While diversity isn’t as ubiquitous as barbecue here in Austin, in honor of Black History Month, we’d like to shine a spotlight on just some of the black-owned businesses putting their stamp on the 512 scene. Whether you’re looking to hit the gym or stuff your face, create a custom scent or find the perfect ensemble, these local spots have you covered.
This hubby and wife team “wanted to create a space where people could make a positive change in their lives.” Their South Austin gym offers a wide range of classes for beginners, as well those looking for more advanced training, they even offer two women’s only classes each week. Your first session is free!
“This place is magical. Everyone is welcome here. The culture here is amazing. The classes deliver results. The training is top notch. I love this gym. If you’re in Austin and you want to learn how to box, this is where you need to go.” – Derek S
Ooey, gooey and made with love! This food truck is serving up more than just melted cheese between two slices of bread! From the elevated classic to more creative concoctions like roast beef and provolone to jambalaya, Hope Green and her team of cheesy cohorts know how to take this comfort food to the next level. Be sure to wash the goodness down with a flavored lemonade!
“One of the tastiest grilled cheese sandwiches I’ve ever had… I had the chicken pesto sandwich. Gooey provolone, yummy chicken with a delicious basil, garlic pesto sauce all on a sourdough toasted bread that had a hint of butter flavor. Finger licking good!” – Monique H
This all natural bath and body shop featuring products handmade with African shea butter is the brainchild of natural mixologist, Gloria Henry-Manor. In addition to lotions and soaps created specifically with the community in mind, Black Butterfly Bath & Body also offers loose leaf organic teas and their very own line of natural hair care products. They also have a fragrance oil bar that houses over 300 fragrance oils so you can customize your own scent!
“Largest essential oil collection ever seen! Wow! The proprietor is very friendly and takes pride in her boutique. The incense is to die for! Next visit I will try the shea butter soufflé.” – Camille A
Don’t be fooled by the name, KOD is so much more than just a place to grab the holiest of breakfast pastries, they also serve up made-from-scratch Southern dishes that will give you all the fuel you need to conquer the rest of the day. Since 2016, this family and veteran owned business has been keeping bellies full and happy!
“I was so happy — breakfast was like grandma was in the kitchen cooking with love (biscuits – OMG)… coffee was good. The kids enjoyed it and then we even got donuts for the road!” – Elisa J
This East Austin boutique has got all the haute to trot ‘tude you’re looking for. From high end designers to more affordable garb, Alta Y. Alexander designed the space and the lineup of fashion and accessories to be welcoming and accessible. On-site tailoring is available to make sure you leave with the perfect fit!
“Altatudes is everything you could imagine shopping at a high end boutique would feel like. It’s amazing that the owner, Alta, gives you a personal, warm shopping experience. From the exclusive, high end designers to the amazing decor, I just love the feel of this store.” – Lamanda B
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