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Charles Smith II is an African American fashion designer.
Charles Smith II is an African American fashion designer.
Kathy Tran

Black-Owned Businesses You Can Support in North Texas

The COVID-19 pandemic has given the nation a chance to observe, reflect, mobilize and unite to end systemic racism. While there are many ways to get involved with social reform organizations and to plan and prepare for protesting, one significant way to uplift black communities is by shopping locally at black-owned establishments. We’ve put together a list of black-owned businesses you can support in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Food
Burgerim
Various DFW locations
Find some of the best mini burgers in the Big D. Have a fast-casual experience while customizing gourmet burgers at this innovative international fast food chain.

Brunchaholics
(Pop-up shop)
From a brunch blog to a popular pop-up restaurant now located under The Shed, the Dallas Farmer’s Market favorite houses the famous soul food burrito with fried or blackened catfish, mac n’ cheese and turkey collard greens.

Floyd’s Catfish
710 E. Ann Arbor Ave.
Known for being one of the best places to grab Southern fried catfish in Dallas, this seafood drive-thru is one of the most notable family-operated food spots in South Dallas.

Smokey Joe’s BBQ
6403 S. RL Thornton Freeway
This former gas station-turned-BBQ-joint has been known for their incredible pork spareribs, loaded baked potatoes and buttermilk pie for over 30 years.

Rudy’s Chicken
3115 S. Lancaster Road
There’s no way you can come Dallas and not taste the holy grail of chicken. There’s usually a wait due to the high demand... but it’s worth it.

Sweet Georgia Brown
2840 E. Ledbetter Drive
Everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes this grand barbecue buffet. Walk out as full as a tick after getting generous portions of some of the best Southern comfort food. It’ll make you feel right at home.

The Daiquiri Shoppe
684 W. Pioneer Parkway, Grand Prairie, 972-262-7467
1837 W. Frankford Road, Suite 122, Carrollton, 469-892-6537
Get ready for the fun vibes of Bourbon Street when you grab a drink from this New Orleans-inspired restaurant  “where every hour is happy hour!”

Seasoned by Spiffy Catering
Book online
Chef Spiffy is passionate about bringing people together through the flavor and fulfillment food provides. His cooking style is inspired by the bold flavors in Cajun Southern comfort food.

Llegacy Catering
Book online, 903-701-3907
Chef Will Webster specializes in white-glove catering services for weddings, private events, corporations or any special occasion. Fun fact: is all his savory sauces and dressing are made from scratch.

Madea’s Down Home Cooking
1019 W. Enon Ave D, Everman, 817-551-9295 or 817-716-1913
Round your family up and reconnect over Southern cooking that’ll remind you of your grandmother’s kitchen when you visit this sweet spot right outside of Fort Worth.

Flavors Wings N Daiquiris
5005 S. Cooper St., Arlington
A family style restaurant/sports bar that offers the ultimate wings, catfish and daiquiris. They’re coming for the grand title of “Best Wings in Texas” so taste buds beware.

Shells and Tails 2 Geaux
If you are in the mood for authentic Cajun seafood, look no further. This mobile food truck and catering business offers mouthwatering crab legs, shrimp, crawfish, gumbo, seafood nachos and more.

Pangea Restaurant & Bar
6309 N. President George Bush Highway,Suite 8101, Garland
This modern restaurant offers guests appetizing American, Italian and Seafood options under one roof. Their warm atmosphere and cozy lounge area makes it easy to wind down, watch sports games or knock out some work.

Vegan

Bam’s Vegan
Dallas Farmers Market
A welcoming vegan pop-up restaurant in the Dallas Farmer’s Market dedicated bringing awareness to healthy alternatives for a better lifestyle.

Vegan Vibrationz
Dallas Farmers Market
A vegan catering company offering an eclectic selection of food, like their black bean and jalapeno Mac Burger and Fried Shrimp Po’ Boy. Find the stand at The Shed at the Dallas Farmers Market.

