HOUSTON — KHOU 11 is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting Black-owned businesses across the Houston area.
With nearly 23% of African Americans making Houston's population, Black culture is cemented throughout our city. That's why it's no surprise that you can find Black-owned businesses just about anywhere across the Houston area, including downtown, the museum district, and the many Black communities that make Houston, Houston.
Check out our list of Black-owned businesses below. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to add your business to this page.
Houston Black-owned businesses
Location: 11200 Broadway St., Suite #940, Pearland
Details: BLCK Market opened its brick-and-mortar retail location in September 2021 at the Pearland Town Center after creating a space for more than 50 Black-owned businesses to advertise and sell their products. The market host brands that are unique and may not be found in your traditional retail store.
"How we started BLCK market, I actually started with seven vendors in the hallway of my film studio. People were doing markets at Sawyer Yards at the time so I kind of ripped that and took those ideas and did it for our community, the Black community. Vendors who didn't get that same quality of standard when it comes to marketplaces and took that level of standard and excellence and applied that to BLCK market,' said founder J.O. Malone.
Location: 720 Rusk St., Houston
Details: LAMIK Beauty is a vegan makeup line made with safe, natural and organic ingredients. Its mission is to provide all women with clean beauty products and services.
"LAMIK is an acronym that stands for love and makeup in kindness. Love and kindness are your true makeup because beauty is revealed and not applied," said founder and CEO Kim Roxie.
Critter Care Animal Hospital
Location: 13040 Dairy Ashford Rd, Sugar Land
Details: Critter Care Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary hospital for small animals run by two Black Houston veterinarians, Dr. Amna Plummer (the owner) and Dr. Keidra Carmen, who joined the staff in 2010.
"We do something that not a lot of veterinarians in the Houston area do, which is acupuncture, ozone therapy. We have grooming here, we have boarding here so we kind of do it all," Dr. Plummer said.
Meek's Vegan Pizza
Details: Meek's Vegan Pizza said it's serving up pizza for pizza lovers who refuse to compromise on taste and health. The pizza shop makes its own house-made dough and cheese and is even serving up some "award-winning" stuffed peppers.
"I decided to open Meek's Vegan Pizza because I felt like people needed to have a plant-based alternative to something that they've loved and enjoyed all their lives, but they needed something that was not only good for them, good for the environment, good for our fellow species on Earth," said Demetrius Walker, owner and founder.
Mean Green Training
Locations: 6400 Southwest Freeway and 15299 Lee Road
Details: Mean Green Training is a fitness gym that offers everything from strength workouts, H.I.I.T workouts and conditioning. The gym has a unique "Core 4" system that is said to be a game changer for those looking to get in shape.
"So at Mean Green, we are group training, but we give off a personal training feel to it. With us, specifically, we want people to feel good and look good," said owner Chris Green.
Mo Better Brews
Location: 1201 Southmore Blvd, Houston
Details: Mo Better Brews is a 100% vegan restaurant -- from the food to the drinks. The restaurant serves everything from Buffalo Chik'n Dip, Almond Butter Croissants, Boudain Balls, pancakes, waffles and grits.
"There was nowhere to get vegan breakfast. We could wait until brunch and you might find some options here or there but there was nowhere dedicated to a vegan breakfast so we decided to solve that problem," said Chef Courtney Lindsay.
Fresh Houwse Grocery
Location: 5039 Reed Rd, Houston
Details: Fresh Houwse Grocery is a farmer-owned grocery store in Houston's Sunnyside community, It's dedicated to creating sustainable, affordable and fresh food sources for food-desert communities. The owners of Fresh Houwse Grocery will soon be opening a Caribbean-influence restaurant and coffee house called Kuji Kitchen. The soft launch for the restaurant is on Feb. 19 at 8601 Martin Luther King Dr., Houston.
"People come from all over," owner and operator Ivy Walls said. "We've had people come from Woodlands, Spring and even Beaumont to come to our grocery store because not only are we doing something different, but we are black farmers who have been historically underrepresented in Houston."
Details: SewNaturalDane is a sewing and DIY blog and vlog developed around owner Nateida Lathan's sewing journey and all things DIY. Nateida will be hosting an event during Black History Month that will welcome people who want to learn more about sewing.
