Updated: Jun 29
We stand in solidarity against racism, ignorance, and injustice.
We stand with our fellow Black artists, creators, makers, storytellers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and the entire Black community.
We see the pain, the unrest, and are heartbroken that this is still an issue, after hundreds of years. We are here to learn, by listening, and educating ourselves so that we can be better allies, because Black Lives Matter!
If you don't know where to start, start by supporting Black-owned businesses.
A few months ago, we wrote a blog post for Black History Month showcasing 29 local, Black-owned businesses here in Durham, NC. Since then, our community has voiced their support for even more, and it's time that we update that original list and expand well beyond 29, because we can do better. This blog post will be continuously updated as we research and discover Black-owned businesses, artists, and makers that make up Durham. Thank you for introducing us to some new faces and helping us showcase and support even more Black greatness in our community.
Each entry below is linked to the business' social media. Simply click the linked business name to be taken to their page on a separate window. We encourage you to take the time to follow and support these Durham Black-owned businesses, artists, creators, makers, chefs, writers, doctors, activists.
Posted: June 2, 2020
Last Edited: June 14, 2020
AccessiBull Healthcare is a new Primary Care office, where Dr. B, a Duke Alumni, provides affordable and accessible care to patients. Dr. B is also a certified personal trainer and Zumba instructor!
Alexandria Anderson is the talent behind the camera at AfroCurl Photography, where she serves Durham, NC, and surrounding areas. She is also a founder of Digital LinCS.
Amber Brown is a yoga instructor who is passionate about increasing people's happiness through practices of yoga.
Amber is a traveling makeup artist, who specializes in bridal makeup. Her work can be seen in corporate and editorial projects, as well as on TLC's "My Big Fat Fabulous Life" and more.
Barber in Demand has a true passion for barbering. He not only cuts hair and trims beards, but also creates products to enhance the client's hair.
Bull City Apparel & Customs offers one of a kind Durham clothing and stickers, as well as custom products.
Cicely, a Biostatistician, is one of the founders of the 'Art of Cool' Festival and artistic director of the SummerStage event series at Golden Belt, where she continues to bring the community together through music and art.
Ashley is a personal stylist and wardrobe consultant helping people find their signature style and feel their best, no matter their budget. She explores sustainable fashion to find self-love and the power of joy.
A podcast hosted by two friends, Brian & Marion, investigating what happens at the intersection of culture & policy.
Named the best BBQ in North Carolina, Backyard Barbecue has to be on your go-to list!
"Be Connected Durham is an iset excelsior initiative providing markcomms + curatorial services that connect audiences and foster equity through the arts, culture, and music."
Bespoke creates delicious custom dessert bars and confections around the Triangle.
Beyu Caffe is a local coffee shop offering food and live music in the heart of Durham. They've been feeding the community during the pandemic.
According to Twitter, they're the best waffles on earth, changing lives one waffle at a time! Check out their restaurant or food truck out and about.
Black Byrd Media provides specialized marketing plans for clients, inclusive of breaking down the utilization of social media markets and differentiated platforms
Omisade Burney-Scott lends her voice and wisdom to connect black girls to share their journey through menopause, life, love, and aging.
Afrofuturism digital maker-space. Blackspace allows a safe place for the Black youth to continue to grow their creativity. Pierce Freelon, a writer, musician, Emmy award-winner, activists, former mayoral candidate, creative director of Northstar, is the founder Blackspace.
Fresh cold-pressed juices, food, and restaurant finder brought to you by Margo & Ki.
Mouthwatering plant-based gourmet vegan burgers, delivered Fridays & Saturdays around the Triangle.
A community movement center that offers 50 minute HIIT classes, spin classes, rehab & massage therapy, yoga & Zumba, and more. Try their free 30 day play pass!
Boricua Soul is a food truck, turned brick and mortar located inside the American Tobacco Campus serving southern Latino flavors.
Bright Black Candle Company is a candle company created by scent artists Tiffany & Dariel who honors the brilliance of Blackness with every candle. Bright Black Candle was also featured in our Winter Box.
"Bstill Clothing is a lifestyle brand meant to embrace what makes us unique." They believe in being proud of yourself and not caring what others think.
