If you’re looking for a selection of the best black-owned businesses in Michigan, below we’ve featured 15 from across the state.
1. Art In Motion
This small, independently-owned business in Detroit specializes in ceramics and art. Art in Motion was founded by Kay, an art lover who wanted to give local artists a place to share their craft with the community.
Art in Motion also offers the public a place where Detroit families can express their creative streak through ceramics. Whether you want to create a piece of art to take home with you or teach your kids about art as you share the unique experience, Kay is happy to welcome you to her class.
Kay also features in-residence artists such as Yvette Jenkins who specializes in promoting fair trade artisans, Karen Clermont, who creates custom jewelry designs, and S. Ray Smith an expert massage therapist.
You can register for a class starting from $10 per person. If you are interested in the artists, call ahead to confirm their availability. Get in touch with Kay to find out more about Art in Motion and book a visit.
2. Bob’s Classic Kicks
Bob’s Classics Kicks in Detroit buys and resells sneakers. The shoe shop is authorized to sell Nike, Adidas, Puma, Reebok, and Vans and also sells on consignment. The store on Woodward Avenue is an urban retailer that serves the constantly evolving shoe fashion needs in downtown, midtown, and greater Detroit.
Check out Bob’s Classic Kicks for all your fashion needs including hats, apparel, and sneakers. Whether you are looking for a unique tee or authentic Nike sneakers, this store has what you need. The black-owned business also hosts events such as Jack n’ Kicks where you can enjoy Jack Honey drinks, Live DJ, Karaoke, and a wide selection of Bob’s sneakers.
You can choose from Bob’s Classic Kicks’ wide catalog of in-store products or get in touch with the friendly staff who are happy to help you find what you need.
3. Cream Blends
Yolanda Williams started experimenting and exploring skincare methods with natural ingredients in her kitchen. After the testing phase, she incorporated natural scents, packaging, and safe ingredients. She later shared her products with family and friends for feedback. Her products were an instant hit.
In 2014, Cream Blends joined Whole Foods, one of the biggest organic markets, and is currently on shelves in stores all across Michigan. Yolanda has since grown from her kitchen to a 4000 square foot factory in Metro Detroit.
Cream Blends premium body butter products are created with 85% Shea Butter. Some of the products in the catalog include body scrubs, shea butter oil blends, body oils, lip balms, candles with wood crackle wicks and Soy wax, soaps, bath bombs, and more.
Get in touch with Cream Blends to find out more about their premium skincare products made with natural ingredients or order online. If you’re interested in joining the Cream Team, Yolanda is always looking for natural-born hustlers to join her sales team.
4. Live Cycle Delight
Amina Daniels, the owner and high-energy fitness instructor at Live Cycle Delight fitness studio welcomes you to join her virtual classes. Although walk-in classes are still not back on, this cozy studio has created the right energy for anyone looking for a burst of endorphins resulting from a good workout.
Live Cycle Delight promotes safety and awareness as you enjoy fitness. Amina brings in a unique blend of talents to the studio including yoga, personal style, health, and lifestyle. She is certified by TRX Camos, Group Strength, Kripalu. Schwinn Bikes, and Real Ryder among others.
You can register for virtual classes at Live Cycle Delight including single class drop-in, 5-class packages, 10-class packages, auto monthly, 3-month challenge, auto 12, annual unlimited, and seasonal packages among others.
Prices start from $15-$1999. Get in touch with Amina at Live Cycle Delight to find out more about her services as you book a class. You can also support the business by shopping for Live Cycle Delight merchandise.
5. The Candied Yam
This eatery in Grand Rapids specializes in delightful, home-made Southern cuisine and is listed on Yelp as one of the Top 50 Places to eat in Grand Rapids. Whether you are craving for smothered pork chops with gravy or country fried chicken, this restaurant has it all.
The Candied Yam is owned and operated by Jessica Ann Tyson, a businesswoman and philanthropist, who learned how to garden, harvest, and sell fresh produce at a young age. Jessica loves to make good food, made with fresh ingredients, and shared with love and laughter.
