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Celebrating Durham's Black-Owned Businesses

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We asked our followers to share their favorite Bull City black-owned businesses and they delivered!

Whenever we put out polls on our Instagram stories, our followers respond with the best answers. It was only natural that for Black History Month we ask them what their favorite black-owned businesses are. Here are the answers.

The 360 Approach

Owner and head trainer Chan Little offers a variety of intense but fun workouts at The 360 Approach. Swing by and you might spot her adorable Aussiedoodle Thor.

📍 404 Hunt St #135

🐦 @the360approach

📸 instagram.com/the360approach

📱 the360approach.com

Amber Lynne Beauty

A traveling makeup artist, Amber Lynne offers freelance services for all things bridal, and teaches classes to help improve your beauty knowledge.

📸 instagram.com/erbodyluhgrannie

📱 amberlynnebeauty.com

Beyú Caffè

Owned by Duke University grad Dorian Bolden, you can find creative brews and creativity brewing at Beyú Caffè.

📍 341 W Main St and at @DukeU

🐦 @BeyuCaffe

📸 instagram.com/beyucaffe

📱 beyucaffe.com

Big C Waffles

A food-truck-to-brick-and-mortar success story, anyone that's visited Big C Waffles knows Uncle Wayne’s fried chicken and Granny B’s Kool-Aid are life-changing.

📍 2110 Allendown Dr #9201

🐦 @bigcwaffles

📸 instagram.com/bigcwaffles

📱 bigcwaffles.com


Blackspace is a digital makerspace for black and brown youth to explore their creative endeavors. Check out their MED CITY CYPHER every Friday at 9:19 p.m. in CCB Plaza.

📍 212 W Main St

🐦 @thespaceblack

📸 instagram.com/thespaceblack

📱 theblackspace.org

Boricua Soul

This husband and wife team of Boricua Soul have melded Puerto Rican cuisine and soul food in a beautiful way.

📍 406 Blackwell St #150

🐦 @boricuasoulnc

📸 instagram.com/boricuasoulnc

📱 boricuasoulnc.com

Bright Black Candles

“Transcendent candles honoring the brilliance of Blackness by scent artists Tiffany and Dariel.” Take it from us, these scents are amaaazing.

📍 online and many stores around Durham

📸 instagram.com/brightblackcandle

📱 brightblackcandles.com

Bull City Car Wash

Bull City Car Wash offers detailing services from an extremely friendly staff.

📍 1810 W Markham Ave

📱 bullcitycarwash.com

Bull City Dental

The mother-daughter team of Bull City Dental might have the best smiles in Durham and they can help you get your best smile.

📍 106 West Parrish Street #1

📸 instagram.com/smileitsadurhamthing

📱 bullcitydentaldowntown.com

Bull City Laughs

Durham's funniest, “most badass” (and only) bus tour. Bull City Laughs is what happens when the funniest guys in the barbershop buy an old school bus and start giving historical tours.

📸 instagram.com/bullcitylaughs

📱 bullcitylaughs.com

Candy Carver

Candy Carver’s art features colorful, curvaceous women of color. “She creates vibrant, textured pieces that touch the soul and excite viewers.”

🐦 @candy1carver

📸 instagram.com/candycarver

📱 candycarver.com

Chez Moi Bakery

When you see the license plate Durm&Moi, you know you've found the right food truck. You can spot the Chez Moi truck all over the Triangle serving made-from-scratch cakes and other unique desserts.

🐦 @ChezMoiBakery

📸 instagram.com/chezmoibakery

📱 iloverumcake.com

Chicken Hut

The Chicken Hut (originally the Chicken Box) has been around since 1957. How do you know it's good? It's only open for lunch on weekdays and it's cash only.

📍 3019 Fayetteville St

🐦 @TheChickenHut

📸 instagram.com/chickenhutdurham

📱 chickenhutnc.weebly.com

The Comedy Lounge

The Comedy Lounge is a mobile comedy club that brings local and national comedians and entertainers to you.

📸 instagram.com/thecomedyloungenc

📱 thecomedyloungenc.com

Dame’s Chicken & Waffles

Dame’s Chicken & Waffles is an OG Durham restaurant. Dame’s has drawn quite a few celebrities including Michael Strahan, Chris Rock, and most recently The Office’s Craig Robinson.

📍 530 Foster Street

🐦 @Dschickenwafls

📸 instagram.com/dameschickenandwaffles

📱 dameschickenwaffles.com

The Dankery

Fans of their fried chicken tenders and bacon queso fries include Durham’s Mayor Schewel, the Duke men’s basketball team, and even NBA star Dwyane Wade!

