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June 10, 2020

250+ Ohio Businesses to Support that are Black-Owned

UPDATE 6/23/2020: The community response from this list of Black owned businesses in Ohio has been incredible! This post has been featured in The Canton Repository and mentioned in USA Today! I’ve already added over 80 more businesses to this list, and now we are close to 350! I will continue to update this list daily, so please keep sending in your recommendations! I’ve already received messages from business owners on this list that it has positively impacted their business in some way, and that makes all the hours of work and research, worth it! Thank you for continuing to support these amazing businesses!

If 2020 has exposed anything, it’s that racial discrimination is intrinsically ingrained in our cultural foundation. To be clear, Black folx already knew this. But for many people around the country, they had no idea how deep it actually went. Or worse, they knew and turned a blind eye to it anyway. Sadly, it took Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd’s consecutive murders to realize that this country’s racial issues go much deeper than the occasional racial profiling or “isolated” act of police brutality. Racism has revealed itself in every system and structure from coast to coast, but especially in the sustainability of Black-Owned small businesses.

Between the state mandated closures of businesses due to COVID-19, which we already know is disproportionately affecting Black communities, and the existing economic disparities for Black-Owned small businesses, it is up to us to ensure the sustainability and long-term success for them. It’s become clear that we, the people, must support our Black-owned small businesses, so I’ve created a directory of Black-Owned small businesses in Ohio. I will be updating this list as I discover new Black-Owned small businesses in Ohio. If you have suggestions for businesses to add, send me a message!

