50 Black-owned businesses to support
Story | Shaelee Haaf
At Drexell and Honeybee’s, you won’t find prices on their menu. At this donation-only restaurant where people from all walks of life are welcome, owners Lisa and Freddie Thomas-McMillan believe “food is about the joy of serving others. And that doesn’t come with a price tag.”
Named as the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year for Lemonade Day in Alaska, Aaliyah and Amiyah’s business features fresh-squeezed, frozen lemonade and sweet treats.
As subscription boxes continue to rise in popularity, this Phoenix-based company fills packages full of goodies from a variety of Black-owned businesses and sends them out four times a year.
Created by a mother-daughter duo inspired by family and community, Post21 is described as a “modern shopping experience celebrating Black-owned brands.”
In every “Cheer Chest” is an assortment of hand-picked and customizable gifts that give back to the community. With every purchase, 5% of the proceeds are donated to those in need to keep on “passing the cheer.”
An interactive online bookstore focused on immersing communities in a reading culture experience through book clubs, virtual events and blog posts.
Featured on TLC’s Cake Boss, Chef Dana Herbert, also known as “The Sugar Daddy,” bakes and decorates custom desserts, and on top of creating sugary confections, Herbert offers virtual cooking classes.
Nene’s Fem Heath wellness shop features handmade, organic and vegan-friendly products. From menstrual needs to coming-of-age workshops, Nene’s wants every woman to feel “empowered through self-love, awareness and adornment.”
Popbar puts a twist on a classic frozen treat. With more than 60 flavors and 15 toppings to choose from, the combinations are endless. Just dip, top and enjoy a gelato pop.
Growing up in Paris, owner Soufiane Bouharkat opened Le Crepe Café in 2008 with the goal of creating “a bright and enthusiastic ohana environment for everyone to experience.”
A soul food pop-up eatery with an all-vegan menu including items like fried cactus, jackfruit sandwiches and mushroom steaks.
A creative arts bar where artists of all kinds are welcome and invited to express themselves. Come to enjoy tacos, smoothies and cocktails, while appreciating local poets and famous jazz musicians alike.
Home to the iconic Fruity Pebble ice cream sandwich, TeeJay’s offers 16 unique, rotating ice cream flavors like honey lavender or lemOreo. Try them on a cone or sandwiched between a donut.
A family-owned, all gluten-free bakery where every cookie, cupcake and cheese puff is made with love. “If it tastes gluten-free, it wasn’t made by E’s!”
Bliss Books & Wine welcomes curious readers and those who appreciate finer things in life. Kick back, relax and get lost with a glass of wine and a good story.
Freelance makeup artist, Super Jaz, styles looks from natural to glamorous to everything in between “helping you feel like the superstar you already are.”
Minimalist skin and hair care products made with natural oils, herbs, clays, minerals and extracts, where each ingredient has a purpose and benefit.
Step into this cozy cafe, grab a bite and get wrapped up in your next knitting project.
Calling all gamers: M.A.P. Technologies is a one-stop shop and gaming lounge where you can buy, sell, trade, play and compete.
As Boston’s first recreational cannabis dispensary, this “coffee-shop style boutique” offers a user-friendly experience and wide variety of “high-quality” cannabis products.
With an assortment of flavors made from all-natural ingredients, don’t be afraid to lick the spoon when snacking on this safe, ready-to-eat cookie dough.
A comic book shop that is “welcoming, courteous, sophisticated enough for the savviest of comic connoisseurs, and whimsical enough to appease the lighthearted.”
Personalized home décor, crafts and more. “Why choose something ordinary, when you can create something original.”
Big Mama’s Coffee & Espresso Bar
Big Mama’s brings together a love of food, great cooking and welcoming friends in a “good old-fashioned southern style,” where customers are treated like family.
Choose from a selection of delicious and delightful cupcakes from peach cutie cobbler to infused pink Moscato to candied sweet potato.
Afro Swag Media & Magazine aims to become the number one publication in the U.S. that focuses on “taking cultural and ethnic experiences to creative economies through sharing stories and spotlighting entrepreneurs.”
Add a little flare to your outfits with a crocheted infinity scarf or stylized jean jacket.
Jerk’d Modern Caribbean Kitchen
Experience flavors and seasonings from Jamaica in a “new and modern approach” to Caribbean cuisine.
A business run by a mother-daughter duo creating an “inclusive line” of all-natural and vegan skin products.
As the youngest Black owner of a beauty store, 16-year-old Paris McKenzie sells a vast number of hair styling products and accessories all while keeping up with high school and college courses.
A restaurant specializing in “ethnic East African cuisine,” where each home-made meal is prepared from scratch with local ingredients.
Pop in for a fresh-baked bagel and pick from a selection of nearly 30 varieties. Pair it with one of 18 cream cheese flavors or munch it as a hot breakfast sandwich.
Indulge in these cocktail-inspired cupcakes that can be enjoyed with or without an adult twist. Now you can have your cake and drink it too.
Grab an order of loaded fries, wings, breakfast cones and desserts centered around the classic sweet-and-savory combo of chicken and waffles.
On a quest to find a moisturizer for her daughter without harsh chemicals and preservatives, Bahia Overton created her own “magic mix” among other products to “help your body feel healthy so that your mind and soul shines.”
As the first Black-woman-owned comic shop on the East Coast, this hybrid comic book store and coffee shop celebrates geek culture at its core. As a “safe haven for all geekdom,” comic book fans, hardcore gamers, movie addicts, zombie apocalypse survivalists and everyone in between are welcome.
Order from a menu of classic, original and “unique sammiches” served between two slices of fresh-baked bread.
First inspired by a Hobby Lobby soap-making kit, Sunrise Artisan Bath & Body grew from making homemade soap to creating more self-care items like bath bombs, body creams and shower steamers.
A southern-style restaurant with a “big city feel” and full menu of Cajun and Creole favorites.
With the goal of creating a “safe haven for everyone, especially women of color to find peace, love, and forgiveness within themselves,” Clarity sells a collection of candles dedicated to self-care and mental health.
A family-owned and operated cafe serving authentic Louisiana Cajun and soul food.
The idea that “people are often at their happiest and even smiling while eating” is what sparked Chef Julius Thompson’s passion for cooking. This menu is inspired by home-cooked meals Thompson grew up with.
Founded on a “passion for helping others on their individual journeys of the self,” Lucid Living is a “holistic healing and wellness center” offering individual healing sessions through a variety of techniques.
“Our desire is that every time you slip on a pair of our handpicked shoes or accessories you feel like a million bucks. With affordable prices and first-class customer service, you can keep your look current and stylish even on a budget.”
An eco-friendly, vegan and cruelty-free skincare company “striving to make a positive difference every day.” From the ingredients to the people they serve, they “aim to be as kind to our earth and our community as we are to your skin just As It Should Be.”
Confectionately Yours by GGG, previously known as Greer’s Gourmet Goodies, specializes in southern-style desserts, celebration cookies, hand-made candies and more.
Gambix works with entrepreneurs, start-up founders and innovators to help build “innovative software products.”
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