John Legend makes a stop at Puff Apothecary in the Oregon District on Sunday, Aug. 11, one week after the mass shooting that killed nine people and injured 27 others. AMELIA ROBINSON/STAFF

How to support black-owned businesses, organizations and artists in Dayton

The George Floyd protests have sparked a reckoning across the world, as well as here in our community. 

People have reached out to us and others, asking for ways they can support Dayton’s black community.

Audrey Ingram from Launch Dayton started this list of Dayton’s black-owned businesses and artists as a reference point for food, shopping and cultural experiences. We added some of our own too, and included links to local racial justice organizations. 

While this list is by no means exhaustive, we will be adding more to this list as we learn about them on the Launch Dayton page hereAnd of course,  please let us know which businesses we’ve missed


Ambition Magazine

Art Has No Rules

Baldwin Cafe

Behind the Lens with Renee

Dave Scott

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator


Dourjé The Fashion Stylist

Erin Smith-Glen/The Scarvin’ Artist

HardBottom Entertainment

Leah Byrd

Leroy Bean

Scripted in Black

Sew Blessed

Shutter Eye Photo/Dayton Wedding Photographers

Willis Bing Davis Art Studio

Yetunde Rodriguez Designs

Devin Baker (left) and Michael Green rehearse a dance choreographed by Kevin Ward entitled “And Each Dayton You Mean More To Me.” The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is celebrating its 50th year with a Golden Anniversary Gala on May 4 at the Schuster Center. LISA POWELL / STAFF
Photo: Staff Writer

Food & Drink:

Alematic Artisan Ales

Bless Me Sweets

Chazzy’s Kitchen

The Chicken Spot

Divine Catering & Events

Eden Spice

The Front Row Bar & Grill

The Grind House Coffee & Tea Company


Juicing Jammers

Kia Cake & Company

Mutt’s Sauce

Nanyea Restaurant, Coffee House & Bar

Ruby’s Delights Eatery

Simply Savory By Rachel

Sprouting Dreams LLC

Stuffed Enuff


Taste-T-Love Baby Food

Third Perk Coffeehouse & Wine Bar/Third Perk Express

Twist Cupcakery

Veggie Soul: The Urban Farmers’ Market

Specialty sandwiches at The Chicken Spot will include the Medusa, a chicken sandwiches topped with a cavatappi noodle Mac and Cheese, collard greens cut into ribbons and pickled onions.
Photo: Anthony Head


Arcani Coil Care

Baba Love Organics

Beaute Box

Blake N Co


Dayton FIT LAB

Dayton Powder Brows

Mama Aswan

Natural Livity

Naturally Inspired Botanics

Nedas Natural Beauty

Present Tense Fitness

Puff Apothecary

Raw Cosmetx and Botanica

Rebirth Hair Products

Smooch Maquillage

Stacy’s Temple of Esteem Massage Studio

Unique Aromas

Oregon District resident Bethany Ramsey will open Puff Apothecary on April 15. Photo: Bethany Ramsey
Photo: Photo: Bethany Ramsey


Beauty By Dani

Boujee Bee B

Chipmunk Chronicles

Denys Rose

Greek Stylez

Her Curves Lingerie & Boutique

Loc’d N Scent

Mim’s Creations

Now & Zen DIY Studio

Peace on Fifth

Raes of Style Children’s Boutique

Rhinestone Beauty

Scrubs Galore & More

SDorje-Chang Designs

Swaddle N Style

Tasha’s Common Scents

TheZe Dealz — A Thrifty Boutique

The Entrepreneurs Marketplace

The Entrepreneurs Shoppe

Unapologetic by Kiesha

Products available at Peace on Fifth


AB Party Solutions

Aisha Ahmed (realtor)

Christopher & Mae Design Company (marketing/branding/web dev)

Concept N Design (screen printing)


Irene-Marie Consulting

Emerald Sparks

Every Bride’s Dream

Flack Productions

Gifted Hands CPR & First Aid Training

Haul Masters

McGhee Electric

NaAsiaha Simon & Associates

Naturally Cleaned by Yana

Picture Perfect Paint Parties

R3 Electric & HVAC

TyYanna Sharp (realtor)



Soft Cards



The Party Place

White House Event Center

Some additional resources for those looking for black-owned businesses to support:

 Black Owned Business Network (local)
 National Black Business Directory (local)
 What’s The Biz with TJ (local)
 theList.Black (local)
 We Buy Black
 Shoppe Black

Local Racial Justice Organizations:

ABLE (Advocates  for Basic Legal Equality)

Dayton Unit NAACP

NCCJ of Greater Dayton

YWCA of Dayton

Greater Dayton Association of Black Journalists

The Greater Dayton Association of Black Journalists invites the community to join in the Black Male Media Project for 2020. 

The goal is showcase a positive narrative of black men in media and society. The conversation will take place virtually on social media platforms.

Each small group at the NAACP Town Hall meeting presented its concerns about Dayton Public Schools to the whole crowd on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, at Dayton Boys Prep School. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF
Photo: Staff Writer

Launch Dayton is a collaborative effort to connect entrepreneurs to peers, resources, and supporters, and to tell the stories of our region’s thriving startup community. Launch Dayton's partner organizations believe everyone, regardless of their background, should have the opportunity to determine their own economic prosperity. 

This community exists to support and inspire Daytonians who are building businesses. Launch Dayton partners collaborate to build an easily accessible environment, run high-caliber programming, and connect a network of champions, mentors, and resource providers.