How to celebrate Black Business Month in Pittsburgh year-round

Updated 9:38 p.m. March 8 

August is National Black Business Month. Though it’s ending in a matter of days, you can continue to celebrate year-round.

To help with that, we asked our readers to name their favorite black-owned businesses in Pittsburgh — and dropped in a few of our own. The responses came immediately and kept coming.

From restaurants to hair stylists to event design and more, we received dozens of shoutouts, a sampling of which we’ve compiled in a guide to help you celebrate black-owned businesses in August and beyond. Is your favorite missing from the list? Email us, so we can add it.

Also be sure to check out the searchable Pittsburgh black-owned business directory Cocoapreneur, launched by Who’s Nexter Khamil Scantling.

Food and drink

  • Arnold’s Coffee and Tea, dozens of teas, of course, along with salads and sandwiches, 502 E. Ohio St. (North Side)
  • Blowfish BBQ, “low and slow wood-fired Pittsburgh style bbq,” 2027 Noble St. (Swissvale)
  • Carmi Soul Food, seasonal, locally sourced soul food restaurant, 1825 E. Carson St. (South Side Flats)
  • Cobbler World, dessert-maker specializing in cobblers, cakes, and pies, 1059 Penn Ave. (Downtown)
  • Dana’s Bakery, a neighborhood staple for over 40 years, 720 N. Homewood Ave. (Homewood South)
  • Everyday Cafe, a coffee shop and “social enterprise owned and operated by Bible Center Church,” with earnings invested in Homewood-based organizations focused on building “entrepreneurship, youth development, and education,” 532 N. Homewood Ave. (Homewood South)
  • Kilimanjaro Flavor, “East African soul food food truck,” multiple locations
  • Leon’s Caribbean Restaurant, authentic Caribbean cuisine, 823 E. Warrington Ave. (Allentown)
  • MaddezSweetz, “a deliciously delectable boutique bakery in the heart of Pittsburgh”
  • Power Bites, “gluten free, organic dark chocolate bites”
  • Roux Orleans Catering, “specialty items include Crawfish Etoufee, Gumbo, Jambalaya, Catfish Po’boys, and our own special Crawfish Queso”
  • Wilson’s Bar-B-Q, barbecue and soul food restaurant, 700 N. Taylor Ave. (North Side)

Clothing, accessories, crafts

  • Blakbirdjewelry, “thoughtfully designed hand-cut metal jewelry”
  • Edo Scribes & Pleasantries, with unique gifts, stationery, and accessories, 2512 Wylie Ave. (Middle Hill)
  • Emmanuelle Wambach, “hand built and wheel-thrown ceramic dinnerware and homewares using techniques and styles inspired by my mother”
  • Jones Printing, business cards, signs, and more, 7628 Frankstown Ave. (Homewood South)
  • Kin of Duncan, “kid entrepreneur who creates T-shirts for kids and fur kids,” 5828 Saltsburg Rd. (Verona)
  • Knotzland Bowtie Co., upcycled bespoke bowties, 7800 Susquehanna St. (Homewood South)
  • Lavish Lamb
  • No Girls Allow3d
  • Styling by Chi, which aims “to heal, inspire and share insight through my life and the art of fashion and style”

Hair and nails

Events, marketing, promotions