Everything Black-owned Cincinnati

According to the US Census Bureau, only about 10% of US businesses are Black owned. And, unfortunately, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, minority owned businesses were disproportionately affected, resulting in over 40% of Black-owned businesses closing. Black entrepreneurship in America has a rich history and strong ties to the overall economic impact of African-American communities, and businesses owned by BIPOC are crucial to growing the economy. If you are looking for an impactful way to celebrate Black History Month, show solidarity with Black entrepreneurs by supporting Black-owned businesses this month and beyond.

Supporting Black-owned businesses doesn’t just contribute to creating entrepreneurial opportunities (thus fueling economic prosperity), Black businesses are more likely to hire Black workers, which positively impacts the disparity among broader community wealth and opportunity.

Supporting Black-owned businesses acknowledges the wealth gap by creating a path for establishing sustained, multi-generational wealth in the Black community. It also celebrates Black culture.

Below is a comprehensive list of Black-owned businesses in Greater Cincinnati, including Food + Drink, Retail, and Wellness.

FOOD + DRINK

RESTAURANTS

6 ’N the Mornin’ (Kenwood)
Southern-style breakfast restaurant
6inthemornin.com

221 Restaurant Westwood
Senegalese cuisine
Website

Agape Cafe Madisonville
American cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner
agapecafeoh.com

The Aperture Coming to Walnut Hills in summer 2023
Mediterranean, Levantine, and American south influences
theaperturecinci.com

Big Jay’s Place Finneytown
Catering, soul food, Caribbean
Facebook

Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey Union
Contemporary take on classic American frontier food
boomtownbiscuitsandwhiskey.com

Burnett’s Soul Food Walnut Hills
Soul food
Menu

Conscious Kitchen Corryville [temporarily closed]
Vegan and health food restaurant
consciouskitchen.org

COPA Lounge OTR
Nightclub with Sunday brunch
Facebook

Crown’s Kitchen Cheviot
Wings, sandwiches, soul food
Menu

Darou Salam Northside
African Halal and Senegalese cuisine
Menu

Divine Appetite Cafe West Chester
African food—everything from Waakye to Jollof Rice
Website

Elephant Walk Corryville
Indian and Ethiopian cuisine
elephantwalkcincy.com

Emma’s All In One Occasions Westwood
Soul food, breakfast, and catering
Facebook

Essen Kitchen OTR
Plant-based food, vegan; breakfast, lunch, and dinner
essenkitchen.com

Express Wings Roselawn
Chicken wings, sandwiches, seafood
Menu

Gee’s Caribbean Style Groesbeck
Fresh, authentic Caribbean cuisine
Facebook

Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant Westwood
Ethiopian and Eritrean dishes
Menu

Island Frydays Corryville
Jamaican cuisine
islandfrydays.com
Pickup window available

K&J Seafood Bond Hill
Louisiana-style fresh seafood
kjseafood.com 

Katch the Kitchen Northside
Breakfast, lunch, dinner
ktkrestaurant.com

Maize OTR
Venezuelen and Latin American comfort food
maizeotr.com

Mango’s Tropical Oasis Fairfield
Sports bar and grill
Facebook

Millie’s Place Madisonville
Southern, soul food, diner
Menu

Mz. Jade’s Soul Food Middletown
Fresh, homemade southern dishes
mzjadessoulfood.com

Nolia Kitchen OTR
Classic southern flavors and unconventional twists on familiar staples
noliakitchen.com

Ollie’s Trolley West End
Burgers, ribs, and other southern dishes
Facebook

Park Place Restaurant Forest Park
American restaurant and lounge
Facebook

Rasheedah’s Cafe College Hill
Soul food and halal meats since 1993
rasheedahscafe.com

Richie’s Avondale, Bond Hill, Colerain, West End
Soul food featuring spicy fried chicken, deep fried fish, rib tips, and classic soul food sides and desserts
richieschicken.com

SeneGrill West Chester
Senegalese and American fusion
senegrill.com

Teranga Restaurant Hartwell
African and American fusion
terangacinci.com

Wing Champ Sharonville
Wings, ribs, ice cream, and events
originalwingchamp.com

BBQ

Alabama Que Corryville
alabama-q.com

Benin’s BBQ & Steak Westwood
bbqnsteak.com

C&M BBQ Grill Kennedy Heights
Caribbean BBQ
cmbbqgrill.com

Goodies Mt. Healthy
Southern BBQ
Facebook

Ike’s BBQ Evanston, Silverton
Facebook

J & W Bar-B-Que Walnut Hills
Facebook

Just Cooking BBQ Bond Hill
justcookingbbq.com 

Just Q’in Walnut Hills
justqin.com
Dine in, carryout, catering

Midwest Best BBQ and Creamery Loveland
midwestbestbbq.com
Lunch, dinner, catering

