press is highlighting seven Black entrepreneurs in London who have weathered the storm throughout the pandemic and are continuing to offer unique, high-quality products and services to all Londoners.

See how you can support the Black community in London by visiting a number of links provided by Black Lives Matter London here. You can also support Black Lives Matter Canada through a monetary donation here.


Athletic Fluency

Athletic Fluency strives to provide service to anyone who walks through its doors. Whether it be helping someone recover from a broken back and be able to workout in a full range of movements pain-free, or an athlete looking to jump to the professional ranks in their respective sport and not only land, but excel at a high level.

The pandemic has certainly impacted Athletic Fluency, but with anything in life, they have adapted to the challenges and continued to push forward. They have offered online support and training programs from home during the lockdown, and will continue to offer those options for people not ready to come back. It’s been a devastating time for many locally-owned businesses and they are truly thankful to be able to open their doors again and continue to do what they love.

Website: www.athleticfluency.com

Address: 379 Dundas St., London, Ontario, N6B 1V5

Phone: 519-770-7721

Instagram: @athleticfluency


Berhan Immigration and Settlement Services Inc.

Berhan Immigration and Settlement Services Inc. is a Black-owned and operated immigration and settlement consulting firm. Yerusalem Berhane – the Immigration Consultant, is licensed and regulated by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council; certified Interpreter and Translator for Amharic and Tigrigna Languages; and boasts over 20 years’ experience working with immigrants and refugees.

Services:
Immigration including, but not limited to: Visitor, Work and Super Visas; Study Permit; Family Sponsorship; LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment); Express Entry (Canadian Experience Class and Federal Skilled Worker);
Settlement including, but not limited to: Finding Housing, School matching, transportation and linking with other service providers etc.

They pride themselves on providing high-quality, professional and timely services to all clients.

Website: www.berhanimmigration.com

Address: 536 Queens Ave. Suite 203, London, ON N6B 1Y8

Phone: 519-868-4352

Email: info@berhanimmigration.com


Bic Souvlaki

Alan Weekes had his eyes on Bic Souvlaki for 3 years prior to purchasing in September 2019. The local landlord and correctional officer got cold feet initially, but when the opportunity arose again in 2019 he jumped all over it and hasn’t looked back since.

Bic Souvlaki brings an infusion of Greek and Mediterranean cuisine right to our city! Their food truck is beside the train tracks, conveniently located for late night great eats. They are currently open for takeout and delivery through Uber Eats and Skip The Dishes. With goals to change up how they provide service, Alan hopes to one day soon enjoy a pint on the patio space at Bic Souvlaki.

With enhanced cleaning protocols, they are committed to providing Londoners with nothing but the highest-quality dining experience and nothing is more important to them than the health, safety, and well-being of their guests and Bic Souvlaki’s team.

Open daily 6pm to 3:30am, 7 days a week. They look forward to seeing you soon!

Website: www.bicsouvlaki.ca

Address: 709 Richmond St., London, ON.

Phone: (519) 433-0046


Christopher Uwagboe, Barrister & Solicitor

Christopher Uwagboe, Barrister and Solicitor, Professional Corporation is a boutique law firm founded in 2011 and located in the heart of downtown London, Ontario. The Nigerian-Guyanese founder was born and raised in London and has an innate ethical and moral interest in the pursuit of justice for all.

A former prosecutor and now a trial and appellate advocate, Christopher delivers professionalism and legal expertise devised on each individual’s needs. This firm is client-centered and embraces all types of federal and provincial matters throughout Ontario.

Their mission is to advocate zealously for their clients’ rights at every stage of their criminal, immigration, provincial offences, and real estate matters. The practice reflects the diversity of the community it services. Client’s trust in the experience and professionalism of the firm. No matter the background or personal challenges of each client, their reputation is that of a law practice that achieves results.

Website: www.londonlegalcounsel.com

Address: 66 Fullarton Street, London, ON, N6A 1K1

Phone: 519-204-2580

Email: chris@londonlegalcounsel.com


Damian Box Branding® & Design

Damian Box Branding® is a Boutique Design Studio that collaborates with lifestyle businesses, service-based clients and national companies to clearly establish authentic brand identities through a design-first approach. Creative Director and Brand Consultant Damian Box RGD (Registered Graphic Designer) has over a decade of experience building value for businesses by conveying their unique brand story. Whether you’re an established business or have a new venture and want to better position yourself in the market, they offer brand strategies, logo systems, websites, digital advertisements, social media, signage, packaging, business cards, outdoor billboards, vehicle wraps, and so much more! Their goal is to help bring the vision of your business to life.

Website: www.damianbox.com

Address: 205 Horton St. E, Suite 201, 2nd Floor, London, ON N6B 1K7

Phone: 519-639-0582

Instagram: @damianboxbranding


London French Day Care Centre

London French Day Care Centre invites all families to “give the gift of the French language to their children”. At London French Day Care Centre, the amazing staff aspires to meet the needs of every child by offering a safe, warm and stimulating environment conducive to their development. Their goal is to allow children to develop according to their particular talents and personal resources, to flourish as an autonomous and creative person, to enter into relationships with others and to interact with their environment.

During the pandemic, their services have been limited to regular full-time services. Their Saturday, part-time and occasional childcare services are temporarily suspended. Call today to inquire about centre-based child care services and upcoming home-based childcare services.

Website: www.londonfrenchdaycare.ca

Address: 1050 Kipps Lane, London

Phone: 519-439-5192

Email: info@londonfrenchdaycare.ca


The Fix Inc.

The Fix Inc. Beauty Salon is a Black-owned business conveniently located in the East end of London, Ontario. Founded in September of 2019, the purple door store front has an atmosphere that is welcoming, elegant and spacious. Here you’ll find friendly Barbers and Stylists with extensive experience, knowledge, and care techniques for hair of all ethnicities and styles. They have a wide range of services including cuts, shaves and fades by the #FadePlug Lonnycuts, oil treatments, relaxers, texturizing, coloring, braids, cornrows, dreadlock and sister lock maintenance, weave installations and wig repairs. They believe in bringing out the beauty from within. Check them out today!

Website: www.thefixincbeauty.com

Address: 2-725 Hamilton Rd London, Ontario, N5V4M2

Phone: 519-452-4866

Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday & Sunday, Closed *strictly open by appointment only

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