In honor of Black History Month, we want to take a moment to emphasize the vital role of local Black entrepreneurs. They inspire and impact, and we are proud of their endeavors to create a better Tulsa for all of us. Remember to shop local, Black-owned businesses this month and all year around. By doing so, we continue to develop a thriving community we can all be proud of. Here is a list of Downtown Tulsa's Black-owned businesses!
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The newest and coolest tea lounge in Downtown Tulsa, with a great atmosphere and an emphasis on health and wellness, is founded by TaNesha Rushing. Stop by to have a sandwich or wrap and some of TanNesha's organic tea and sea moss from the region of Zanzibar, Tanzania. You can also buy oils and other supplements while you catch a show in Mi Tea Lounge at 5th and Boston.
LAMIK Beauty, located The Boxyard, 502 E 3rd St, Unit #1, is a pioneering clean cosmetics brand crafted in the USA. As the first Black-owned clean makeup line available at Ulta Beauty, it has garnered a star-studded following, including Duchess Meghan Markle and Grammy Award-winning artist Yolanda Adams. LAMIK's standout product, their eyebrow gel, was celebrated by Ebony Magazine.
Founded by Kim Roxie, inspired by her alopecia journey, LAMIK offers paraben-free, talc-free, vegan, and cruelty-free makeup, featuring best-sellers like lip glosses and mascara. LAMIK is rooted in Tulsa's Build in Tulsa WE Build Accelerator, and its name stands for "Love And Makeup In Kindness."
Recognized as Beauty Company of the Year, LAMIK is committed to cruelty-free practices, sustainability, and philanthropy. Kim Roxie's impactful journey, featured on CBS with Gayle King, goes beyond cosmetics, raising $500,000 for uninsured Black women's mammograms. Join LAMIK Beauty for a clean and inclusive beauty revolution.
Tulsan Rene' Bramlett, founder and owner of Da' Shade Room, originally hails from Chicago. In October 1999, Rene' faced a life-changing moment with a diagnosis of glaucoma. Instead of letting it deter her, she embraced it as a catalyst for her transformation into an innovative advocate for opticianry, driven by her unwavering desire to assist others.
Da' Shade Room is located at The Boxyard, 502 E 3rd St, Unit #4, and offers free vision pre-screening, stylish and fashion-forward eyewear, and prescription and reader frames. They also accept United HealthCare insurance.
Owned by native Tulsan Guy Troupe, Black Wall Street Liquid Lounge at 10 N. Greenwood Ave., Suite 101, is a great place for your next coffee date. The coffee and tea are all from Black owners. The shop also honors Black history and Black public figures in its art, and even in the names of its creative coffee and tea beverages like Greenwood Latte, OW Gurley, and Purple Rain.
Black Wall Street Liquid Lounge is known for its inviting staff and has a vibrant co-working space for all your studying, remote working, and event planning needs.
Owned by Eben and Natalie Shillingford, and located in the Tulsa Arts District, Sisserou's is inspired by the colorful cuisine of the island of Dominica, the Nature Isle of the Caribbean. Their menu includes a broader spectrum stylized on authentic Caribbean cuisine with a touch of European and American influences.
Onikah Asamoa-Caesar is the owner and founder of Fulton Street Books & Coffee at 21 N Greenwood Avenue. As a Black woman and feminist lover of books and liberation, Fulton Street is a love letter to her younger self, a safe space for Black & Brown folks, and an intersection and culmination of her experiences as a Black woman in the United States of America.
Fulton Street operates as both a bookstore and coffee shop, with a dedicated focus on highlighting the stories, narratives, and life experiences of individuals from marginalized communities and people of color. Beyond offering books and coffee, Fulton Street strives to create a welcoming environment that patrons can consider their own.
Owned by Venita Cooperand established in 2019, Silhouette Sneakers & Art at 10 N Greenwood Avenue C is a highly curated retail experience that brings limited and authentic sneakers and streetwear to Tulsa. Their boutique features an art gallery showcasing a rotating selection of street-inspired art. They also deliver programming that links sneaker culture enthusiasts and cultivates a new generation of sneakerheads.
Willie Sells is from Tullahassee, Oklahoma, considered one of the oldest all-Black towns in the state. Sells owns and operates Tee's Barber Shop, a staple on Greenwood Avenue. He began cutting hair as a job more than 35 years ago.
Tee's Barber Shop has existed, in one form or another, in Tulsa for decades and was originally owned by Wilburt Howard Tecumseh before moving to its current location in 1985.
Poppi's is a sleek, distinctive spa and wellness environment located in Downtown Tulsa. They offer various treatments curated to relax the body from the daily stressors we encounter through modern work and lifestyle habits.