COFFEE SHOPS

BlaCk Coffee Lounge Central Business District
Coffee, sandwiches, pastries, pressed juice
Facebook

Cream+Sugar Coffeehouse Evanston
Hot and cold coffee drinks, and light bites
creamandsugarcoffeehouse.com
Catering available

Drip Coffee Lounge Camp Washington
Coffee bar serving locally roasted specialty coffee, plus a unique selection of mixed drinks and quick bites
dripcoffeelounge.com

Muse Cafe Westwood
Coffee, fine wine, jazz, sandwiches, cheese plates, and salads
musecafecincy.com

Sunny Blu Coffeehouse OTR
Coffee drinks, light bites, and ice cream
sunnyblucoffee.com

BARS AND DRINKERIES

Danyelle’s Bellevue Tavern Bellevue
Bar and tavern
danyelles.com

Esoteric Brewing Company Walnut Hills
Brewery with Decibel Korean-fried Chicken onsite
esotericbrewing.com

Kombuchinnati
Non-alcoholic, probiotic kombucha
Website and where to buy

Newport Ultra Lounge Newport
Dance club with craft beer and cocktails
Facebook

Nostalgia Wine and Jazz Lounge OTR
Facebook page

Revel OTR Urban Winery OTR
revelotr.com

CATERING AND CHEF SERVICES

Afromeals OTR
Cooking classes and catering services, featuring African and Caribbean cuisine.
afromeals.com

Dada Smokes BBQ
Catering
dadasmokes.com

Eddie’s Southern Style BBQ
eddiesbarbque.com

The Passion Plate
Personal chef and caterer featuring everyday gourmet and boutique catering
thepassionplate.com

Soleil Kitchen
Personal chef and boutique catering company
soleilkitchen.com
Occasional pop-ups

Soul Secrets Catering Findlay Kitchen
Corporate catering
soulsecretscincy.com
Occasional pop-ups

Southern Grace Cincy
Breakfast, catering
southerngracecincy.com 

FOOD TRUCKS AND TAKEOUT

AJ’s Cheesesteaks
Cheesesteaks, wings, fries
ajscheesesteak.com
Streetfood Finder

Best Thing Smokin’
BBQ and classic favorites
Facebook

BOL Acai Bowl Bar
bolonline.org
Streetfood Finder
Catering available

Burger World
Facebook
Streetfood Finder

Pata Roja Taqueria OTR
Mexico City-style street tacos
patarojatacos.com
Catering available

Smokin’ Inferno BBQ & Catering
Facebook

Triple J’s BBQ
thetriplejbarbq.com
Catering available

Turkeys R Us
Chicken, Turkey, pork, sandwiches, fries
turkeysrus.net
Catering available

Tip: Follow the truck on social media to get their schedule and to see where they will be next!

SWEETS

A Mother’s Touch Cakes virtual and pop-ups
Vegan, organic, sugar-free, and gluten-free desserts. Can be found weekly at Market Wagon, Black Coffee Lounge, Madeira Farmer’s Market, Ajani’s Gourmet Strawberries Sweet Boutique, and Findlay Market.
amotherstouchcakes.com

Aunt Flora’s Cobbler Pie Co Northbrook
Caterer and bakery specializing in cobbler pies, cakes, and Southern comfort food
aunt-flora.com

Cora’s Cakery online
Cupcakes, meringues, cake pops, sugar cookies, and more
corascakery.org

Davis Cookie Collection Bond Hill
Cookies, brownies, and other desserts
daviscookiecollection.com

Jazzy Sweeties Bakery Walnut Hills
jazzysweetiesbakery.com

Kishia’s Kakes
Website

Keys Cheesecake and Pies online
Facebook

Lala’s Blissful Bites Madisonville
lalasbliss.com

Makers Bakers Co. Findlay Market
Artisan cheesecakes, handmade cakes and pies, and other bakery items
makersbakersco.com 

Maya’s Bakes pop-ups, Findlay Market
Cookies and other goodies
mayasbakes.com
Catering available

Sugar OTR
Cookies, cakes, weddings, catering, and more
sugarcincinnati.com 

Sweet Jazz Treats Lockland
Cake pops, brownies, cakes, cupcakes, pies, party platters, dessert jars
sweetjazztreats.com

Sweet Mae’s Cookie Co.
Stuffed cookies with a thick southern accent
sweetmaescookies.com
Available at regional Target stores and these locations

Sweet Petit Desserts Evanston
Cookies, cakes and pies, cheesecake, lemon bars, macarons, and more
sweetpetitdesserts.com
Pre-orders only; now available at Cream+Sugar Coffeehouse

