Guide to Twin Cities Black-Owned Business

Support these local, Black-owned businesses this month—and every month

Black History Month is a time to recognize and support the contributions that Black people make to American communities. According to a 2021 report from the U.S. Small Business Administration, 99.4% of Minnesota companies are considered a small business, yet only 9.6% of small businesses are owned by people of color. In the Twin Cities, there is plenty of work to be done to address the racial wealth gap and remedy the disproportionate burden of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black-owned small businesses that persists today. You can help redistribute economic resources through support for these Black-owned, Twin Cities businesses.


Kevin Kramer


  • Mama Sheila’s House of Soul’s dishes up some of the best soul food in South Minneapolis at its weekend buffets or with sit-down service.
  • At Taste of Rondo in St. Paul, try the popular Cajun Catfish or Aurora Avenue Shrimp and Grits.
  • In Minneapolis, Soul Bowl’s mouth watering bowls and sandwiches make for great elevated comfort food.
  • Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant has plenty of shareable plates and vegetarian options.
  • Savor authentic Caribbean and Southern cooking at West Indies Soul Food.
  • Sammy’s Avenue Eatery is a neighborhood staple known for excellent sandwiches.
  • Trio Plant-Based serves vegan soul food in Lyn-Lake.
  • Dine on New York-style pies at Tommie’s Pizza in St. Paul.
  • Handsome Hog, by Chef Justin Sutherland, is known for its delicious Southern staples, especially the fried chicken.
  • STEPCHLD’s flavorful dishes made with international influences always delight guests.
  • At Red Sea, alternate between hitting the dance floor and enjoying Ethiopian cuisine.
  • Pimento Jamaican Kitchen uses French techniques to make classic Jamaican dishes.
  • Breaking Bread Café uses quality ingredients to make meals with Southern, Creole, and West African flavors.
Mac ‘n’ cheese with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, Texas toast, bourbon Coke wings, smoked beef brisket, pickles, spare ribs, corn, slaw, and cornbread muffin, all from Handsome Hog
Mac ‘n’ cheese with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, Texas toast, bourbon Coke wings, smoked beef brisket, pickles, spare ribs, corn, slaw, and cornbread muffin, all from Handsome Hog

Photo by Janelle Olson/Styled by Beth Emmons

A poster of Prince at Papa Legba Crossroads Lounge in St. Paul

Amy Nelson


Love You Cookie
Love You Cookie



"Black Nativity" at Penumbra
“Black Nativity” at Penumbra

Photo by Caroline Yang

Arts & Culture

  • St. Paul’s Penumbra Theater is a space for groundbreaking art, community healing, and equity work.
  • Teen-staffed Juxtaposition Arts has an art gallery and retail space that offers apparel, art prints, incense holders, and more.
  • Visit Soomal House of Art to find one-of-a-kind artwork by Somali creatives.
  • In St. Paul, Black Garnet Books sells books by authors and illustrators of color.
  • Newly opened in the IDS Center, Strive Bookstore spotlights children’s books written by Black authors.


Nicole Jennings owns Queen Anna House of Fashion


Apparel, Accessories, and Cosmetics


Beauty & Wellness

  • Minnesota’s only hip hop yoga studio the 612 Jungle offers a variety of classes that range in intensity.
  • Holistic lifestyle brand Strategic Alchemy’s has a great line of gentle scrubs, body butters, and soaps.
  • The Human of Color Haircare has vegan products that moisturize, protect, and grow hair.
  • Perfect for new mothers, Baby Bonito creates their skincare products with simple, plant-based ingredients.
  • Beauty Lounge Minneapolis is a salon that brings out the beauty in everyone, no matter your texture or curl pattern.
  • Kobi Co. Soy Candles are the perfect addition to your next self-care night.

To find more Black-owned businesses to support, visit The Nile List, Official Black Wall Street, and the Minnesota Black-Owned Business Directory.