This rustic restaurant serves a variety of meals including sandwiches and wraps, fresh fried pork rinds, hand-cut okra, dark meat chicken, catfish, meatloaf, veggie plates, black-eyed peas, and their famous candied yams. Prices start from $3 – $38. The restaurant also offers a catering menu.
Get in touch with The Candied Yam to find out more about their menu and support their community projects.
6. Malamiah Juice Bar
Malamiah Juice Bar is a family-owned business located in the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids. If you’ve had a long weekend and need an instant boost of vitamins and minerals, this juice bar is the right fit for you.
Jermaine Eddie started this business in 2013 to share the immense nutritional benefits associated with fresh juices. Over the years, he invented new recipes and continued to educate himself on nutritional benefits associated with specific fruits and vegetables.
Malamiah Juice Bar promotes holistic community wellness and employs local youth. The award-winning business is recognized by the Michigan Good Food Fund, Wedgwood Christian Services, Local First, Grand Rapids Chamber, and Wave Awards among others.
You can order a variety of juices from Malamiah including booster shots, cleanse plants, bottled juices, catering packages, as well as curbside pickup and juice subscriptions. Jermaine and his team are keen on sustainability and creating nutritious products that enhance healthy living.
Reach out to Malamiah Juice Bar to find out more about their products as you make an order.
7. Creston Brewery
Scott Schult, the Brewmaster extraordinaire at Creston Brewery, specializes in creating unique beers that will awaken and excite your senses. This brewery spreads positivity and passion throughout the Grand Rapids with delicious food, incredible beer, and a warm welcoming ambiance.
Creston Brewery features various beers including smooth stouts, crushable light beers, tantalizing specialty beers, ciders, and wines. The brewery also serves food with vegan and vegetarian options and hot sauces ranging from mild to extra hot.
The spacious brewery is ideal for a day trip, a date, or even a work meeting. Get in touch with Creston Brewery to find out more about their services and products as you make an appointment.
8. Rhonda’s Reflections Styling Salon
Rhonda believes that your needs are important and should be met promptly. The salon depends on repeat customers and referrals and works hard to maintain its reputation for excellent service.
The styling salon in Lansing is committed to hygiene and maintains high standards of cleanliness before, during, and after each appointment. All stations are sanitized and limited to one client per stylist with no guests allowed to ensure your safety and comfort.
Rhonda’s Reflections Styling Salon offers a variety of services including shampoo and styling, silk press for natural hair, wet sets, updos, trimming, twist sets, natural locs styling and retwisting, precision cuts, hot oil treatments, feed-in braids, relaxer touch-ups, hair color, highlights, sew-in weaving, and eyebrows among others.
Prices start from $7+ and go up to $150+. Get in touch with the extensively experienced hair stylists at Rhonda’s Reflections Styling Salon to book your makeover.
9. Sleeping Beauty Bakery
Sleeping Beauty Bakery is dedicated to creating delicious baked goods for all occasions. The bakery has been a part of many family memories in Lansing providing delicious cakes of reliable and consistently good quality.
Whether you are looking for a quick bite or decadent treat, the professionals at this facility understand that baking is a delicate scientific art that needs to be right each time. The bakery strives to maintain its reputation for creating high-quality baked products that are good for the whole family including children.
You can choose from a variety of desserts including apple pies, pecan pies, pumpkin pies, cherry pies, sweet potato pies, brownies, cakes, cookies, cake in a jar, chocolate candies, cookie dough, and more. The bakery also accommodates special requests for special occasions.
Prices start from $15. Get in touch with Sleeping Beauty Bakery for a free consultation.
10. Salt Yoga
At Salt Yoga, ancient therapy is blended with modern Himalayan Salt practices resulting in a cleansing and purifying experience for you. This yoga studio helps you experience vitality, intense relaxation, and peace of mind through Ashtanga yoga and Vinyasa yoga.
If you are looking for a space where you can open up spiritually, mentally, and physically, this studio in Lansing is the perfect place for you. The talented instructors, led by Toni Thomas, the founder, help you develop alignment while still giving you the freedom to pursue your personal edge.
Salt Yoga offers a variety of classes including meditation, Halotherapy, hot Vinyasa, slow flow, follow the yogi, Yin, Buti yoga, yoga tone, and more. The studio also offers online classes that you can practice from the comfort of your home.
