August is National Black Business Month! To celebrate, we are spotlighting Black-owned businesses throughout Calvert County.
Meet Andrea Thomas! Andrea is the owner of Smelly Kids Company, which specializes in natural, hand-crafted bath and body products. Andrea and her family started Smelly Kids Company to help other families feel comfortable about what they use, while taking inspiration from kids to find what they would enjoy. That is why all of their products are "inspired by kids, for kids!"
To learn more about Andrea, Smell Kids Company and fun product scents like “Unicorn Magic” and “Blueberry Cheesecake,” visit their website www.smellykidsco.com.
Meet Elizabeth Ashley, owner of Calvert Dog Academy. Elizabeth is also one of the three dog trainers providing instruction and training to clients across Calvert County and Washington, DC.
Located in Prince Frederick, Calvert Dog Academy provides on-site and in-home dog training using fear-free training techniques. To learn more about Elizabeth and her business, visit www.calvertdogacademy.com. Foster dogs, puppies, and dogs of all ages and temperaments are welcome.
Meet Mel Lamina, owner of Mel’s Boutique Salon. With over 15 years of experience in the hair industry, Mel opened her salon in 2021. She has a passion for beauty, education, laughter and transforming her guests from the inside out.
To learn more about Mel’s Boutique, their story, and where to find them in Dunkirk visit their website at www.melsboutiquesalon.mysalononline.com.
Meet Nate Pope, owner of Chesapeake Windsail Cruises. Founded in 2018, Chesapeake Windsail Cruises specializes in daily public and private sailing cruises around the Bay and guided walking tours through North Beach.
Nate seeks to combine fine food, entertainment, and the beauty of the bay on his vessel Eternal Hope. Learn more about Nate and Chesapeake Windsail Cruises at www.chesapeakewindsailcruises.com.
Meet Saquane Johnson! Johnson is the owner of S.J. Johnson Inc., who has been proudly serving central and southern Maryland for over 15 years with propane service and pool water delivery. Johnson helps keep your family warm and cool all year round!
Based out of Huntingtown, Saquane truly believes in treating his customers the way he wants to be treated and that his employees make all the difference in the business’s success. Learn more about S.J. Johnson and their full list of services at www.sjjohnson.com.
Meet Lisa Height-Gross, owner of Loving Care Senior Services!
Loving Care Senior Services is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit residential service agency licensed through the Maryland Department of Health. They offer ideal solutions for children, adults and seniors who need assistance with daily activities such as routine personal care, laundry, mobility assistance, and other services that encourage continued independence.
Learn more about Loving Care Senior Services at www.lovingcareseniors.net.
Meet Yomi Badmus-Mumuni, owner of Kid’s Campus, an early learning center based in Dunkirk. Yomi has always had a passion for childcare and her interest in early childhood education led her to open a daycare center at her home. After several years of in-house operations, she jumped at the opportunity to purchase what is today’s Kid’s Campus.
Kid’s Campus focuses on giving young children a head-start in literacy and math skills, socialization, physical movement and other life lessons in a preschool setting. To learn more about Kid’s Campus, visit their website at www.thekidscampus.com.
Meet My Mustard Seed owner, Tresor Thomas. Tresor created My Mustard Seed, a company focused on organic, non-GMO microgreens to inspire communities to take control of wellness through plant-based products and traditional services.
Based in St. Leonard, My Mustard Seed specializes in micro-arugula, broccoli, cress, kale, kohlrabi, and mizuna as part of the Farm to Table movement. Learn more about their mission and products at www.my-mustard-seed.com/home.
Meet Leila Mitchell, owner of Naturally Silky Soap. After retiring as a pharmacist, Leila set out to create natural body products after recognizing the harmful ingredients in commercial body products.
Founded in 2014 and located in Huntingtown, Naturally Silky Soap offers handmade soaps and body products using vegan ingredients and cold-process production. To learn more, visit www.naturallysilkysoap.com.
Meet Kelly Brown, the owner of Kelly’s Kickin’ Cuisine. Located in Prince Frederick, Kelly offers dishes piled high of fried shrimp, chicken wings and other soul food entrees.
Kelly also offers macaroni and cheese, green beans, and other sides and sandwiches at her food stand. Find what Kelly’s Kickin’ Cuisine is serving on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KBKickinCuisine.