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Black-Owned Businesses To Support in the Ann Arbor Area

Last year, we saw our community rally together in the fight for racial justice and equality. Across the country, people made monetary donations to organizations serving the Black community, educated themselves on national racial issues, advocated for policy change, and more. But the work is far from over.

While the protests have died down, it is still incredibly important to continue to show support to Washtenaw County’s Black community, whether that’s by donating to our local chapter of the NAACP, voting in the upcoming local election, or visiting one of the many Black-owned businesses in the Washtenaw County area.

To help you find a list of businesses you can support, we created the guide below. We know this is not a definitive list, so if we missed one of your favorite Black-owned businesses and organizations in our county, please let us know in the comments below. While this is a start, we encourage you to continue showing your support to these local business owners for many years to come. 

 

Food & Drinks

24th Cheesecakerie — Family-run bakery offering gourmet cheesecake, whole cakes, dippers and more. 

734 Brewing Company — Ypsilanti brewery with patio seating serving unpretentious brews. 
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A Taste of Soul by Biggie — A fast-casual, barbecue and soul food hotspot in Ypsilanti.  
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Blue Nile — Comfortable, Ethiopian restaurant featuring all-you-can-eat platters & honey wine. 
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Brookie’s Café — Ypsilanti café known for their delicious lamb chops and burgers. 
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Cuppy’s Best Soulful Bistro — Soulfood spot in Ypsilanti serving chicken, fish, ribs and more.  
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EK’s Cheesecake — Local home baker creating cheesecakes and cakes with delivery and pick-up options.  
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Good Eats Mobile Food Company — Ann Arbor food truck specializing in comfort food, including burgers, fries, wings and more.  
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Jamaican Jerk Pit — Small, unique Jamaican restaurant serving up Caribbean dishes using fresh ingredients and imported goods.  
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Jamaican Spice — Food truck and catering service offering authentic Jamaican cuisine 
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Mo P’s Chicken and Fish — Soulfood restaurant known for delicious chicken and fish dishes.  
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Sweet Charelle Dessert Company — Bakery offering gourmet cupcakes, pies, cheesecakes and tiered cakes for special events.  
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What’s in Your Cup? Juice & Smoothie Café — Vegan smoothie café serving raw juices, salads, wraps and more. 

Shopping

Black Stone Bookstore and Cultural Center — Independent African American bookstore bringing awareness to true African American literature and culture to the Ypsilanti community. 

DIYpsi — A handmade art fair that takes place in Ypsilanti’s business district once each summer and winter.

Dorothy’s Daughters Boutique — Women’s clothing boutique with an inclusive size range. 

The Euphoric Treefort — Nostalgic candle shop for pop culture geeks.

Kamala Tree Designs — Local artist working with flowers to create home goods, jewelry, smudging and more. 

Olympus Clothing — Athleisure clothing brand encouraging young men and women to reach their full potential.

Puffer Reds — Premier sneaker and apparel boutique with a brick-and-mortar location in Ypsilanti. 

 

Health & Beauty

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Photo courtesy of The Butters Hygienics Co.

A2 Huron View — Locally owned and operated recreational and medical marijuana dispensary.

Addicted Nail Salon — Ypsilanti nail salon specializing in all phases of nail care.
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BOYD Beauty — Facial plastic surgery and medical spa serving the Birmingham, Ann Arbor and Detroit communities. 
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The Butters Hygienics Co. — Black and queerowned vegan skincare company, creating everything from moisturizers to bath bombs. 
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Cocoa Healing Collective — Experienced massage therapist in Ypsilanti offering a holistic approach to healing.
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Dbts Skin Bar — Skincare company catering to all genders, skin types and concerns. 
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De Shaney Hair Salon — Hair salon offering a variety of hair services and treatments, waxing, makeup, nails, eyelash extensions and more. 
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Finesse Hair Salon — Ypsilanti hair salon offering customized treatment plans and styling services for men, women and children. 
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Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa — Locally owned massage salon and facial franchise delivering highquality spa services to the Ann Arbor area. 
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Heavenly Creations Hair Salon — Hair salon specializing in natural hair, facials, dermaplaning, waxing and more. 
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Integrative Empowerment Group, PLLC — Collection of therapists empowering individual expression and promoting mental, emotional and personal growth.
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Jeanys Jams — Small skincare business, crafting handmade, vegan products safe enough for even the most sensitive skin. 
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Johnnie Rush Barber Shop — Historic Ann Arbor barbershop that has been serving the area for almost 60 years. 
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Premium Cutz— Ypsilanti barbershop offering a variety of services performed by knowledgeable barbers and stylists.
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Salon Elite 120 — A destination for self-care in Ypsilanti offering hair styling and cuts, massages, nail services, lash extensions and much more.

