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29 Black-Owned Businesses in the Main Line and Philadelphia Suburbs

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From restaurants to clothing designers, these Main Line-area black-owned businesses offer a variety of great products and services.

Be sure to check out these black-owned shops and restaurants in and around the Main Line to shop local and support small businesses.

First published in June 2020, updated February 2022


 

AroDough

Try this adult playdough, perfect for the young at heart, to engage in mindfulness and awaken your senses though aromatherapeutic relaxation. This product is made with natural ingredients and infused with essential oils, making it a simple way to practice self-care. AroDough was founded and created by a Villanova University graduate.

Ambler Vegan Company

Grab a bite of deliciously nutritious plant-based foods from Ambler’s first vegan and black-owned café. The creative, tasty, healthy offerings embodies “Plant-Based Food that Loves You Back!”

20 East Butler Ave., Ambler

ATLIER 56

Each and every leather product sold by ATLIER 56 is locally manufactured by a cobbler in the Malvern shop. Products range from smaller bags—even single pen holders—to larger duffle-style bags.

81 Lancaster Ave, Malvern

 

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Bamba Soap Co.

Founded by husband-and-wife duo Kenza and Joe Bamba in 2021, this online soap shop developed a soap bar recipe as natural as possible. Scented with essential oils and colored with natural clay, every bar has shea butter and coconut oil to treat your skin to the ultimate washing experience.

The Black Reserve Bookstore

Peruse literature and comics by African American authors, plus clothing, jewelry, art and more at this intimate yet airy black-owned shop in Lansdale.

317 W. Main St., Lansdale

BTC Envelopes & Printing

In business for over 20 years, this Plymouth Meeting company offers an array of services including graphic design, large format printing and envelope printing.

4 Karen Road, Plymouth Meeting

Buutchiis Grille

Experience the flavors of West African and the Caribbean without ever leaving the Philadelphia suburbs. Platters at this Ambler restaurant include jerk chicken, curry goat, oxtail, ribs, fried tilapia and fried red snapper. Sides range from traditional fried plantains to mac ‘n’ cheese to stewed black-eyed peas. Buutchiis also offers a mobile food truck to cater get-togethers big and small.

35 E. Butler Ave., Ambler

 

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Byrum’s Shoe Service

Since 1975, this black-owned company specializes in repairing and cleaning leather products. Restore and save your favorite shoes, boots, zippers, equestrian and other leather accessories.

81 Lancaster Ave., Suite 39, Malvern

The Cheesecake Lady

Falling in love with the creamy, savory flavor of cheesecake at the age of 34, Vanessa Jackson decided to set up her own shop. From her Elkins Park bakery, Jackson offers over two dozen cheesecake flavors from classics like cherry, chocolate and strawberry to more creative ones like birthday cake, cinnamon roll, pineapple and red velvet.

910 Township Line Road, Elkins Park


 

Chick-A-Boom

Succulent chicken breasts are battered and deep fried to crispy perfection, then slathered with sauce, cheese and other toppings, before being carefully nestled between a bun. The mouthwatering menu features nine chicken sandwiches, each loaded with fresh ingredients, as well as chicken and waffle platters with flavors including Fruity Pebbles and Peaches & Cream. Be sure to add some Boom Chicken Fries—tender chunks of chicken atop waffle fries, sauce and scallions—for the ultimate indulgence.

1946 Delmar Drive, Folcroft

Chloe Johnston Experiences

Based in Berwyn, Chloe Johnston helps clients rove the globe with her luxury travel tours, whether it’s exploring the beautiful beaches of Bali or taking in the mesmerizing volcanic terrain of Iceland. Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or a month-long stay abroad, Chloe Johnston Experiences tailors every trip to create your ideal personalized vacation.

Claranda Tay Hair Care & Lifestyle Boutique

Explore this all-inclusive retailer of hair care, beauty and lifestyle products that focuses on carrying other minority products exclusively. Invigorate your hair journey with consciously-made natural and organic shampoo/cleaners, conditioners and more.

3927 Lincoln Highway, Downingtown

Deneen Marcel Lashes

Add subtle glamour to your everyday look with lash lifts and extensions from Bryn Mawr’s Deneen Marcel Lashes. The salon also offers eyebrow styling and skin treatments.

828 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

D’IYANU

Inspired by her native Nigeria, Adesola Elabor, along with her brother Dara Ajayi, brings African-inspired prints to the United States. The men’s, women’s and children’s ready-to-wear lines range from skirts and dresses to t-shirts, shorts and pants. Shop the collection online or at the Norristown showroom.

