August is Black Business Month

I can’t believe that we are already in August! This year has flown by! As the Summer begins to draw to a close, I wanted to highlight some of my favorite black owned businesses here in NYC in honor of black business month. All of these establishments, I have been to personally so I can vouch for them. Brooklyn is having its own black business renaissance and this list is by no means exhaustive of all the locations and places that are black-owned.

Favorite Restaurant:

Cheryl’s: One of my favorite restaurants in all of NYC is a little gem right by the Brooklyn Museum called Cheryl’s Global Soul.  It’s been a neighborhood staple for well over a decade now, and the food has remained consistently good. Cheryl herself will often be there in the corner greeting her patrons. The food is Caribbean inspired, and the calamari is not to be missed!

Bed-Stuy Fish Fry: This Brooklyn staple really needs no introduction, but for those that don’t know this food is not to be missed. You might have a bit of a wait, but trust me it’s well worth it. I tend to be a bit of a purist, and have mostly stuck with the fried catfish and mac and cheese, but everything always looks amazing!


HealHaus: This is a new wellness space in Clinton Hill where you can take a myriad of classes and sessions such as yoga, mediation, reiki, vaginal steaming, massage, acupuncture, etc. They also offer community workshops, and have a small café space in the front offering smoothies and juices. I had the pleasure of going last month when I made a reiki appointment (another post will be coming on that soon). The space is cozy and inviting and I love the idea of empowering black people to take control of their emotional and spiritual health.


StyleBox: This intimate hair salon located in Park Slope offers everything that us black ladies need to feel comfortable with the hair on our heads! I went in for a trim and blow out, and could book my appointment seamlessly online. I was greeted with a personalized sign upon entry to the salon and sipped a mimosa as my hair was being styled. I paid about $75 which is standard for a salon that does natural hair.

Nail Boutique: This franchise has two locations in Brooklyn, one in Bed-Stuy and one in Clinton Hill. The prices are very reasonable with a manicure and pedicure for $30.  Whenever I’m in need of a good, cheap pedicure this is my go-to spot.

If you want to find more black owned businesses, follow the IG account @blackownedbklyn. They showcase different black owned businesses throughout Brooklyn such as vegan restaurants, florist shops, barbers, exercise studios, etc. There are so many different types of businesses, they’ll be something for everyone!

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