February is Black History Month

To honour that, The Niagara Herbalist will be featuring some local black-owned businesses/entrepreneurs throughout the month. Our goal is to connect our community to these amazing individuals and establishments.


@chancemutuku helps small to medium sized local businesses look their best and attract more customers through Creative Marketing.

He is the founder of BBBBLANC* (@bbbblanc.ca), a design and creative marketing studio based in St.Catharines. They create elegant branding and logos that match your vision, websites that actually get you customers and they produce digital content that keeps all the eyes on your business. Their mission is to use their services to help local businesses look their best and to reach their full potential!

To get in touch with Chance you can DM him on his socials or visit bbbblanc.ca for more information.

@_zomy is the founder of Trybe Meals (@trybemeals), a food delivery service based out of Niagara.

Coming to Canada alone at the age of 16 with no idea how to prepare or find delicious healthy meals, he soon fell into the western fast-food trap and climbed up to 300lbs.

Determined to find himself again, he worked through excuses and bad habits linked to food and body-image. In the process, he developed discipline and learned how to exercise intensely and cook more nutritious meals. He lost 100 lbs and quickly understood how easy it actually was to maintain a healthy lifestyle. After refining his recipes through collaborations with professional cooks and nutritionists, he has put together a collection of his favourite macro-balanced meals during his natural 100lbs transformation.

His goal is to share these delicious meals with many other health-conscious individuals who refuse to eat bland diet food all across the Niagara region and eventually Ontario-wide!

For more information, please visit Trybe Meals

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Chantal is the owner of Olive & Ronnie Candles (@oliveandronnie), a Niagara-based luxury aromatherapy brand. She first started her business (then called Meraki Aromatherapy) two years ago after hurting her back at work. What began as a sidle hustle quickly turned into a full time gig once the pandemic hit. This is when Chantal really started to pursue her passion and rebranded as Olive & Ronnie.

Olive & Ronnie candles are made with a special coconut wax blend and scented with high-quality fragrance and essential oils. Olive & Ronnie also prides itself on the fact that their candles are paraben and phthalate-free. With scents like Fuzzy Peach and Lilac Fields theres sure to be a candle for everyone.

For more information, please visit Olive & Ronnie

After relocating from the GTA, Traie has called Niagara home for the past 12 years. During this time, he has acquired valuable knowledge of the Niagara Region, developed strong interpersonal skills, gained extensive sales experience and enjoyed customer service-related positions in the service and sales industry.

Having recently graduated from Niagara College with a diploma in Sales and Marketing, Traie focused on Real Estate Sales as his desired career path. He successfully completed his Real Estate Licensing exams and is thrilled to be able to put his knowledge and customer service experience to work for you!

Traie’s passion for Real Estate, combined with his interest in investment properties and his proven standard of service are invaluable assets as he assists his friends, family and clients, on their journey to find their dream home or perfect income property.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to Traie and let him put his experience to work for you! Traie can be contacted at (905) 347-2021


Tara started baking pies back in her high school Food & Nutrition class. Outside of the classroom she continued to bake pies for family and close friends and it is through their encouragement that Itty Bitty Pie Company (@ittybittypie) was born.

Tara and her team have been producing quality sweet and savoury pies since 2011. All of their sweet and savoury fillings are cooked in small batches to ensure flavour and consistency. Each filling is nestled in their hand rolled vegetable shortening pastry and filled with quality ingredients. They produce all of their food with love and care, in their on site kitchen on Secord Drive in St. Catharines.

Tara and her team strive to create the freshest and most delicious pies in the Niagara Region, and are continually adding to their menu to help you rediscover pies in a whole new way!

For more information, please visit the Itty Bitty Pie Company

Untitled & United (@untitledandunited) is a broadcasting company that uses content production to learn about society’s issues. They highlight existing solutions to everyday problems and create new ones. Their solutions are based on innovative research and problem-solving techniques. Their narratives challenge those responsible for improving the way of life in order to achieve widespread equality and empowerment. The goal is to control the narrative, and create a platform that supports representation.

For more information please visit the Untitled & United


Nateila’s passion for health and wellness began when she became a mother. The more she read the more she became interested in all natural remedies & cures.

Her current line of products contain all natural essential oils and carrier oils infused with petals. All of her products are in BPA free containers and focus on different areas of the hair and skin. She currently offers facial oils, hair growth oil, cuticle oil, whipped body butter, oil pulling solution and curling cream.

Nateila’s goal with Herblyss (@Herblyss) is to create products that are beneficial and affordable. She wants to continue to use these natural resources to create products that customers can rely on and feel confident in.

To contact Nateila, send her a DM or click here to email her.