You know what’s great about supporting a local business instead of a big box store? You’ll get to feel like you are contributing to your community in a meaningful way. This Black History Month, we’re sharing a bunch of Black-owned Boston businesses that families love, from cheesecakes to bookstores to dance lessons. Scroll through the list and find your next favorite local business to support all year long.

Tokens of Light

If you are looking to up your kids clothing game, this is the spot for you. Tie dye jogger sets, matching family PJs, denim overalls and more, you'll find lots to love at this cute shop. 


Frugal Bookstore

This family-owned bookstore is the only one in the Boston area. It was built with a passion and infused with a desire to “Change Minds One Book at a Time.” It is a community space that has inspired many readers, and has hosted a number of events which include book signings with local and out-of-state authors. It is home to The Family Affair Book Club and The Cool Girlz Book Club.

57 Warren St.
Roxbury, MA

Hip Baby Gear

This Marblehead spot has everything you need for that next baby shower gift. You can deck out your nursery, snag some cute clothes and find all the best nursing gear around, all in one spot. 

118 Washington St.
Marblehead, MA

Clarke's Cakes and Cookies

You'll love the vegan treats you can get from this spot that offers weekly pickups in Dorchester. You can also find their treats in many spots around the Boston area. Get the vegan bourbon pecan pie, you won't regret it. 


Tipping Cow

Not only does Tipping Cow offer some of the best ice cream in town, but you can count on all their products to be 100% peanut, tree-nut, and sesame free so that everyone can enjoy them. Order up some pints of their unique flavors like Irish stout, cannoli and blueberry ginger. 

415 Medford St.
Somerville, MA


The Blue Nile

This quaint spot in Jamaica Plain serves up authentic Ethiopian cuisine and is currently offering a to-go menu with meat and vegetarian options. 

389 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA


Petsi Pies

Petsi Pies (pronounced “peet-see”) an indie bakery and coffee bar serving up handmade pies and pastries in Somerville, MA since 2003.  Founder Renee “Petsi” McLeod grew up baking pies in her grandmother’s kitchen and hasn’t stopped since. Everything is baked fresh daily using only all-natural ingredients and no fillers or mixes of any kind. 

285 Beacon St.
Somerville. MA


Next Step Soul Food Cafe

Editor's note: currently closed with plans to reopen in 2021. Head to Codman Square in Dorchester to find this eatery that offers delicious soul food at reasonable prices. Owner Michelle White is a longtime Dorchester resident and she opened this spot in 2017 to the delight of neighbors. Try the daily specials or pork chop sandwich and don't skip the sweet potato pie. 

657 Washington St.
Boston, MA


This small gourmet bakery based in Boston, Massachusetts offers cupcakes, toaster tarts and truffle balls. Their treats are made fresh daily and are free of artificial colors and preservatives. Sign up for updates on local pop-ups. 



4 Corners Yoga + Wellness

This yoga studio is currently offering donation-based virtual classes. During "normal" times, they offer classes, workshops, wellness appointments and more.

336 Washington St.
Dorchester, MA


BRED Gourmet

Burgers are the name of the game at BRED with stand-out options like the Moody Buffalo—a hormone-free turkey burger topped with buffalo slaw, smokey blue cheese and shaved celery on a pretzel bun. Salads, kids meals and smoothies round out the menu. 

2255 Dorchester Ave.
Boston, MA 


Stinky's Kittens & Doggies Too

This Somerville business offers cat and dog grooming by appointment as well as dog sitting. They also sell many different products for your animals to use at home. 

110 Bristol Rd.
Somerville, MA


Brown & Coconut

Brown and Coconut skin care is crafted with distinct blends of powerful plants, botanical extracts and clays that work in harmony to support our skin’s delicate balance. Founded by two Boston-based sisters who have suffered from acne and eczema, Brown and Coconut skin care is gentle on your skin, effective in tackling your skin concerns and simply delightful to use.




TRILLFIT hip hop-based classes foster community—a community that supports safe space to thrive and make long lasting positive health decisions. They are actively changing the face of the boutique fitness industry by modeling radical inclusion, acceptance, self love and shared support to transform attendees’ confidence, advance well being and ultimately promote “front row freedom.”

They are currently offering online classes while the studio is closed.


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—Kate Loweth


Featured photo: iStock


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