Sankofa Kitchen
3333 W. Camp Wisdom Road, Suite 118
This soul food and vegan restaurant is a family-owned established that provides a diverse variety of health-conscious and vegan food sprinkled with soul and love.

Soul Good
This food truck offers organic fast food with plant-based twists on classic American dishes like tacos, burgers, pancakes and a "cowboy bowl" with vegan Southwest chili and sour cream.

Shoals Sound and Service
2614 Elm St., Deep Ellum
Sit back, relax and let your mind go on a getaway once you step inside this modern rustic restaurant and bar. Enjoy soothing cocktails and healthy plant-based Latin American street food.

Bakeries/Desserts

Cookie Society
Frisco (Only delivery currently available)
Trying to quench cookie thirst? Stop by this bakery and grab some of their jumbo-sized homemade cookies that prove that sometimes size does matter.

Kessler Baking Studio
1129 North Beckley Ave., 214-948-7412
Home of the infamous #BowTieBaker, this bakery is a creative sweets boutique serving baked goods that are handmade from scratch daily offering a spread of cookies, brownies, specialty treats, packaged nuts and confections.

Fluellen Cupcakes
1408 Elm St., Dallas
Take a sweet break at this bakery that offers an array of fresh gourmet cupcakes and cake pops in the heart of Dallas. Their most popular flavors include red velvet, wedding cake, banana pudding and lemon delight.

Cake Bar
3011 Gulden Lane, Suite 117, Dallas
This bakery and retail shop makes a large selection of traditional, Southern-style, made-from-scratch cakes, quick breads, cookies, ice creams and beverages.

Val’s Cheesecakes
Various locations
Inspired by owner Val Jean-Bart’s mom’s love for baking, whose memory he wanted to keep alive, this bakery has become a top choice for enjoyable cheesecakes and whole pies to-go.

Designs by Cake Daddy
Who’s your daddy? Cake Daddy is a celebrity and nationally recognized baking business specializes in custom cakes and cupcakes for any occasion.

Chocolate Secrets
3926 Oak Lawn Ave.
Pick your poison at the boutique chocolatier/jazz bar, where chocolate is served in every form you can dream of: As bonbons, sculptures, ice cream or hot in a cup.

Creative Services

Cimone Key Creative Studio
An intimate coworking space (CK Creative Desk) and branding and design boutique in the Design District that provides in-house designs and also collaborates with artists globally.

JCI Creatives
This creative firm offers photography, video production and graphic design to the Dallas and Houston area as well as in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

Meme Urbane Photography
A female-owned company specializing in wedding, events and lifestyle photography.

Angela Webb Photography
This company provides a platform to help upcoming models, talent and the everyday person looking to market or expand their brand. Webb’s services include headshots, portraits, event recaps and fashion-forward images based on the request of the client.

Mogul Millennial
This media tech platform was founded to help entrepreneurs and professionals advance in their careers through smart, actionable resources.

Life is Content
A program providing e-courses to help content creators combine their stories and digital strategies in ways that create compelling content.

Beauty

3D Lash & Brow Academy
4230 LBJ Freeway
Beauty can be a pain, but it doesn’t have to hurt your pockets. This salon and academy offers a range of services and classes from microblading to eyelash extensions to facials and more.

BPolished Beauty Supply
6407 S. Cooper St., Arlington
Keep it cute during quarantine. This beauty supply store provides an array of hair care and beauty items, expertise in healthy hair care..

Makeup by Roc
Roc Castillo is a celebrity makeup artist who's been in the business many years providing professional makeup services for photoshoots, makeovers, wedding and bridal parties and more.

The Glam Lounge Makeup Studio
407 W 10th St., No. 150
A comfortable and glamorous beauty destination for women that's curated and operated by celebrity makeup artist Chamonique Short, owner of the beauty brand Glam by Cham.

Studio Moiselle
3410 Main St.
This Deep Ellum studio offers an unmatched salon experience for natural nail care including personalized plans for nail growth. Interested in the beauty industry? The Studio Moiselle School of Nail Technology offers Texas manicure license training.