📍 206 Broadway St #104

🐦 @snpdankery919

📸 instagram.com/shrimpandpastasdankery

Darius Quarles

You can spot Darius Quarles’ work all over Durham including a giant mural at the Liberty Warehouse apartments which honors Durham’s history.

🐦 @DQuarles72

📸 instagram.com/bpicasso208

📱 virginiahenrys.com

Durham Family Medicine

Doctor Swiner heads up Durham Family Medicine with a mission to “provide members of the under-served and elderly communities equal access to cost effective, quality patient care.”

📍 2400 Broad St #1

🐦 @docswiner

📸 instagram.com/thedfmdocs

📱 durhamfamilymedicine.net

Empower Dance Studio

Started by Nicole Oxendine, Empower Dance Studio “nurtures and fosters natural beauty, instills self-confidence, and reinforces positive images of dancers from all backgrounds.”

📍 109 W Parrish St

📸 instagram.com/_empowerdancestudio

📱 empowerdancestudio.com


Exotique brings African art, fashion, home goods, and more to downtown Durham.

📍 319 W Main St

🐦 @exotiquedurham

📸 instagram.com/exotiquedurham

📱 theexotique.com

Favor Desserts

Two years out of high school, Keijuane Hester was arrested for drug trafficking. While in prison he discovered his love of baking and after serving his time, he opened up Favor Desserts. People all over Durham are crazy about his sweets. He even baked the cupcakes for Durham’s 150th anniversary celebration.

📍 5607 NC-55

🐦 @favordesserts

📸 instagram.com/favor_desserts

📱 favordesserts.com

Food that Fits U

If you're looking for a dietitian with qualifications, Jasmine Burroughs is a MS, RD, LDN. Speaking of mouthfuls, Jasmine wants to help you redefine the idea of a “healthy diet.” She also has a monthly community cooking class with budget-friendly, healthy, and satisfying plant-based meals.

📸 instagram.com/foodthatfits_u

📱 foodthatfitsu.com

Gavin Christianson Bridal

Gavin Christianson Bridal provides designer wedding gowns in sizes ranging from 2-32. Their bridal styling is unique, gorgeous, and timeless.

📍 125 E Parrish St

🐦 @GCBridals

📸 instagram.com/gavinchristiansonbridal

📱 gavinchristiansonbridal.com


Traditional Ethiopian fair with a modern twist. At Goorsha you can find tibs, shiro, and plenty of injera.

📍 910 W Main St

🐦 @goorshadurham

📸 instagram.com/goorshadurham

📱 goorshadurham.com

Harper’s Parlour

Ashley Harper is a nail curator that prides herself on her attention to detail and putting the customer first.

📍 902 Old Fayetteville St. Suite 109

📸 instagram.com/harpersparlour

Jeddah’s Tea

Morgan Siegel is brewing up the next chapter of Durham's Black history. Jeddah's Tea was $250 seedling that bloomed into popups and then a Kickstarter that helped them open a brick and mortar.

📍 123 Market St Suite A

🐦 @jeddahstea

📸 instagram.com/jeddahstea

📱 jeddahstea.com

Jessamyn Stanley

Author of “Every Body Yoga,” Jessamyn Stanley is a trailblazer of the body-positive movement, and her yoga classes are accessible and inspirational.

🐦 @JessNotJazz

📸 instagram.com/mynameisjessamyn

📱 jessamynstanley.com

Knox St Studios

Knox St Studios is an event space that “connects and equips current or aspiring entrepreneurs across the Triangle.”

📍 1307 W Knox St

📸 instagram.com/knoxststudios

📱 knoxststudios.org

Let's Eat Homestyle

Soul food on-the-go. Let's Eat Homestyle offers up sweet and savory delights with a smile. You can also get Fabian's Flavors pudding.

📍 Northgate Mall food court and their food truck

📸 instagram.com/eathomestyle


In addition to stunning nail art, this non-toxic nail studio also offers lashes, brow henna, and skin therapy.

📍 3209 Guess Road Suite 202

📸 instagram.com/nailz_nc

📱 nailznc.com

Nolia Family + Coffee

Nolia is designed for families with a kids’ menu including free high fives and a children’s area with books, toys, and regular story times.

📍 1004 Morning Glory Ave

📸 instagram.com/noliacoffee

📱 noliacoffee.com

NorthStar Church of the Arts

The legacy of the Freelon family continues at NorthStar. This church believes in “holding space for artists, people who are black, brown, queer, transgender, and people with disabilities.”

