60+ Great Black-Owned Shops and Boutiques in Greater Philadelphia
Black-Owned spas, coffee shops, boutiques, book stores and more...
Philadelphia is home to an array of Black-owned and -operated shops, boutiques and bookstores, from Manayunk to East Passyunk Avenue.
Visitors and locals can shop ceramics made by artists of color, women, and local makers ( Ceramic Concept ); strut in style courtesy of a high-end menswear shoe store ( Blue Sole Shoes ); work up a sweat while learning some new moves ( DanceFit) ; and peruse history, health and fitness and children’s books at one of the oldest Black-owned bookstores in the country ( Hakim’s Bookstore ).
Looking to dine and support Black-owned businesses? Check out our guide to Black-owned cafes, coffee shops and eateries .
Read on for a curated list of some of the city’s standout Black-owned shopping destinations.
With a selection of rare, vintage and limited-edition books by Black authors, this Brewerytown bookshop also serves as a community hub. Owned by Community College of Philadelphia professor Anyabwile Love, Bailey Street Books has an academic but unpretentious vibe.
One of the country’s oldest Black-owned bookstores resides at the same West Philly address where Dawud Hakim founded it more than 60 years ago. Historic, welcoming, old-school and family-friendly, the shop now belongs to Hakim’s daughter, Yvonne Blake.
This welcoming, Fishtown-based, women-centric, art- and activism-forward, frankincense-scented, named-for-Harriet Tubman bookstore is owned by Jeannine A. Cook, who opened it in February 2020. On its shelves: Toni Morrison’s complete collection, works by Zora Neale Hurston, children’s books and more titles that Cook herself loves to read.
Owner Marc Lamont Hill’s Germantown hangout exudes community pride in its book selection and living-room vibe, a la Washington DC’s acclaimed Busboys and Poets chain. This bibliophile’s spot takes its name from the columnist and Temple University prof’s favorite uncle, who nurtured his love of reading.
Boutiques & Retail Shops
For more than 30 years, this Reading Terminal Market stall has served as a location for silversmith Charita Powell to showcase her handmade jewelry. For sale: folk dolls, original paintings, body-care products and cultural clothing, including Powell’s vibrant pieces from her Urban Karma Wear line, which she also sells on Saturdays from her studio in The BOK Building.
Owned by Darryl Jones, this classic comic book store , known for its wide selection of comics, graphic novels, manga, back issues, horror, sci-fi and old-school arcade games such as Street Fighter , has been a South Street mainstay since 2001.
Celebrities like Cardi B, Teyana Taylor and Fabolous have all been pictured wearing the Deno, the distinctive, colorful puffy coats sold by Banni Peru . Founded by William Walker, its brick-and-mortar store in West Philly complements an impressive online presence. Banni Peru also offers tracksuits, sweatsuits, hoodies, jeans, T-shirts and more.
This Germantown-based secondhand shop features Black texts, ephemera, art and home goods that inspire an Afro-centric lifestyle, curated by owner Tomarra Sankara-Kilombo. In addition to vintage books, pick up vinyl records and clothing, too.
Owner Steve Jamison, a fashion footwear specialist, established his sunny Rittenhouse Square boutique in 2007 to cater to high-end tastes in men’s shoes, socks and accessories — and to provide high-quality customer service. Among the designers in stock: Harris, Magnanni, John Richmond, Jo Ghost and Roberto Cavalli.
This Midtown Village consigner owned by Phillip Moore offers exclusive collectible sneakers and vintage pieces — Pharrell Williams Adidas, Air Jordans from overseas — and features rare, sold-out merch from prominent sportswear brands like Supreme and Bape.
Former Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins founded this men’s and women’s boutique to redefine modern custom suiting with creativity, styling and precise tailoring — all while keeping culture at the forefront. The shop stocks men and women’s suits, jackets, sweats, along with custom suits and pocket squares. They’re open by appointment only or online any time.
Where: Damari, 72 N. 2nd Street
The stylish set loves that this shop — owned by Shani Newton — carries women’s clothing for all sizes (small through triple extra-large), ages and budgets. On the racks: pant sets, stylish separates, maxi dresses and on-point accessories.