Sweets by LaDawn Silverton
Wedding cakes and more
Facebook

RETAIL+

Alexis Nickelle Co
Soy candles
alexisnickelleco.com

All Cheri’s Intriguing Crystals
Accessories, jewelry, and art
allcheri.com
Formerly Art by Autumn M

Alumni Ink virtual
Online apparel company
alumniink.com

am|PM Exchange
Women’s apparel and beauty products
ampm.exchange

Art on Vine
Monthly market featuring fine art and handmade goods from dozens of artists throughout the Ohio region
artonvinecincy.com

Barcode Glam Montgomery
Beauty meets fashion
barcodeglam.com

BlaCk OWned Outerwear Central Business District
Apparel and accessories for men, women, and children
blackowned19xx.com

Blossoms Florist Reading
Full-service florist servicing Cincinnati for over 30 years
blossomsfloristinc.com

Brittney Kelley Brands
apparel and makeup
brittneykelley.com

The Confetti Room OTR
Event venue
confettiroomcincy.com

The Culture Locker
Provide a positive influence and discovery of black-owned businesses
theculturelocker.com

Curious Concoctions
Soaps, scrubs, body butters, candles, and more
curiousconcoctions.net

Detailed Days Events Design
Event planner
detaileddays.com

Diamyn’s Crystal Bar Pause Cincy (Corryville)
Crystals, jewelry, and sage
diamynscrystalbar.com

District 78 Pause Cincy (Corryville)
Luxury candles and lifestyle brand
bydistrict78.com

Everyday Black
Apparel
everydayblack.net

Fill More Waste Less
Refillable soaps, shampoo, cleaning products, and more
fillmorewasteless.com

Flora Lee Naturals
Plant-based skincare
floraleenaturals.com

Fly By Nature OTR
Apparel
flybynatureclothing.com

From the Sidewalk OTR
Creative hub of streetwear and culture; home of Jet Black Vintage
thesidewalkshop.com

Gee Horton
Hyper-realist visual artist
geehorton.com

Gingham & Glam
Fashion, jewelry, accessories
ginghamandglam.com

GO(O)D Co. OTR
Hats, accessories, and apparel for men, women, and children
goodcoapparel.com

Hard Ta Knock Shoppe Camp Washington
Apparel

Heads Up Trading Co. Camp Washington
Fair trade headbands, head wraps, and Guatemalan jewelry
headsuptc.com

HoopNerdz
Apparel for men, women, and children
thenerdzbrand.com

Hutch Baby OTR
Children’s boutique
hutchbaby.com 

Jet Black Vintage OTR
Curated sustainable fashion
jetblackvintage.com

Junebug Jewelry Designs
Jewelry design
junebugjewelrydesigns.com

Legacy Genius
Black history trivia
legacygenius.com

Make.Do. Pleasant Ridge
Yarn, fabric, fibers, and classes
heymakedo.com

Matunda Juicery Pause Cincy (Corryville)
Smoothie and juice bar
Facebook

Me by Lee
Formal fashion boutique
mebylee.com

Minor Obsession
Vegan soap
minorobsession.co

Murelle’s Florist Central Business District
Website 

Native Moon Apothecary Mt. Healthy
Alternative and holistic health
nativemoonherbals.com

Originalitees
Apparel and accessories for men, women, and children
originalitees.com

OTR Funplex OTR
Entertainment venue
otrfunplex.com

Pause Corryville
Health, wellness, and relaxation, made up of Diamyn’s Crystal Bar, District 78, and Matunda Juicery
Instagram

Peony Jean Boutique
Customizable clothing for the entire family
peonyjeanboutique.com

RaJean Beauty
Shea butter, sugar scrub, and men’s products
rajeanbeauty.com

Red’s Westside VenYou
Event space
redswestsidevenyou.com

RJS Fashion
Accessory design and styling
beyondfreshrjs.com

Ryan Nichole Studios
Visual artist and art educator
ryannicholestudios.com

Switch Central Business District
Lighting, furniture, and design
switchcollection.com

Touch of Heaven Floral Shoppe Mt. Healthy
Website

TIQUE by Victory Lane Boutique Springfield Twp
victorylaneboutique.com

The Voice of Your Customer Walnut Hills
HUBZone, MBE, WBE, DBE, SBE
Marketing consulting firm
thevoiceofyourcustomer.com

WELLNESS + FITNESS

1 More Rep Madisonville
Gym
1-more-rep.com

A Better You Counseling Springdale
Therapy practice specializing in treating individuals, couples, and families.
abetterucounseling.com

A Crystal Mind LLC Sharonville
Psychiatric and mental health practice. In-office and telehealth options available.
acrystalmind.com

A Ruth Creations virtual+
Artist and educator specializing in visual art and poetry.
annieruth.com

A Sound Mind Counseling Hartwell
Behavioral health practice providing therapy to people of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
asoundmindcounseling.com

Adrienne’s Love Fairfield
Postpartum products, services, and doulas.
adrienneslove.com

Art of Fitness North College Hill
Facebook

Cincinnati Muscle Therapy College Hill
cincinnatimuscletherapy.com

Curvy Cardio
Fitness
morganaowens.com

Fitness 1o1 Liberty Twp
Personalized group training
fitness1o1.com

Grind Shop Sports Performance Training Lockland
Fitness facility
grindshoptraining.com

If you ever have any questions about any of these businesses or need a custom recommendation specific to what you’re looking for, all you have to do is ask!

