Feb 9, 2023

Your guide to local Black Owned Businesses

by SKYMINT

In honor of Black History Month, we chatted with SKYMINT team members statewide to learn more about their favorite Black-owned Michigan businesses.

Here’s a list of some of our favorite places to shop, eat and explore. From beauty products to bookstores to the best coffee in town, we’ve got you covered! Read below to learn more about these amazing spots and organizations.

Serena Maria Daniels, Detroit Eater
Serena Maria Daniels, Detroit Eater // Detroit, MI

Detroit

  • Ima
    • “The BEST Ramen in Detroit”
  • Good Cakes and Bakes
    • “Delicious sweets and nominated for the James beard award 2023”
  • Baobab Fare
    • “Fantastic East African food truck + nominated for and nominated James Beard Award 2023”
  • Osborn Neighborhood Alliance
    • “Nonprofit focused on revitalizing black neighborhoods and assisting small business owners”

 

Property BLVCKSHEEP Music // Battle Creek, MI

Battle Creek

  • BLVCKSHEEP Music
    • “BLVCKSHEEP is an independent label that creates accessibility points for marginalized artists to connect and grow by removing barriers to music creation, connecting artists, and fostering artist development”
  • Southside Grubs
    • “The best in Battle Creek, hands down!”
  • Island Style BBQ
    • “Succulent, slow-cooked, wood-smoked, BBQ & Jerk brisket, ribs, chicken, and other mainstay island dishes”
C0-founder Daniel J. May, Dabney & Company (image- WWMT)

 

Kalamazoo

  • Glove State
    • “Unique Michigan-themed apparel. It’s a great place to buy a gift”
  • Taste of Soul
    • “The perfect spot for a family dinner at a price that won’t break the bank”
  • Dabney and Co.
    • “Cocktail bar with live music like Jazz, Soul, Funk, and Disco”
Owner Nyshell Lawrence @ Socialight Society, Lansing, MI (photo- LSJ)

 

Lansing

Courtesy 734 Brewing // Owner Brian Jones-Chance

 

Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor

  • Black Stone
    • “Super cozy bookstore in the heart of Ypsilanti”
  • 734 Brewing Co.
    • “The company’s mission is to extend the reach of great beer to forgotten communities while making quality accessible to all.”
  • Mo P’s Chicken and Fish
    • Providing a taste of the south, freshly made fish, chicken, and sides will send you coming back for more.

Courtesy Fort Acres Soul Kitchen

 

Grand Rapids

  • 24K Gold Coffee
    • “The best-tasting locally roasted coffee in the area!”
  • Black Calder Brewing Co.
    • “As Grand Rapids’ first Black Owned Brewery, our craft will be Brewed for the Culture, but our motto is simple. We make Dope Beer for Dope People and always do it for the culture.”
  • Forty Acres Soul Kitchen
    • “Forty Acres owners Darel Ross and Lewis Williams recognized a story that needed to be told—the story (and celebration) of Black America and they’re doing it right here at their restaurant in GR!”
Courtesy Fatty C’s Dog House

 

Big Rapids

 

Go explore, grab a bite and show some love!

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