Focus on: Black-Owned Businesses

Celebrate Black History Year Round

Arianna Bennett, Staff Writer

Black History month, celebrated during February, is a period to appreciate the overlooked African American figures throughout history. It’s a good time to inform yourself of the accomplishments of black people as well as support them today and the best way to do that is by buying from black owned businesses! 

Here are just a few places around the Triangle that you can visit:

Sweet Tea and Cornbread NC

4325 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27612

Inside Crabtree valley mall on the upper level near the Belk, this little store has so much to offer. From sauces to chocolate covered toffee to tea mixes, you’ll definitely find something delicious for you. It may seem a little quaint, but the selection is impeccable so if you’re in need of a treat, or some relaxing tea, this is the place for you.

Triangle Cultural Art Gallery

8320 Litchford Rd Suite #138, Raleigh, NC 27615

Looking for some art? Check out the Triangle Cultural Art gallery! This little place has so much to offer from paintings to paint lessons. They provide ‘Paint & Sip’ parties where they will teach you Adinkra symbols, originating from Ghana that represent concepts or aphorisms, and allow you to discuss black history. They feature many different mediums of art and the proceeds go back to black artists/creators!

Bee Love 

For those that love shopping online, here is a business you can support! All the products are honey based and they make everything from scrubs to balms. Bee Love is an initiative that started as a way to employ more people of color, specifically those that had been incarcerated, and give them a chance in the job industry. In ordering products from Bee Love, you also help someone transition from incarceration to normal life. Helping out someone in exchange for smelling good sounds like a good deal to me!

Mama Dips

408 W Rosemary St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

This establishment has been open in Chapel Hill since 1976 being run by three generations of family. Providing both indoor and outdoor dining for you to enjoy a traditional southern meal. A place that has a lot of history and can give you some delicious dishes. Take some time to enjoy a little of NC’s history and embrace the southern culture.


Visiting and purchasing from black-owned businesses is a great way to support the cause, but remember to keep informing yourself and supporting Black people everyday of the year. Don’t only care about Black History one month out of the year, keep the initiative going and always be informed!