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This Traveler Takes Us To Her Favorite Black-Owned Spots In Barbados

By DeAnna Taylor

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For traveler and social entrepreneur, Jenell Stewart, finding Black-owned businesses while on a trip is very important. The New York native recently took a baecation with her husband to beautiful Barbados, for a little rest and relaxation.

During their getaway, the couple had the opportunity to support a few Black-owned businesses.

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“Whenever I travel I actively seek out Black-owned businesses to patronize because I believe it is my duty to give back and support other Black business owners, as well as create opportunities for them to grow and get future business by sharing my experiences on my social platforms,” Jenell Stewart told Travel Noire.

Stewart notes that the hospitality of the Bajan people was unmatched.

“There’s a very laid-back vibe among the residents in Barbados and they go out of their way to make you feel welcome and at home.”

When asked what Black-owned establishments stood out to her, she mentioned: Escape Spa and Rejuvenation Lounge, Medford Craft World, and Oistins Fish Fry.

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“What drew me into Escape Spa and Rejuvenation Lounge was how friendly Don and the staff was,” Stewart said. “I also appreciated the variety of services offered at the spa from the full body massage, pedicure, and facials that were offered at great prices. The atmosphere was relaxing and welcoming and I quickly fell asleep during one of the best full-body massages I’ve ever received in my life. “

While at Medford Craft World, she had the opportunity to create her own souvenir to take home. When you first see the building, you think that it’s just a regular house. But, once inside you’re able to see the amazing Barbados mahogany that owner Reggie Medford creates.

“His staff is small, but Reggie’s pride in his work and his contribution to Barbadian culture through his craft was evident.  He educated us on the process of mahogany making, and took his time.”

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Seeing the large crowds of people gathered at Oistins Fish Fry is what drew Stewart and her husband in. Although they were visiting during the low season, they couldn’t help but notice the number of people still hanging out there.

“I actually spent a whole hour watching people having fun and line dancing on the beach,” she said. “The oceanfront view is breathtaking and ultimately, Oistins was a highlight of my stay due to its delicious food and chill atmosphere.”

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Stewart pointed out that travelers of color should seek out businesses of color across the world, to help uplift our brothers and sisters globally.

To catch more from Jenell and her travels, you can find her on all social media platforms at @jenellbstewart.

Related: The 5 Most Beautiful Places To Stay In Barbados

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DeAnna Taylor

DeAnna Taylor is a criminal defense Attorney turned travel blogger, author, and writer. While Charlotte, NC (her hometown) is her base, she's always somewhere on a plane. Catch her on IG: @brokeandabroadlife.

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