Black-Owned Restaurants

  1. 2 Daughters Tea Company – Akron, OH
  2. 5 Points Grille – Richmond Heights, OH
  3. All Things Wings – Canton, OH
  4. The Amour Company (Bakery/Catering/Food Service) – Owned by Executive Chef Latrice Walters – Akron, OH
  5. Angie’s Soul Cafe – Cleveland, OH
  6. Ann’s Place – Akron, OH
  7. Archie’s Hough Bakery – Owned by Archie Garner – Cleveland, OH
  8. Bake at 350 Bakery – Copley (Akron), OH
  9. Battiste & Dupree Cajun Grill – South Euclid, OH
  10. Beckham’s B & M Bar B Que – North Randall, OH
  11. Big Eu’es BBQ – Owned by Eugene Wilson – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
  12. BJ’s Kitchen LLC – Owned by Brenda Johnson – Alliance, OH
  13. Black Box Fix – Owned by Eric Rogers – Cleveland, OH
  14. The Boiler 65 – Cleveland, OH
  15. The Boujie Bakery – Owned by Autumn Oliver – Cleveland, OH
  16. The Breakfast Box – Akron, OH
  17. Brown’s Corner Restaurant – Cleveland, OH
  18. Busy B Bakery – Owned by Marissa – Stow, OH
  19. Cafe Phix Midtown (Black Veteran Owned) – Owned by Jackie Larkins –  Cleveland, OH
  20. Cathy’s (Gourmet Ice Cream Sandwiches) – Cleveland, OH
  21. Chef Errrrok – Cleveland, OH
  22. Chef Nae – Owned by DaJhanae Blade – Cleveland, OH
  23. Chillax (Sports Bar) – Canton, OH
  24. Cle Biscuit Heads – Owned by Shawnda Moye – Cleveland, OH
  25. Cleveland Cold Brew Coffee – Cleveland, OH
  26. CMB Soul Food – Cleveland, OH
  27. Columbo Room – Cleveland, OH
  28. Cork and Canvas on 3rd (CCO3) – Canton, OH
  29. The Crispy Chick – Cleveland, OH
  30. Dessert Goddess – Owned by Danyelle Smith – Aurora, OH
  31. Donna’s Delicious Dozen – Columbus, OH
  32. Dreamz Cafe – Cleveland, OH
  33. Dressed Tu Kale – Owned by Maya Melton – Cleveland, OH
  34. Edgar’s Restaurant – Chef Glenn Gillespie – Akron, OH
  35. Ed’s Smokehouse – Canton, OH
  36. Elite Bistro – Cleveland, OH
  37. Ella Mae’s Soulfood – University Heights, OH
  38. Empress Taytu Retaurant (Ethiopian Cuisine) – Cleveland, OH
  39. Essential Dipped Delights – Owned by Takila Nuss – Akron, OH
  40. Evan Walker (Personal Chef) – Akron, OH
  41. The Flavor Grille (American/Jamaican) – Owned by Leonard Beasley – Akron, OH
  42. Flour Child Bakery – Owned by Gabrielle – Cleveland, OH
  43. Frederick’s Wine & Dine – Owned by Frederick Parks – Cleveland, OH
  44. The Fresh Fix of Heights – Cleveland, OH
  45. Fresh & Meaty Burgers – Cleveland, OH
  46. Goodfella’s BBQ – Cleveland, OH
  47. Gourmet Gent (Personal Chef) – Cleveland, OH
  48. Gourmet Girl Custom Cakes – Cleveland, OH
  49. Hoyo’s Kitchen (Somali Cuisine) – Owned by Abdilahi & Mohamed Hassan – Columbus, OH
  50. Irie Island Jamaican Restaurant – Owned by Melissa Bailey Green – Canton, OH
  51. Irie Jamaican Kitchen – Owned by Omar McKay – Cleveland, OH
  52. J.Ashli’s Cooking Creations – Akron, OH
  53. Joe’s Chicken and More – Canton, OH
  54. Juliabelle’s Seasonings, Rubs & Mixes – Cleveland, OH
  55. KG Homebaked Goodness – Owned by Karen Gordon – Cleveland, OH