Bull City Butler is a concierge service providing savvy and detailed service for clients managing their personal, professional, or social commitments.
An amazing carwash and car detailing business located in Downtown, Durham.
Bull City Confectionaries specializes in yummy mini bundt cakes and one of a kind sweets.
Dr. Desiree T. Palmer, Dr. Kemp & their associates help create smiles that make Durham bright. They offer high-quality, state-of-the-art dental care in downtown.
Bull City Laughs is a veteran, Black-owned comedy city tour that entertains while guiding you from street to street in their bus of laughter.
Bull City Street Food truck offers delicious variations of street food from regions around the world. Lula & Sadie's just opened inside the Durham Food Hall and we are so excited for them. They offer a modern take on dishes from Southern US regions.
Busy Bee Soft Play is a mobile soft play rental company coming soon to the Triangle and surrounding areas.
Candy Carver is a Durham based visual artist and art instructor in Durham. Her abstract art is vibrant and pulls the viewer in from the pattern and texture she uses to display the beauty of the human form.
Chef J creates soul food for your events and can also be found at Skewer's Bar & Grill. Skewer's is known for its great music, food, and a good time.
Chez Moi Bakery specializes in brown sugar vanilla rum cakes. Be sure to follow for when they're popping up around town.
Keyana Bourne is the vegan baker behind Crumbs Bakery, popping up around Durham and Chapel Hill.
Culture Boutique is a clothing, apparel, and accessory store. Shop online or at their new storefront in Downtown, Durham.
Cup of Tea Events is a consulting, planning, and coordinating business creating memorable events.
Dames Chicken and Waffles is a restaurant located in Durham, Cary and Greensboro and are famous for their, you guessed it, Chicken & Waffles.
Darius Quarles is an artist in Durham, where his work can be found around the city. You can view a large mural painted by Darius at the Liberty Warehouse Apartments.
Chef Deion is the operations manager at Coast to Coast Catering Co. and offers meal prep services, as well as a personal chef experience.
Delores J. Hayes Pottery is created in Durham by self-taught potter, Delores. Her pottery reflects organic shapes, color, and texture. Find her on Saturday mornings at the Durham Central Park.
Deryle Daneils Jr. is the creator behind the Narrow Podcast, addressing topics impacting the black and/or millennial communities with hopes of expanding once narrow perspectives. Deryle is also a freelance photographer and brand strategist.
Don Ricardo is the extreme talent behind his interior design business, Design Inkredible. He specializes in residential and commercial interiors and is known for his bold and breathtaking designs.
Devine Womb & Heart Connection offers education and tools to help with mental & vaginal wellness, pain, fertility, spiritual life coaching, and more.
Digital LinCS was founded by Allison Mathews, Natty Hawley, and Alexandria Anderson to connect people in need to free HIV prevention and treatment meds and providers.
Dr. Bahby gets you motivated and stimulated to elevate your goals to become prepared to send your best self out into the world. She's an incredible speaker, leader, consultant, and also drummer!
Dr. Swiner is a MD at Durham Family Medicine, speaker, publisher, and news & media personality here in Durham. She is also the creator of The Superwoman Survival Kit, a quarterly self-care box delivered to your door. Her husband, Ric Swiner is a photographer, videographer and DJ - DJ Big Fella.
Chef Jasmine of Dreamboat Cafe is a private caterer that creates food series of nostalgic craft and heritage through her pop-up dinners. Check out her current weekly delivery meals!
E'MAGINE Events & Co. is a planning and design firm, owned & designed by Shaunda Eggleston, where she specializes in blending sophistication, luxury and fun.
Natasha Powell Walker is an artist and illustrator, who also serves on the board of the Durham Art Guild.
Fitness coach Tre not only trains his clients at the gym and online, but he also educates and provides tools for healthy eating through meal preps.
Elizabeth Ashley is a photographer and visual artist.
Vegan, cruelty-free skin & hair care products that are affordable.
Empower Dance Studio is a dance studio in downtown Durham. The 2020 Summer Camp is coming soon!
Exotique connects its shoppers by using the opportunity of having traveled afar. Artisans want to sell to make a living and the community wants to support. They make that happen. They offer unique authentic and fair trade items at an affordable price.
