Do you know what’s great about supporting a local business instead of a big box store? You’ll get to feel like you are contributing to your community in a meaningful way. This Black History Month, we’re sharing a bunch of Black-owned Dallas-Fort Worth businesses that families love, from cheesecakes to bookstores to dance lessons. Scroll through the list and find your next favorite local business to support all year long.
The Dock Bookshop in Fort Worth is the biggest Black-owned full-service in Texas and the Southwest. It opened in 2008 and has played host to many celebrity book signings, including ones with Russell Simmons, Gabrielle Union, Fred Hampton Jr and LL Cool J. You can find a variety of genres here, including kids' books and best-sellers. They also have many events in the 4,000 square foot space and even offer gifts and other novelties.
6637 Meadowbrook Dr.
Fort Worth, TX 76112
Manna Juice Bar
If you've decided to go for that healthy lifestyle change or want a quick reboot, or just want a delicious and quick snack, Manna Juice Bar in Mansfield has organic, cold-pressed juices, smoothies acai bowls and more.
3806 E Broad St #128
Mansfield, TX 76063
Owner Lidya Winnie knows her natural skincare products and Konjo Beauty is the result of that passion. "Konjo" means "beautiful" in the native language of Ethiopia, their products are plant-based and cruelty-free, made to bring out the natural beauty in everyone while making people feel comfortable and beautiful in their own skin.
This black-owned online boutique located in Dallas has us excited for several reasons. Not only do they stock bold statement jewelry, hats and clothes in a range of price points, but it also offers styling and personal shopping services as well as interview training and a resume course. Owner Yemi Solomon is a Certified Image Consultant, global Internet radio host, and personal fashion and image stylist for hundreds of clients. Basically, GLAMORE is your one-stop, boss-babe shop!
Shop here: glamore4u.com
Started to honor his mother and fellow baker, who died of breast cancer in 2012, Val’s delicious, creative cheesecakes can be found in two Dallas locations and one in Fort Worth that due to COVID-19, is currently closed. Choose from slices, whole cheesecakes and jars. There’s even an option to have your event catered.
3906 Maple Ave.
Dallas, TX 75219
2820 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
Food Hall At Crockett Row: Closed until further notice.
3000 Crockett St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
A 100% vegan and organic restaurant that serves meatless versions of your favorite comfort food, including chicken and waffles, mac ‘n’ cheese, corn dogs for the kids and even a vegan version of Popeyes chicken sandwich.
4121 N. Westmoreland Rd.
Dallas, TX 75212
Three sisters took their mother’s cookie recipes and re-opened a family business that had been shuttered for over a decade. Stop by the shop to pick up mouth-watering cookies like Butter Toffee Crunch, Ooh Lemon Baby, Muddy Buddy, and of course, just about every variation of Chocolate Chip you can imagine. They also offer cakes and vegan cookies!
337 W Jefferson Blvd
Dallas, TX 75208
Sweet Georgia Brown
If you want true BBQ or classic Soul Food, this often overlooked spot is worth a try. Ribs, veggies, greens, broccoli cheese rice casserole, candied yams, mac ‘n’ cheese and more.
2840 E Ledbetter Dr.
Dallas, TX 75216
Pan African Connection Bookstore, Art Gallery and Resource Center
This beacon of African culture in Dallas not only sells books, but also African art, clothing and jewelry. They also have events, and many of them are family-friendly, including things like guitar lessons, mini farmer’s markets, cultural celebrations and more. Things have virtual since COVID-19, but be sure to check their website for updates.
4466 S Marsalis Ave
Dallas, TX 75216
The Island Spot Restaurant
The owners of this popular Jamaican restaurant want their patrons to taste the memories of growing up in Spanish Town with every bite. Favorite menu items include jerk chicken, fried plantains, curry dishes and Mama Joyce’s fried chicken and plenty of fun Caribbean-inspired drinks for the adults.
309 W Jefferson Blvd
Dallas, TX 75208
2661 Midway Rd #105
Carrollton, TX 75006
Essence Dance Academy
Owned by Dallas Black Dance Theater alum Avis Sauls, Essence Dance Academy features predominantly black instructors and includes the full range of dance genres, including ballet, hip-hop, lyrical and jazz.
Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant
Family-owned for more than 20 years, this is reported to be the best Ethiopian food in all of DFW. Big servings of menu items include Doro wat, kitfo, Yebag wat and more.
9191 Forest Ln, Ste 2
Dallas, TX 75243
A professional tutoring service for elementary school kids, Academia is currently offering virtual lessons for kids in light of COVID-19.
3317 Finley Rd.
Irving TX 75062
TX BBQ & Burgers
This little place serves up big flavor, offering everything from burgers with all the toppings to grilled cheese sandwiches, brisket sandwiches, loaded baked potatoes and even family packs that come with a 2 lb brisket.
3128 Forest Lane
Dallas, TX 75234
Mama Moore’s Gourmet Popcorn
Mama Moore’s takes its popcorn seriously. Flavors include bacon and cheddar, caramel apple, dill pickle, ebony and ivory and more.
5244 S Hwy 360 #310
Grand Prairie, TX 75052
Page Eleven Paper Goods
Get your life in focus with the help of Page Eleven. Whether you set up a 1-on-1 coaching session or purchase one of their notebooks or planners, you will be on your way to having a more organized life.
Smokey Joe’s BBQ
This former gas station-turned-BBQ-joint is know for their pork spare ribs, loaded baked potatoes and famous buttermilk pie.
6403 S. RL Thorton Freeway
This award-winning coffee shop near Texas Wesleyan University definitely hits the spot when only caffeine can help.
5801 Northwest Hwy
—Gabby Cullen & Kate Loweth
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