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115 Black-Owned Ohio Businesses to Check Out

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115 Black-Owned Ohio Businesses to Check Out

By Ohio.org Staff

Posted On: Feb 1, 2021

Check out these 115 Black-owned Ohio businesses. 

NOTE: Check directly with places before you go to learn about their health guidelines, hours and safety updates. 

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Central Ohio

Bake Me Happy — a gluten-free bakery in Merion Village, Bake Me Happy will fulfill your sweet tooth. Whether you're craving a homemade pop-tart, cookies or donuts. You can also check out their spot inside the new North Market at Bridge Park in Dublin. 

Donna's Delicious Dozen — this Gahanna/New Albany-located donut shop offers made-to-order treats. But if you're in a creative rut, they feature a menu of suggested donuts + toppings. At the start of the new year, they also got a new food truck and will start taking reservations in February (for April bookings). Don't forget to add something sweet to your holiday by ordering one of their special Valentine's Day boxes

Suga Pies — this Columbus spot is a specialty cupcake bakery. For an added sprinkle of fun, follow them on TikTok at @sugapies_cupcakes.

Links-N-Lemonade — let your imagination run wild and create your own gourmet hotdog at this Central Ohio restaurant.

The Pit BBQ Grille — started by four friends (some of who are former OSU football players), this spot brings you pit-style BBQ.

Creole Kitchen — this family-run restaurant is known for making their own sauces and spices, bringing a true taste to its dishes. You can also order their special blend of creole seasonings to use in your very own kitchen. Or maybe with their featured recipe for Creole Chicken with Broccoli and Sweet Potato Wedges.  

Lifestyle Café — don't sacrifice taste when you're trying to eat healthy. This plant-based cafe (with organic, local, non GMO food) has all your fave breakfast and lunch items. Plus a weekend brunch!

replenish: the spa co-op — located in the heart of downtown Columbus (Discovery District) this space offers every way to treat your mind and body. From yoga to massage, meditation to facials.

The Village Host — take a mini vacay and book one of these gorgeous rentals from a Columbus husband and wife duo. 

YELO APLE — this botanical plant store in Columbus is here to help adorn your house with greenery. They offer potted and un-potted plants, like succulents (for those of us who need a plant that's a little green thumb adverse). They also offer free "same-day" local delivery from their shop too.

Beyond the Brix — gourmet hot dogs never looked – and tasted – so good! Try the 'Jamaican Me Crazy' gourmet hotdog or one of their vegan dogs. 

Flavor 91 Bistro — known for their natural, locally sourced and grass fed burgers, this Whitehall restaurant serves up delicious food.

Hoyo’s Kitchen — serving up Somali cuisine, this top-rated Columbus eatery has locations in North Market and Columbus Square. It also looks like their Traditional Hot Sauce might be bottle ready soon

Upper Cup Coffee — originally caffeinating central Ohioans in Olde Towne East, this coffee spot opened a second location in Gahanna.

Hai Poké — want a taste of The Island? Hai Poké serves Hawaiian-style street food from its downtown Columbus and Short North brick-and-mortars. You can also order some pretty stylish merch to wear when you eat your next bowl too. 

Hen Quarter — head up to Dublin for some (upscale) Southern-style cuisine. And maybe grab a handcrafted cocktail too.

The Nile Vegan — this vegan/vegetarian spot focuses on (made from scratch) Ethiopian dishes. It was also named "Best Vegan BIPOC Owned Business of 2020." 

Sweet D Organics — handcrafted in Columbus, these all-natural body self care products will make you feel fresh, rejuvenated and balanced.

Lolly Lolly Ceramics — use for function or just aesthetic, these ceramic pieces from artist Lalese are beautiful additions to any space.

Chunky Armadillo — the Short North boutique is here to attire you in bright, bold and fun(ky) style apparel and accessories.

Splendor Revival — specializing in vintage and handmade caftans, clothing and accessories, you'll find amazing unique finds among her curated collection. You can also shop her collection at The Little Light Collective in Clintonville, or bring the joy right to your front door with S.R. Provisions (a monthly subscription box). 

