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21 Black-Owned Businesses That Do Good

Shops, cafés, pizza and water ice joints, beauty boutiques, bookstores, and even an auto mechanic whose Black owners are committed to making our city better

21 Black-Owned Businesses That Do Good

Shops, cafés, pizza and water ice joints, beauty boutiques, bookstores, and even an auto mechanic whose Black owners are committed to making our city better

The past two years have been incredibly difficult for small businesses in Philadelphia, especially Black- and women-owned shops.

At a time when many were forced to throw in the towel, many Black-owned businesses here doubled down on doing good, living out positive missions and supporting the community through tough times. Our city would be a much different place without these shops, services and community hubs.

Below, our list of Black-owned businesses includes just some of our favorite Black-owned, do-good shops, services and restaurants.

Black-owned businesses to check out in Philly

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Buddha Babe founder and designer Tina Dixon
Buddha Babe owner Tina Dixon Spence | Photo by Heather McBride

BUDDHA BABE

What they sell: Everything your little needs, from blankets and swaddles to toys and care essentials.

Do-good jawn: Shop owner Tina Dixon Spence hand makes many of the items you’ll find in this Mount Airy shop. Every product they make and carry are made with high quality materials and with sustainable production methods. 7101 Emlen Street, 215-315-8430


This photo of Freedom Apothecary illustrates a guide to black-owned shops, cafés, pizza and water ice joints, beauty boutiques, bookstores, and even an auto mechanic whose Black owners are committed to making our city better
Freedom Apothecary owners Morrisa Jenkins and Bonkosi Horn | Photo courtesy Freedom Apothecary

FREEDOM APOTHECARY

What they sell: Skincare products and healing facial treatments in Northern Liberties.

Do-good jawn: At Freedom, self care comes first. In fact, they consider it a radical act and empower others, especially women, to put themselves first. They also carry dozens of Black owned skincare and wellness brands. 736 N. 2nd Street, 215-982-2772


Kimberly McGlonn, CEO and founder of Grant BLVD

GRANT BLVD.

What they sell: Clothing and accessories made from recycled, repurposed, and scrap fabric.

Do-good jawn: At her West Philly shop, owner Kimberly McGlonn hires formerly incarcerated people, donates a portion of proceeds to various nonprofit organizations, and famously recycles and repurposes materials in the spirit of sustainability.


PHILADELPHIA PRINT WORKS

What they sell: “Thank Black Women,” “Cancel Student Debt,” and images of Angela Davis, James Balwin and black panthers adorn ts, totes and patches, available online and at specialty stockists.

Do-good jawn: The bold designs at Print Works are all inspired by current and past social justice movements. Their goal is to create accessible apparel for organizers, activists and allies. Online.


Marsh + Mane owner Jenea Robinson | Photo by J. Fusco / Visit Philadelphia

MARSH + MANE

What they sell: Natural hair care and lifestyle products from over 80 Black-owned brands in Society Hill, just north of South Street.

Do-good jawn: Jenea Robinson opened Marsh + Mane to redefine the Black beauty supply store experience. They are committed to highlighting Black-owned brands and empowering Black people to embrace the beauty of their hair. 529 S. 4th Street, 267-273-0837


THE SABLE COLLECTIVE

What they sell: Jewelry, beauty products, clothing, home goods, stationery, and more.

Do-good jawn: All of the unique finds at The Sable Collective are sourced from BIPOC brands and makers. Online.


The merchandise floor at Trunc in Philadelphia
The merchandise floor at Trunc in Philadelphia

TRUNC

What they sell: Unique handcrafted goods in Northern Liberties.

Do-good jawn: Trunc is dedicated to creating jobs and opportunities for local artisans and makers. Everything they sell is responsibly, sustainably and ethically sourced, not to mention usually handmade. 929 N. 2nd Street, 267-559-1604


Yowie boutique owner Shannon Maldonado stands in her Queen Village shop
Yowie owner Shannon Maldonado | Photo by A. Ricketts / Visit Philadelphia

YOWIE

What they sell: Apparel, homewares and cool (non-alcoholic) bar cart must-haves.

Do-good jawn: Shannon Maldonado founded Yowie to showcase local designers and makers on Queen Village’s Fabric Row. 716 S. 4th Street

BOOKS, PLUS


Ariell Johnson, founder of Amalgam Comics, poses in her shop
Amalgam owner Ariell Johnson | Photo by J. Fusco / Visit Philadelphia

AMALGAM COMICS AND COFFEE HOUSE

What they sell: Locally roasted coffee, comics and collectables in Fishtown.

Do-good jawn: Ariell Johnson was the first Black woman on the East Coast to open a comic book store. Since 2015, Ariell has curated her space to be a safe haven for geek culture, where anyone can come and feel at home. 2578 Frankford Avenue, 215-427-3300


BLACK AND NOBEL

What they sell: Books, health and wellness products on South Street.

Do-good jawn: In addition to selling personal wellness products to keep you feeling good, Black and Nobel also carries dozens of Black written and centered books. To help everyone in the community take care, the store is also able to send books to inmates in most prisons. 422 South Street, 215-965-1559


This photo of Uncle Bobbie's illustrates a guide to black-owned shops, cafés, pizza and water ice joints, beauty boutiques, bookstores, and even an auto mechanic whose Black owners are committed to making our city better
Uncle Bobbie’s | Photo by C. Smyth / Visit Philadelphia

UNCLE BOBBIE’S COFFEE AND BOOKS

What they sell: Books, coffee, and dope merch, from hoodies with the image of Kobe Bryant and his pile of books, to Colin Kaepernick pins to water bottles that tell it like it is, emblazoned as they are with this three-word call to action: Support Black Shit.

