About Us

The Black Book was created with the purpose of finding a way for the public to locate Black crafters in our community. The idea was to help consumers find and support Black crafters in the community.

Meet the founder

Reina Ciccarone is the Founder and the CEO of the black book, a New York Capital Region’s locally run black business website directory. The idea came about on a Saturday morning while Reina was having a cup of coffee with her husband, Tony. Reina has always loved attending boutiques and craft shows but recognized that many of the business owners were white and there wasn’t much of any representation of where to find or locate black-owned craft businesses.

As a Black and Hispanic woman, she set out to create The Black Book, an online community to help support black crafters in the New York Capital District.