Favor Desserts create sweet cupcakes and cakes! Follow them in their food truck to try it for yourself.
Jasmine Burroughs, MS, RD, LDN is the plant-based dietician behind the brand helping people learn the benefits of consuming plants.
For Alma Home is a gift shop with luxury products for the home, including bedding, clothing, jewelry, and home decor created by Traci Ford, in remembrance of her Aunt, Alma.
Raven Hairston, owner of Franmone Fragrances, creates beautifully scented hand-poured soy candles.
Randy C. Rogers, also know as, Freedom Clay is an internationally recognized Afro Folk artist, thought facilitator, leader, published author, and the Founder and Chief Curator of Artsy People of Color (APOC). APOC is a creative collective that provides culturally curated shopping and socializing experiences in an inviting atmosphere.
Gavin Christinanson Bridal is a unique bridal studio styling for brides-to-be in Downtown Durham.
Golden Krust Bakery is an Authentic Jamaican restaurant, where the food is made from scratch throughout the day.
Goorsha offers traditional Ethiopian with a modern twist dining in downtown.
Grass Grazed Farm offers transparency from their farm to your table and prides itself on raising their products grass-grazed and free of genetically modified organisms while implementing sustainable practices to nurture the land.
Habits Co. is providing affordable and fashionable streetwear for everyone.
Hairizon Beauty offers custom handmade and natural hair and skin care.
Harlem Beer Distribution of NC creates extraordinary beers with empowering stories.
Haper's Parlour is a nail salon offering stylish one of a kind nail designs.
Alicia Hylton Daniel is an Interior Designer & Licensed General Contractor. Follow her as she designs her way through new and old homes in Durham.
I. C. You Lashes offers beautiful 3D and 25mm lash sets.
Desiree is a vegan blogger, where she creates tasty recipes to inspire other black women.
Queen and Jay are the chefs behind Indulge Catering. Let them cater or be a personal chef for your next event.
Jade Wilson is a powerful documentary photographer and video artist. Find their work inside of Indyweek.
Morgan, owner of Jeddah's Tea, is proudly serving tea in downtown Durham six days a week. Located at Jeddah's Tea, and surrounding retailers, is Morgan's daughter, Mahaliya's hand-poured small-batch candles. Jeddah's Tea was in our Winter Box, and we are proud to have Maha's Candles in our upcoming launch.
Joshua is an activist, artist, and entrepreneur that shares powerful messages through his lyrics. He does a lot of work in this community and recently ran for Durham City Council.
Just Face It provides classic, glamorous makeup and lashes to enhance the natural beauty of their clients.
Each week, Moni & Chels create the most mouthwatering looking meals that one has ever seen. They sell out fast, and we see why!
Kaitlyn, owner of Kat's Beauty Bar, is a nail tech business.
Kennedi is a fine art photographer and creative director, where Black subjects are her main focus. Her work is emotional, powerful, and striking and is currently on exhibit at CAM Raleigh.
Kharmika is a real estate agent serving the triangle with Keller Williams Elite Realty.
Kira is an author and self-publisher that strives to increase mental health awareness and inspire hope through children's books.
Knox St. Studios is a design-centered space that provides tools to help current or aspiring entrepreneurs and creatives.
Kompleks Creative is a creative agency that specializes in utilizing creative strategies for brands, non-profits, and higher education.
Kumolu Studios is a wedding, portrait, and event photographer that captures moments that will last a lifetime.
Let's Eat Homestyle is a food truck serving Authentic home-cooked food for the soul.
Victoria Scott-Miller is the owner of Liberation Station Bookstore, an independent pop-up bookstore that carries books written for, by, or about children of the African Diaspora.
Loving You Quietly was created by TJ Mundy, a queer trans graphic designer and artist. Shop their designs, apparel, stickers, and merch and/or donate to TJ's top surgery.
M & M Tutoring Service offers K-12 and various college courses throughout the day.
Margaret A. Brunson, PhD is a speaker and author and CEO of Illuminated Leadership Solutions where she offers leadership coaching and consulting.
MasterMIND is a digital marketing agency helping their clients tell their story.
