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Black Businesses in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia You Can Support!

Supporting Black-owned companies helps create more opportunities for Black communities. By doing our part in pouring into Black businesses, the structure of generational wealth can benefit Black families. Buying Black is not a trend, it’s a lifestyle. To help support Black families and communities, check out these Black businesses in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

Restaurants & Food Services

Pittsburgh
  • Fireside Caribbean Restaurant: Serving generous portions of Caribbean food, Fireside Caribbean has pick-up and delivery options available.
  • Flavors Famous Street Food: Located in Marshall-Shadeland, Flavors serves Chicago-style BBQ, flavored wings, jumbo gyros and more. 
  • Gabriella’s Restaurant: Located in the South Side, Gabriella’s is known for its delicious breakfast and lunch options. 
  • ShadoBeni: Available at the East Liberty Farmers Market, ShadoBeni features Trinidadian Vegan Cuisine, including a homemade pepper sauce. 
  • Soul Food Connection: Serving up soul food in Wilkinsburg, this restaurant is best known for “from-scratch” items like fried fish and chicken, as well as green beans. 

For more Black-owned restaurants, check out Visit Pittsburgh.

Philadelphia
  • All The Way Live: owned and run by the mother/daughter duo of Nyeisha Cabiness and Beverly Nedley: nut burgers, quinoa salads, chickpea chili and more.
  • Angry Deekin Ribs: Philly chef and pit master Craig Martin owns this barbecue joint near the city’s Callowhill neighborhood. Stop by for the shop’s juicy beef and pork rib slabs, delicious beef brisket sandwiches and sides like bourbon baked beans and mac and cheese.
  • Keven Parker’s Soul Food Cafe: Fried chicken, mac and cheese, candied yams, collard greens, Southern-fried chicken wings, smothered turkey wings — great soul food — is available at this simmering stall in the Reading Terminal Market.
  • Paprika Halal: This North Philly spot serves up the flavor with stuffed shrimp, racks of lamb, crab cakes and popular salmon dishes, in addition to burgers, pastas and desserts.
  • SOUTH Kitchen and Jazz Bar: Just north of City Hall (and next door to Green Soul), the Bynum brothers own the chic SOUTH Kitchen and Jazz Bar. The restaurant serves up Lowcountry fare (wood-grilled oysters, fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, buttermilk fried chicken), old-fashioned hospitality and a 50-bottle bourbon and whiskey program.

For more Black-owned restaurants, check out Visit Philadelphia.

Apparel, Fashion, & Shopping

Pittsburgh
  • 360 Café LLC: This online boutique is an alternative and spiritual business, providing affordable holistic health and wellness care. 
  • Elated Culture: Elated Culture’s apparel focus is to tell the story of culture through fashion.
  • S. Moye’ Fashion: Celebrating women by creating ready-to-wear fashion, S. Moye’ designs are infused with elegance and a touch of edginess. 
  • Jones Printing: One Stop Print Shop for business and personal printing needs, such as,  business cards, signage, promotional items and much more.
  • Kin of Duncan: Founded by a 13-year-old, Kin of Duncan specializes in t-shirts for kids and fur kids. 

For more Black-owned fashion shops, check out Visit Pittsburgh.

Philadelphia
  • Cultured Couture Vintage: Erik Honesty, Brewerytown bastion of timeless style is best known for its stock of smart designer vintage menswear — Hermes scarves, ties, coats and shirts, Louis Vuitton and Gucci luggage, with select women’s pieces and Honesty’s own line of royalty-inspired, sui generis capes. 
  • Dolly’s Boutique & Consignment: Shani Newton, owner. The stylish set loves that this shop carries women’s clothing for all sizes (extra small through triple extra-large), ages and budgets. On offer: silky tops, stylish separates, maxi dresses and on-point accessories. Dolly’s also has a satellite location in the Fashion District.
  • Philadelphia Diamond Company: Ken and Nicole Black, owners. Custom engagement and wedding rings, one-of-a-kind pieces and gemologist-certified appraisals are the reason clients call ahead to book appointments at this Old City jewelry shop.
  • The Utopia Collective: Cara Reaves, owner. A go-to firm for event planning of all sizes, The Utopia Collective also maintains a fab retail shop. Find delicate jewelry, modern home decor, bridal party gifts and themed “party in a box” packages that come with table settings, paper garland and other accessories.
  • The Sable Collective: Shanti Mayers, owner. Relocated from North Philly to the Fashion District, this inviting, women-centric shop specializes in holistic body care, new and used books, Ankara-print socks, eclectic housewares, affirmation flag pennants (“I Am Brave” and “I Am Magic”) and locally made jewelry and clothing. 

For more Black-owned restaurants, check out Visit Philadelphia.