  56. Kim’s Wings – Cleveland, OH
  57. LA Soul Food and Catering – Akron, OH
  58. Lee’s Seafood Boil – Cleveland and Columbus, OH
  59. Legends Bistro – Euclid, OH
  60. Lejit’s BBQ & Seafood and Lejit’s Catering – Owned by Lejit Smith – Canton, OH
  61. Lifestyle Cafe (Plant Based) – Columbus, OH
  62. Little Chunk of Goodness – Owned by Christy Williams – North Canton, OH
  63. LJ Sweets Designs – Owned by Lynette Jones – Massillon, OH
  64. The Magnolia Experience – Cleveland, OH
  65. Marques (Southern, Cajun, Creole) – Akron, OH
  66. Meals Made Easy – Cleveland, OH
  67. Nicoles’ Restaurant (Soulfood) – Akron, OH
  68. Nothing Bundt Cakes – Owned by Kenny Peterson – Canton, OH
  69. One Stop Shop (Bakery) – Canton, OH
  70. Open Pitt Barbecue – Cleveland, OH
  71. Ora Bell’s Southern Cuisine – Owned by Sharon and Terry Robinson – Cleveland, OH
  72. The Original Grille – Cleveland, OH
  73. O Taste and See Bakery – Owned by Shauntya Brown – Kent, OH
  74. Pammie’s Restaurant – Akron, OH
  75. Pat’s Granola – Cleveland, OH
  76. PearlFlower Catering – Owned by Tiwanna Scott-Williams – Cleveland, OH
  77. The Pierogi Lady – Akron, OH
  78. Prepped Up – Cleveland, OH
  79. Renee’s Place – Cleveland, OH
  80. The Rib Cage Smokehouse Bar & Grill – Cleveland, OH
  81. Ronnie & CJ’s – Cleveland, OH
  82. Rosemary’s Vegan Daughter – Cleveland, OH
  83. Sam Sylk’s Chicken & Fish – Cleveland, OH
  84. The Sandpit Cafe & Lounge – Massillon, OH
  85. The Sauce Boiling Seafood Express – Cleveland, OH
  86. Sauce the City – Cleveland, OH
  87. SC Bar & Kitchen – Owned by Sean Chatman – Reynoldsburg, OH
  88. Scratch Steakhouse and Lounge – Owned by Demond Germany – Louisville, OH
  89. Sister’s Soul Food – Owned by Tracy R. Foster – Canton, OH
  90. Skye LaRae’s Culinary Services – Owned by Eric Wells – Cleveland, OH
  91. Social 8 – Akron, OH
  92. Southern Cafe – Cleveland, OH
  93. Southern Sweets Cleveland – Owned by Shawnda Moye – Cleveland, OH
  94. Squash The Beef Catering – Cleveland, OH
  95. Stachia’s Almost Famous Wings – Owned by Stachia Manson – Canton, OH
  96. Studio Bakery – Owned by Kara Hammett – Canton, OH
  97. Subcity Restaurant – Cleveland, OH
  98. Super Chef’s Breakfast & More – Owned by Ryan Bryson & Darnell Ferguson – Gahanna, OH
  99. Sweet and Savvy – Owned by Savannah Griggs – Akron, OH
  100. Sweetly Shoibhan Pastries & Bubble Tea – Garfield Heights, OH
  101. Swerve Grille – Beachwood, OH
  102. Taste of Jamaica – Cleveland, OH
  103. Tea House Bakery – Akron, OH
  104. Third Perk Coffeehouse & Wine Bar – Dayton, OH
  105. Twist Cupcakery – Dayton, OH
  106. UnBar Cafe – Cleveland, OH
  107. The Vegan Doughnut Company – Cleveland, OH
  108. Vegan Taste – Owned by Kyronne Jackson – Toledo, OH
  109. Waffle O Waffle – Medina, OH
  110. West Side Coney Island – Akron, OH
  111. Yummies Kisses Desserts – Owned by Nina Robin – Canton, OH
  112. Zanzibar Soul Fusion – Cleveland, OH
  113. Zoma (Ethiopian Cuisine) – Cleveland, OH