Expect Lace aims to build customer confidence through an intimate understanding of the female body and offerings that sculpt every shape and size. Owned by Shaw Lewis, the Manayunk boutique carries some of the world’s top intimate brands for women and men. Services include personalized undergarment fittings and lingerie consultations.
When she started her line of women’s clothing and accessories in 2017, Kimberly McGlonn prioritized three things: sourcing reclaimed fabrics, manufacturing exclusively in Philadelphia, and supporting incarcerated and returning citizens. And she’s just as committed to that mission today. Devotees of the shop can score casual joggers, elegant skirts, color-blocked jackets and attention-grabbing cotton T-shirts.
With their first brick-and-mortar in the King of Prussia Mall, shoppers can score Jeantrix’s bright, bold, art-inspired jackets, hoodies, T-shirts, pants, shorts and accessories. Owners Deric “Nyce” Crawley and Muhammad “Homm” Abdul-Basit have collaborated with many celebrities on their creations as well. Among them: Beyoncé, Lizzo, Missy Elliott, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys and Michael B. Jordan.
Kelly Monk’s South Philly home decor shop is designed to feel like a sanctuary, and her rich fabrics and textiles can transform any home to feel the same way. Cozy blankets, colorful throw pillows and luxe table fabrics are among the offerings, and Monk provides by-appointment-only design services.
Across the street from West Philadelphia’s Malcolm X Park, Love Yourself by Shea Elizabeth is a chic boutique that helps women create their own definition of cool with a great selection of shoes, jackets, dresses, jumpsuits and more.
Fresh on the Fabric Row Scene, Moore Vintage Archive is the place where you can find vintage Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld for Chloe and more women’s designer fashion. Owner Keesean Moore stocks the shop with timeless dresses, jackets, sets and books from Black authors.
Founded by friends (and former business competitors) Aaron Johnson and Bruce Tabbs, The Movement Philly specializes in handmade clothing, T-shirts, jewelry and vegan bath and beauty products. The Mt. Airy shop was featured in a “Buying Black” segment on Philly’s Fox 29 TV station in 2020.
For half a century, Paul Beale’s Florist has been the go-to florist for every occasion from proms and weddings to illness and sympathy bouquets. This family-owned business is committed to offering the finest in contemporary or traditional floral arrangements.
Custom engagement and wedding rings, one-of-a-kind pieces and gemologist-certified appraisals are the reason clients call ahead to book appointments at this Old City jewelry shop , owned by Ken and Nicole Black.
This South Street boutique is owned by Charrita Jones, who curates the shop’s collection of “effortlessly chic” women’s apparel. The vibe at Senoj is all about empowering women to be comfortable in their own skin. The shop offers all kinds of looks, from bodysuits and outerwear to skirts, dresses and sunglasses.
With a showroom featuring a pool table, elegant wooden side tables and a beautiful fireplace to display his unique selection of shoes, owner Voltaire Blain — known as the best-dressed man in Chestnut Hill — strives to make shopping for shoes an experience like no other. His shop carries a wide selection of hard-to-find shoes, including loafers, oxfords and both high- and low-cut boots for men, as well as several styles for women.
This Northern Liberties lifestyle boutique , co-owned by Dorothea Gamble and Dagmar Mitchell, carries socially responsible, handmade and environmentally conscious products for the home and body, including bespoke furniture, accessories, clothing, art, jewelry and beauty essentials.
Where: Trunc, 929 N. 2nd Street
This fine art photo gallery in Germantown showcases the work of its founder and owner Steven CW Taylor. Large-format color photography immerses visitors and encourages them to interact with the places and people Taylor has photographed during the course of his travels. Each print comes with care instructions and a certificate of authenticity.
Cara Stipa combined all the things she loves to create The Utopia Collective , a go-to business for event planning of all size occasions, along with a fabulous retail shop . It features modern home decor, beautiful glassware, candles, sage sticks and other great wedding gifts.
Owner Christa Barfield’s approach to what she sells is clear: She wants to offer her customers “high-quality, healthful tea with traceable origins.” To do that, she grows and harvests plants on a small farm in Pennsylvania and pays close attention to the practices of her partner farms. In her Germantown shop and on her online store, tea aficionados can purchase teas, honeys, gift sets, accessories and more.
