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. We’ve gathered up some of the Black-owned Boston businesses that families love, from restaurants to bookstores to bike shops. Snag some gift cards, get your holiday desserts ordered and pick up some presents for all of your loved ones from these awesome businesses right in our community. We’ve rounded up some of our Boston favorites below.

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

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


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