Here are some black-owned businesses you can support in Chapel Hill and Carrboro
If you have participated in a protest, signed petitions, donated for bond funds, and started to educate yourself, there is still at least one more way to offer your support to the black community now and to the to come up.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP President Anna Richards said that while institutional change is most important in tackling systemic racism, individuals should take their own steps to tackle racism. Some of those steps, Richards said, include donating to organizations fighting systemic racism – and supporting local black-owned businesses.
“Minority businesses are more likely to be small businesses, so supporting these businesses really enhances the diversity in our local economy, in addition to adding to the overall economic vitality of a community,” said Richards. “The systemic wealth gap can also be helped tremendously just by helping small black-owned businesses.”
A 2018 report by The Charleston Chronicle found that while black Americans make up 13% of the American population, they only own 7% of businesses.
Black Dollar, a North Carolina-based company founded in 2019, is an organization that strives to support the black business community in response to the inequalities and barriers it faces, said Kayla Walker, vice president of the business.
Walker said that Black Dollar currently has more than 500 black-owned businesses listed in its online rolodex. Black Dollar also supports business owners in other ways, advising them on marketing and fundraising and hosting seminars and informational events, Walker said.
Richards said black business owners also face racial barriers when receiving loans from banks.
“There are still many obstacles that black-owned business owners face, such as discrimination in the banking industry, and supporting them can help strengthen their businesses and increase their net worth,” Richards said.
Richards said black business owners tend to hire many minorities as staff, so supporting these businesses helps create jobs in the local economy and reduces the unemployment rate for minorities.
Walker said she encourages black business owners in North Carolina to go to Black Dollar’s website to register their business for inclusion in their online rolodex.
Walker said the buzz surrounding black businesses following the recent protests and activism “put a magnifying glass” on the work being done at Black Dollar.
“The most effective thing about supporting the African American community isn’t just supporting us when everyone else is,” Walker said. “Support us every day. “
Here is a list of some black owned businesses in the Chapel Hill and Carrboro area that you can support:
401 Main, a downtown Carrboro community bar specializing in classic American cuisine with a modern twist, is currently open for in-house and take-out meals from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Al’s Burger Shack locations on Franklin Street and Southern Village offer a variety of variations of the classic burger. The restaurant is currently open Monday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. for curbside pickup and take out orders from both locations.
Ben & Jerry’s, an ice cream shop on West Franklin Street, is open for take-out daily from 12:00 to 22:00. Diners can also choose to eat outside of the restaurant.
Big Bob’s City Grill, a Hillsborough restaurant that serves American cuisine and bar fare, is currently open for curbside pickup from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday and Sunday, and open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.
Mama Dip’s Kitchen is a restaurant in Chapel Hill serving classic Southern cuisine and is currently open for indoor and outdoor dining, as well as curbside pickup. Manager Cissy Green said the restaurant’s hours of service were Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Green said customers also have the option of ordering a prepared family meal or a picnic basket to go.
Tonya’s Cookies, a Chapel Hill bakery across from Mama Dip’s, is open for on-call order pickup every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., said founder Tonya Council. Tonya’s cookies can also be purchased at Whole Foods across the Triangle.
Vegan Flava Cafe is a Chapel Hill-based restaurant specializing in vegan cuisine and is currently open for on-call and drop-in orders, one of the owners, Stephen Gardner El said. Gardner El said their Current hours are Wednesday to Saturday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gift cards are also available for purchase on their website.
EmPOWERment, Inc. is a Chapel Hill non-profit organization committed to providing affordable housing to residents of Orange County who face barriers related to their race, income, age, or any other discriminatory factor, said Executive Director Delores Bailey. Bailey stated that EMPOWERment is currently accepting in line monetary donations or gift card donations, which will be redistributed to low-income residents of Orange County.
Excellent presence is a digital marketing and web strategy company that helps financial advisors target their ideal audience. Founder HT Major said ExcellentPresence focuses on serving black financial advisers and black-owned businesses, which she says are more likely to help black business owners financially.
Garblana Business Services is a Chapel Hill-based clothing company specializing in printed clothing and promotional products. Director Deleon Edwards said customers can order specialty products online or order clothes already designed.
Jazzercise of Chapel Hill currently offers online dance lessons through Facebook Live, owner Kena Cotten-Carter said. At least two classes are offered daily Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., and a full schedule can be found on their website, she said.
The Black Art Depot is an online art seller selling art, gifts, and collectibles that celebrate black culture, and operates from locations in Atlanta, Georgia, and Durham, Carolina. North. Items available for purchase can be found on their website.
Rumors Boutique, a thrift store and consignment store on North Graham Street, is currently open 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
If you know of any other black owned businesses in the Chapel Hill / Carrboro community that deserve recognition, leave a comment below or email us at [email protected].
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