Black Artists, Bloggers, Creatives, Shops & Retail

  1. 2 Live Music (Music Store) – Akron, OH
  2. 7th Floor Clothing – Owned by Frank Miller III & Preston Clark – Akron, OH
  3. Akron Honey – Owned by Wesley Ian – Akron, OH
  4. Anitavee Textile – Columbus, OH
  5. April Sunami – Columbus, OH
  6. Arukah Art – Owned by Kristi – Cleveland, OH
  7. Battlegrounds to Boardgames – Co-Owned by Brandon Gillespie – Canton, OH
  8. Bizzy Beads Boutique – Owned by Kimberley Camp – Cleveland, OH
  9. Black Art Plus – Columbus, OH
  10. Black Girl in CLE (Blog) – Cleveland, OH
  11. Black Girls in Trader JoesLauren (Lo) & Mercedes (Dee) – Cleveland, OH
  12. Blossom Beauty Co. (Natural Beauty Products) – Owned by Deidre – Cleveland, OH
  13. Blyss International – Owned by Melita Polk – Canton, OH
  14. Brittany’s Record Shop – Cleveland, OH
  15. Bunny Paige – Owned by Lauren Tatum – Cleveland, OH
  16. Cain Cosmetics & Skincare – Cleveland, OH
  17. Candied Nectar – Owned by Tonciauna Perkins – Akron, OH
  18. Candy Glam Boutique – Owned by Candy Love – Akron, OH
  19. Careful & Careless (Women’s Clothing) – Akron, OH
  20. Choate Body – Owned by Rhandi Kai – Cleveland, OH
  21. City Living Furniture – Owned by Charlene Williams – Columbus, OH
  22. Curvy in Cleveland – Cleveland, OH
  23. Destinee Stark Shop – Owned by ME! – Canton, OH
  24. Dornee – Owned by Torrian Denise – Cleveland Heights, OH
  25. Elizabeth’s Bookshop and Writing Centre – Founded by Rachel Elizabeth Cargle – Akron, OH
  26. Gallery in the Hood – Owned by William H. Thomas – Columbus, OH
  27. The Garrett Candle Co. – Owned by Chris Garrett – Cleveland, OH
  28. Gilmores Boutique – Owned by Jo Ann Montgomery – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
  29. Goods – Akron, OH
  30. He Loves Curves Boutique – Cleveland, OH
  31. Hippie Chemist – Parma, OH
  32. House of Oluku (Online African Boutique) – Owned by HerMaya Onunwor – Based in Cleveland, OH and Handmade in Nigeria
  33. The JameS Brand – Owned by Anesah – Akron, OH
  34. James Lauren Beauty – Owned by Rebecca Christian-Lipker – Cleveland, OH
  35. Jaybella (Kid’s Clothing) – Owned by Dannelle Jenkins – Ohio
  36. JBurgess Designs – Owned by Jessica Skinner – Akron, OH
  37. Kila’s Design Studio – Owned by Kila Joseph – Columbus, OH
  38. Kincs by Nicki – Owned by Nichole Burton – Columbus, OH
  39. Kiri Chic – Cleveland, OH
  40. Kreaten Wreaths – Owned by Keresia Gordon Herring – Canton, OH
  41. LT Squared (Stationary Design & Gift Products) – South Euclid, OH
  42. MochaPrism LLC (Children’s Book Author & Independent Publisher) – Owned by Yolanda McElroy – Columbus, OH
  43. Moore Pet Supply – Euclid, OH
  44. Natural Mink Co. (Handmade, Plant-based Skincare) – Owned by Sisters, Aleshia and Janaja Leonard – Cleveland, OH
  45. No Basis Co. – North Olmstead, OH
  46. Not Perfect Clothing – Owned by Willie Harper & Thomas McFarland – Akron, OH
  47. Océanne Studio and Boutique – Owned by Anne Harrill – Cleveland, OH
  48. Ode Vintage – Cleveland, OH
  49. Olde Towne East Candle Company – Columbus, OH
  50. One Eleven Candles – Pickerington, OH
  51. Pea Pod Pixie Gift Shop – Owned by Ivory and Jeanette – Toledo, OH
  52. Perfect Pineapple Wraps – Owned by Charron Martin – Cleveland, OH
  53. PriS’e Creations – Owned by PriScillia Sales – Columbus, OH
  54. PS Boutique – Fairlawn (Akron), OH
  55. Queen Jefe LLC – Owned by Portion Mixon – Akron, OH
  56. Relentless Faith Fitness – Cleveland, OH
  57. Saint Augustine and Suds – Akron, OH
  58. Salt Me! – Owned by Tonia Farmer, MD – Warren, OH
  59. Selene Stone – Owned by Liz Bradley – Canton, OH
  60. Shop Kay Marie (Online Boutique) – Owned by Kasha Lucas – Canton, OH
  61. Sky Blue Outerwear – Owned by DeNica Bishop – Akron, OH
  62. Skyler Juan (Musician) – Akron, OH
  63. SpiRituals (Vegan Bath Products) – Owned by Maasiti Jaade – Cleveland, OH
  64. Styles of Imagination – Owned by Diane Linston – Cleveland, OH
  65. Studio 528 Holistic Health, Wellness + Gifts – Owned by Tiffany Msafiri – Canton, OH
  66. Studio Noelle (Plus Size Boutique) – Maple Heights, OH
  67. Sweetly Created 4 U – Owned by Brandy Coffey – Akron, OH
  68. This is Cultured – Akron, OH
  69. TL Yarn Crafts – Owned by Toni Lipsey – Columbus, OH
  70. Totally Tangled Creations – Owned by April Nicholson-Couch – Akron, OH
  71. TXTURATees – Owned by Elise Burnett Boyd – Akron, OH
  72. URBAN Stereotype – Owned by 15 year old JeNoah Lee – Alliance, OH
  73. We Care Tees – Owned by Ramahn Jemahl – Akron, OH
  74. Wednesday Workshop
  75. Wig Dealer – Euclid, OH
  76. Yetunde Rodriguez Design – Dayton, OH