Do-good jawn: Marc Lamont Hill’s Germantown shop is a much loved community gathering spot for book lovers and non-readers alike. 5445 Germantown Avenue, 215-403-7058


HAKIM’S BOOKSTORE AND GIFTSHOP

What they sell: Books, mainly by Black authors and focused on Black culture along a bustling West Philly corridor.

Do-good jawn: Hakim’s has been a community gathering spot and prime resource for adult and children’s literature for more than 70 years. It also supports currently incarcerated community members by shipping to prisons. 210 S. 52th Street, 215-484-9495


This photo of Harriett's Bookshop illustrates a guide to black-owned shops, cafés, pizza and water ice joints, beauty boutiques, bookstores, and even an auto mechanic whose Black owners are committed to making our city better
Harriett’s Bookshop owner Jeannine Cook | Photo by R. Rabena

HARRIETT’S BOOKSHOP

What they sell: All of the books, including many by Black authors.

Do-good jawn: Named after Harriet Tubman, Jeannine Cook’s shop is centered on always serving others. This year, the shop worked to curate a trolley tour to boost traffic to other Black owned local businesses. You can also visit the Fishtown shop’s sister store, Ida’s Bookshop, in Collingwood, NJ. 258 E. Girard Avenue, 267-241-2617

SERVICES


Black and Mobile Philadelphia, courtesy of Black and Mobile

BLACK AND MOBILE

What they do: Like those other, bigger, more expensive app-based delivery services, David and Aaron Cabello’s brings you meals, fast. Unlike others, Black and Mobile hires Black couriers and delivers exclusively from Black-owned restaurants in Philly, Atlanta, Detroit, Baltimore, L.A. and NYC.

Do-good jawn: A Black-owned business that supports Black-owned restaurants— that’s what community is all about.


Girls Auto Clinic founder Patrice Banks

GIRLS AUTO CLINIC

What they do: Patrice Banks’ Upper Darby auto repair shop is empowering female mechanics and car owners to take the reins in a male-dominated industry. You can also get a mani/pedi while you wait.

Do-good jawn: workshops and educational resources empower women to take control of their auto-repair needs and a safe, comfortable environment. 7425 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby, 461-4693


Three women stand side by side in warrior two pose.
Photo by A. DeCervantes

UPRISING ACM YOGA

What they do: Yoga, art and cultural events for the community in East Passyunk.

Do-good jawn: Uprising ACM (Arts, Culture, Movement) is dedicated to serving ALL people through their wellness journeys. They focus on using movement as a catalyst to heal both body and mind. 1839 E. Passyunk Avenue, 215-839-4009

COFFEE, SNACKS, MEALS


COFFEE CREAM AND DREAMS

What they sell: Great coffee, pastries and other sweet and caffeinated treats in Fairmount.

Do-good jawn: Shop owners Stephanie Ford and Sonja West are serving up more than your daily caffeine fix. Their goal was to create a shop where folks could come, sip and feel at home. You can sit and sip alone or bring friends for a cozy cafe day. 1500 Fairmount Avenue, 267-225-7602


DOPE BOTANICALS

What they sell: Herbal tinctures, smoothies, tinctures and plant based goodies in Rittenhouse.

Do-good jawn: Sisters Nakia and Taahirah Stith are providing everything you need to feel good from the inside out. Step into their plant-based apothecary and they’ll help you tap into the healing powers of everyday herbs and tonics. 257 S. 20th Street


DRE’S HOMEMADE WATER ICE AND ICE CREAM

What they serve: Southern-style ice cream and water ice, some wit CBD infusions, in season, in Dilworth Park.

Do-good jawn: Andre Andrews founded Dre’s to create jobs for marginalized community members in Philadelphia. 1 S. 15th Street (Dilworth Park) and 15th Street between Arch Street and JFK Boulevard (LOVE Park)


The owner of Franny Lou's Porch stands out in front of her shop and cafe.
Franny Lou’s Porch owner Blew Kind | Photo by J. Fusco / Visit Philadelphia

FRANNY LOU’S PORCH

What they serve: Coffee, tea, sandwiches, and other treats.

Do-good jawn: Franny Lou’s name pays homage to two civil rights activists: Fannie Lou Hamer and Frances E.W. Harper. Since opening its doors, Blew Kind’s inviting East Kensington cafe has become a hub for community gatherings and workshops. 2400 Coral Street, 267-596-6274


The team behind Down North Pizza | Photo courtesy Down North Pizza

DOWN NORTH PIZZA

What they serve: Detroit-style pizza, fries and shakes in North Philly.

Do-good jawn: Down North provides employment opportunities to formerly incarcerated people, who usually struggle to find employment. On top of that, chef Michael Carter’s pizza is really good. 2804 W. Lehigh Avenue, 215-377-9787

Interested in starting or expanding your own Black-owned business? Check out our region’s African American Chamber of Commerce for resources and support.

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