The Witch's Bath — wash the stress away with pop-culture inspired bath bombs and other skincare products from this local Columbus maker. Her next restock is Feb. 10th at 6PM. 

House of Foster — this modern fragrance shop want to keep your space – and life – smelling great. 

Jamison & Bexley — who says adults always get to be the stylish ones? This clothing company outfits your kiddos in pieces that will keep them fashionable and functional. As their tagline says, “adventurous clothes for adventurous kids.”

Black Arts Plus — looking for art, books? Then Black Arts Plus is the spot for you.

Krazzy Comics — this Gahanna comics store is suped up with all your fave heroes and panel pals. And be on the lookout for an upcoming book on the Black comics community that features Krazzy Comics. 

Ivory Paper Co — add some style to your organization with planners, stationary and stickers from this Ohio store.  

MMELO — this sweet spot is taking online orders that'll satisfy any dessert fan. 

William H. Thomas Gallery — known as the Urban Cultural Arts Foundation, the William H. Thomas Art Gallery is a community-based gallery that’s brought art to Columbus for over 30 years.

J’s Sweet Treats and Wedding Cakes — this premier boutique bakery will have you drooling over their cake creations.

Boozy Bakes — their tagline says it all, “your favorite cocktail in a cupcake!”

& Juice Co. — quench your thirst thanks to this Columbus-based cold-pressed juice company.

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Northwest Ohio

Sweet Experience — get your dessert to go with this Toledo spot's desserts in a jar. 

EYE Envy — see clearly with EYE Envy. The Toledo-based online eyewear boutique will treat your eyes right with stylish frames.

Toledope — this apparel company will keep you attired in the latest trends, while also showing off your Toledo pride.

Simply D’Vine Boutique — be the style icon you know yourself to be, by shopping at Simply D’Vine Boutique.

Rose & Perry Co — a natural cosmetic company that offers skin and body care. You’ll feel relaxed and refreshed after using their products.

Total Circuit Fitness — sweat it out at this Toledo gym, with personal training and classes like “Total Boxing.”

Black Frog Brewery — located in Holland, this nanobrewery serves “great beer for great people.”

Fangboner Farms — offering several options, it’s their natural selections that are the most notable. Like dried herbs, meat rubs, spices and teas, or their perennials and the famous Grandma’s Lemon Loaf.

The Taste Wine Bar — the first self-serve wine bar in Toledo, this spot offers 20 wines on tap.

Vegan Taste — this Toledo spot will treat you with some tasty vegan and gluten-free sweets.

Jamaican Spice — offering an authentic taste of Caribbean food, this Jamaican restaurant is a dining-must!

Smashdawgz Food Truck — serving Toledo and the surrounding area, this gourmet hotdog food truck is here with your favorite food.

Glaze’Em Gourmet Funnel Cakes — like funnel cake, but want to kick it up a notch? Then try Glaze’Em for a gourmet and out-of-this-world funnel cake.

Ruby’s Kitchen — order yourself a family-style meal with Southern-inspired cooking at this Toledo restaurant.

We Be Ribs — an award winning catering service, its BBQ is perfect for any occasion. 

DuweyWings — order up some wings at this Toledo spot.

Tommie’s Sports Bar & Grill — catch your favorite game at this restaurant, while enjoying classics like burgers and wings.

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Northeast Ohio

Dad Storybooks — reading with your kids is always great! And this Cleveland-based company is ready with your next book (you can order books here).

Elizabeth's Books & Writing Centre -- read all about it when you shop (virtually or IRL at Compass Akron) at this bookstore founded by Akron native, Rachel Elizabeth Cargle. 

Cathy’s Gourmet Ice Cream Sandwiches — grab one of these delicious ice cream sandwiches or book their Cookie N Cream truck for your next party! 

BLACK BOX FIX — from celebrity Chef Eric Rogers and team, this sandwich and street food spot feeding Cleveland and Lyndhurst right.