Prices start from $12.25 and go up to $100+. Get in touch with the friendly yogis at Salt Yoga to find out more about their lessons as you make an appointment.
11. Amour Your Body
Canetha Amour-Porter, the founder and creator of Amour Your Body offers you all-natural skincare products. The black-owned business in Sterling Heights was founded in 2017 after Canetha’s child suffered from a variety of skin diseases including psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
After researching natural creams to help her children, she created a body cream that her friends and family loved. Today, Amour Your Body sells hand-made creams and skincare products made by Canetha and her children Alexandria and Jordan. The family strives to maintain the high-quality they are known for and their business keeps growing from referrals who love these products.
You can shop for a variety of skincare products from Amour Your Body including bar soaps, baby lotion creams, all-natural shampoos and conditioners, retro black labeled body creams, lip balms, cupcake bath bombs, and a variety of products for skin disorders and sensitive skin.
Get in touch with Canetha and her family to find out more about their products or shop from their online catalog.
12. A2 Fitness Professionals
This fitness company in Ann Arbor was started by Demond Johnson, an IFA certified personal fitness trainer with over 12 years of experience in the industry. The A2 Fitness Professional aims to make each exercise a fun, social, and physically rewarding experience and help each of his clients improve their health and fitness.
Demond and his team have created a unique studio that offers a holistic approach to fitness. The instructors use a hands-on approach to help you become spiritually, physically, and financially sound. A2 Fitness also offers a clean sanitized environment to ensure you are safe and comfortable throughout your workout session.
There are a variety of services available including rehabilitation, athletic rehabilitation, veterans assistance, personalized fitness training, active aging therapy, body attack, yoga pilates, cardio fitness, cycle training, and indoor sessions.
A2 Fitness Professionals also offers classes for active kids at pocket-friendly rates. Get in touch with Demond and the team at this fitness studio to find out more about their classes as your sign up for membership.
13. Olive Seed
Olive Seed was founded by Latricia Wright in 2008 to educate the community in Detroit and neighboring areas about the benefits of using nutrition to transform their health. Latricia is a registered herbalist, author, diabetes prevention educator, and gardener. She also has an in-depth understanding of the impact nutrition has on body chemistry.
Through Olive Seed, Latricia helps people improve their primary and supplemental nutrition using comprehensive, sustainable strategies. Some of the wellness services available at this business include tea and mediation, acupuncture and massage, blood chemistry analysis, cognitive function testing, magnetic resonance therapy, nutritional assessment and dietary support, and cooking classes.
Latricia also offers lessons on cooking with herbs, tea, and spices, tea tastings, and a selection of loose leaf teas, herbal honeys, teaware, herbal soaps, gifts, and supplements. Get in touch with Olive Seed to find out more about Latricia’s services and products as you make an appointment.
14. Mamaleelu Cold Brew
Maliesha developed her love for strong, bold, black coffee while studying abroad in Spain. In 2014, she won a grant to start a food business and opened the doors to Mammaleelu Cold Brew in Kalamazoo, a selection of coffees and coffee products you can enjoy with family and friends.
Mamaleelu Cold Brew offers a variety of products including ready-to-drink cans in orange and purple and a black can for those who like their coffee extra strong, whole beans, ground fresh coffee, holographic stickers, and Mamaleelu buttons among others.
You can shop for these products from retailers in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Plainwell, and Lansing. Get in touch with Maliesha to find out more about her products as you stock up.
15. Hustler’s Wife
This luxurious fashion store is owned and operated by Jamie Williams, a stylist, and authentic Detroit City Girl. Jamie started this store to help trendsetters and followers express their personal style at affordable rates.
Hustler’s Wife offers every Big City Girl sophistication, individuality, and freedom of expression through high-quality, trendy fashion accessories, clothes, and shoes. Whether you are looking for a unique pair of earrings or a fun pair of dukes, she’s got you covered.
You can shop for a variety of tops, body suits, dresses, bottoms, trendy sunglasses, and shoes from her online catalog or make a special request for any particular fashion item not listed on the store.
Get in touch with Hustler’s Wife to get the latest in fashion and accessories as you give your wardrobe a much-needed upgrade.