Support As You Shop: Ten Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out
Treat yourself to some of the best Baltimore has to offer with these beloved Black-owned shops.
Small businesses are at the heart of Baltimore’s economic community. Black business owners are using their shops to inject the city with culture, knowledge, creativity and style. Add these exceptional Black-owned shops to your itinerary for clothing, home wares and sweets.
This husband and wife duo started making plant-based ice cream for their lactose intolerant children and grew it into Cajou Creamery, a whole line of dairy-free ice cream made from cashew, almond and hazelnut milks. Find them at the Market at Montebello, a monthly farmers market at Lake Montebello in Northeast Baltimore, or schedule a porch drop for those in the Greater Baltimore area.
Doll House Boutique
The whimsy of playing dress up isn’t just for children. At Doll House Boutique, you’re encouraged to find your style by trying on their fun fashions. From couture to casual, the Mount Vernon-based shop has something for everyone. Need a little extra help finding your thing? Book a consultation with owner and designer Natalie Karyl and she’ll find the right pieces to make you feel all dolled up.
Founded in 2008, Different Regard has been elevating Baltimore’s style with chic, ready-to-wear and made-to-measure clothing. Owners and stylists Steven White and Dominick Davis want everyone of all ages to experience the luxury of wearing a well-tailored garment at an affordable price.
Drama MaMa Bookshop
Drawing on Baltimore’s rich literary history, Drama MaMa owner Alisa Brock curated a space built to inspire the next wave of budding authors. Sip on a latte while you browse for a newly released novel, re-read a classic, or write your own in one of Drama MaMa’s custom journals. For a fun experience, come to one of the bookshop’s “Wine & Bind” book binding events to make your own.
KSM Candle Co.
KSM Candle Co. offers vegan-friendly candles, incense, sprays and just about anything else you need to create an inviting atmosphere in your home. Take a little of Baltimore home with you, courtesy of the ready-made Old Bay-scented candles, or create your own custom scent at a workshop.
Shop owner Erica Bentley says the shop’s mission is to outfit people in beautiful vintage clothing and connect the community. Along with selling handpicked designer apparel, Keepers Vintage, which shares a retail space with KSM Candle Co., hosts a bevy of social events such as Trap Yoga and Galentine’s Day parties.
Natasha's Just Brittle
At Natasha’s Just Brittle, crunchy brittle and melt-in-your-mouth chocolates are on the menu, but so is outstanding quality. Natasha’s treats are made with real, wholesome ingredients and a satisfying dose of hometown pride.
Phina's Fine Linens
Since 2007, Phina’s Fine Linens has been the destination for luxurious bedding and bath items. The boutique, based in Federal Hill, sells a collection of stylish sheets, duvets, comforters and tables linens in a multitude of colors and thread counts to suit even the most discerning lounger.
Sankofa African & World Bazaar
Authentic African art, sculptures and clothing are all available at Sankofa African & World Bazaar. After a brief hiatus, the Baltimore gem reopened with a new location and renewed drive to expose the world to Africa’s rich culture. Shop owner Esther “Mama KiKi” Armstrong, a native of Ghana, recently parlayed the shop’s success into the opening of the Sankofa Children’s Museum of African Cultures.
Taharka Brothers Ice Cream
Locals will recognize Taharka Bros. by its simple packaging: a white container with a hot pink label that shows the brand’s logo, “Made in Baltimore” and handwritten flavor. The ice cream flavors, like Olive Oil & Sea Salt, Matcha Mochi and Bourbon Butter Pecan, are deliciously complex. Pints are sold in grocery stores around town, but the best way to experience Taharka Bros. is to visit their mainstay scoop shop inside the historic Broadway Market in Fell’s Point.