• Madison Sholar & Katie Matheson

Highlighting Raleigh's Black-Owned Businesses

Updated: Sep 11


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Supporting Black-owned businesses is one of the simplest and most direct ways to decrease the racial wealth gap and nourish local community growth. Therefore, it is important to highlight and support Black-owned businesses within the Triangle, North Carolina and the United States as a whole. Below is a list of Black-owned businesses in Raleigh. Even though this list may seem extensive, remember that there are many more Black-owned businesses within Raleigh and around the state that aren’t included here.


North Carolina ranks fifth in the nation for “Best States for Black Entrepreneurs.” For more information about Black-owned businesses in North Carolina, visit the website Black Dollar. Black Dollar is an “online rolodex” for businesses within North Carolina. The list below contains businesses within the Black Dollar registry and from other sources and is broken down into the following categories: Food & Drink, Health & Fitness, Salons, Spas and Personal Care, Specialty Retail, Healthcare, Professional Services and Arts, Music and Dance.


Food & Drink


Alpha Dawgs, hot dogs, pizza bread and vegan food

Boss of Vegan, vegan burgers and groceries

The District, American bar food

Magnificent Concessions, LLC, Italian icees, funnel cakes, chocolate dipped Oreos and various other sweets

Jamaica Jerk Masters, Jamaican cuisine

Nafkot Ethiopian Restaurant, Ethiopian cuisine

Oak City Fish and Chips, seafood

Proverbs Bakery, cakes, cupcakes, cake pops and more pastries

Swahili Grill, Kenyan cuisine

Sweet Tea and Cornbread Grill & Eatery, Southern comfort food


Health & Fitness


Colors of Yoga Raleigh, inclusive and inviting yoga classes

CORE Fitness Studio, group fitness classes, personal training, small group training, corporate wellness and nutrition

My Pink Cherry Pole Studio, pole dance, lyra/aerial hoop and silks/hammocks classes

Results Fitness, personal training, semi private training, boot camp, cycling, MMA, cardio fit, cardio stretch and free weight


Salons, Spas, and Personal Care


Adara Spa, spa with facials, massages, waing, hair styling and makeup

Geometry Curly Hair Studio, haircuts and coloring for curly, coily and wavy hair types

Jainjo Aesthetics, licensed aesthetician, CBD infused skin and nail products

Krush Kisses, natural oil lip products that are vegan and cruelty-free

Nail Yeah, gel extensions, gel manicures, manicures, pedicures and nail art

Nina Esque, day spa with facials, body waxing and makeup

Royal Hair Delivery, provides virgin hair bundles, lace closures and lace frontals

Styles by Bre Michelle, various hair services and eyebrow services offered by a licensed cosmetologist

Taji Natural Hair Styling, natural hair styling salon


Specialty Retail


Asante Harvest, online Kenyan coffee retailer

Balloonz Shop, party supplies and event planning

Belna Candle Company, hand poured soy candles in various scents, with gift sets available

Cockamamie Jewelry, jewelry designed from vintage pieces

CTB Clothing Co., quality clothing for kids, teens and adults

Epiphany Bars and Jars, natural soaps, candles and wax melts

GoldHouse CBD, edibles, smokeables, oils, bath bombs, creams and shisha

Lena Grace Designs, boutique style accessories such as hats and jewelry

Nova Moon, LLC, coconut wax and candle melts

5th and Melrose, trendy boutique style clothing


Professional Services


Craig Insurance Group, Inc., home, business, life and car insurance

Estate Creative Agency, event production, brand consulting and public relations

Glenwood South Tailor and Alterations, mobile alterations, tailoring, bespoke suiting and personal styling

In A Minute Cleaning Services, LLC, commercial, new construction and residential cleaning

Legacy Street Law, estate and legacy law

Men at Work Car Care Center, detailing

New Legacy Realty, realty

Rest Assured Plumbing, LLC, plumbing

Smith Dominguez, PLLC, business, estate, expunctions, family, real estate and workers compensation law

Tomlinson Financial Consulting, LLC, finances

2bunderstood, career counseling and guidance


Healthcare


Best of Both Worlds Doula Services, birth and postpartum doula

Birth Sisters Doula Services, birth and postpartum doula

Nelson Orthodontics, orthodontics

Rose of Light Motherhood, LLC, birth and postpartum doula

Triangle Doulas of Color, birth and postpartum doula

Urban Healing Counseling, individual, group and telehealth therapy

Well-Life Counseling & Spiritual Center, individual, couple's therapy and clinical supervision


Arts, Music and Dance


Expressions in Rhythm Studio, acro, African, ballet, djembe, hip hop, jazz, liturgical, lyrical and tap

The McNeill Studio, piano, voice and brass

Shawn Etheridge Art, artist

Taborah Adams Music Group, musician

Theresa’s Daughter Creations, LLC, gift baskets

Tyler Butler-Figueroa, violinist


Remember, this list is not exhaustive, but it is a good starting point to actively support local Black-owned businesses. It is especially important to support local entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 pandemic, helping to insure that these businesses stay open.


By Madison Sholar and Katie Matheson, Contributing Writers

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