Black-Owned Professional Services

  1. 14 Hearts Healthcare Agency LLC – Owned by Carolyn Barnes – Akron, OH
  2. A Better Cleaning Service – Owned by Antonio Goodwin – Akron, OH
  3. AB Shelby’s Auto & Tractor Trailer Repair – Owned by Steve Evans Sr. – Akron, OH
  4. Allynne Time LLC (Photobooth Company) – Owned by Shaleeta Smith – Cleveland, OH
  5. Angie Smith Photography – Akron/Canton, OH
  6. Armstead Logistics (Trucking Company) – Owned by Shawn Armstead – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
  7. Astro Vizion Productions LLC – Ja’Shon Harris – Akron, OH
  8. Auden & Company (Branding Strategy) – Owned by Janae – Cleveland, OH
  9. Awake To My Soul (Yoga Teacher & Teacher Trainer) – Owned by Ylonda Rosenthal-Greene – Cleveland, OH
  10. BABE Magazine (Black and Brilliant Entrepreneur Magazine) – Owned by Da’Shika Street – Akron, OH
  11. Beats by Jey (Youtube Channel) – Akron, OH
  12. Be Free Project (Life Coach) – Owned by Siobhan Sudberry – Cleveland, OH
  13. Behavioral Harmony LTD. – Owned by Victoria Walker – Canton, OH
  14. Beverly Proctor-Donald, Attorney at Law (Family Law) – Canton, OH
  15. BriKlassy Events – Owned by Bri Griggs – Akron, OH
  16. Brown Beatty Counseling & Consulting LLC – Owned by Dr. Rosalyn Y. Brown Beatty – Cincinnati, OH
  17. C7 Branding – Cleveland, OH
  18. Carrington Financials LLC – Owned by Carrington Chatman – Akron, OH
  19. Champion Dry Cleaners – Owned by Daryl Stephens – Massillon, OH
  20. Champion Pest & Termite – Owned by Dwight Holloway – Pickerington, OH
  21. Cleveland Flower Walls – Cleveland, OH
  22. Cleveland Veterinary Clinic – Owned by Dr. Venaya K. Jones – Cleveland, OH
  23. Cloud 9 Favors – Owned by Jason Frazer and Romney Smith – Cleveland, OH
  24. Cloverleaf Animal Hospital – Owned by Dr. Linda Randall, DVM – Lodi, OH
  25. CoCreative (Marketing and Branding) – Cleveland, OH
  26. Colbert Painting and Reconstruction – Owned by Kamala Colbert – Columbus, OH
  27. Collective Casting (Expanding diverse representation for models, artists, & talent) – Cleveland, OH
  28. Computer Repair Extraordinaires and Consultants – Akron, OH
  29. Corporate Cleaning – Owned by Crystal Hughey – Columbus, OH
  30. Covesa Kelly Events – Valley View, OH
  31. The Crystal Collection (Event Planner) – Owned by Crystal Corbin – Cincinnati, OH
  32. C&T Office Maintenance – Owned by Clarence Tyree – Columbus, OH
  33. Cultivated Visions (Branding Services) – Owned by Nzinga Hart – Akron, OH
  34. Daybreak Yoga – Owned by Dawn M. Rivers – Bedford, OH
  35. Destinee Stark Photography (Branding & Senior Portrait Photographer) – Owned by ME! – Canton, OH
  36. Diamond Home Detailing – Owned by Dawonne Jackson – Columbus, OH
  37. Divine Touch Services – Owned by George Cutliff – Westerville, OH
  38. Dove Building Services Inc. – Owned by Vernon Gibson – Columbus, OH
  39. Dreams 2 Reality Event Planning – Owned by Danica Rice – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
  40. Economy Auto Glass (Call 216-414-9913) – Black Veteran Owned by Darin Butler – Cleveland, OH
  41. Electronic Systems Consultant – Owned by John Larkin – Columbus, OH
  42. Elite National Building Services – Columbus, OH
  43. Essentia Strategy Group – Columbus, OH
  44. Evan’s Lawn Services LLC – Akron, OH
  45. F & H Cleaning Services – Owned by Margaret Hughley Fowlkes – Columbus, OH
  46. Firstfruits Event Planning & Catering – Owned by Gail Weatherspoon – Akron, OH
  47. Flick A Pic Photobooth – Owned by Chris and Daylon Pickard – Columbus, OH
  48. Fluff N Stuff Pet Services and Mobile Grooming – Owned by Marche Smith – Cleveland, OH
  49. Freedtyme LLC (HR Services) – Owned by Toya Newell – Cleveland, OH
  50. Gifted Doula LLC – Owned by Sherveriria Harris – North Canton, OH
  51. Ginger Cunningham & Associates – Columbus, OH
  52. Green Counseling Services – Owned by Maisha McIntyre – Fairlawn, OH
  53. Hackenberg Realty Group – Owned by Melissa Hackenberg – Canton, OH
  54. Helping Hands (Home Health, Household Assistance, & Compassionate Care) – Co-owned by Jerome Armstead – Canton, OH
  55. Hercules Services – Owned by Sylvester Ferguson – Cleveland, OH
  56. Human1st LLC (Community Services) – Owned by Dallas Harper – Canton, OH
  57. The Hydration Station – Owned by Clifford and Cherry Jarrett – Canton, OH
  58. I Got Your Back Massage and WellnessShay Somerville-Shropshire – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
  59. Intuitively Rooted – Owned by Vonree Mao – Cleveland, OH
  60. J.A. Goodson Construction LLC – Owned by Jerry Goodson – Kent, OH
  61. Jaron M. LeGrair Studios (Vocal Coach) – Akron, OH
