The past month’s protests and social media pauses have shown us how important it is to stand in solidarity and fight for racial equality. But words aren’t always enough—showing support with our actions is a way to make a change. One small but significant way is to support local black-owned businesses, which, like all local businesses, have been hit hard by COVID-19. Still, even in flush times, they may lack the advantages of funding due to discrimination. Spending your dollars equally also promotes economic diversity and helps to break systemic racism. To that end, we put together a list of NJ businesses by area with recommendations from @verybessie, @gracesonde_ @jerseygirltravels, @andrea.her, @cookskitchn, and ShoppeBlack.us. Did we miss you or one you know of? Click on this form, and we’ll make sure to add it. Also, check back for updates regularly, as well as keep refreshing the list as it grows.
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Angel Lite Production, Linden
Photography, Videography, & Media needs for private and public functions, both large and small.
Artistry By Bonnie, Clifton NJ
A makeup and Skin Care Services for all skin types and complexions – private studio located in Clifton, NJ
Beauty and the Chic Salon, Rahway
A full-service salon specializing in hair extensions, faux locs, permanent color, crotchet styles, makeup, and more.
Black Swan Espresso, Newark
A hip coffee shop serving up delicious cold brews, lattes, teas, food, and more.
Blueberry Cafe Juice Bar and Vegan Grill, Newark
Helping people live a good life through good food, Blueberry Cafe offers organic cold-pressed juices and smoothies alongside vegan wraps and soups.
Chez Bébé, West Orange
Eco-friendly bedding & accessories that create a magical space for children to dream, for kids by kids. LillyPad™ premium waterproof pad keeps sheets dry and helps with potty training and bedwetting. Designs are inspired by their 9 year old kidpreneur design director and they show children how to bring their ideas to life.
Coffee & Cornbread, Teaneck
A cafe and restaurant offering comfort food made with all-natural, non-GMO, organic, and vegan ingredients.
Grind Coffee, Jersey City
Delicious coffee from lattes to cappuccinos to nitro cold brews, plus organic teas.
Elan by Uri, Somerset
An online retail store dedicated to servicing customers with unique home decor products that are sustainable and ethically sourced from around the world. They offer a wide range of home decor products, interior design services and bespoke pillows.
Fitness Fast Team USA, Newark
A gym and fitness center offering personal training.
Freetown Road Restaurant, Jersey City
A restaurant focused on west Indian and traditional Caribbean cuisine and techniques.
Harmony Dance Center, Union
In operation for over 25 years, Harmony Dance Center strives to provide both quality in education as well as artistic exploration.
Ikuzi Dolls, Montclair
Founded by Ozi, a mother of 4, Ikuzi Dolls creates beautiful black dolls hand-crafted in every aspect and comes in a variety of different shades of brown, hair textures, styles, and more.
Kika Stretch Studios, Montclair, Short Hills, Summit, Westfield
A studio assisting you in stretching gently as possible to help relieve tension throughout the body and increase flexibility.
LaDi, Saddle Brook
Owned by local mama, Laura Diaz, LaDi is a maternity clothing brand for the modern mama.
L.M.R. Resume Services, Montclair
Resume writing business etiquette and mobile notary public.
Lovelee Wine, Plainfield
A black-owned wine brand that specializes in all things wine and travel.
Marcus B&P, Newark
From Sunday Jazz Brunch to lunch, dinner, desserts, and happy hour, Marcus B&P offers delicious food served up by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson from Food Network.
Montclair Diner, Montclair
A classic diner with all your favorite diner foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Morgan Contractors, Montville
Morgan Contractors is general contracting business. Construction, design, remodeling, and renovations for both homes and businesses. If you can see it, Morgan Contractors can achieve it.
Nyah Beauty, Kearny
Natural soaps, lotions, and scrubs crafted in small batches made with plant-based ingredients that you can pronounce.
Pooka Pure & Simple, Kearny and online
Natural bath and body products. Bath and Body Products
Precious Kids Day Care, Vauxhall
Owned by Ellen Charles for 40 years, this is a daycare located in Northern Jersey.
Sandi’s Soul Bites. Morristown
This soul food restaurant offers up southern homestyle meals cooked to perfection.
Saveur Creole, Montclair
Sourcing and cooking with only the freshest ingredients, Saveur Creole also caters for events and parties.
Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts, Montclair
As a former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater soloist and veteran of seven Broadway shows, Sharron Miller is Founder/Director of Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts (SMAPA), a 501(c)(3) arts education organization whose mission is to provide comprehensive, inclusive developmental training in dance and related theater arts to children, teens, adults and seniors.
Suzan Adedipe – Realtor, Union, Essex & Bergen County Area
Real estate service that helps clients to sell, lease, and buy properties.
Sweet Girl Desserts, Newark
An online delivery/pickup dessert business that specializes in “table desserts” for your friends and family to enjoy.
Thank Her Now, Jersey City
An online retail store that supports and empowers women, with a new podcast that has just launched this year.
Tina Pearson Salon, Edgewater
Formerly of New York’s Upper East Side, Tina Pearson Salon caters to all textures and values the customer experience. Their mission is to not only make women look good but to feel beautiful.
Urban Burger, Cranford
Classic burger and fries joint with yummy brunch specialties too.
Urban GLŌ Brand LLC, Union
A candle and apparel company owned by a fellow #NJMOM.
Vonda’s Kitchen, Newark
A restaurant offering high-quality, healthy, and natural southern-style comfort food.
Willow & Olivia, West Orange
A cafe offering delicious treats small-batch desserts, custom cakes, and sweet treats.
MLC STEM Center, Montclair
Offering STEAM classes, camps, and parties, helping children develop their problem solving and critical thing skills through fun and engaging projects or experiments.
Cafe Du Pain, Lawrenceville
A bakery serving artisanal sweet and savory pastries, cakes, coffee, sandwiches, and more, inspired by food from all over the world.
Littlebit Book Club, Ocean
Board books about the ways babies, toddlers, and young children learn about the world, told from the perspective of the pint-sized protagonist, Lucy Littlebit.
Judith’s Desserts, Ewing
Specializing in desserts baked from scratch using only the freshest ingredients and no preservatives.
The Gingered Peach, Lawrenceville
Opening up again on June 16th, The Gingered Peach is a bakery serving up delicious pastries, cakes, coffees, and teas.
Mai Skin Care, Ocean Township
A skincare studio that redefines beauty and well-being with a therapeutic approach. Their treatments are for rejuvenating acne and aging skin while maintaining complexions with facials and non-invasive cosmetic procedures. Their featured service is the Acne Facial, which focuses primarily on extractions for blocked pores.
Olaide’s Kitchen, Parlin
West African cuisine with a modern twist, combining knowledge passed down through generations along with culinary training.
Prime Surgicare, Freehold
Dr. Seun Sowemimo is a board-certified and fellowship-trained general, laparoscopic, and bariatric surgeon in NJ, specializing in minimally invasive weight loss surgery and general surgery.
Wisdem LLC, Watchung
Founded by a Harvard Law School alum, they provide outstanding career advising and college admissions consulting services for clients throughout New Jersey. They are also offering the flexibility of working with clients in-person or via ZOOM.
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Anyone who knows me knows I don't really drink, even though Akwaaba has its own branded wine–a chardonnay, a merlot and a moscato–all from Napa Valley. Last night, I felt moved to have a glass of the moscato with my dinner. OMG, delicious! What are you swirling, smelling and sipping?
Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast at Buttonwood Manor, Cape May
An upscale lodging experience owned by husband and wife, Glenn Pogue and Monique Greenwood.
Corinne’s PLACE, Camden
A cozy place that offers classic soul food cooking.
Emmalyn Love, Cherry Hill
Effortless and feminine clothing and accessories by South Jersey blogger Emmalyn Love.
Call Me Sparkle, online
An online clothing and accessories shop curated by local NJ blogger, Sparkle, and her mom, representing some of Sparkle’s favorite things and her signature ‘Sparkle Like You Mean It’ graphic tee.
Jane Carter Solution, Online and available in select drug stores
Natural hair care products made from naturally derived ingredients that are good for your body and the earth.
Mac’n By Mari, mail order and local delivery
Specializing in traditional and vegan macarons.
Mr. Tod’ s.Com, online
Named one of the best mail-order pie companies in America by Country Living Magazine and Oprah Magazine.
Art Biz Bakery, online
Fun and informative online classes in digital illustration and graphic design taught by graphic designer, Daveia Odoi.
Strength of a Winner, online store
A fitness Apparel and shapewear line.
Victoria Sangria, online store
Homemade Sangria comes in 5 flavors and available for delivery.