Empress Taytu — this Cleveland Ethiopian restaurant is known for its delicious dishes.

Irie Jamaican Kitchen — serving up fast-casual dining with Jamaican dishes, this Cleveland spot is sure to amaze. Be sure to try the Irie Jahpotle Bowl.

Zoma — get an authentic taste in Cleveland at this Ethiopian restaurant.

Sunshine Cafe — get your fix of vegetarian/vegan food at this Cleveland eatery.

Rosemary’s Vegan Daughter — a family-owned Cleveland vegan food spot that brings a vegan flair t your favorite dishes.

Pat’s Granola — what’s a better snack, breakfast or dessert topping than a tasty mix of gluten-free rolled oats (and organic ingredients)!

Flour Child Bakery — this local baker is whipping up deliciously beautiful vegan and gluten-free cakes. 

Frederick’s Wine & Dine — located in Warrensville Heights, this bar is known for its music as much as its eats.

Swerve Grille — with some of Northeast Ohio’s best food, this Beachwood spot is sure to hit the spot.

Brown’s Corner Restaurant — on the corner of Miles and E 146th Street, this family owned and operated Cleveland breakfast spot is here to make sure you enjoy the most important meal of the day.

Magna Wine Boutique — offering wine tastings, pairings, this family-owned wine shop in Historic Bedford wants to make wine fun, educational and accessible.

Choukouya Resto-Bar — one of Cleveland’s new Afro-European restaurants, they’re serving a vibrant and fun dining experience.

Sauce the City — the premier original hot chicken restaurant, this spot (located inside Ohio City Galley) brings tastes from all over to Cleveland.

The Sweet Fix Bakery — with a variety of baked goods from cupcakes and cookies, to cakes and pies, this Cleveland Heights shop is a favorite.

The Vineyards of Château Hough — this urban farm located in the historic Hough neighborhood, offers several wines. You can also partake in their Virtual Tasting too!

Urbean Joe Coffee — start your morning off right with a cup brewed from this independent coffee company.

Daybreak Yoga — bring the namaste into your life with this Bedford yoga studio.

Choate BODY —  a company that focuses on organic body and skincare that’ll leave you feeling nourished and refreshed.

Hippie Chemist — enjoy the all natural body care products from this Ohio shop.

ode{vintage} — curated by Olivia, this vintage spot showcases some remarkable finds. Bonus, she’s also a team member at Océanne (jewelry).

KNRD — accessorize yourself with a handmade jewelry piece designed by Candace Cunard.

GrooveRyde — sweat in the most and groovy way at this fitness spot. Be sure to check out their new virtual classes, "Groove on Demand." 

Brittany’s Record Shop — get all your vinyl love at this record store, which focuses on hip-hop, reggae, soul and jazz. Looking for a fun gift idea? Pickup an E-Gift Card from here, that way your special someone can listen to inspired tunes anytime. 

Nephew’s Restaurant — this Akron spot serves Southern comfort dishes, like classic fried chicken. But it’s their "Nephew Burger" that's the real claim to fame.

DMH Exclusivesshop women’s accessories and outfit your style with handpicked pieces.

THE SOAP MASON — get clean this summer with handcrafted artisan soaps, skincare ad bodycare products.

The Vegan Doughnut Company — holding the title as "Ohio’s 1st and only 100% vegan doughnut shop," you'll absolutely find a sweet treat here! Note: they're on Winter Break, but reopen Feb. 4th at 9AM. 

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Southwest Ohio

Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey — bringing the feel of the pioneering spirit, this Cincinnati restaurants is being a unique dining experience coupled with a taste of true comfort food.

Diamyn’s Crystal Bar — learn more about crystals, while also picking up some custom jewelry from this Cincinnati shop located in the Clifton neighborhood. For some added fun, check out the virtual Make & Craft event coming up for Val (or Gal)entine's Day! 