Fitness

3N1 Fitness Revolution — Independently owned gym, combining the convenience of fitness chains and the personal touch of boutique studios. 

A2 Fitness Professionals — One-of-a-kind training studio offering a holistic approach to health and wellness.

A-Square Fight Club — USA registered boxing gym open to all ages and experience levels from novice to pro. 

B Young B Fit Fitness — Local gym offering personalized fitness classes, training and nutritional counseling

BodySpecs — Innovative fitness studio specializing in functional training, strength and conditioning, and specialized programs for female athletes. 

Dance with Elegance — Dance studio offering classes for every skill level. Currently closed due to COVID-19, click here to donate to their GoFundMe.

Dazz Dance Productions — Ballroom coaching and dance lessons from local expert, Dorian Deaver.

The Fitness House — Ann Arbor’s most unique health and wellness co-op, offering a state-of-the-art fitness facility and outdoor amenities. 

Hungry Hustla Fitness — Ypsilanti gym and fitness center offering group classes and personal training services.

Shane Fitness 101 Transformation Station — Fitness center known for their personal/group training services, aerobic classes, motivational speaking and more.

Societe Indoor Cycling — Cycling studio offering engaging and diverse group classes with state-of-the-art technology and upbeat music. 

Vixen Dance — Pole and exotic dance studio created for women to unapologetically express and reconnect with themselves.

 

Miscellaneous Services

Ann Arbor Muffler, Brakes and Shocks — Familyowned and operated automotive repair and maintenance shop.

The Back Office Studios — Coworking space in Ypsilanti giving freelancers and startups a place to collaborate.

Bottles-n-Backpacks — Family-oriented, childcare development center. 

DJ Graffiti — Detroit celebrity DJ hosting weekly events in Ann Arbor.

Elite Tax Consultants — Tax consulting firm headquartered in Ypsilanti providing discreet and professional income tax preparation services.  

Helpful Resources Consulting — Human resource professionals helping organizations and individuals achieve their missions.  

Hi-Five Moving & Hauling — Veteran-owned moving business serving the Washtenaw County area.

K&D Edible Landscaping — Local landscaping company incorporating herbaceous plants, fresh produce and edible flowers into residential landscapes.

Legacy Design & Photography — Lifestyle and wedding photographer and designer serving SE Michigan.

Make it Beautiful Auto Detailing — Service offering interior and exterior vehicle detailing.

My Doggies Grooming Salon and Boutique — Ypsilanti pet groomer and pet boutique located in the Paint Creek Crossing plaza.

Niki’s Shine Bright Cleaning — Cleaning service specializing in commercial and residential properties.

Overflow Marketing Solutions — Digital marketing service helping Michigan businesses grow online.

RICKSTAR Financial Services — Local financial planner offering customized solutions for your financial and investment planning needs. 

TGQ Law — Michigan-based law firm specializing in the areas of estate planning and probate law.

We the People Opportunity Farm — A nonprofit organization working to break the cycle of incarceration in Washtenaw County.

Ypsi Marketing & Print Company — Locally owned marketing and print company creating everything from business cards to promotional items. 

 

Who did we miss?

Don’t see your favorite Black-owned Washtenaw County business? We want to know about them! Leave recommendations down in the comments and we’ll get them added to this list ASAP.

In addition to other businesses, if you know of any local nonprofits and organizations currently supporting the cause that need donations—let us know! We would love to mention them in our post.

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