At her minimalist home and lifestyle shop along Queen Village’s Fabric Row, former fashion designer Shannon Maldonado assures each planter, glass or coffee table book feels like a work of art. YOWIE is a brand as interested in building community as it is in showcasing one-of-a-kind products, events and services.
Where: Yowie, 716 S. 4th Street
Spas, Beauty & Wellness
Proving sisters make the best small business partners, owners Tomika Branch and Chyvonne Shackelford established their full-service day spa in West Oak Lane. Popular here: hydrating facials, gel manicures, detox pedicures, plus waxing, lash and brow enhancements, massages and self-care products, including 3rd Element candles and body butters.
After a recent relocation to Ardmore, Abiyah Naturals has a new home for owner Topia Tessema’s handmade and natural soaps, body oils and moisturizers. The shop also stocks art and apparel from other Black-owned merchants.
Award-winning body builder and coach Audra Anusionwu takes a holistic approach to wellness. In an East Falls studio , Anusionwu and her team offer personal training, group fitness classes and dance fitness classes to help clients feel strong and confident.
Owned by Bria Moss-Wilkerson since 2017, this Chestnut Hill boutique dance fitness studio offers in person, online and on-demand classes for people who love to dance. With offerings like Zumba, HipFit and Tone Zone, DanceFit disguises exercise as fun and makes working out feel like a party.
Sisters (and Philly natives) Nakia and Taahirah Stith are the owners of this Rittenhouse Square apothecary — or “a‘plant’ecary,” as they call it — that sells plant-based remedies in the form of herbs, smoothies, tonics, teas and tinctures. Their goal? To offer up herbs of the liquid, powder or cut variety that relieve customers of what’s bothering them in a judgment-free zone.
Syreeta Scott — stylist to Jill Scott, Ava DuVernay, Questlove and Janet Jackson — has held court in North Philly for two decades, pioneering natural styles and in-demand services (locs, braids, two-strand twists, hair color) that definitely require advanced booking.
Faheem Alexander has taken the barbering world by storm with his hands of precision. At it for over 25 years now, he’s known for his expertise in styling, hairline correction and beard grooming. Faheem has worked on many celebrity clients, including Tracy Morgan and Philadelphia’s favorite hip-hop group, The Roots.
Engineer turned mechanic (and author of Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide ) Patrice Banks has established the city’s first and only women-run garage . Next door, she opened Clutch Beauty Bar, serving up manis, pedis and waxing services.
With three locations in Philadelphia — South Street West, Roxborough and Queen Village — this full-service waxing studio is a convenient option for those interested in quick and painless body and facial waxing, as well as lash-brow tints, lash perm-lifts and threading. Owned by Sarah Giovinetti-Mobley, The Naked Peach has provided more than $36,000 in scholarships for vocational training schools to single moms and teens in the Philadelphia area.
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Owned by Naeemah Johnson, Nbeauty Inc. is a beauty brand and salon that caters to African American hair styles and textures. From natural hairstyling to braids and extensions, two locations in North Philadelphia and Ardmore offer full salon services, with stylists who specialize in working with the diverse textures of African American hair. In addition, an online shop offers a line of skincare products, shampoos and conditioners.
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With over 23 years of expertise, owner Tish Taylor created a relaxing and tranquil setting to ensure that clients get the best hair-care experience. Stylists work on all textures of hair. Services include relaxers, weaves, highlights, special-occasion hair and more.
At QueenStylista’s , Sheena Dickerson has cultivated a friendly, welcoming space exclusively for women. The Ardmore salon is known for its precision cuts, coloring and styling, and the staff has a reputation for building trust with clients in search of a fresh look.
Owner Aundrea Watkins’ experience in natural hair care helped her create a loyal client base when she opened Salon A’Marie in 2020. The hair and lash studio in Manayunk also sells hair oil, edge tamer and Black Lives Matter merchandise.
Owned by Brandy DaVila, Salon Tenshi ’s two locations in Philadelphia and Narberth offer full salon services, including hair styling, coloring and custom oil treatments. Salon Tenshi accepts clients of all ages. DaVila is also the creator of Tenshi Makeup, a line of all natural and hypo-allergenic beauty products that can be purchased in-store.
