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Yelp Names Black-Owned Businesses to Watch in 2021

Supporting local businesses has always been core to the mission of Yelp and of the millions of amazing businesses, there are also so many that are Black-owned. Over the last year, we have seen people turn to Yelp to find and support Black-owned businesses in unprecedented numbers. In fact, searches for Black-owned businesses were up 2,400% in 2020, compared to 2019, and review mentions were up 232% for the same time period.

This February, to celebrate Black History Month, we’ve compiled a list of highly rated and popular Black-owned businesses on our platform. Businesses like Leah & Louise in Charlotte, NC, a new restaurant from James Beard-nominated chef Greg Collier, where Yelp users rave about their river chips and oyster sliders. Or Pressed Roots in Dallas, a luxury hair salon, who Yelp users love booking to treat their tresses. Our hope is that you’ll discover new local favorites to support.

We’ve created a list of Black-owned businesses you can support across the beauty, home, and food and restaurants categories. To determine this list, we selected businesses who have self-identified with the Black-owned attribute on Yelp, and who have been included in business collections with “Black-owned” or “Black owner” in the title. These businesses have also shown increases in average ratings and review counts in 2020 compared to 2019, or opened in and after January 2019. Then we selected these businesses using a combination of average rating and number of reviews. Finally, we limited the list to two businesses per metro area per category for geographic diversity. Businesses listed are organized alphabetically by city and state.

Photo via Tara L, Cane in Washington, DC
Photo via Business Owner, Pressed Roots in Dallas, TX

Openings, COVID-19 regulations, and other details were confirmed on January 25th, 2021. Please be sure to visit any of the businesses’ Yelp pages for up-to-date information about COVID-19 operations.

Photo via Kelly P., Kelly Pleasant – Pleasant Real Estate Group in Sacramento, CA

This month, we’ve also put together a roster of events with great Black-owned businesses across the country and resources to support Black-owned businesses. This page will be updated throughout the month so check back often to see what’s been added.

Is there a Black-owned business you love? Tell us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @yelp!