  62. JLW Tax and Financial Services LLC – Owned by Joi Wilson – Akron, OH
  63. Kamron Khan (Photographer) – Cleveland, OH
  64. L & H Homecare (Email l_hhomecare@att.net – Provides home services for homeless veterans and people living with mental illnesses) – Owned by Larry & Heidi Steens – Akron, OH
  65. Line Up Lawn Care LLC – Owned by Deetrein Johnson – Massillon, OH
  66. Lion Hearted Entertainments – Owned by Anthony Marks Jr. – Marion, OH
  67. Live Shots Entertainment (Photo/Video Services) – Andrew and Adriana – Canton, OH
  68. Living Essence (Reflexology) – Owned by Sulesa – Cleveland, OH
  69. Lo-Key Entertainment Services – Cleveland, OH
  70. Manning Preferred Inspections – Columbus, OH
  71. Maraye Design Studio (Interior Design) – Owned by Lannetta Knotts – Columbus, OH
  72. Margo Jackson at State Farm Insurance – Canton, OH
  73. Metaphysical Melanin – Owned by Monica Jefferies – Columbus, OH
  74. Millennial Tax – Owned by Leanna Miller – Cleveland, OH
  75. Minister Sharnise Sears (Wedding Officiant) – Willoughby, OH
  76. Mobile Foamzone & Detailing LLC – Owned by Von Jones – Stow, OH – Serving Stow, Akron, Cleveland, and surrounding areas.
  77. Monique Parish Massage – Canton, OH
  78. Moody Engineering – Owned by David Moody – Cleveland and Columbus, OH
  79. Moody Nolan (Architecture Firm) – Owned by Curt Moody – Columbus, OH
  80. Moto Movers – Owned by Carlos Childs – Akron, OH
  81. My World Studios (Recording Studio) – Owned by Mario Anderson Jr. – Akron, OH
  82. Natasha Herbert (Wedding Photographer) – Cleveland, OH
  83. New Era 330 (American Red Cross Training Services) – Owned by Ashley Armstead – Fairlawn (Akron), OH
  84. N.F.L. Tree Service Company – Owned by Darnell – Richfield, OH
  85. Noir Creative (Photography & Graphic Design) – Akron, OH
  86. Not Just October (Non Profit Organization) – Akron, OH
  87. One Smart Dog Training – Owned by Dr. Linda Randall, DVM – Seville, OH
  88. Optimus Builders – Owned by Marquis Scott – Northfield, OH
  89. PATHworks (strategic support) – Akron, OH
  90. Paws Play (Black Veteran Owned) – Owned by Teressa Doaty – Cleveland, OH
  91. Peak Performance Cleaning LLC – Owned by D’Andre Dukes – Warren, OH
  92. Pixel Pinch Media – Owned by John Foster – Youngstown, OH
  93. PonderSystems Media and Marketing – Owned by Ron Ponder – Akron/Canton, OH
  94. Positive Vibez Cleaning LLC – Owned by Brittany Bell – Akron, OH
  95. Pristine Steam Wash – Owned by Aaron Dukes – Canton, OH
  96. Proventus Insurance Group LLC – Owned by Omara Kazadi-Abe – Tallmadge, OH
  97. Rest and Revitalize Massage Company – Owned by Kristian Amy – Cleveland, OH
  98. Salon de Pooch (Dog Groomer) – Owned by Danielle Duffley – Stow, OH
  99. Sani-Tech Supply (Medical PPE) – Shaker Heights, OH
  100. Scott Mitchell Insurance Agency – Owned by Scott Mitchell – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
  101. Shimeaker Hampton (Doula) – Cleveland, OH
  102. Sincerely Se’Yauna Massage Therapy & Skincare – Akron, OH
  103. Social Butterfly Express – Travel Agency – Owned by Rosalyn Cooper – Cleveland, OH
  104. Speedy iRepair – Owned by Monte Vales – Akron, OH
  105. Staci Jordan Shelton (Performance Consultant) – Akron, OH
  106. Staircase Florist – Owned by Willie and Gwen Watts – Akron, OH
  107. Steady Care Behavioral – Owned by Jerome Armstead – Akron, OH
  108. Stylish Little Mrs. (Bridal Stylist) – Owned by Alexandra Claytor Davis – Dayton, OH
  109. Swim Baby Swim – Cleveland, OH
  110. Touch of Synergy Massage & Wellness – Cleveland, OH
  111. Travel Smart with Erika – Owned by Erika Thomas – Cleveland, OH
  112. Two Talk LPS Learning, Language & IT Services – Owned by Mack McKay – Stark and Summit Counties, OH
  113. Tyler’s Auto Repair – Cleveland, OH
  114. Underdog Productions LLC (Music Production, Podcasting, Photography, Videography) – Owned by Dallas Harper – Canton, OH
  115. Vivid Solution Design Studio – Owned by Nikki Swift – Canton, OH
  116. Whip A Peal Car Care and Detailing Center LLC – Canton, OH
  117. White Glove Cleaning Solutions – Owned by LaQuata Williams – Akron, OH
  118. Wilkinson Funeral Home – Owned by Brandee Michele Wilkinson – Akron, OH
  119. Williams Interior Design Inc. – Owned by Carolyn Williams Francis – Columbus, OH
  120. Windham Cleaning LLC – Owned by Jennah and Adom Windham – Tallmadge, OH
  121. Wright Relations (Communication & Social Media) – Owned by Dani-Renee Wright – Akron, OH
  122. XYZ Professional Services – Owned by Melva C. Williams-Argaw – Columbus, OH
  123. Yokefellow Creative (Boutique Branding Agency) – Owned by Whitney Prather – Canton, OH
  124. Yvonne Palkowitsh (Photographer) – Dover, OH

