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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”