📍 220 W Geer St

🐦 @northstardurham

📸 instagram.com/northstardurham

📱 northstardurham.com

Nzinga’s Breakfast Cafe

French toast, shrimp and grits, fried fish, egg sandwiches, you can get all the southern staples at Nzinga’s.

📍 826 Fayetteville St #110

📸 instagram.com/nzingasbreakfastcafe

📱 nzingasbreakfastcafe.com

The Palace International

The Palace specializes in East African food but also has African spins on world cuisines. It’s also a social space and world beat music scene.

📍 1104 Broad St

🐦 @ThePalaceInt

📸 instagram.com/thepalaceint

📱 thepalaceinternational.com

Perkins Orchard

Established in 1970, Perkins Orchard is the largest and oldest produce market in Durham. Owner Alexander Watson took over daily operations at 10 years old and is a strong advocate for local agriculture.

📍 5749 Barbee Rd

🐦 @PerkinsOrchard

📸 instagram.com/perkinsorchard

📱 perkinsorchard.com

Prime Athletic Training and Fitness Institute

Prime Fitness offers personal training opportunities, regimented fitness advice, and equipment to get you on track with your goals.

📍 3738 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd

📸 instagram.com/primeinstitute

📱 patfi.com

The Renaissance Barbershop

Renaissance Barbershop offers classic barber services like cuts and shaves. They also provide scalp micropigmentation, a non-surgical method that replicates the appearance of hair follicles.

📍 7001 Fayetteville Rd #131

🐦 @renbarbershop

📸 instagram.com/the_renaissance_barbershop

📱 therenaissancebarbershop.com

Ronald’s Unisex Barbershop

Fresh cuts, clean razor lines, and friendly service are all trademarks of Ronald’s Unisex Barbershop.

📍 3825 S Roxboro St #138

📸 instagram.com/ronaldsunisexbarbershop3

Roy’s Kountry Kitchen

Roy’s Kountry Kitchen provides all the southern staples: mac ‘n cheese, fried chicken, oxtails, collared greens, and don’t forget the banana pudding.

📍 2514 Fayetteville St

📸 instagram.com/roys_kountry_kitchen_

Russell’s Pharmacy

Owners Darius and Terensia Russell offer “care through counseling, medication therapy management, and individual attention given to each patient.”

📍 2116 Angier Ave

📸 instagram.com/russellspharmacy

📱 russellspharmacyshoppe.com

Soar Aerial Dance

Gena DuBose’s passion for aerial arts inspired her to create SOAR, a performance collective of aerialists, dancers, circus performers, and movement artists.

📸 instagram.com/soaraerialdance

📱 soaraerialdance.com


Located in the historic East Durham neighborhood, TNP Fit owner Russell Dudley has designed a program for all ages and genders.

📍 308 S Driver St

📸 instagram.com/tnpfit308

📱 tnpfit.com

True Flavors

The food at True Flavors is as good as it looks. Chef Sidney has made sure of it.

📍 5410 Highway 55 Suite AJ AK

📍 2022 Chapel Hill Rd

🐦 @TrueFlavorsC

📸 instagram.com/trueflavorsdiner

📱 trueflavorsdiner.com

Saltbox Seafood Joint

Head Chef Ricky Moore is a U.S. Army veteran, author, and a first-time James Beard semifinalist. Saltbox has been a Durham favorite ever since the tiny shack opened on Mangum St in 2012.

📍 608 N Mangum St

📍 2637 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd

🐦 @SaltboxSeafood

📸 instagram.com/saltboxseafoodjoint

📱 saltboxseafoodjoint.com

Soul Fresh Spring Rolls

This creative food truck makes non-traditional flavored spring rolls made with fresh and minimally processed ingredients. You can find flavors like chicken and kale, BBQ chicken, sweet potato and black bean, and more.

🐦 @soulfreshspring

📸 instagram.com/soulfreshspringrolls

📱 soulfreshspringrolls.com


Jackie Morin’s cotton candy is 100% vegan and organic. Fans of hers delicious confections include Grammy Award-winning singer Kacey Musgraves!

📸 instagram.com/wonderpuff

📱 ohwonderpuff.com

The ZEN Succulent

Succulents and house plants are having a moment right now. And so is Megan George, owner of The ZEN Succulent. Megan is just as bright and joyful as her welcoming garden center.

📍 123 Market St B

🐦 @theZenSucculent

📱 thezensucculent.com

📸 instagram.com/thezensucculent


To our knowledge, Zweli’s is the only Zimbabwean restaurant in the United States! In addition to amazing food, Zweli’s has been at the forefront of community rebuilding efforts ever since they arrived on the scene in Durham.

📍 4600 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd Suite 26

📸 instagram.com/zweliskitchen

📱 zwelis.com