10 Black-owned businesses to support no matter the season

With a population of over 300,000, the City of Cincinnati is home to hundreds of local businesses. Investing in local businesses benefits the local economy, so from new places to shop to new restaurants to dine, here is a brief list of Black-owned businesses to support in Cincinnati.

1.Black Coffee Lounge

Black Coffee Lounge on Elm Street not only offers a plethora of coffee options, but also juices and small meals. They have vegan options as well.

2. Black Owned Outerwear

Directly next to Black Coffee Lounge, this company offers comfortable streetwear for both men and women. Their most recent collection is a collaboration with the Cincinnati Bengals.

3.BOL Acai Bowls

BOL is Cincinnati’s first acai food truck. Choose from their signature bowls or make your own. You can order from BOL online for pick-up, or through Grubhub or Doordash to have these delicious bowls delivered to you.

4. Originalitees

Originalitees is brand that sells everything from sweatshirts to face masks. As of December 14, many of their items are on sale, so browse their website here for any last minute holiday shopping.

5. Alleylaidit Nails

Independent nail technician Alleson Arnold provides a variety of nail services including manicures, pedicures, acrylic sets, and custom nail designs. Appointments must be booked in advance. To learn more click here.

6. Pata Roja Taqueria

This Mexico City-inspired restaurant serves a variety of tacos and sides at affordable prices. The most popular taco at Pata Roja Taqueria is the taco al pastor.

7. Soul Palette

Looking for a new hobby? Soul Palette offers painting parties and private art lessons for all ages. While no longer offering in-person services as of December 14, Soul Palette currently provides virtual art lessons through their Facebook page.

8. Matunda Juicery

Founded in 2015, Matunda Juicery offers a variety of cold-pressed juices in recyclable French glass jars, which is both healthy and sustainable. The Matunda Juicery website is currently sold out of its products, but the Vine Street location is open in the afternoons from Wednesday through Saturday.

9. Minor Obsession

Minor Obsession is an online skincare brand based in Cincinnati. Each product contains natural, environmentally-conscious ingredients and retails for $8.

10. Corporate Got Em

Located in Hyde Park, Corporate Got Em sells clothing and sneakers. This business also founded the nonprofit Bigger Than Sneakers, which offers workshops and events to inspire leadership in the local community.

Supporting local Black-owned businesses is a small way to show support for the Black community in Cincinnati. For more local Black-owned businesses, visit Cincinnati Magazine or The Voice of Black Cincinnati.

Supporting local Black-owned businesses is a small way to show support for the Black community in Cincinnati. Photo courtesy of Shot by Dubs, a Black-owned photography business in Cincinnati.

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