Guests can also experience their life lounge with salt therapy in the innovative Himalayan salt room, color therapy in a one-of-a-kind chromotherapy pod, release tension and toxins in an infrared sauna, or unwind with a relaxing cup of tea from their nourish bar. Your urban oasis awaits!
The Black Wall Street Times at 217 E Archer Street was founded by Nehemiah D. Frank in 2017. Frank is a descendant of families who lived in the Greenwood District in Downtown Tulsa, which became famously known as Black Wall Street.
Although the BWS Times began solely as a Tulsa-based newspaper, it has gained national and international recognition following global coverage of the 100th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. To serve African-Americans in other regions of the country, the publication expanded its journalistic focus to include national issues. However, the Black Wall Street Times maintains a focus on matters affecting Black Tulsans.
Black Wall Street TV was founded by Darnell Washington in 2021 and is a free TV streaming network that airs nationwide and is based in Downtown Tulsa.
Washington, a native of Tulsa, who has over 30 years of experience in television broadcasting sales, management, and ownership, was inspired by the extraordinary success of the original entrepreneurs of Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the early 1900s. They host great comedies, movies, kids' programming, and specials for everyone to stream. Stay tuned for new programming continually becoming available!
Archive at 328 E 1st Street offers a minimal, modern aesthetic. Owned by Sean and Brandi Baxter, this event space is distinguished by classic concrete floors, white walls, arches, an exposed ceiling, and a 19-foot oak bench. Because of its neutral tones, Archive can be transformed into any style or left untouched due to its understated beauty. Plan your next event here!
We're welcoming what some are calling "the newest, hippest, trendiest, coolest Black-owned business" in Downtown Tulsa's Greenwood District!
Wing Supreme Tulsa has opened at 140 N Greenwood Avenue, featuring delicious flavors, a picturesque setting, and excellent customer service. They are open Monday through Saturday from 11 AM-8 PM and are serving up wings, fries, shrimp, the best sauces, and more. It's a must-try spot!
Marquita Owens is the owner of The BluPrint Studio, located in the heart of Black Wall Street. Owens is a certified cycling and and Xtreme Hip Hop instructor and a Sprint8 coach.
The Bluprint Studio serves as a launching pad for individuals seeking to transform their life's journey. It provides a welcoming environment where anyone can access excellent workout opportunities, enhance their overall fitness performance, and undergo a remarkable transformation. The primary goal is for participants to depart with an improved sense of well-being compared to when they first arrived.
Rozay's Wingz is a Black-owned restaurant in The Boxyard, 502 E 3rd Street, known for its delectable hot wings. Rozay's proudly offers crispy wings prepared with a cherished family recipe inspired by Memphis cuisine.
This Downtown eatery doesn't limit itself to wings alone; they also present irresistible catfish and crispy shrimp dishes. Customers are invited to partake in a delightful dining experience that celebrates community, heritage, and the appreciation of exceptional food. It's an opportunity to savor the flavorful offerings of Rozay's Wingz.
Fixins in the Historic Greenwood District endeavors to establish itself as the benchmark for the American soul food experience, delivering genuine soul food alongside impeccable customer service within a vibrant and energetic setting.
Patrons are immersed in an encounter of "Black Excellence" through the delectable cuisine, amiable service, and pristine surroundings at the restaurant. The dedicated staff at Fixins proactively anticipates every guest's needs, ensuring that each customer departs content and eagerly anticipating their next dining experience.
With the help of Atento Capital and many other local foundations, Juno officially opened in 2023 at 21 N Greenwood Avenue. There, Juno offers primary medical care, women’s health, pediatrics, same-day care, and more to underserved populations.
On a mission to create a healthier world through convenient, affordable care, Juno is creating a one-stop solution for you and your family's day-to-day care needs that features exceptional hospitality, modern technology, and transparent prices. Downtown Tulsa joins Juno's sister locations in Harlem and Brooklyn, New York; Atlanta; and Inglewood, LA. Book an appointment here!
The 10th oldest Black-owned newspaper in the United States still publishing, The Oklahoma Eagle is a Tulsa-based media company that publishes news and information as a stout advocate for the African-American community and those who champion equity. Located at 624 E Archer Street, The Eagle serves a print subscriber base throughout six Northeastern Oklahoma counties and in 36 states and territories and abroad.
James O. Goodwin began as a co-publisher in 1980 with his brothers, Robert Kerr Goodwin and Edward Lawrence Goodwin Jr., before becoming the paper's sole publisher in 2014. The elder Goodwin and his three sons — Edward Jr., James and Robert — each have been inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, one of many in which the family has been honored.
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