Black-Owned Salons & Beauty Professionals

  1. A Fine Line Barbering – Owned by Jeff Baldwin – Canton, OH
  2. Amaris Brianna (MUA) – Owned by Amaris Underwood – Fairlawn, OH
  3. Ardor Beauty by Alycia – Owned by Alycia Colon – Cleveland, OH
  4. Bessay Salon – Owned by J. Cordell and Kenneth Slack – Akron, OH
  5. Bloom and Clover Wax Studio – Cleveland, OH
  6. Chester’s Mop Shop – Owned by Nate Chester – Canton, OH
  7. Creations by Tanazia – Owned by Tanazia Morris – Shaker Heights, OH
  8. DLuxe Beauty Consulting (Hairstylist) – Owned by Dasha Isaiah – Fairlawn, OH
  9. Everything by Face (Day Spa) – University Heights, OH
  10. Everything Nails – Cleveland, OH
  11. Glam By Angel (Esthetician) – Owned by Angel Davis – Bedford, OH
  12. Hair by Gradieh – Avon, OH
  13. Hair Geek Studios – Akron, OH
  14. Hall of Fame Barbershop – Akron, OH
  15. It’s Jess Hair – Owned by Jessica Garner – Fairlawn and Canton, OH
  16. Jasmyn Allen (Licensed Cosmetologist and Loc Specialist) – Cleveland, OH
  17. Kangaroo Kutz – Akron, OH
  18. Leia’ Love Hair & Nail Salon – Akron, OH
  19. Montys Barbershop – Akron, OH
  20. The Nail Counsel – Owned by Tashiana Ray – Massillon, OH
  21. Nailed It by Mesha – Owned by Mesha Richardson – Akron, OH
  22. Nan-C’s Beauty Salon – Owned by Nancy Card – Canton, OH
  23. Peach Fuzz – Lakewood, OH
  24. Positive Image Hair Salon – Owned by Mary Reed – Akron, OH
  25. RUSH Image Concepts (Salon) – Owned by Jessica Garner – Worthington, OH
  26. Sharper Image Barbershop – Owned by Adrian Lamb – Cleveland, OH
  27. Sheer Hotness, Makeup and Hair – Owned by Ebony Newcomb – Dayton, OH
  28. Shrita’s House of Style (Hair Salon & Facial Services) – Owned by Shrita Clifford – Canton, OH
  29. Stevie E’s Place (Barbershop) – Owned by Steve Evans – Akron, OH
  30. Studio Be Glam – Owned by Malika Brown – Lakewood (Cleveland), OH
  31. Sweet Veda Crochet Braids – Owned by Veda Graves – Cleveland, OH
  32. Tame Hair Salon – Owned by Niki Levengood – Gahanna, OH
  33. Tease Hair + Body Parlor – Lakewood, OH
  34. Textura Curl Studio – Owned by Elise Burnett Boyd – Akron, OH
  35. Tipsy Nail and Lash Designs – Owned by Felicia Daniels – Akron, OH
  36. Tru Kream Beauty Bar – Owned by Crystal Tyler – Akron, OH
  37. Twisted Bliss Braid and Beauty Studio – Owned by Danie Sheniece – Akron, OH
  38. Unto Him Salon – Akron, OH

