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 some of Tanesha'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.
Located at 5th and Boston, Tropical Origin is a small-batch beauty company owned by Tulsan Fallon Dickson. Fallon started her business after transitioning from chemical hair treatment to natural products in 2009. She noticed the need for more products that met her hair's needs. Tropical Origin was initially an online business selling bath and body products, beard care products for men, herbal teas, and coffee. With reliance on mother nature, Tropical Origin is committed to using high-quality botanicals and organic and Earth-friendly natural ingredients.
5th & Fab is a new business at 5th and Boston, and a collaboration of Lisa Jae, owner of The Stylish Agency, and Chantelle Lott, owner of Bounceless. 5th and Fab is a community fashion hub shining a spotlight on other retail vendors, designers, and creatives, and bringing fashion to Tulsa in new and innovative ways.
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.
Wanda J's at 111 N Greenwood Avenue is a family-owned and operated business that opened in October 2016. Wanda J's is the second location for the family restaurant business, which started in 1974. Birthed from Evelyn's, Wanda's grandchildren took what they learned and created Wanda J's. Since then, Wanda's five granddaughters have been serving up quality Southern-style dishes and customer service that keeps folks coming back.
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, and he 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. Nehemiah is a descendant of families who lived in the Greenwood District in Downtown Tulsa, which became famously known as Black Wall Street after Booker T. Washington dubbed the community the "Negro Wall Street of America." Although The Black Wall Street 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. This event space is distinguished by classic concrete floors, white walls, arches, an exposed ceiling, and a 19 ft 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!
For a more comprehensive list of Black-owned businesses you can support in Tulsa, visit BuyBlackTulsa.com!