31 black-owned shops, restaurants and studios 20 minutes from Uptown

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Curio Craft and Conjure co-owner Gina Spriggs

Nationally, black-owned businesses average $58,000 a year, compared with $546,000 earned by white-owned businesses, according to a 2017 report by Prosperity Now. A 2018 survey showed that even while their businesses were profitable, challenges remain related to the operation of black-owned businesses. In Forbes’ annual list of worldwide billionaires published earlier this month, just four out of 607 Americans were black.

Yet, on a local level, the directory for the Charlotte Black Chamber of Commerce receives about 15,000 page views a day, which is how Shanté Williams, chairperson of the CBCC board of directors, knows the Queen City wants to engage with black-owned businesses. “The first thing we’re always trying to tackle is awareness,” she said. “Where can we create a repository so people can find them easily?”

To help facilitate that much-needed awareness, CharlotteFive pulled together a list of restaurants, bars and shops owned by members of Charlotte’s black community. Of the estimated 13,000 businesses in this city, we highlight 31 brick-and-mortar locations within 20 minutes of Uptown.

Beyond what’s here, Williams said one of the best ways to seek out more of Charlotte’s black-owned businesses is by going to events. “Show up to networking events planned outside your own network,” Williams said. “One of the things we’re trying to be cognizant of is trying not to host exclusively ‘black business’ events. There are so many chambers in the city — the Latino Chamber, Black Chamber, Asian-American Chamber. We should work with all of them.”

[Related: How Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce is a resource for small businesses]

(1) 7th Restaurant & Lounge

What: Seafood restaurant/cocktail bar
Where: 321 North Caldwell Street, Suite 100
Neighborhood: Uptown

(2) Anntony’s Caribbean Cafe

What: Caribbean restaurant
Where: 2001 E. Seventh Street
Neighborhood: Elizabeth

(3) Curio, Craft & Conjure

Photo by Alex Cason Photography
Curio Craft and Conjure co-owners Gianna Spriggs-Macdonald and Gina Spriggs

What: Metaphysical supply shop
Where: 3204-C N. Davidson Street
Neighborhood: NoDa

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(4) The Doghouse Bar and Grille

What: Southern/seafood/pub fare
Where: 7200 Albemarle Road
Neighborhood: East Charlotte

(5) The Factory Cafe Charlotte

Courtesy of Factory Cafe

What: Breakfast/lunch Cafe
Where: 1000 North Carolina Music Factory Boulevard
Neighborhood: Uptown

(6) Freshwaters

What: Southern restaurant
Where: 516 North Graham St
Neighborhood: Uptown

(7) House of Africa

What: Decor and gifts
Where: 1215 Thomas Avenue
Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood

(8) The House of LeMond

What: Men’s fashion
Where: 116 W. Fourth Street
Neighborhood: Uptown

(9) It’s Poppin’ Gourmet Kettle Corn

It's Poppin' Gourmet Kettle Corn
Cookies N Cream Kettle Corn
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Cookies N Cream Kettle Corn

What: Popcorn vendor
Where: 224 E. Seventh Street
Neighborhood: Uptown

(10) Kimberly’s Boutique

Kimberly
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Kimberly Guinn

What: Women’s fashion
Where: 115 East Park Avenue
Neighborhood: Dilworth

(11) LaWan’s Soul Food

What: Soul food restaurant
Where: 520 South Tryon Street
Neighborhood: Yorkwood

(12) Loft & Cellar

What: Craft cuisine/cocktails
Where: 305 West Fourth Street
Neighborhood: Uptown

[Related: Loft & Cellar, a 3-level restaurant and bar, is open Uptown]

(13) Mama’s Caribbean Bar & Grill

What: Caribbean restaurant
Where: 504 Central Avenue
Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood

(14) Max & Lola Bodega

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What: Bodega
Where: 1501 South Mint Street
Neighborhood: Gold District

[Related: Max & Lola Bodega selling CBD alongside its classic cocktails]

(15) Mert’s Heart & Soul

What: Soul food/Southern restaurant
Where: 214 North College Street
Neighborhood: Uptown

(16) Ms. Elsie’s Caribbean Bed & Breakfast

Ms. Elsie's Caribbean Bed & Breakfast
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What: Themed bed & breakfast
Where: 334 North Sharon Amity Road
Neighborhood: Sherwood Forest/Cotswold

(17) Oasis Day Spa

What: Spa
Where: 2036 East 7th Street
Neighborhood: Elizabeth

(18) Pure Body Salon & Spa

What: Spa
Where: 415 Tuckaseegee Road
Neighborhood: Wesley Heights/Enderly Park

(19) Red@28th

What: Cocktail/hookah bar
Where: 9539 Pinnacle Drive, Suite 203
Neighborhood: University City

(20) Soul Central

What: Southern comfort food restaurant
Where: 2903 Central Avenue
Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood

(21) Soul Liberation Yoga and Wellness

What: Yoga studio
Where: 4822 Albemarle Road, Suite 305
Neighborhood: Oakhurst

(22) Sports One Charlotte

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What: American restaurant/pub fare
Where: 521 North College Street
Neighborhood: Uptown

(23) Sydney’s Martini and Wine Bar

What: Cocktail bar/live music
Where: 401 North Tryon Street, Suite 104
Neighborhood: Uptown

(24) Three Spirits Brewery

What: Brewery
Where: 5046 Old Pineville Road
Neighborhood: Lower South End

(25) Tropical Goodies

What: Jamaican/Caribbean restaurant
Where: 2316 Lasalle Street
Neighborhood: Lincoln Heights

(26) TUFT

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What: Boutique furniture
Where: 1222 Central Avenue
Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood

(27) Queen Sheba Restaurant

What: Ethiopian restaurant
Where: 4804 Central Avenue
Neighborhood: Winterfield/East Charlotte

(28) Urban Cardio Dance

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Corey C’Yo Brown

What: Dance fitness
Where: Locations vary
Neighborhood: Varies

(29) Velocity Sneaker Boutique

What: Shoe boutique
Where: 8925 J.M. Keynes Drive #3
Neighborhood: University City

(30) William Wilson Clothing

William Wilson
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William Wilson

What: Custom men’s clothier
Where: 1201 South Graham Street
Neighborhood: Uptown

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(31) The Yolk

The Yolk
Courtesy of Peter Taylor

What: Breakfast restaurant
Where: 224 East 7th Street
Neighborhood: Uptown

[Related: It’s The Yolk Uptown by day, but what’s on the menu at night?]

6 COMMENTS

  1. From the very beginning of this article the journalist already started out negative. If you really wanted to promote black businesses in Charlotte keep it at that. Nobody really cares how much a Black, White, Hispanic or Asian business make in comparison numbers, nationally or locally. If you like the products or service as a customer, you just like it. It’s really that simple. Automatically because it’s not White, it’s not a high standard and all White things are not high standards. If you want to report ANY entrepreneurship regardless of skin color keep it at that. Be a solution solver…not a problem starter…

  2. This article, while hopefully not intentional, sure comes across as highlighting racial inequality rather than simply promoting business in Charlotte. It’s the kind of divisive commentary this country doesn’t need. Your opening paragraph is unnecessary and agitating. I enjoy reading C5 for the overall community spirit it highlights, but this is digging into territory in a fashion that is out of character with that mission. A disheartening approach…

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