Celebrate Black History Month by Supporting These Black-Owned Businesses

February is Black History Month. We celebrate this month every year at Nebo, and every year we take a different approach. In the past, we’ve hosted weekly movie screenings, featuring films by Black creators. We’ve used Slack to share Daily Doses, which are bite-sized educational pieces for every day of February. And for the most part, we’ve focused on education and celebration. 

But this year, our focus is on taking action locally — A.K.A., putting our money where our mouth is. 

As they say at The Village Market, support is a verb. It’s not just about good intentions, but about following through. About actually doing something. That’s why we’re encouraging our team, and all of Atlanta, to support Black-owned businesses by patronizing their establishments. 

We’ve put together a by-no-means-exhaustive list of dozens of Atlanta-based, Black-owned businesses for you to visit — not just during February, but throughout the entire year.

In no particular order, here are just a few of the amazing Black-owned businesses that make Atlanta shine. 

Restaurants & Bars:

  • Slutty Vegan has been a long-time Nebo favorite, and serves the most bangin’ plant-based food in the city.
  • Dat Fire Jerk Chicken is a delicious slice of Jamaica, right in the middle of Atlanta. 
  • Roc South Cuisine offers a delightful array of delicious Southern food you won’t want to miss.
  • Pit Boss BBQ has some of the best smoked wings, ribs, and brisket around. 
  • Puncho’s Late Nite Fry Trap has some of the best looking fries we’ve ever seen. 
  • Founded by “Momma Lucy,” The Busy Bee Cafe has been serving the South on a plate since 1947.
  • With the largest Vinyl Collection in Atlanta, APT 4B isn’t just a modern Caribbean restaurant, but an entire experience. 
  • Big Dave’s Cheesesteaks brings the taste of Philly to downtown ATL. 
  • Rodney Scott cooked his first whole hog at 11 years old. Since then, he’s won the James Beard Award for Best Chef, Southeast, and opened Rodney Scott’s BBQ
  • You can’t go wrong with modern Southern classics, and Twisted Soul Cookhouse does them best. 
  • Phew Pies offers an Atlanta spin on traditional Neapolitan pizza. Or to hear them say it: a new way to pizza. 
  • Between $2 Tuesdays, Throwback Thursdays, Soul Brunch and Karaoke, Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen & Bar is as much an experience as a restaurant. 
  • If you’re looking for award-winning shrimp and grits or a great brunch on any day of the week, look no further than Milk & Honey
  • Tassili’s Raw Reality isn’t just known for having the best kale in Atlanta (which they do!), but also for their unique Afrocentric ambiance. 
  • K&K Soul Food has been serving true home-style cooking for more than 40 years. 
  • Cocktails, craft beers, great food and unbeatable views from the top of Ponce City Market. What else could you want from 9 Mile Station?
  • Hippin’ Hops Brewery is Georgia’s first Black-owned brewery. 
  • Are you yearning for an incredible vegan night on the town? Then Bar Vegan is the place to be.

Cafés & Bakeries: 

  • Baker Dude offers a range of deliciously baked goods, from Bou-Cakes to a Lady Gaga-inspired masterpiece. Are you gluten/dairy free, vegan, paleo or keto? They’ve got you covered, too.
  • The “Bless Your Heart” latte and “Slap Yo Pappy” cold brew are enough to entice us to go to Hodgepodge Coffee
  • Freshly baked artisan cookies, hand-crafted cookie milkshakes and customizable ice cream sandwiches. Not As Famous Cookies has it all. 
  • My Fair Sweets doesn’t just bake cakes, they also have DIY cupcake kits and hot chocolate bombs. 
  • A true coffee house experience, Urban Grind Coffee not only has coffee, but open mic nights, art exhibits, discussion groups and more. 
  • If you love donuts, you’ve probably already been to Sublime Donuts. And if you haven’t, it’s high time you check it out.

Retail: 

  • Stix Unlimited is a unisex clothing brand, created for everyone to enjoy.
  • Bombchel at Ponce City Market creates contemporary clothing, with fabrics and prints that are purchased locally in West Africa. 
  • Visit For Keeps Books for a curated selection of rare and classic books by Black authors, plus experience their one-of-a-kind reading room.
  • The New Black Wall Street Market is a destination for family fun, entertainment, retail, gourmet grocery shopping and fine dining. 
  • The Village Market at Ponce City Market features an ever-rotating collection of curated Black-owned businesses.
  • 3 Parks Wine has great wine. Need we say more?
  • Pressed offers a unique collection of women’s apparel and cosmetics. 
  • The Beehive is a boutique collective with products ranging from apparel to housewares and local food goods. 
  • A Ma Maniére features a collection of high-end designers with a focus on men’s apparel.
  • New arrival in the family? Happy Mango has everything you need for new babies and new moms. 
  • Need to spill some tea? Visit Just Add Honey for a unique tea room experience or if you simply want to buy the best tea around.

Services:  

  • In the market for some new ink? City of Ink specializes in clean line work, bold color and realistic shading syles, and Iron Palm is home to half a dozen artists, each with a unique style that is sure to catch your eye.
  • Purple Door Spa creates beautiful visions by combining authenticity, simplicity, and understated elegance. 
  • Using award-winning techniques, Too Groovy Salon has transformed the hair of thousands of women. 
  • The Swag Shop barbershop takes a cool, casual and artistic approach to self-care. 
  • Kenny T’s creates personalized merch, from screen printing and embroidery to stickers. 
  • The Tila Studios art gallery features beautiful artwork by Black female artists. 
  • Is your pup looking for a spa(w) day? No one is better at pampering than Jazzy Paws, where each grooming service includes an actual massage for your pup.

 

This list is by no means a complete picture of Black-owned businesses in Atlanta. We’d love to hear from you if we’ve left off your favorites!

Not local?

Check out these directories to find Black owned businesses in your area. 

Written by Emily van den Berg on February 4, 2022

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