By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Dec 09, 2019 at 3:01 PM Photography: Lori Fredrich

It’s time to get some of your remaining holiday shopping done. And you can do so while supporting locally owned Black businesses at the Recycle the Black Dollar Holiday Expo.

The holiday expo takes place on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Johnson Controls Volunteer Center, 200 W. Pleasant St.

The event will feature over 30 vendors offering a wide variety of goods from apparel and food products to books, calendars and beauty products. And the challenge being posed to shoppers is to purchase at least one holiday gift from a Black-owned business.

You can also feel good about how your dollars are being spent, since 10% of proceeds will benefit United Way of GMWC's Reducing Barriers to Employment initiative.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. You can RSVP online


Art and art classes
VIBEZ Creative Art Space

CreamCity Phresh LLC
Grateful Girls, Inc
JazzyRaé Jewels
Negus Enterprises LLC
Rep Wisconsin Apparel
Words & Images

City.Net Café
Soul Brew Kombucha
WineShop At Home - Samantha Mitchell

Books and Calendars

Blogs and Media
EXPOSED The Podcast

Candles and fragrances
Bado Buna Scents & Melts
Sensational Flames, LLC

A Goodman's Desserts
Delicious Bites
Kitchen Sweets Gourmet Pound Cake
My Sweet Thang

Food, sauces and spices
A Tasty Bite Of Heaven
Kreative Fruitz by Imani Raiyne
Mr. Greens
Garden of Eden Kingdom Living
Little Junior's Gourmet Sauces

Hair, skin and beauty
Simplistic BSC
Mary Kay - Christal Woodruff

Jewelry and accessories
Causey Custom Creations
Celebrate Jewelry
FlyBlooms by Funky Fly FlowerChild
Papyrus & Charms

Wellness and coaching
Believe University
Elevated Healing: Massage by La
The Brimful Life

The RTB$ Holiday Expo is sponsored by the African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, Cordavii Brand Consulting, The Business Council and The Woodruff Group.

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.