"Having a footprint in the marketplace, in the sewing marketplace, that shows others that they can also be creative if you decide to make your own clothes, which I do," Lathan said. I happen to make everything that I wear an so having that representation of that as a Black-owned business here is very pivotal to me and very important."
3rd Eye View
Location: 2120 Emancipation Ave, Houston
Details: 3rd Eye View was founded in 2014 and is a community-based eyewear brand that collaborates with local nonprofits to provide vision care, contact fittings and eyewear exams for the less fortunate and professionals.
"Being listed as one of Beyonce's top Black businesses was mind-blowing," said owner Christyn Breckenridge. "So that was kind of like our cherry on top where we were like oh we've made it."
Upper Kirby Bistro
Location: 2736 Virginia St, Houston
Details: Upper Kirby Bistro is a locally-owned and operated restaurant in the heart of the Upper Kirby District that's serving delicious plates from cajun meatballs, jerk salmon caesar, lamb chops and fried chicken piccata. If you're more of a brunch person, you cam choose from a selection of crispy boudin and oxtails and grits.
"We want Houston to love us, not just because of a great menu but because Houston knows that we love them back," said Terry Williams, Jr. "So we try to support the community and get engaged in things that are doing great things in the community."
The Black Store
Location: 8616 Cullen Blvd, Houston
Details: The Black Store is a "Beauty Supply Experience" that offers a lot of hygiene and skincare products for the Back community.
"I think the biggest thing that sets us apart are our black-owned items and brands and the different people we expose to just here locally," said co-owner Lloyd Floyd. "It means a lot to be a black business owner. It establishes pride. That's the reason we even call it the Black Store here. We just want it to be so upfront and present that the community knows we're here who we're for and exactly who to support."
All Peoples' Funeral
Location: 5645 Reed Road and 13035 Highway 6
Details: All People's Funeral provides traditional funeral and cremation services to celebrate "a life lived." Debra Ali Williams, president of the funeral home, said she was the first Black woman to open a funeral business in Arcola.
"This is a difficult business to be in," Williams said. " I love every family that comes through the door. My drive is to give them the closure and to give them the service without the expensive cost of a funeral,l but at least they would have everything they wanted."
Details: BEING is an online store that sells 100% natural, vegan and cruelty-free bath and body products. It got started in 2018 and inspires people to find calm in the chaos through the form of skincare. The product line includes things like salt and milk baths as well as facial masks. Entrepreneur Ayesha Curry highlighted Being as one of her personal favorite Black-owned small businesses in Amazon’s store.
"BEING is an all-natural skincare and bath products that allow you to take time in the bathroom and turn it into intentional moments of self-care," said owner Kennedy Lowery.
Location: Zurilife Events and Bridal Styling
Details: Zurilife Events and Bridal Styling is owned by Zenovia Harvest, an event and bridal event planner and stylist. Zenovia planned her own vow renewal and created her own vintage chic bridal look which made her fall more in love with the planning and styling process.
"What I love most about working with my clients is when I see a vision they may not have seen, for their look and when I put it all together and they put it on and they are like 'Zenovia, OMG you were right this is beautiful,'" she said.
Hermann Park Smiles
Location: 5927 Almeda Road, Houston
Details: Hermann Park Smiles is a Houston-based family dentist practice that treats patients as young as 6 years old. Hermann Park Smiles is located in the Medical Center and has been open for six and a half years. Its dentist services include bonding, root canals, crowns and bridges.
More Black-owned businesses in Houston
- La Bougie Wick -- 11311 Richmond Ave, Houston
- Innovating Marketing Group -- 1980 Post Oak Blvd, Houston
- Alexander Shoe Repair -- 9117 Cullen Blvd C, Houston
- Shades of Melanin Hair
- her down there
- Essential Body Bar -- 1622 W Alabama St, Houston
- SHE CAN WORK
- Calberts Tax Service LLC - 9639 Fondren Road, Houston
- Aunt Toni's Koolickles LLC
- Power of Sea Moss - 3034 Antoine Dr, Houston