Over the past decade, countless Black-owned businesses in Brooklyn (and nationwide) have fallen victim to gentrification. Rising rents and leases are forcing businesses to close. However, there are still many Black-owned businesses and institutions that have weathered the storm and continue to provide great goods and service.
Black Owned Businesses in Brooklyn
by Elias creates elegant, handcrafted artisanal pieces to serve as the finishing touches on elegantly attired clients across the globe. Founder Bevin Elias
The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) aims to serve as a conduit for African Diaspora forms of expression ranging from the visual and performing arts to film and television. Executive Director: James Bartlett
Calabar Imports is a trendy, specialty retail and gift store that offers home furnishings, unique crafted jewelry, fashion and gifts sold at moderate prices. Owners: Heloise Annette Oton and Atim Annette Oton.
Khamit Kinks is a natural hair care salon that specializes in natural hair styles and maintaining healthy hair. Owner: Anu Prestonia
Anu also owns Anu Essentials, a natural care line that includes perfume, body and hair care products.
BASS by Ron Bass is a premium lifestyle brand heavily based on the Art, Faith and Fashion style of Artist Ron Bass
Akwaaba Mansion is a meticulously restored Italianate villa features exquisite architectural details, including 14-foot ceilings and ornate fireplaces. Owners: Glenn Pogue and Monique Greenwood
Kira Nacole is a custom women’s apparel line that embodies vividness in color and boldness in pattern. Founder: Shakira Lewis
Richol Bakery combines French tradition with an American Flair, including a light menu of quiche & panini, plus pastries & elegant French-style desserts. Owner: Chef Albert Richol
Fairweather Faces is a traveling beauty service designed to bring complete beauty services to you. Staff members are seasoned, licensed make-up artists, estheticians, nail technicians, hairstylists and massage therapists. Owner: Andrea Fairweather
Curvy Chick Fitness Curvy Chick Fitness was created by Celebrity Fitness Instructor Charity Lynette. It is designed for women at any fitness level. The workout includes cardio, toning & fun!
Adrian Fanus Grooming is a highly rated barbershop that tailors to each client’s grooming experience to maximize his/her own personal and unique sense of style. Owner: Adrian Fanus
From old school haircuts styles to the most current popular hair styles , Brooklyn Master Barbershop focuses on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction. Owner: Nestor Guzman
Ms.Dahlias Cafe specializes in baked eats, including biscuits & muffins, plus light fare in cozy digs. Owner: Margo Lewis
A remarkably preserved slice of the prohibition era, Bedford Hall is the perfect combination of a Bar, Lounge, and Events Space. Owner: Calvin Clark
La Caye offers authentic Haitian cuisine & inventive sangrias in an intimate, art-hung space with outdoor dining. Owner:Spencer Province
The Crabby Shack is your destination for all things crabs! They dish up crab in full plates with sides, as well as in rolls, tacos & sliders. Owners: Fifi Bell Clanton and Gwendolyn Niles
Bed-Vyne Brew Bar is a pub with a reclaimed wood decor serves draft microbrews & hosts DJs from Wednesday to Saturday. Founders: Rotimi Akinnuoye, Michael Brooks, Peter Medford and Ayo Akinnuoye
Blew Smoke is a sophisticated cigar lounge with Wi-Fi, TVs, private humidors & a BYOB drink policy. Owner: Gloria Blake
Brooklyn Bell is an ice cream shop that sells classic & seasonal flavors & other housemade sweets. Owners: Ron Cunningham and Kati Duncan-Cunningham
Brooklyn Swirl is the first independently-owned frozen yogurt shop to serve the Brooklyn Community. They serve crepes & smoothies in bright modern digs with a patio & free WiFi. Owner: Jean Alerte
Brooklyn Wine Yard is an intimate lounge, serving up an upscale atmosphere with great wines, spirits, beers, and tasty food.
Bati is a traditional Ethiopian restaurant, located in the heart of Fort Greene, Brooklyn, dedicated to serving authentic delicacies that possess homemade quality flavors. Owner: Hibist Legesse
Jollof Restaurant is a West African eatery with colorful art-filled walls serving a variety of Senegalese and other West African dishes. Owner: Papa Konare Diagne
Joire’s Spa Studio is a beauty salon that offers different types of hair extensions, full body waxing, teeth whitening, and Henna tattooing. Owner: Nikita Gibson
Joshua Dwain Photography is an international wedding photography husband and wife team. Owners: Josh and Anye Frith
Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy is a community-based arts and cultural organization dedicated to supporting the creative, educational, and vocational development of disadvantaged youth and families. Founder: Kwayera Archer-Cunningham
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