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This by-appointment-only spot belongs to an industry vet whose 25-plus years in the business include stints with Bobbi Brown and François Nars. Devoted clients swear by owner Ursula Augustine’s award-winning brow sculpting ( Allure , Philadelphia magazine), dermaplaning facials, lash lifts and pro makeup.
Peter Watts opened his gym in 2003 in the heart of the city’s Latinx community and nurtured an all-are-welcome atmosphere. Today, Watts Fitness Studio serves a very diverse clientele. People here regardless of age or fitness level are encouraged to participate in a variety of classes, including Zumba, cardio kickboxing and cardio merengue, as well as personal-training sessions.
Founded in 2018, this Philly fashion photographer-turned-designer Saeed Ferguson has infused nature and positivity into his designs, creating a streetwear line that includes graphic T-shirts, tote bags, hoodies, and more. They do have a workspace at Bok for limited shopping.
Bungee Oblečení is a luxury sneaker and athleisure brand with a true Philly underdog story. Founder Darrell Alston began sketching shoe designs (250 of them to be exact) while incarcerated. Upon his release from prison, Alston launched the Bungee brand (a nod to his life’s many ups and downs) in 2018, weathering a number of challenges to catch the eye of supporters (including legendary Philly boxer Bernard Hopkins) and execs at Foot Locker and Neiman Marcus. The stuff of sneakerhead dreams, Alston’s flashy designs are meant to be conversation starters. You can shop Bungee brand sneakers and apparel in select boutiques throughout Philadelphia and online .
A season three guest on the Love + Grit podcast , Alston and his incredible story were also featured in an audio tour at the Love + Grit On the Road: Miami Art Week Edition event in South Beach. You can explore the audio tour by clicking here .
Founded in King of Prussia, online shop D’Iyanu carries a co-ed line of ready-to-wear, bold print and African-inspired blazers, pants, scarves, maxi dresses, skirts and jumpsuits. Owner Addie Elabor founded the shop with her brother, Dara Ajayi, and named their brand using a combination of the words “miracle” and “wonderful” from their native Yoruba language.
The mother-daughter duo of Nicole and Domino Mack designs and creates flower arrangements to tailor any unique style, prioritizing local resources and sustainable efforts. They offer fresh, seasonal floral arrangements as well as dried botanicals, ranging from extravagant show stopping features to elegant centerpieces.
Flourishing Beauty and Wellness encourages consumers to indulge in self-care with a soothing cup of organic tea and organic skincare products with natural ingredients. The online-only company, which Charisse Nelson opened in 2020, offers loose-leaf teas with delightful names like Brain Love and Mellow Out and skin-care serums.
After having recently closed their doors to a brick-and-mortar spot, this natural hair beauty supply boutique — owned by Jenea Robinson — will soon carry an in-house brand of hair, skin, and bath and body products online. Stay tuned for the new online shop launch.
Hand-poured, uniquely scented candles are the star attraction for this growing business founded by owner Marques Davis in 2018. Online and at select Pennsylvania retail locations , devotees can purchase candles in fun scents like white tea and ginger, pumpkin and chai spice, lavender clouds, and peppermint and mocha.
From zines to tote bags, the goods from this workshop (based in South Philly’s Bok Building) are adorned with modern designs, all through the lens of social justice. Founded in 2010 by Maryam Pugh and Ruth Paloma Rivera-Perez, Philadelphia Print Works’ products can be found online and at select brick-and-mortar stores in Philly .
The Sable Collective is an online boutique curated with products dedicated to the cultural references and experiences of Black women and women of color. All of the shop’s clothing, jewelry, housewares and wellness products are intentionally sourced from BIPOC and women artisans and entrepreneurs.
Scoring a 2021 Best of Philly nod , Xavi Row Bespoke is known for its bold, ultra-dapper custom suits. Owner Leroy West creates suits and shirts for professionals, grooms and wedding guests, prom goers and red carpet appearances, including at the Emmys . Clients make appointments online for West to do measurements and fittings in their home, office or Philly-area showroom. The time from measurement to outfit completion is about four weeks.