Flora Lee Naturals — this small batch skincare line will give you a fresh and clean feel.

Alexis Nickelle Co. — treat your senses to a crafted soy candle from this Cincinnati-based maker.

GO(O)D Co. — a Cincinnati apparel company that wants you to "wear who you are and live what you believe."

BlaCk OWned Outwear — outfit yourself in style with this Cincinnati-based retailer. And check out their "Stripes Don't Come Easy" Cincinnati Bengals line. 

Six Acres B&B — this premier bead and bed and breakfast in Cincinnati is the perfect getaway spot.

Smith & Hannon Bookstore — check out the #1 bookstore for African American literature in Cincinnati (and OTR).

Revel Urban Winery — an OTR urban winery that features a variety of wine that’s made onsite.

Esoteric Brewery Company — enjoy a beer (or one of their new Biermosas) at this Cincinnati spot. 

Conscious Kitchen — this restaurant is dedicated to delicious food that’s healthy and tasty.

Island Frydays — this Cincinnati restaurants is the place to go if you’re craving Jamaican dishes. And if it seems familiar, there’s a chance you saw them featured on an episode of DDD!

BŌL — an acacia bowl bar (and food truck),  is serving up artisan acacia bowls.

Cream + Sugar Coffee House — it’s easy to bring people together when you offer them coffee, plus breakfast and lunch treats, from this Evanston coffee spot

Honey Child Artisan Pops —enjoy these frozen treats made with no refined sugar. But plenty of flavor!

K&J Seafood Co. — this restaurant provides a taste of Louisiana-style seafood. Or as they say, "Bringing Nawlins to the Nati." You can also check them out at Findlay Market

Teranga Restaurant — known for its Senegalese food, this African/American restaurant in Hartwell focuses on its fusion of dishes.

Sugar — a dessert delivery that makes gourmet cookies, cupcakes and cakes. Their Valentine Shop is open, so place your orders for these exclusive boxes by Feb. 6th.

Boom Box Buns — next time you’re in the OTR (Over-The-Rhine), grab a steamed bun from this takeaout place.

Just Q’In — this eatery promises to deliver freshly smoked BBQ. And if you can’t grab a plate while their out, you can pick up a bottle of their sauce at Jungle Jim’s.

Chicken's Head — well-known in Dayton for its food, perfect for your next meal.

Alematic Artisan Ales — this Huber Heights neighborhood brewery focuses on small batch ales.

Mutt’s Sauce — is your cooking missing something? It’s probably this sweet, tangy and a little spicy sauce. Or maybe it's the newly launched spice collection? Whether it's sauce or spice, you're next meal will be finger-licking-good! 

Grind House Coffee and Tea Co. — while in Huber Heights, be sure to get your coffee-fix from this company, which prides itself on using the best beans and providing the best tea.

Mz Jade’s Soulfood — head to Middletown for classic comfort-style soul food.

Divine Appetite Cafe — make a stop in West Chester for a home-cooked style meal of soul food, Caribbean and West African foods. Plus, they also offer desserts and pastries as the perfect after treat.

Jamaica Mon — enjoy good vibes and Caribbean cuisine.

Neal’s Famous BBQ — the barbecue is famous and the All Purpose Sauce is award-winning at this eatery.

Londyn Nutritionshake it up at this Hamilton smoothie and juice bar.

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Southeast Ohio

Odyssey Nutrition — this spot in Athens serves smoothies, teas and everything to quench your thirst.

Butcher’s Bites — a meal-prep service in Athens that brings fresh, prepared and packaged meals.

Mauvette’s — specializing in Caribbean fusion, Mauvette, a Jamaican transplant, brings her cooking to Southeast Ohio.

S.W.I.M. Printed — located in Athens, this direct to garment printing company is here for all your design ideas.

The Court Barbershop — treat yourself to a new ‘do or just get a trim at this Athens spot.

Iris Rose Wellness Massage — this massage therapy practice (part of Athens Advanced Chiropractic) is here to keep you relaxed and healthy.

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