10 Black-Owned Businesses in the Kalamazoo Area to Support Year-Round
As you, the reader, know… February Black History Month. During this month, you’ll see big companies showing their support for people of color, promotions on how you can support the black community, history lessons, and more. These are all good and necessary things.
But, of course, people of color need our support throughout the year. Not just in February. That being said, there are a number of Black-owned businesses in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek that you can support now, next month, next month, and more.
Now, usually, when articles like this pop up encouraging support for black-owned businesses, the inevitable “don’t all businesses need our support?” pops up. And the answer, of course, is yes. Of course, local small businesses need our support. personally that it’s important to support black-owned businesses But, instead, I’m going to list a few articles that go beyond the words and break down the real economic reasons why it’s so important:
Keep in mind that not all businesses listed below are physical establishments that you can physically visit. But here are at least 10 black-owned businesses in the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek area that you can support year-round:
1. Simply sensational berries
Simply Sensational Berries specializes in sweet treats, whether it’s cocoa bombs, personalized cupcakes or candy-covered apples like the ones pictured above. But, that’s not all they do. They also create meat and cheese platters, vegetable platters and fruit platters. See their full menu on their website Where Facebook page.
2.Soul Good, LLC
Soul Good, LLC was started by chef Deja Wilson who found her passion for cooking at the age of 10, she says website. Soul Good is open Thursday through Sunday until the food runs out. Judging by the online menu, it looks like weekly meals are being created that you can order through their website. You’ll find dishes like fried catfish or oven-roasted Cornish hen and sides like 6-cheese macaroni, candied yams, collard greens and more. Find his menu of the week here or follow Soul Good, LLC on Facebook.
3. Bread and Basket, LLC
Bread & Basket acts as a marketplace for products created by Women of Color. It’s an incredibly convenient way to support multiple black-owned businesses at once. Whether you need skincare products, clothes, candles, coffees, teas… you’ll find it at Bread & Basket. Open Thursday through Saturday, you can find Bread & Basket in downtown Battle Creek or purchase produce in line. Additionally, you can follow Bread & Basket on Facebook to follow the new products available.
4. Island Style BBQ
Island Style BBQ offers a variety of Caribbean style dishes from brisket and wings to curry channa and everything in between. According to their website, Island Style BBQ was,
born out of a love of cooking, a passion to serve, and a desire to share that love through food and a dining experience steeped in our rich and diverse Caribbean culture, and in celebration of the Haitian, Guyanese, and American cultures of its the owners.
5. Green Spa Massage
Which is not it need a little relaxation these days? Although Massage Green Spa is a nationwide brand, the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo locations are locally owned. They offer spa services like massages and facials at reasonable prices for everyone to indulge. Their motto is “a luxury everyone can afford” on their website. You can find prices and book online here or follow them on Facebook.
1. Teresa’s Sewing
According to her Facebook page, Teresa’s journey began at Macy’s in Battle Creek where she was an edit supervisor. When Macy’s closed, Teresa and her husband were able to open their own store in Kalamazoo. Teresa specializes in fine tailoring for men, women and children. She also does clothing repair, which can help extend the life of your wardrobe. Find Teresa’s contact details and more about her Facebook page.
2. Layla’s Cool Pops
This impressive young lady attracted the attention of not only locals, but also people from all over the country. Now 17, Layla began her journey in 4th grade when a business venture turned into a thriving bakery business. Additionally, his company supports the non-profit initiative Sweets4Homeless which aims to purchase homes for homeless families and provide financial support to organizations supporting the homeless in our community. Incredible. In her store, which you can also buy online, you’ll find cupcakes, cookies and pretzel sticks. See the flavors offered and more about them website Or on Facebook.
3. Dream of Kalamazoo Hair Salon
Lalonie Willhite, owner of Dream of Kalamazoo Hair Salon, has been in the hair business for over 11 years. She is focused on helping those who visit her salon have healthy hair and find hairstyles that keep growing effectively and efficiently, she says. Facebook page. Barber services are also available. You can see all the services offered by Dream of Kalamazoo Hair Salon on their website Where Facebook page.
4. Glove Status Equipment
Glove State Gear seeks to “represent Michigan in a new way”. You’ll find Michigan-themed long-sleeve shirts, beanies, hoodies, crewnecks and more on their website. They have several products that specifically represent Kalamazoo. You can also see new additions to their lineup by following them on Facebook.
5. Twine Urban Winery by Roché Collection
Winemaker Nicole Roché launched the Roché Wine Collection in 2019 with the hope that her wine could pay homage to old wine while making way for something a little more fun, she says. website. Since then, the Twine Urban Winery has opened in downtown Kalamazoo, providing a contemporary experience for wine lovers. Twine Urban Winery has a few options for your experience that both require reservations. Find their hours, details on wine tastings and how to make reservations on their The Facebook page.
If you have reached the end of this list, thank you. But there are so many other black-owned businesses in our area that need our support. You can see even more Discover Kalamazoo, Wall Street Black Kalamazooor find a complete list of minority-owned businesses in Calhoun County, which lists businesses by category, here.
Additionally, if you want to get involved in supporting the black community beyond shopping, there is a Black Lives Matter chapter serving both Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. Find more information here.