Black History Month Recommendations: SUPPORT

Published on February 26, 2024

Two men in  a barber shop getting haircuts.

Throughout Black History Month, we’ll be sharing opportunities to support Black-owned businesses and organizations across the Queen City. However, instead of coming up with our own recommendations for where to EAT, DRINK, SHOP, and SUPPORT, we reached out to local Black influencers and asked for their recommendations.

Here are some Black-owned restaurants and food trucks where you can SUPPORT during (and after) Black History Month!

Blanket Pancakes & Syrup

Deven & Marquita Carter posing with their pancake mix.

Deven and Marquita Carter posing with their pancake mix. (@lorriashly) 

“Did you know Charlotte is home to a pancake and syrup company? Blanket Pancakes and Syrup, founded by Deven and Marquita Carter, can be found in Target, Walmart, Costco, and more. They are made with clean, simple ingredients and all you have to do is add water.” - @lorriashly on Blanket Pancakes & Syrup at 11211 Allen Station Drive in Mint Hill

The Creative Hub

Creatives gathering in the space at The Creative Hub.

Creatives gathering in the space at The Creative Hub. (@cltblackowned) 

“Record a podcast, have a photoshoot, host a small group event, or just visit The Creative Hub by CLT Black Owned. Located on East Boulevard, it’s the city’s newest – and although we’re biased – the coolest place for creative entrepreneurs to hang out, create, and feel at home. The space welcomes all, and memberships to/rentals of The Creative Hub directly support CLT Black Owned’s efforts to support and stabilize the city’s local Black-owned businesses.” - @cltblackowned on The Creative Hub at 321 East Boulevard

For The Struggle, Inc.

For The Struggle, Inc. volunteers on the job.

For The Struggle, Inc. volunteers on the job. (For The Struggle, Inc.) 

“This nonprofit is dedicated to the needs of the community. With a focus on community response, the team at For the Struggle, Inc. manages a senior feeding initiative for West Charlotte seniors in the Beatties Ford Road corridor, leads The Eatmon Project which champions voter literacy and engagement, educates local youth about racial and social injustice, and mentors at-risk youth through their diversion initiative, Salute-U. Sign-up to donate or volunteer with the organization.” - @ashaeatsworld on For The Struggle, Inc. at 1420 Beatties Ford Road

Heal Charlotte

Heal Charlotte Logo

Heal Charlotte logo. (@thadailyspecial) 

“Heal Charlotte takes a holistic approach to helping out local communities and neighborhood revitalization. This is a hands-on organization that has everything from housing stability programs to after-school programs to campaigns to help stop the violence, serving over 1000 families annually.” - @thadailyspecial on Heal Charlotte at 420 East 15th Street

Image by Bignon’s

Bignons-Front-Desk.jpg The bright, trendy interior of Image by Bignon’s on South Tryon.

The bright, trendy interior of Image by Bignon’s on South Tryon. (@missblackfoodie) 

“Crowned the #1 African Hair Braiding salon in the Queen City, I have been a client of Image by Bignon’s for over seven years. I was referred to the salon by my primary hairstylist because of the quality of their work. Aside from the excellent service I’ve received from their stylists, one of the reasons I kept returning is because of the convenience of online booking. Online booking provides real-time availability as well as an estimate of service costs. Image by Bignon’s offers a variety of services for both men and women from braiding styles, and wig installs to traditional hair care (i.e. relaxers, blow out).” - @missblackfoodie on Image by Bignon's at 7524 South Tryon Street and 6932 North Tryon Street 

Noda Barbers

Clients being serviced at Noda Barbers.

Clients being serviced at Noda Barbers. (@msfoodieclt) 

“Noda Barbers is a black-owned barbershop that provides haircuts and parlor services. The staff of experienced, professional barbers service men, women, and children. This is a clean, friendly environment. Most importantly the barbers listen to each client’s wants to achieve the best results. There’s a comfortable waiting area for customers. Overall, one of the nicest barbershops in NoDa. Make sure to stop by and support. They accept appointments and walk-ins.” - @msfoodieclt on Noda Barbers at 3200 North Davidson Street

Sparkle Fam Supper Club

The Sparkle Fam Supper Club at an event.

The Sparkle Fam Supper Club at an event. (@thecharlitty) 

“I started Sparkle Fam Supper Club in March of 2023 to bring people together through cuisine, fellowship, community, and networking. Each dinner that I’ve hosted has been able to expose people to new cuisines, and we are able to give back to our community by supporting local charities.” - @thecharlitty on Sparkle Fam Supper Club 

Vett Deck’s Sponsorship Shero Planner

Flyer for the Sponsorship Shero Planner from Vett Deck.

Flyer for the Sponsorship Shero Planner from Vett Deck. (@shiondafarrell) 

“Enovia Bedford sells this Sponsorship Planner that’s an investment but a for-sure game-changer in planning successful collaborations. She’s based here in Charlotte and shows you how to elevate your sponsorship game and learn from industry giants like Makers Mark, Airbnb & more.” - @shiondafarrell on Vett Deck's Sponsorship Shero Planner  

Village Studio and Gallery

Pottery being crafted at Village Studio and Gallery.

Pottery being crafted at Village Studio and Gallery. (@cltblackowned) 

“Village Studio and Gallery is a pottery studio that offers pottery-making classes, lessons, and more. The studio is a perfect option if you’re looking to try a new hobby or something unique and hands-on for date night.” - @cltblackowned on Village Studio and Gallery at 4111 Rose Lake Drive 

CBI Certified Vendor Spotlight: Studio Glamour Hair Salon & Restoration Center

Woman lightly pulling on her curly hair.

Studio Glamour offers Natural Hair Care services as well as Cutting & Coloring. (sghrestoration.com) 

The Charlotte Business INClusion (CBI) program seeks to enhance competition and participation of Minority, Women, and Small Business Enterprises (MWSBEs) in city contracting.

Since 2016, Studio Glamour Hair Salon & Restoration Center has grown to be one of the most prominent hair loss and wellness clinics in the Carolinas. Studio Glamour is located at 14136 Rivergate Parkway.

This officially concludes our influencer-curated recommendations series. Thank you to everyone who contributed and to everyone who took the time to read our lists. Remember, just because we’re celebrating Black History Month now, that doesn’t mean you can’t continue to support these local businesses and organizations throughout the year.