Mike D's BBQ offers award-winning delicious sauces and rubs for your cooking needs.
Millennial Love Brunch is a community of millennial couples who love to brunch.
Mindfulness Movement promotes emotional, social, cognitive, and physical integration to improve health and fitness while tackling the issue of self-care and mental health.
Motiv8 is a non-profit dance studio committed to helping young people create a better sense of self through the performing arts.
Mystic Touch is a local crochet artist, who's work can be found online and at various festivals and events.
Morgan Crutchfield Photography specializes in portraits, graduates, weddings, engagements, families, and headshots.
Nailz is a non-toxic nail and beauty studio offering natural nails, lashes, brow henna, skin therapy, and waxing.
Natty Hawley, who we mentioned earlier in the list, is the creator behind Natty Neckware, where he designs and makes limited-edition apparel accessories.
NaturalGal Stylist is a natural hair care specialist and stylist.
Nicole is a broker at Urban Durham Realty, where she connects people to places around Durham, NC.
Noble Companion Handbag Studio offers quality and affordable fashion handbags.
Nolia Family & Coffee offers a safe space for children and parents who want to relax and enjoy the comfort inside a kid-friendly coffee shop.
Phil & Nnenna Freelon created Northstar to provide an arts and cultural space that is openly accessible to all Durhamites. Phil & Nnenna have produced decades of award winning music and architecture and their son Pierce Freelon, who we mentioned earlier, is the creative director.
Nzinga's Breakfast Cafe serves cajun & southern-inspired cuisine, where they claim to have the best shrimp & grits, french toast, AND strawberry lemonade. Check them out!
Piri is a family-owned business that serves food that is deeply connected to their roots and identity.
POSH Fruit Bliss creates delicious jars of fruit spreads.
Tonya Powell, owner of Pareure Fine Jewelry, is the talented designer behind each piece. She also sponsored our first launch. Thank you, Tonya!
Perkins Orchard is the largest outdoor fruit & vegetable stand in Durham, NC. Donovan Watson, owner of Perkins Orchard is also the former candidate for NC Commissioner of Agriculture.
Prime Athletic Training & Fitness Institute is a gym that offers classes for all fitness levels, as well as sports training. They pride themselves on being a community, not just a gym, with faith, family, and fitness as their motto.
Proufound Elegance is an event & wedding planning company that specializes in romance concierge, romantic getaways, and date night events.
Provident 1898 is a diverse coworking community in Downtown Durham serving entrepreneurs, innovators, and artists.
Purple Puffs create healing experiences with cannabis-infused food, sweets, and products.
Rachel Levina, the owner of Rachel the Healer, is a spirit-based business offering Reiki, energy healing, and spiritual coaching.
Rebellious Investor helps guide you through real estate investing and ownership.
Romanz Tea is a bottled craft sweet tea company.
Ronald's Unisex Barbershop offers haircuts, fades, and beard and mustache trims.
Roy's Kountry Kitchen has been serving Durham for 29 years. This restaurant gives you tasty southern food and desserts, as well as offers catering.
Royal Cheesecake & Varieties is a bakery where they specialize in cakes and other sweet treats.
Russell's Pharmacy is an independent Pharmacy offering prescription meds, immunizations, medication therapy management services, in-depth counseling, over the counter products, and gifts.
Joanna, the owner of Safari Calligraphy, offers beautiful, custom stationery for event invitations.
Chef & Author Ricky Moore is the mastermind behind Saltbox Seafood Joint in Durham, NC. There are two locations to enjoy, one downtown and one near Rockwood.
Shaped by You Lingerie was created to boost self- esteem and promote body acceptance and positivity through their size-inclusive products for all women.
Sia Gattis is a fashion and interior stylist offering all-around styling advice and services.
Jessica of Six Eighty Eight has a natural talent for all things. Her lifestyle brand combines her love for entertaining, decorating, thrifting/vintage shopping, curating personalized gifts, pottery making, and local foodie excursions.
SOAR features professional aerialists, dancers, circus performers, and movement artists who bring aerial dance to the Triangle. Watch them fly.
Soul Fresh Spring Rolls is a food truck offering delicious unique spring rolls, incredible mac 'n cheese, and more.
