Yesterday, we asked you to share your feedback and questions about how we could use our platform to serve the community at this time. We’ll be keeping track of your thoughts and working to create content that answers your questions and provides support. We’re here to listen, learn, and facilitate positive conversations about our diverse and vibrant community. Share your thoughts on how we can best serve Asheville here.
Many of our readers asked us to highlight local Black-owned businesses so folks could support them, so we turned the question over to you – our local experts. Here’s what you shared.
Be sure to check out the Yoruba Life directory of Black-owned businesses as well.
Note: Due to COVID-19, some businesses may currently be closed or offering limited services.
Adama Béni Dembele | Master djembéfola (djembe player).
Cleaster Cotton | “Contemporary primitive” paintings + photography.
Casa de Coco | Sustainable fashion, movement research, creative direction, photo + film.
Curve Theory | Photography, graphic design + branding “by the fabulously talented Reggie Tidwell” - Diana S.
DJ Honey | Local DJ.
Flowers Productions | Local photographer + videographer Nathaniel Flowers specializes in shoots + videos filmed in in our gorgeous natural landscapes.
James Love | Free-flowing improvisational art (drawing, painting, collage, and assemblage) that connects to James’ spirituality and traditions of worship.
Jenny Pickens | Paintings, drawings + crafts.
Joseph Pearson | Social realism paintings focusing on everyday and fringe conditions, including the effect of mass incarceration on families, the environment + more.
Nex Millen | Music Producer, artist + DJ.
Oh Hey Jes Studios | Owned by WNC photographer Jesica Hooper.
Portrait Soul Readings | Raquel and Bobby Wilkins create intuitive soul portraits using the body’s chakra imagery, as well as works that combine street art, caricature + modern expression.
Piano Lab | “10 years of award-winning lessons in many instruments and voice” -Kimberly C.
Pro 16 Productions | Custom video creation + commercial photography.
Sheila Shower | Sells custom decorated cakes, Mary Kay Skin products + pottery.
Still Smiling Photography | Owned by photographer Tony Shivers.
Tia Nicole Photography | Local photographer.
Valeria Watson | Paintings, mixed media, performance art, couture + more from a Priestess of Osun and practitioner of Ancestor Walk Butoh.
Viola Spells | One-of-a-kind crochetwire jewelry, plus fashion, sculpture + more.
Cortina Jenelle | Artist, activist, community organizer, creative facilitator, social designer + communication architect.
Date My City | Founded by City Councilwoman Sheneika Smith, this org promotes cultural advancement of black + brown communities through strategic events and partnerships.
Hood Huggers | DeWayne Barton leads walking + driving tours through black Asheville focused on history and contemporary art + culture.
Michagni Kripa | Spiritual guide, yoga teacher, life mastery coach + conscious company business consultant
Youth Center Stage | Local non profit.
Balanced Virtually | Accounting + bookkeeping.
Keevon Baten | An advisor with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management who specializes in servicing local families of color.
Thomas and Smith Consulting and Editing LLC, 2200 Kensington Pl.
Food + Bev
Bake it up Beautiful, | Custom cakes, cookies, cupcakes + more. “So easy to work with, gorgeous and intricate creations, and absolutely delicious cakes!!!!” - Shifra A.
Cooking With Comedy Catering | “Food for the soul” on offer for special events from weddings to corporate meetings from Chef Clarence Robinson.
Daddy D’s | Soul food restaurant + food truck in Hendersonville.
Ms. Quitas Kitchen | Catering + personal home chef services. “My favorite black owned business in Asheville is Ms. Quitas Kitchen. Her collard green egg rolls are the best!” – Helen L.
Wadadli Dessert Oasis | Art, culture, wellness + science.
Health and Wellness
Asheville Pro Lash and Salon, 1238 Hendersonville Rd. | Owned and operated by the mother and daughter team of Trina Gragg-Jackson + Kahlani Jackson. Offers luxury Mink eyelash extensions makeup consultations.
Black Lotus Massage | Email to book.
A Kinky Thing Natural Hair Salon, 868 Haywood Rd. | Specializing in the cultivating and grooming of locs, twists, braids, + natural hair, as well as being a Wellness Center offering natural hair care products, loc jewelry, vintage jewelry + art.
Della Terra Beauty | “A hair and makeup business specializing in bridal looks – black female-owned @dellaterrabeauty.” – Danielle F.
Dragonfly Conscious Health | Owned by Sherilynne Fields
Gilliand Janitorial, 161 Allen Dr., Fletcher | Owned by Robert Gilliand. “He does great work and we love working with him” - Tamara S.
Gloss Maintenance | Cruelty-free vegan handmade lipgloss business.
Keep It Clean | Cleaning services for AirBnBs, offices + more.
Mountain Trail Soap Company | “The best soaps, body butters, candles and more!” - Doug E.
Savage Hair Studio, 133 Church St.
City Steam Carpet + Flooring | Carpet cleaning specialists.
Grout Masters | Two decades of experience laying tile. Now offering estimates with no charge for commercial + residential tile work in Buncombe and surrounding counties.
B&M Insurance Group Inc., 619 Haywood Rd. | Offer almost all insurance with the exception of health insurance.Specialize in auto, homeowners, commercial + life insurance. Owned by Tim Wilson + Brian Davis.
Chrome Star Mobile Auto Detailing | Offers car detaling, washing + cleaning.
Aisha Adams Media | Local influencer, author, coach + entertainment personality Aisha Adams offers one-on-one business consultation and group courses, and more. Aisha also founded Equity Over Everything and produces The Asheville View. She shares her writings on her personal webpage, Nappy Thoughts.
The Asheville View | A weekly streaming talk show featuring hosts Aisha Adams (producer), Kirby Winner, Eboné Graham + Tina White that talks hot button issues, culture, politics, entertainment + more.
Freddy Mitchell | General contractor.
McDowell Family Movers | “best service in Asheville” - Peggy B.
M.S. Lean Landscaping | “A black-owned business that does great work and provides excellent service. The owner is also dedicated to working to make our community as good as it can be. I recommend them with great confidence.” – Ross S.
Quicksilver Trucking + Landscaping, 14 N. Pershing Rd.
Muck Management LLC | Landscaping services.
Rita Lee Real Estate Agent | Local real estate agent.
Wanda Marie Lapointe | Real estate agent + life coach.
More to Love Plus Size Consignment Boutique + Those Lovely Locks, 606 New Leicester Hwy. | Offers upcycled, new and used clothes + a wax and chemical-free dreadlocking studio.
The Tennis Professor, 959 Merrimon Ave. | Tennis store.
Be sure to check out four black entrepreneurs and their businesses from Asheville’s history here.
Have more black-owned businesses to add to our list? Leave a comment below. ⬇️