I would like to encourage you all to support Black-owned businesses and creators all month long (and beyond).

Go to the link in my bio for a list of Black-owned businesses in Cincinnati, including Food + Drink, Retail, and Wellness.

For more resources for and to support Black Cincinnati, follow:
@blackcincy 
@cincy.cocoabloggers
@voiceblackcincy 
@thecincinnatiaachamber 

Sources: census.gov, nationalgeographic.com

Honoring Artists of Color in Cincinnati

In the tradition of celebrating Black History Month we wanted to showcase Art and Creators of Color in Cincinnati!  This city has always been considered a melting pot of culture.  You can truly see that throughout the artwork that is abundant in each and every neighborhood.  From fine art galleries to murals on the sides of buildings and the amazing street art that has risen from the Black Lives Matter Movement, there’s a lot to discover and learn about the beautiful community of People of Color in Cincinnati!

One of my favorite murals and a must see is the “We Shall Overcome” mural in Avondale titled, “A Song of Freedom”.  This marvelous art piece is a tribute to the life and legacy of Louise Shropshire.  Louise was an extraordinary woman that was a civil rights activist, music composer, and personal friend of Martin Luther King.  She wrote one of the most influential songs of the 20th century and her essence lives on through this mural created by ArtWorks.  After you visit with this incredible piece of art and piece of local history take a stroll through Martin Luther King Park right down the street to reflect on the powerful impact that this work continues to encourage.

Not only do the museums of Cincinnati have a constant flow of diversity in their rotating exhibitions, but they also feature local artists and offer residency programs!  One of the most compelling shows that has transformed the space of the Contemporary Art Center has been the work of Robert Colescott, titled “Art and Race Matters”.  His captivating paintings brought another perspective on ethnicity, heritage, culture, and everyday life.

The Contemporary Art Center has a wonderful way of bringing artist from all over the world to Cincinnati as well as the Cincinnati Art Museum!  Another recent and profound exhibition that embodied the essence of Black Culture was the “Black and Brown Faces“ show by Paloozanoire.  Gee Horton, one of the ten artists included in this exhibit creates storytelling art and his piece was a standout during this exhibit. You can see his work by visiting geehorton.com. He also contributed the spectacular “Black Lives Matter” mural on Plum street that speaks to hope and equality!  He worked on the letter “L’ for the mural and incorporated text from the famous African American poet Langston Hughes poem “I, Too”.

While you’re paying homage to Black History Month, check out the first Black and Filipino owned brewery in Cincinnati, Esoteric Brewery.  This community driven company is located in Walnut Hills and is so much more than a brewery!  Their craft beers are impressive, bursting with unique flavors for all types of taste preferences.  Enjoy a flight on your first visit in so you get a chance to experience the diversity the beers have to offer!  Transcend through time from prohibition to the pandemic, imagine a brewery as a speakeasy with social distancing and a modern aesthetic with sophistication and comfort.  The space has a welcoming lounge with an art deco influenced gallery.  Elliot Jordan is the featured artist and uncle of one of the owners.  His mixed media paintings reflect the history and diversity of Cincinnati while incorporating themes of music, nightlife, and travel.  With a relaxed elegance this is the perfect place to come to cultivate creative energy.  They seamlessly combine art, culture, and dining that makes you almost forget that you’re at a brewery!  They pride themselves on social impact and providing a welcoming place for all people especially minorities and woman.  As a proud member of the Walnut Hills Community, I’m thrilled that we have this great place in our neighborhood.  As you leave Esoteric take a short walk a few blocks down to the parking lot of Parkside Café to see the “We Are Walnut Hills” mural, which is our community motto!  This vibrant mural and mantra celebrate the people of Walnut Hills and their passions.  Murals like this can be seen all over the city and continue to pop up, so keep an eye out for what’s next!

There are many more places to enjoy art made by People of Color and ways to celebrate Black History all year round, not just during this month!  In addition to the incredible art that you can experience here you can also make an effort to show support by shopping at local black owned businesses and learning more about the history of black culture through the music, theater, and literature that is prominent in each area of Cincinnati.

Author: Christen Collins