Health & Wellness

Pittsburgh
  • Panthro Fitness: A fitness facility concentrating on changing lives through fitness, nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle.
  • Black Dreams Escape: A radical therapeutic practice that centers Black and Indigenous rest as a primary component of holistic mental health.
  • Peachy’s Therapeutic Massage: Offering Therapeutic Massages for relaxation and pain, Peachy’s services include Hot Stones, Cupping and Aromatherapy with a specialty in Trigger Point Therapy Release. Their second location is now open in Pittsburgh’s Brookline neighborhood. 
  • Yoga Motif: A creative wellness practice that uses yoga and art making to inspire healing.
  • Total Peace and Wellness: Located in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood, Total Peace and Wellness is a CBD store selling quality full spectrum hemp products. 

For more Black-owned Health and Wellness Centers, check out Visit Pittsburgh.

Philadelphia
  • A Man’s Cave: Judith Dumorney McDaniel, owner. Who says only women should be pampered? The pop-up shops and skincare line from A Man’s Cave are all about helping men enjoy a bit of self-care. Founder Judith Dumorney McDaniel was inspired to start the business after her husband told her most spas cater to women.
  • DanceFit: Bria Moss-Wilkerson, owner. This boutique dance fitness studio, with two locations in Philadelphia, offers group fitness classes designed for people who love to dance. With Zumba, HipFit and Ballet BarreFit, DanceFit disguises exercise to make working out feel like a party. 
  • Girls’ Auto Clinic Repair Center: Patrice Banks, owner. Engineer turned mechanic (and author of Girls Auto Clinic Glovebox Guide) has established the city’s first and only women-run garage and has debuted Clutch Beauty Bar, featuring stations for nails.
  • HolNest: Shannan Reese, owner. Co-op of licensed bodywork therapists offers holistic relaxation and rejuvenation within a private Center City fitness center. Services — Swedish, deep tissue, sports and hot-stone massages, aromatherapy — are reasonably priced and available by appointment only. 
  • Posh Hair Design: Tish Taylor, owner. With over 23 years of hair care experience, Taylor creates a relaxing and tranquil setting to ensure that clients get the best hair care experience. Stylists here work on all styles and textures of hair. Services include relaxers, weaves, highlights, special occasion hair and more. 

For more Black-owned Health and Wellness Centers, check out Visit Philadelphia.

Arts Organizations & Groups 

Pittsburgh
  • African-American Jazz Preservation Society of Pittsburgh (AAJPSP): The mission of the AAJPSP is to preserve, disseminate and promote the history, accomplishments and talents of the African American Jazz Experience
  • Hill Dance Academy Theatre: Using academy style training, performances, master classes and real-life experiences, the Hill Dance Academy Theatre develops and trains students 3-18 in Black Dance Traditions. 
  • Kiln-N-Time: Located in Lawrenceville, Kiln-N-Time is a contemporary paint your own pottery and canvas painting studio. 
  • Ya Momz House Inc.: Established in 2001, Ya Momz House, Inc., is a full-service, Emmy Award-winning multimedia company. 
  • Jazz Workshop INCorporated: Jazz Workshop is a music education program celebrating more than four decades of community interactive mentoring through music. 

For more Black-owned Arts Organizations and Groups, check out Visit Pittsburgh.

Philadelphia
  • Ceramic Concept: Stefani Threet, owner. Opened in November 2020, this West Philly store showcases pieces by more than 50 national and international artists and makers, including works by owner Stefani Threet, in a modern, minimalist-styled space. 
  • October Gallery: Mercer Redcross, owner. “African American art is good for everyone” is the motto of Redcross, the man behind this longstanding repository of mostly contemporary Black art. This elder statesman of creativity has shared his mission from his Germantown flagship through kiosks and shows across town, long before pop-ups were cool.
  • Sippin’ Pic’s Painting Parties: Darlene Walker, owner. This paint and event studio’s motto is “you bring the people, and they bring the paint and the party.” Sippin’ Pic’s hosts events for all ages featuring painting, live music and karaoke. 
  • Rush Arts Philly (RAP): Danny Simmons, owner. The elder brother of the Reverend Run and Russell Simmons established an outpost of his famed Brooklyn art gallery and community space in the Logan neighborhood at the very top of Broad Street. RAP opened in 2016 with the exhibition Power, Protest, and Resistance: The Art of Revolution and continues to organize exhibitions and programs that give opportunities to artists, students, curators and the community.
  • Moody Jones Gallery: Adrian Moody and Robyn Jones, owners. Rich collections of paintings and sculpture by new and established artists draw observers and collectors to this boutique gallery in suburbs just north of city limits. 

For more Black-owned Arts Organizations and Groups, check out Visit Philadelphia.

Please consider patronizing these Black businesses in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia! No matter where you live, seek out Black-owned businesses and organizations to help lift up our communities across the nation.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of A Second Chance, Inc.

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