Hair salons

4HR Braid Bar
2408 E. Trinity Mills, Carrollton
The salon is known for doing the best braid styles for all ages in only four hours or less. They provide a range of braiding styles like tree braids, crochet braids, dreads, micro braids, goddess braids, Senegalese twists and more.

Salon Ivy, 5510 Abrams Road, Suite 121
With its earthy decor and smooth tunes, the salon offers quality hair extensions and hand-made wigs for any budget.

Kuntinfed Barbershop
6514 Skillman Road
A contemporary barbershop, known for giving some of the “coldest fades in the game,” as customers say. 

Duke’s Hair Studio
2412 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Located in the heart of South Dallas, this team pampers clients with their upscale hair and beauty services.

The Fade Shop
Dallas, Frisco, Plano and McKinney
This award-winning barbershop established a stellar record of exceptional service and is actively involved in supporting community initiatives.

Extensions

D Hair Boutique
Dallas and Arlington
This luxury hair extension boutique and salon put themselves on the map with their 100% natural animal-free hair without synthetic fibers and chemical processing.

She’s Happy Hair
Dallas and Arlington
Recognizing there was a huge demand for high-quality hair extensions, She’s Happy Hair set out to offer women affordable human hair. Their soft, luxurious hair and hair care products are offered in multiple locations across the nation with two locations in North Texas.

Yummy Hair Extensions
19009 Preston Road, Ste. 114
This company offers only authentic natural human hair extensions.

Natural Hair Care

Her Growing Hands Salon
Dallas and Frisco
With over 15 years of natural hair care experience, Whitney Eaddy is hailed as the "Growth Guru.” She focuses on luxurious natural hair care and growth and is the ultimate healthy natural hair care expert.

SBL Salon Suites
4151 Belt Line Road, Addison
At SBL, learn how to properly care for your hair and unlearn the "miseducation" of your textured crown.

Flourish Curls Salon
5930 I-20 W., Arlington
This luxury natural hair salon caters to professional women with natural hair. They teach, style and create by educating each client on what works best for their hair.

HER Curls Studios
Self-taught hair maven Haiya is a Bolivian and Cuban stylist. Her salon’s goal is to give curly-headed girls a quality cut along with guidance to maintain and understand the potential of their natural beauty.

Lynn Styles Salon
1217 Highway 114, Ste. 124, Grapevine
This salon offers a variety of services tailored to many hair textures and types.

Health and Wellness

Sent From Devyn
Various locations
This millennial therapist and yoga teacher is also an advocate for suicide/mental health awareness. She is one half of the recently launched podcast Self-Care Gang, dedicated to making mental health and wellness more relatable to all.

Working on Wellness
Clarke Davis is a mobile massage therapist offering stress relieving and CBD therapeutic services. She meets clients at the location of their choice.

GRIT Fitness
Dallas, Farmer's Branch
This full-body boutique fitness concept is based on the notion that "passion and perseverance for long-term goals" is the key to both fitness success and to living our best lives.

Beat Bodyz
1615 N. Hampton Road, No. 230, Desoto
Known for their “two-week turnaround,” where committed members see a quick, dramatic improvement in their appearance and energy level, they’ve also been voted Best Fitness Group in various local publications for the past few years.

J Samone Stiletto Dance Class
2385 Midway Rd., Ste. 100, Carrollton
These sexy and fun classes are a safe place for everyday women and professional dancers to feel good about themselves and build confidence.

Fashion and styling

Curvy Fox Swimwear
(Order online)
Experience leaves much to be desired in the plus-size realm for young and sexy professional women, but this luxury lifestyle brand is designed for the ever-changing silhouette of real women.

House of Yaas
Akilah Whitaker offers creative direction, wardrobe styling and runway production. Her main clientele consists of executives whose style affect their business and/or career advancement. Her philosophy is, “style is like your second skin, everyone has one, but it only takes three seconds to impress someone and ultimately, your wardrobe is that first impression.”