Black-Owned Health & Fitness Businesses

  1. Balance Cheer & Gymnastics – Owned by Kanisha Harwell – Warrensville Heights, OH
  2. Blended Nutrition – Canton, OH
  3. Diaita Cold Pressed Juice – Owned by Eddie & Shamiko Mealy – Canton, OH
  4. Fawaky Burst Juice Bar – Cleveland, OH
  5. Fitness & Sports Excellerated, LLC (Training Studio) – Owned by Sean Robbins – North Canton, OH
  6. GrooveRyde – Cleveland, OH
  7. Gym & Juice Cle – Cleveland, OH
  8. Humble Cross Train – Owned by Desmond Jacobs – Painesville, OH
  9. Iron Koi (Personal Trainer) – Owned by Rashida VanLeer-McHargh – Shaker Heights, OH
  10. Nola Movement – Owned by Niké Olabisi-Greene – Cleveland, OH
  11. Nooma (Pre-workout energy) – Cleveland, OH
  12. Pulse Barre and Fitness – Owned by Rodrianna Alsip – Uniontown, OH
  13. Rise Nation – Cleveland, OH
  14. Sheena’s Platinum Movements (Dance Studio) – Akron, OH
  15. Soza Fitness and Wellness – Parma, OH
  16. Summer Ready Fitness – Akron, OH
  17. Team JavanFit – Owned by Javan Shaw – Akron, OH

I have tried my best to provide accurate and up-to-date links, however, if you own one of these businesses and would like updates or corrections made to your links, please contact me.

Additionally, if you are the owner of one of the businesses listed here that are located in Stark County, Ohio and are hiring AND felony friendly, please contact Stark County Employment Specialist, Jake Sims at 330-451-7130 or email him at JMSims@starkcountyohio.gov. Please note: Only contact him if you are felony friendly! Thank you!

If you have other recommendations that are not listed here, please send me a message so I can get them added to the directory! Thank you for taking the time to support Black-owned small businesses in Ohio!

  1. Hi,

    Swimbabyswimcle.com
    Swimming lessons for children
    Cleveland, Ohio

  2. Hello! I wanted to share that I am a black business owner in Stark County. I own a behavior therapy center, BEHAVIORAL HARMONY LTD, and specialize in Applied Behavior Analysis. My center is located in Canton, Ohio.
    Thank you for your support! ❤️
    Victoria Walker

    • Destinee Stark says:

      Hi Victoria! Thank you so much for posting your info! I’ve added you to the list and updated the post! 🙂

  3. Candace says:

    This is great – thank you for collecting this information to share with us. Do you happen to have a similar list for Black Doctors & Dentists? My friends and I are having a hard time finding them on our own and the few Google searches we’ve tried don’t seem to yield accurate results. Any help you could provide would be great!

    • Destinee Stark says:

      Hi Candace, Thank you so much for your kind words! That is a great idea, and I will add it to my list of future content to cover. 🙂

  4. Danica Rice says:

    Hello Desiree,
    I too am a black business owner of an event planning company. My business name is Dreams 2 Reality Event Planning, LLC. We are in Cuyahoga Falls, OH serving Summit County and surrounding areas.

    • Destinee Stark says:

      Hi Danica, I’ve added your business, Dreams 2 Reality Event Planning to the list and updated the post! Thank you for reaching out! 🙂

  5. Carol Richardson says:

    My sister, Mesha Richardson owns a nail shop in Akron called Nailed It on North Main Street.
    Thanks Carol Richardson

    • Destinee Stark says:

      Hi Carol, thank you so much for the recommendation! I’ve added Nailed It by Mesha to the list and updated the post! 🙂

  6. Can you please add me to this list.

    • Destinee Stark says:

      Hi LaQuata, I’ve added your business, White gloves Cleaning Solutions to the list and updated the post! 🙂 Thanks for reaching out!

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  23. Felicia Roberson says:

    Hello
    Can you please add
    Unto Him Salon (Black Owned Salon – Akron Ohio)?
    Also add “Tipsy Nail & Lash Designs” Black Nail Tech
    Akron Ohio
    Thank you

    • Destinee Stark says:

      Hi Felicia, thank you so much for your comment and recommendations! I have added both Unto Him Salon and Tipsy Nail & Lash Designs to the list and updated the post. Please let me know if I can do anything for you in the future, and have a great rest of your week! – Destinee Stark

  24. Mary Gary-Stephens says:

    Hi Destinee, please add Champion Dry Cleaners, Massillion Ohio. Owner , Daryl Stephens

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      Hi Mary, thank you so much for your comment and recommendation! I have added Champion Dry Cleaners to the list and updated the post. I couldn’t find a website to link to, so I just linked to their Yelp page. Please let me know if I can do anything for you in the future, and have a great rest of your week! -Destinee Stark

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