Around Town

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

Photo by Alex Cason Photography
Curio Craft and Conjure co-owner Gina Spriggs
Photo by Alex Cason Photography 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

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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

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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

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What: Popcorn vendor

Where: 224 E. Seventh Street

Neighborhood: Uptown

(10) Kimberly’s Boutique


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

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(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

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: Salon

Where: 2415 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

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

What: Custom men’s clothier

Where: 1201 South Graham Street

Neighborhood: Uptown

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(31) The Yolk

The Yolk

What: Breakfast restaurant

Where: 224 East 7th Street

Neighborhood: Uptown

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