Since the CRITICAL summer of 2020, society has made a better effort to put Black-owned businesses on a front-facing pedestal. And since the pandemic, designers, creatives, chefs, beauticians and more have seen a surge in business. Now, months ahead, the continued support of these brands is necessary to help maintain their success.
Luckily Houston, one of the most diverse cities in America, is filled with Black-owned businesses to champion. From culinary experiences like morning beverages made by Throughgood Coffee or southern biscuits at Lucille’s, to beauty enhancements from SKËN or Lamik; there's representation in all markets.
Scroll below to shop and support local Black-owned businesses in Houston.
3rd Eye View is the “best known unknown” eyewear brand, grabbing acknowledgment from the likes of Beyoncé and Women's Wear Daily. With its eccentric design, the brand aims for shoppers to recognize their spiritual third eye to surpass ordinary perception.
For more information, visit 3rd Eye View online.
Looking to spruce up your home with some luxe decor? Avant-Garde Home has all the essentials needed for the home makeover you’ve been looking for. Since 2014, CEO Myeshia Brown began experimenting with candles to create the sweetest fragrances, and later expanding to perfume oils, accessories, and opulent pillows.
For more information, visit Avant-Garde Home online.
Located in the Warehouse District sits Bisong Art Gallery, created by Carla Bisong. Combining her love for marketing and art, she opened the gallery to foster and showcase underrepresented local artists. Visitors can observe and purchase artwork created by Dominic Clay, Lee Carrier, Romeo Robinson, and more.
For more information, visit Bisong Art Gallery online or in store located at 1305 Sterrett Street.
If you’re seeking a new veterinarian for your lovable pets, look no further. Opened by Dr. Amna Plummer and Dr. Keidra Carmen, Critter Care Animal Hospital has been providing full-service care in the Bayou City since 1998. The hospital is currently open to dogs, cats, and small mammals.
For more information, visit Critter Care Animal Hospital online or their location at 13040 Dairy Ashford, Sugar Land, Texas.
Cupcakes aren’t the only bites being served at Third Ward’s Cupcake Kitchen. Owner Patrice Farooq expands her culinary artistry beyond delectable desserts to mouthwatering meals. Flavorful dishes include oxtails, crab cakes, crawfish bread, and their signature seafood plate.
For more information, visit Cupcake Kitchen online or in store located at 2533 Southmore, Suite, D.
Housed in Midtown is the historic two-story brick house where The Gite Gallery resides. The well-known art museum holds ancient artifacts from original paintings to hand-carved wooden statues and bronze sculptures. After an inspiring trip to Africa, owner and curator Lloyd Gite fixated on the creation of his gallery, and has accumulated a high-end clientele including Loretta Divine and Harry Belafonte.
For more information, visit The Gite Gallery online or their location at 2024 Alabama Street.
With the lack of vegan beauty products for Black women, founder and CEO Kim Roxie took matters into her own hands. Lamik Beauty is an eco-chic makeup line dedicated to providing clean beauty. Each product, from brushes to shadows and moisturizes, contains natural ingredients for an organic glam.
For more information visit Lamik Beauty online.
There’s nothing more fun than experimenting with DIY projects, and Love & Make is providing all the leisure. While having to stay with friends because of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation, founder Amara Aigbedion turned to candle-making. After a successful workshop, she teamed up with her sister-in-law Bukola Aigbedion to launch Love & Make. The sisters stretched outside of creating candles to host interactive DIY workshops including soaps, bath bombs and fragrances.
For more information, visit Love & Make online or in store at 2516 Times Blvd.
For almost a decade, Lucille’s has been in business. The history-engaged eatery is named after Lucille B. Smith, a multi-hyphenate businesswoman who is responsible for the All-Purpose Hot Roll Mix; which became the signature recipe for how biscuits are made today. Guests are invited to enjoy authentic southern recipes, from shrimp and grits to their famous chili biscuits.
For more information, visit Lucille's online or their location at 5512 La Branch Street.
Any home wouldn’t be complete without the final touch of a doormat. Kicky Mats create custom doormats to add a bit of exclusivity to your home. Shoppers can purchase pre-designed or customize one of their own.
For more information, visit Kicky Mats online.
Still shopping for fall wardrobe pieces? Set Sail Apparel is your ultimate destination. Owner Kentrel Code is the head architect of the unisex clothing line, which includes graphic tees, sweatshirts, joggers, shorts and accessories. Notable pieces include the Team Racing Button-Down Shirt with the matching Bucket Hat.
For more information, visit Set Sail Apparel online.
Formulated to “take your breath away now and forever,” Founder Corine Short of SKËN aims to reveal radiance in melanated skin. Through products such as the Caribbean Aloe Cleanse, Blemish Bomb, and Mark Minimizer; shoppers will achieve that smooth summertime glow, all year round.
For more information, visit SKËN online or in store at 8616 Cullen Blvd.
Sweenshots x Shay Moné photography studio was made with creatives in mind. Owned by social media influencer Shay Sweeny and her husband Ahmad Sweeny, Sweenshots embodies a fully furnished minimalistic design studio – fully equipped with lighting, portable backdrops, and a modernized kitchen.
For more information, visit Sweenshots x Shay Moné Studios online or their location at 3815 Garrott St. Suite #101.
With the beauty supply store being a staple in the Black community, co-founders Mychelle and Christopher Cooper teamed up for the launch of T and C Beauty Supply. Located on the southside of Houston is a beautician's dream of stocked hair care, grooming care, tools, and makeup; including Dr. Miracles, Shea Moisture, and Mielle.
For more information, visit T and C Beauty Supply online or in store 3928 Old Spanish Trail D.
Anytime is the right time for a good ‘ole cup of Joe, and Throughgood Coffee is serving up freshly ground brews every day. For over forty years, the land where Throughgood sits upon was once home to a daycare for disadvantaged families, further reinstating the shop's foundation of "innovation and love."
For more information, visit Throughgood Coffee online or in store at 732 W 27th Street.