The Charlotte and surrounding areas have plenty of black owned businesses, we just don’t often hear about them. One way to celebrate and honor Black History Month is to support local, black-owned businesses. I encourage you to support these businesses not only during the month of February but all year long. I also encourage you to research other black-owned businesses in the Charlotte area. Below is a list of 10 businesses that you can support.
Cloud South End is an intimate luxury lounge on South Mint St. that was started by husband and wife duo Ramond “Mond” and Kyphi Boyd and features dishes like 24-karat gold leaf lemon pepper chicken wings and lollipop lamb chops. Seating is first-come, first-served until 10pm. After 10pm tables are reservation only and can be made here. Located at 1510 S. Mint St.
Day and Night Cereal Bar is Charlotte’s first and only build-your-own cereal bar, which opened in April 2021. They offer a wide selection of classics like Honey Nut Cheerios and Cap N’ Crunch plus cereal varieties from around the world. You can stop in and order something from the menu or customize your own cereal bowl. Located at 127 Brevard Ct.
Detour Coffeebar is a full-service coffee shop on wheels that has dozens of drinks on its menu including coffee and espresso drinks, plus teas, sodas, and smoothies for non-coffee drinkers. You can check out their schedule here and plan to grab your beverage of choice before starting your day.
Jazzy Cheesecakes serves cheesecake in every form and flavor. Owner Gerri Simmons started the business when she was a high schooler at East Mecklenburg in honor of her late uncle Jazzy. Expect everything from classic cheesecake with strawberries to honeybun cheesecake to cheesecake stuffed apples. You can order online or stop by the store located at 9402 Northwest Lake Drive.
Novelty House and Havana Smoke are two concepts, under one roof. Havana Smoke is an upscale cigar social club with a full bar and a small patio overlooking Uptown. One level above is Novelty House, a rooftop bar that’s decked out with flowers on the walls and ceiling. Located at 125 E. 5th St., stop in for a cigar and cocktail of choice.
Tattooz and Booz not only offers tattoos and booze, the tattoo parlor also has a full restaurant menu with bar bites and larger plates, plus boozy cupcakes and hookah all under the same roof. Sounds like the perfect one stop shop. Located in uptown at 505 E. 6th St, Suite 100.
Nyoni Coture is owned by Nyoni Sioh, the luxury menswear retailer offers bespoke suits, tuxedos, shirts, shoes, and accessories. Sioh says custom suiting and made-to-order pieces are the shop’s specialty. You can shop online or in-store, located at 325 N. Graham St.
Charlotte Fit Studio is a boutique personal training studio that caters specifically to women and offers customized workouts, nutrition coaching, assessments and monthly progress reports. Check out their website to book an appointment.
Lucky Spot Barbershop owned by Shaun “Lucky” Corbett, who opened Walmart’s first Black-owned, Black-operated barbershop back in 2019. You can visit the barbershop at 3240 Wilkinson Blvd and get a shape-up, haircut or shampoo among other services. See website for full list of services offered.
Manny’s Nail Spa, owned by Andrico Thompson, never expected to own a nail salon or become a certified nail technician, and the idea of doing nails started as a joke with the fellas. After 20 years as a songwriter and producer, Thompson traded in his stage name “Big Dreek” for “Rico aka Mista Pedi.” He opened Manny’s Nail Spa at 529 Briar Creek Rd in November 2021.