This article was first published in June 2020. It was last updated on January 31, 2021.
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February is Black History Month and one way to celebrate is to support Black-owned businesses not just this month, but all the months.
Here is a growing list of local Black-owned businesses to check out (or revisit).FOOD + DRINK
Leah & Louise
The southern-inspired juke joint run by husband and wife duo Greg and Subrina Collier has quickly become a Camp North End staple. Since opening in March, they’ve secured the No. 2 spot on Esquire’s list of best new restaurants in the U.S.
How to support: Order lunch or dinner online here. The Colliers also own the Uptown Yolk in 7th Street Public Market.
Courtney Standridge has her own personal training business and is accepting new clients. She works with people one-on-one to create a customized plan, combining nutrition and workouts, to meet whatever health goals they may have.
To support: Book a consultation and sign up for a plan.
The WashRoom Laundry Service
S.C. McNeill opened The WashRoom in February 2016. It’s a full-service dry cleaners, currently offering free contactless pickup and delivery in captainqq.net and surrounding areas. They also offer commercial services to businesses with laundry needs.
To support: Schedule a laundry pickup here.
Asap Tax Express
Services include individual and business tax preparation, payroll, and bookkeeping.
To support: Make a virtual or in-person appointment by calling 704.817.7196 or visit online.
Quin Gwinn Studio
Quintel Gwinn is a full-service interior designer. Pre-coronavirus she worked with clients one-on-one to transform their homes, and since having to work from home, she’s launched online services, too. She now offerings virtual design consultations and other online design packages.
To support: Hire her to redesign your home, or opt for one of her new online offerings. Also, follow her Instagram for all the design inspo you’ve ever wanted.
Bubbly Pups NC
This full-service dog groomer offers haircuts, baths, dental care, de-shedding treatments, and other services.
To support: Book a grooming appointment for your pup.
The full-service coaching and training firm specializes in everything from resume writing, interview practice, biographies, and cover letters to C-level executive coaching, leadership workshops, and career mapping.
Uptown dentistry owned by Dr. Seti Byrd in the Epicenter.
To support: Call (704) 632-7700 to make an appointment and learn about their services.
The Village Child Development Center, LLC
The Village is a family child care home that serves students between 6 weeks and 12 years in a Spanish-English format. Parents and families can request a virtual tour and go through the enrollment process now so that once things re-open, your child(ren) can attend. To support: Consider making a contribution by shopping The Village’s classroom wish list on Amazon.
Isaiah Counseling and Wellness
A family-owned counseling and wellness practice that provides counseling, massage, yoga, and nutrition services to promote a better quality of life. In the current times we are facing, they have noticed more black people acknowledging a need for support, breaking down stigmas, and reaching out for help. Isaiah C&W is working toward being a beacon in the community to help with these conversations.
Due to COVID, they stopped their yoga and meditation classes and started using telehealth services for psychotherapy and nutrition counseling appointments.
To support: Make an appointment to create a nutrition plan or need someone to talk to about how you are feeling mentally. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook.
Diamond Finish (Reopening Feb. 8)
The car wash and lube center offers oil changes, brake services, and state inspections. The service center on Brookshire Boulevard prides itself on low prices and high integrity. Customers can get their car serviced and washed in the same visit.
Sugar and Spice Party Bus
Mobile age-appropriate parties for girls ages 5-17. They travel within captainqq.net and 30 miles of the Bank of America Stadium. They are currently offering custom home party packages.
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“Under normal circumstances, we host celebrations on our sweet pink bus, but due to the pandemic and social distancing, we have been unable to use our bus for parties,” says owner Joi Kennedy. This pandemic has challenged our service-based business to create a product for our community, the home activity kits. They plan to resume bus parties shortly after phase 3 of North Carolina’s reopening but will have to make changes in our capacities and procedures.