SINCE THE CRITICAL SUMMER OF 2020, society has made a better effort at putting Black-owned businesses on a front-facing pedestal. With the kick-off of Black History Month, there’s no better time to support local shops and help owners maintain their success.
Houston, being one of the most diverse cities in America, is filled with plenty of Black-owned businesses to champion. From beauty enhancements from Ten Skyncare or Lamik to alluring fragrances by Avant-Garde Home and Love & Make; 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.
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.
Located in Third Ward is the family-run Kindred Stories bookstore. Inside the tranquil library are shelves upon shelves filled with diverse stories that amplify the voices of Black authors. The literary space is open to both adults and children to enjoy on and off the page; with special events like their virtual Author Talks, Book Clubs, and the upcoming Kindred Stories Spelling Bee. Guests can also shop a curated book selection, journals, coffee, and teas.
For more information visit Kindred Stories online or in-store located at 2304 Stuart Street, Houston, Texas.
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.
Lilly’s Kloset boutique is a go-to in the city for last-minute outfits or staples for layering. Since its opening in 2012, the brand has garnered over one million followers on Instagram and opened a storefront in south Houston. From midi dresses and knit tops to must-have heels and accessories, Lilly’s Kloset has everything you need to be best dressed for brunch or a night out on the town.
For more information, visit Lilly's Kloset online or their location at 9000 Hempstead Road, Houston, Texas.
Llulo is an Africa-inspired fashion and lifestyle brand founded by Houstonian Michelle Olomojobi. The label exudes the essence of Africa and its people, with traditional Ankara fabrics used for apparel, masks, and pillow covers. While scrolling through Instagram, you’ll see the fan-favorite Africa Shaped Pillow made of faux crocodile leather. The signature piece is handmade to perfection and adds a cultural detail to any home.
For more information, visit Llulo 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.
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.
Mitochondria Gallery has an impeccable collection of contemporary African art from African artists and the African diaspora. The gallery hosts fascinating exhibitions such as the A Solo Exhibition by Nick George, Bloom by Ibem Cookey and Kingsley Tamfu, and the current showing of Dawn by Sesse Elangwe. Through its unique inventory, the Mitochondria Gallery aims to inform and enrich guests with an astounding experience.
For more information visit Mitochondria Gallery online or at its location at 2101 Winter Street, Houston, Texas.
Downtown’s Sanman Studios, owned by siblings Seth Rogers, Steven Rogers, and Ira Ace, is quickly becoming a first-rate creative space in Houston. With an innovative array of five uniquely-designed rental units, Houston creatives can seamlessly bring their visions to life with stunning photography, out-of-this-world music videos, and spacious private events.
For more information, visit Sanman Studios online or their location at 1109 Providence St. Houston, Texas.
Set Sail Apparel is your ultimate destination for seasonal pieces. 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.
Founded by Houstonian Karee Laing, Ten Skyncare offers a multitude of beauty products that reveal a summer glow all year long. Using all-natural ingredients, the skincare label prides itself on being cruelty-free, sulfate-free, and paraben-free to ensure the brand is as clean as possible. Crowd-favorite products include the Turmeric Brightening Mask, Orange Ginger All-In-One Wash, and Hydrating Luxe Facial Oil.
For more information, visit Ten Skyncare online.