Guns & Roses Boutique
2014 Commerce St.
The unisex boutique offers a mixture of European streetwear with a touch of American chic and rockstar lifestyle pieces. They give customers a personal shopping experience with an in-house sponsored bar, team of stylists and one-of-a-kind garments.

BDonnas
Order online
This celebrity women’s clothing boutique provides fashionable, trendy clothes, accessories and shoes at affordable prices.

Don The Junkman
Don Smith is a creative director, designer and producer who provides custom lifestyle apparel and stylist services. He’s best known for his bold, edgy and colorful sunglasses seen on some of your favorite celebs.

Smith the 2nd
Charles Smith II is a stylist, fashion designer and the creative director for Smith the 2nd and Do Not Touch. His clothing lines showcase his unique, bold and original pieces, which make more than a fashion statement; Do Not Touch is a concept line that highlights human rights through its messaging.

Nonprofits

Minnie’s Food Pantry
661 18th St., Plano
This non-profit offers healthy meals, educational resources and red-carpet treatment. They believe that overall wellness begins with food, health and financial education.

For OakCliff
This nonprofit provides culturally responsive initiatives in South Oak Cliff to liberate the community and increase social mobility and social capital.

Bookshops

Pan-African Connection Bookstore Art Gallery and Resource Center
4466 S. Marsalis, Dallas
This bookstore strives to connect African Americans to black history, culture and draw on a history of collective strength.

The Dock Bookshop
6637 Meadowbrook Drive, Fort Worth
The Dock Bookshop regularly hosts author talks, poetry and spoken-word sessions, story time for children, panel discussions, community meetings, film screenings and more.

Dallas Fort Worth Urban League of Professionals 
This volunteer auxiliary is dedicated to supporting North Texas through service, civic engagement and leadership development of professionals ages 21-40.

Heritage Giving Fund
A women's group that encourages philanthropy in the African American community, who contribute in impactful ways and fund other nonprofits serving women and girls in African American communities throughout the DFW area.

Visual Artists

Wright Art Twins Gallery
830 Exposition Ave.
This art gallery provides exposure to up-and-coming talent. The Wright twins host unique events throughout the year including private shows, art exhibits, networking and social affairs.

Kip Omolade
Kip Omolade started off as a graffiti artist while interning at Marvel Comics and The Center for African Art. He continued his studies at The Art Students League of New York and earned a BFA at the School of Visual Arts. His distinct chrome and colorful work has been exhibited all across the nation.

Nychelle Elise
Elise is a visual artist and owner of Nychelle Elise Studios, a tattoo studio located in Plano. She is also the producer and curator of Urban Chatter Art Shows, a collective of artists of color in Dallas-Fort Worth who cultivate quarterly site-specific installations. She also earned fame as a badass tattoo artist on season 13 of the hit show Ink Master.

JusBeenRobbed
Rob Wilburn III, also known as JusBeenRobbed, is a self-made artist from Bloomington, Illinois, residing in Dallas. He is known for his combination of sports, fashion and pop culture. He’s also the founder of PrimeApe Designs.

Other services

No Silos Communications Coaching
Helping you push through your fears to accomplish your goals is this company’s specialty. NSC offers individual and organizational coaching in either individual or groups sessions in person or by video conference.

AliJo Props
Contact online
Find all your event’s standout pieces through this company that creates, builds and rents props in DFW for anyone looking to elevate their special occasion. In partnership with QD Arts Designs, they are known for providing custom event signs, backdrops and themed props like life-sized animals.

The Baddie Brunch
This organization was created to bring women and men together through brunches, networking mixers and social soirees. Their goal is to uplift and encourage the Dallas community through unique events that offer the opportunity for the public to celebrate, collaborate and serve together.

Good Culture
This lifestyle media brand hosts some of the best social events for young professional looking to network, discuss hip-hop music or looking to simply have a good time. Check out their podcast as well, where they discuss a diverse range of topics and interview local community members.

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