910 E. Main St., Norristown

Diane Matthews School of Dance Arts

This dance studio has it all, from in-person and virtual class sessions to a variety of dance styles for all ages. The founder and director, Diane Matthews, is one of the original members of Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco). Also a resident at this dance school is West Chester Dance Works, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dance company that provides opportunities for the surrounding community to experience the benefits of equally artistic and athletic movement.

315 Westtown Rd., Suite 9, West Chester

Embellish Beauty

Owner Marcia Williams brings expertise from her time as a QVC hair and makeup artist to her signature line of lip products. Even better, the company’s newest formula is vegan and cruelty-free. The website features a virtual mirror that allows you to sample different shades on your own lips using your webcam.

 

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Girls Auto Clinic

Wanting to empower and educate women about car care, Patrice Banks set out to create her own mechanic shop. In addition to car maintenance and repairs, Banks offers her Shecanic workshops to teach women the fundamentals.

7425 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby

Holland & Milan Organics

Based out of Ardmore, this beauty and skincare line focuses exclusively on natural ingredients to make vitamin shots, essential oil blends, facial cleansers, serums, face masks and more.

 

Mimi’s Favorite Things

Get lost in a world of luxurious self-care and décor items at this Coatesville shop. Michele Allen curates a selection of soap, bath bombs, lotions, balms, butters, jewelry, purses, artwork and teas.

139 E. Chestnut St., Coatesville

Miss Winnie’s

Dishing up creative Jamaican-inspired cuisine since 2017, this West Chester restaurant is the brainchild of Bert Johnston. Honoring his family’s heritage, and the restaurant’s namesake Winnifred Joyce Johnston in particular, Johnston presents a culinary tour de force of the Caribbean island. Dig into jerk chicken wings, a jerk pork sandwich, a curry chicken platter or the Winnie Classic—a ground beef patty seasoned with jerk spices and topped with pickles and jicama slaw. Don’t miss the rum cake, plantain tarts or guava swirl cake for dessert.

211 E. Market St., West Chester

 

Moody Jones Gallery

Owners Adrian Moody and Robyn Jones—the gallery’s namesakes—curate a monthly rotating selection of fine art. From sculptures to paintings, the works of art are always interesting and evocative.

107B S. Easton Road, Glenside

Philadelphia Gymnastics Center

This Conshohocken black-owned gym helps young athletes hone their talent with classes tailored for a variety of ages and skill levels.

26 Portland Road, West Conshohocken

Salon Tenshi

After years of studying nourishing techniques, Brandy DaVila helps clients maintain healthy skin and hair through services like a two-part oil treatment meant to heal dandruff and a variety of other scalp ailments.

859 Montgomery Ave. Narberth

Still Beauty Brow Lounge

Head on over to Wayne to indulge in facial and body waxing services for a unique and individual experience aimed to elevate your confidence and natural beauty. The Lounge also offers lash stylings and makeup application.

121 North Wayne Ave., Suite #156, Wayne

Spavia

From relaxing deep tissue massages to facials, there’s something for everybody at Spavia’s King of Prussia location.

100 Main St., King of Prussia

Sugar Shack Soul Food

Soul food takes center stage at this black-owned eatery and catering company in Glenolden. Choose from wings, jumbo shrimp, fried salmon and a bevvy of fries. The Sunday supper is a gut-busting choice of fried, baked or barbecue chicken with three sides and a dessert.

45 N. Chester Pike, Glenolden

Sweet Jazmine’s

Classically-trained chef Kimberly Davis Cuthbert creates indulgent treats at her Berwyn bakery. Try the signature sweet potato muffins or the ultra-decadent chocolate ‘“Wow” cake—it lives up to the name.

15 Bridge Ave., Berwyn

The Tattooed Pig

What began as a catering company in 2007 eventually morphed into a food truck and later a brick and mortar. Today, the Tex-Mex restaurant dishes up favorites like nachos, quesadillas, burritos and empanadas. Putting a twist on classics, the Tex-Mex fries (think nachos, but with succulent hand-cut fries as the base) and Cali tacos aren’t to be missed. Burgers and sandwiches round out the extensive menu.

4405 Pennell Road, Aston

Waxing the City

Expert wax treatments leave skin feeling soft and silky smooth. The black-owned studio also offers brow and lash services.

258 W. Dekalb Pike, King of Prussia

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