23 African American Businesses You Should Know

PJ Tuttles11. P.J. Tuttles:

Laid off from her job as a graphic designer, the enthusiasm was the catalyst this business owner needed to go full throttle with P.J. Tuttles Party Décor, A Collection of Stylish Party Themes Celebrating Girls Of Color. In a little over a year, the beloved P.J. evolved from the first design, Polka Dot Princess into several themes mostly inspired from customer requests: Ballerina Beauty, Tutus & Crowns, Super Fab, and more!

Whether you’re a DIY mom or professional planner, this party line is attentive to the sweetest details from invitations to centerpieces. Now beautiful brown girls can celebrate their special day and create wonderful memories, while reflecting their style beginning to end.

ABC fitness12. ABC Fitness Center:

Owned and operated by husband and wife team, ABC stands for “Annointed Body of Christ”. Their goal is to provide a fitness center that offers one of the greatest gifts of all—the tools to maintain your temple (body). Their mission is to improve health and to sustain well-being through lifestyle changes. ABC Wellness & Fitness Center provides services for one-on-one personal training (online as well as in-person), facility membership, and several group exercise classes: Zumba, Taekwondo, Ab Blaster, and Boot Camps. (SIDE NOTE: We’ve been members of this fitness center for over a year and highly recommend it for anyone in the surrounding area)

L-shandi13. L-Shandi Designs:

L~Shandi, a clothing line that mixes western designs with traditional African fabrics in a way that gives you the freedom to create your own look. The Name L~Shandi was created from a Nigerian street slang “Lepa Shandi”. Lepa Shandi is the term for women whose clothing, outfit, or ensemble has a flattering and sexy fit. So if a guy sees you and says “look at her…lepa shandi or l~shandi”, take it as a compliment and enjoy it. This fabulous owner is also the brainchild behind Runway Moms for a Cause, of which I had the pleasure of being a part of this year.

drop-in-child-care-center-llc14. The Drop Zone

What’s more convenient than knowing that when something comes up you don’t have to hope someone is available to come to your rescue? The Drop Zone is open 7 days a week with long hours. The Drop Zone is an affordable, hourly child care service. Child care is $12/hour for the first child, and special rates are provided for 2 or more children.

Naree Cosmetics logo15. NaRee Cosmetics: 

Naree Cosmetics is designed for every woman who simply loves the beauty of being a woman. Naree was founded by a woman who learned that make-up does not make the woman but enhances the beauty she was born with. It is their goal to take every woman on the journey From Modest to Marvelous!

 

Comment below: Are you a black business owner with a product you’d like to share? Or do you know a great product to add to this list?

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32 Comments

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    Stacey Taylor
    September 8, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Thank you so much for listing Sistah Buttah! Its an honor to be listed among these businesses!

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    P.J. Tuttles Party Décor
    September 8, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Thank you for sharing our party company among other greats! Very grateful and love what you're doing!

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    Christine St.Vil
    September 8, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    My pleasure Stacey! 🙂

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    Christine St.Vil
    September 8, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    I'm looking forward to trying out your adorable party decor for my little princesses 🙂

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    Emily Brooklyn Williams
    September 8, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    If any of you ladies are looking to save money on your business cost–like utilities, credit card processing, or phone services….let me know.

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    April S. Williams
    September 8, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Thank you for listing The Drop Zonedropin Child Care Center in your article! We hope to become a household name for Southern Maryland families!

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    P.J. Tuttles Party Décor
    September 8, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Christine St.Vil Awesome, I'm very ecstatic & will share your link on my IG page!

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    Danielle Slaughter
    September 9, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Thank you for sharing my business! I'm looking forward to supporting everyone else as well 🙂

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    Christine St.Vil
    September 9, 2014 at 3:01 AM

    Sure thing April, I'm sure it will be 🙂

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    Tammy Wright
    September 8, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Wow! Thanks for blessing ABC Wellness & Fitness Center by listing us with all of the other African American Owned businesses! It would be awesome for those that are local (Southern Maryland and DMV) to contact one another, support one another, and keep in contact with one another! So look out for my face in your “place” of business really soon. 🙂 Christine St. Vi., we appreciate the entire St. Vi. family and all that you do!!

    John & Tammy Wright

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      Christine St.Vil
      September 9, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      It’s my pleasure Tammy! That’s a great idea to definitely connect with the other businesses in the area 🙂

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    Tammy Wright
    September 9, 2014 at 3:28 AM

    Awesome!

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    Christine St.Vil
    September 9, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Anytime Danielle, love what you're doing 🙂

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    Naeemah Staggs
    September 9, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Awesome list Christine! So proud to know many of these ladies 🙂

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      Christine St.Vil
      September 9, 2014 at 11:38 PM

      Aww thanks so much Naeemah! There are so many I want to add so I will probably have to do a part 2 🙂

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    Naeemah Staggs
    September 9, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Awesome list Christine! So proud to know many of these ladies 🙂

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    Lara Akinsanya
    September 10, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Thanks Christine St.Vil for mentioning LShandi LShandi in your article and congrats to you as well :).

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    Lara Akinsanya
    September 10, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Thanks Christine St.Vil for mentioning LShandi LShandi in your article and congrats to you as well :).

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      Christine St.Vil
      September 12, 2014 at 12:44 AM

      You’re so welcome Lara! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    Heather Leone
    September 11, 2014 at 2:52 AM

    Thanks Nae, I am getting the dolls for the girls..

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    Christine St.Vil
    September 17, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Thanks so much Naeemah!

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    Nubian Hueman
    September 19, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    We truly thank you for adding us to your list! 🙂

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    cocotique
    September 23, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    Thank you for including us. We truly appreciate it and will be checking out the other businesses listed.

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      Christine St.Vil
      September 23, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      My pleasure! I’m excited to include you, thanks for stopping by and checking out the other businesses.

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    ruby
    December 9, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Didn’t Know there were so many, I used to work for Milwaukee Black pages. so I know a few. but this is good to know

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      Christine St.Vil
      December 10, 2014 at 6:31 AM

      Hi Ruby, thanks so much for stopping by. There are a ton more that I want to add so will definitely have to do a part 2 🙂

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    Rita Estiphanos
    January 6, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    This is an awesome list Christi. Inspiring too….to me at least.

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      Christine St.Vil
      January 11, 2015 at 3:02 PM

      Thanks so much Rita! I hope you found it useful and I look forward to featuring more businesses here.

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