“Straight Talk with Dean and Marc” is a podcast that touches many aspects of our society, featuring guests from various backgrounds.
Sweets by Alexandria is a small batch cake and cupcake shop baked in Durham. They take special orders and they ship!
TNP Fit's owner, Russell Dudley, designed a program for all ages and genders that are looking for an exercise routine from beginner levels to advanced levels in 50 minutes. What I love about his classes is that they start never 15 minutes, so you'll never miss a beat.
Tall Grass Food Box uses its platform to support and encourage the sustainability of Black farmers in NC. Every other week they offer produce from NC Black farmers in a box for local pickups, securing them a space in the marketplace.
The 360 Approach is a boutique wellness studio that helps balance the mind, body, and spirit.
The Black Chamber invests in the growth and development of Black entrepreneurs, Black-owned businesses & ecosystems, the Black community as a whole.
The Black Market is a marketplace highlighting Black-owned businesses and Black farmers. Support and shop the market on June 14th.
The Chicken Hut has been proudly serving Durham delicious home-cooked meals since 1957.
The Comedy Lounge is Durham's mobile venue for laughter and entertainment, created by Christopher "C Raw" and Ashley Rawlinson.
Shrimp and Pasta's Dankery is a food truck serving out of this world flavors with their food. Follow them to see where they are next.
The Girlfriend's Pod is a digital platform helping black women grow to conquer their beauty, wealth & health goals.
The Glam Studio offers Full Sets, Gel Polish, Acrylic, Ombre, and incredible nail art.
Owner of The Lash Vault, Samoni, is a beginner lash tech that offers Natural, Hybrid, and Volume lash sets.
The Living Room is Durham's newest premier bar & lounge coming to downtown soon. Follow them for the latest updates.
The Renaissance Barbershop offers haircuts, mustache and beard shape ups, fades, designs, and more.
The Palace International specializes in East African dishes, but also offers otherworldly cuisine with an African twist. Their ‘Africana Nights‘ are filled with delicious African food, music, and drinks.
The Zen Succulent is everyone's favorite go-to plant shop in downtown Durham. You can find house plants, gifts, home decor, stationery, skincare, and more. Megan's Raleigh shop was damaged and looted this weekend, so support her Durham shop extra hard.
Tips and Needles is a nail studio offering nail art, acrylic sets, glitter sets, fill-ins, polish changes, manicures, and pedicures.
Tressed offers hair, hair wraps, lashes, and more.
True Flavors is serving up Southern hospitality with delicious comfort foods. They have two locations in Durham to visit. Debbie Lou's Biscuit Shop is a biscuit shop located inside of True Flavors at Lakewood, named after Chef Sidney's late mother, Debra Louise.
Urel's Jamaica House is serving up authentic Jamaican experiences through their food.
India Armstrong serves a unique Southern homestyle taste in her restaurant. Get it catered or rent the space for your event.
Venus Wraps designs handcrafted jewelry from fine metals and crystals that awakens the divine in you.
Virginia & Co. is a cooking company that specializes in full service private and corporate catering. Be sure to pre-order their cookbook!
Virtue Events specializes in captivating event experience, whether it's a wedding, corporate event, social event, or even event consulting.
Vitoria Global Fashion offers unique high-quality and handcrafted jewelry made by top international artisans and can be found in retailers around NC and beyond.
Vivica C. Coxx is a performer, drag queen, and founder of The House of Coxx, where the Coxx Family, including Stormie Daie, brings awareness to the LGBTQ community through amazing performances and work in the community.
What's Vegan is a vegan and wellness author and chef serving up delicious vegan creations.
Will's Social Bistro is a classy venue ready to host any event, parties, or gatherings.
The best cotton candy you’ll ever taste, her words, but I can attest to this. Jackie, of Wonderpuff, shares her sweet sugar creations through pop-ups and special events around the nation. You can also find her cotton candy in a few local stores. Wonderpuff will be getting their own storefront at the Boxyard later this year!
Zweli’s is the ONLY authentic Zimbabwean restaurant in the USA and happens to be located here in Durham, NC. Check out the virtual cooking class with Chef Zwe on 6.11.