How to celebrate Black Business Month in Pittsburgh year-round

Updated 11:56 p.m. Oct. 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

Hair and nails

Events, marketing, promotions