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

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

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.


ExploreAmbition Magazine
ExploreArt Has No Rules
ExploreBaldwin Cafe
ExploreBehind the Lens with Renee
ExploreDave Scott
ExploreDayton Contemporary Dance Company
ExploreDayton Emerging Fashion Incubator
ExploreDourjé The Fashion Stylist
ExploreErin Smith-Glen/The Scarvin’ Artist
ExploreHardBottom Entertainment
ExploreLeah Byrd
ExploreLeroy Bean
ExploreScripted in Black
ExploreSew Blessed

Shutter Eye Photo/Dayton Wedding Photographers

ExploreWillis Bing Davis Art Studio
ExploreYetunde 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

Food & Drink:

ExploreAlematic Artisan Ales
ExploreBless Me Sweets
ExploreChazzy’s Kitchen
ExploreThe Chicken Spot
ExploreDivine Catering & Events
ExploreEden Spice
ExploreThe Front Row Bar & Grill
ExploreThe Grind House Coffee & Tea Company
ExploreJuicing Jammers
ExploreKia Cake & Company
ExploreMutt’s Sauce
ExploreNanyea Restaurant, Coffee House & Bar
ExploreRuby’s Delights Eatery
ExploreSimply Savory By Rachel
ExploreSprouting Dreams LLC
ExploreStuffed Enuff
ExploreSWEET RAIN Desserts
ExploreTaste-T-Love Baby Food
ExploreThird Perk Coffeehouse & Wine Bar/Third Perk Express
ExploreTwist Cupcakery
ExploreVeggie 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.

Credit: Anthony Head

Credit: Anthony Head


ExploreArcani Coil Care
ExploreBaba Love Organics
ExploreBeaute Box
ExploreBlake N Co
ExploreBOSH Co
ExploreDayton FIT LAB
ExploreDayton Powder Brows
ExploreMama Aswan
ExploreNatural Livity
ExploreNaturally Inspired Botanics
ExploreNedas Natural Beauty
ExplorePresent Tense Fitness
ExplorePuff Apothecary
ExploreRaw Cosmetx and Botanica
ExploreRebirth Hair Products
ExploreSmooch Maquillage
ExploreStacy’s Temple of Esteem Massage Studio
ExploreUnique Aromas
Oregon District resident Bethany Ramsey will open Puff Apothecary on April 15. Photo: Bethany Ramsey

Credit: Photo: Bethany Ramsey

Credit: Photo: Bethany Ramsey


ExploreBeauty By Dani
ExploreBoujee Bee B
ExploreChipmunk Chronicles
ExploreDenys Rose
ExploreGreek Stylez
ExploreHer Curves Lingerie & Boutique
ExploreLoc’d N Scent
ExploreMim’s Creations
ExploreNow & Zen DIY Studio
ExplorePeace on Fifth
ExploreRaes of Style Children’s Boutique
ExploreRhinestone Beauty
ExploreScrubs Galore & More
ExploreSDorje-Chang Designs
ExploreSwaddle N Style
ExploreTasha’s Common Scents
ExploreTheZe Dealz — A Thrifty Boutique
ExploreThe Entrepreneurs Marketplace
ExploreThe Entrepreneurs Shoppe
ExploreUnapologetic by Kiesha
Products available at Peace on Fifth


ExploreAB Party Solutions
ExploreAisha Ahmed (realtor)

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

Concept N Design (screen printing)

ExploreIrene-Marie Consulting
ExploreEmerald Sparks
ExploreEvery Bride’s Dream
ExploreFlack Productions
ExploreGifted Hands CPR & First Aid Training
ExploreHaul Masters
ExploreMcGhee Electric
ExploreNaAsiaha Simon & Associates
ExploreNaturally Cleaned by Yana
ExplorePicture Perfect Paint Parties
ExploreR3 Electric & HVAC

TyYanna Sharp (realtor)


ExploreSoft Cards


ExploreThe Party Place
ExploreWhite 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

ExploreNCCJ 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

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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.

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