25 Michigan-born Black-Owned Businesses to Support
In honor of Black History Month — which we believe deserves perennial highlighting — we canvassed our amazing provisioning center staff across the state to learn which are their favorite Black-owned businesses. Their savvy insider answers have sent us to the best hair, fitness, skincare, and clothing stores as well as in search of delicious meals, boss bakeries, and good brews, not to mention dentists, beauty brands, bookstores — and all the other elements of a richly lived life. We’re excited to share this truly inspiring list with you, but we know it’s not comprehensive. So, if you have suggestions to add, we welcome them via this form. We reserve the right to edit submissions for length, accuracy, and clarity — but recommendations are highly encouraged!
More than a place to workout, they also have a registered dietician and licensed clinical psychologist on staff. —Marcel Franklin
Huron View Provisioning Center offers medical and recreational cannabis and is owned and operated by a mother-daughter team who are truly committed to making cannabis accessible to all. —Marcel Franklin
A truly inclusive brand founded by Nancy Young, DBTS caters to all genders, skin types, and concerns. You can purchase their line in their retail location or at select Macy’s throughout the country. —Marcel Franklin
Eqypt Otis has spent years working with Planned Parenthood and the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. She wanted to create a space that “connects people looking for a positive outlook on life,” and she’s done an amazing job by opening up this bookstore and social hub in downtown Flint. The store is inviting, hip, and warm — and all of the furniture and art is local, too! She keeps a variety of books on social issues, as well as featuring Black authors and illustrators. This is one of the only Black woman-owned stores downtown. We’re working on changing that. 🙂 She often showcases local artists and uses her platform to promote and help advertise them. Also: she has a book club anyone can sign up for that sends you a book by a local artist each month. How cool is that?! Overall, the girl is awesome and the bookstore is FIRE. —Taura Williams
First of all, the store is great, an independently owned Black business with fresh, local, and organic food and a huge focus on community involvement and food activism. They use the term “food apartheid” when talking about the Flint community, as in: “Food apartheid is a more descriptive term for what has happened in the city.” Over the years they have partnered with non-profit organizations, such as Edible Flint and Flint Fresh Mobile Market. Over 40 percent of Flint residents live below the poverty line, making it incredibly hard for them to have accessibility to fresh produce and healthy food. The Local Grocer strives to help eliminate those barriers within the community. —Taura Williams
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The Dirt Label was founded by Chris Morris in 2006. The brand’s philosophy is “play by your own rules,” and it embodies this in its unique designs. The Dirt Label is known for its bear clothing — illustrations of bears dressed as different notable figures are depicted on the items — and newly released graphic tees feature people like Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Malcolm X, and Kanye West. —Nina Jackson
Delicious cupcakes! —Michael Champagne
Want to shop where all the sneaker heads shop? This place has some whacked kicks — fo real! —Nina Jackson
Delicious! —Michael Champagne
One of the first retail spots on Woodward downtown. —Amy Cooper
Delicious! —Michael Champagne
Authentic Jamaican food with great service and full bellies. —Nina Jackson
Detroit-born company, vegan, and also Black-owned. —Amy Cooper
Small salon with an amazing owner in Royal Oak who is great with all hairstyles and colors and cut! —Nina Jackson
Want a loaded potato?? I mean LOOOOADED! GO here!!!! —Nina Jackson
I shop with them for all of my skin care needs. They are the home of the most reliable and effective products that I honestly couldn’t go without. For the dependability and quality, the price is more than worth it. —Donovan Sparks
Best bagels in Lansing! Steamed bagel sandwiches! Yummy! —Shelby Kenyon
The best breakfast in Lansing! Opened the doors a month before COVID hit and co-owner Adrian worked almost every day by himself to keep the business afloat. —Nicholas Ross
Dr. Revis has an amazing dental office. Everyone is always so nice and inviting. Having dental work done can be scary and he always takes time to greet his patients by name. He takes time to answer questions and ease concerns. The best dental experience by far! —Danielle D’Mello
This Jamaican-owned restaurant is a must try! You won’t find authentic Jamaican food quite like this anywhere else. The Jamaican Patty is served best with a Red Stripe for some genuine Jamaican cuisine. —Madison Black
Beauty items are on point! All body butters directly sourced from Africa. —Nateah McLemore
Because Doc and Jamal give the best beard trimmings and fades this side of Chicago. I also love that it is a female-owned, Black minority business in white AF Holland. Cool music and vibe. People are super cool and keep it real. Each talented artisan is passionate about making people look and feel good. Doc also goes a step above by donning his Chicago White Sox cap when I visit, knowing I’m a Sox fan and keeping it South Side! —Anon
The owner is a single mom and created this body bar company to pamper both men and women in a peaceful upscale setting. —Brandi Perry
They have classic soul food that will leave you breathless. They also locally source their food as well as their employees. Their purpose is to share the real story of African Americans in our city, state, and country. —Robert Heibel
A freelance photography business from our very own security guard here at Nunica. —Marcus Smith, Jr.
Local black owned business in Muskegon. Great food and everything on the menu is under $10. —Ashley Gore
Muse is an interactive art gallery and event space located in Grand Rapids, MI. It is a collaborative space for creatives to use in executing projects, hosting events, facilitating workshops, and more. Continuously evolving and reflecting the diversity of art and creativity, Muse serves as a beacon of light and inspiration for the community. They are also an “Art BnB” opening in May!
—Marcus Smith, Jr.
They make all natural body creams, soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lip balms, bath bombs, and more! Great products made for sensitive skins and skin disorders. —Alex McCoy