Spend The Day In Charlotte Supporting These Black-Owned Businesses
By DeAnna Taylor
Charlotte, also known as the Queen City, is quickly rising as a hot spot destination. The increased popularity is mostly due to hosting some of the largest sporting events in the nation, including the 2019 NBA All-Star Game and the annual CIAA tournaments.
Charlotte’s Charlotte Douglas International Airport has also grown to become a common connecting airport for those traveling on to other destinations, mainly due to being American Airlines’ second-largest hub.
If you have plans of making your way to the Queen City, here are a few ways that you can support Black-owned businesses.
Wake up and get your day started after a relaxing stay at Miss Elsie’s Caribbean Bed and Breakfast. Owner Cheryl Watkins opened this accommodation in honor of her late grandmother, Ms. Elsie. It has been featured in Essence and was also named “Best B&B in the South” by Southern Living Magazine.
For those that need their early morning caffeine, Queen’s Coffee Bar (1720 Pegram St.), Coppa Coffee and Tea (multiple locations), and Coffee Cone Cafe (9620 University City Blvd A) all have you covered. If you’re more of a tea person, The Pauline Tea Bar Apothecary (2326 Arty Ave.) is a cute little space featuring herbal teas.
If you are looking for a full breakfast, stop by Chef Greg Collier’s spot Uptown Yolk (224 E. 7th St.) or visit The People’s Market (1315 E. Blvd.) for an assortment of made to order breakfast dishes and pastries.
Once you get your fill of food and coffee, stop by the Gantt Center to check out the latest exhibits and unique cultural experiences. Be sure to check the website for hours.
Next, make your way over to Camp North End to do a little browsing at Dupp and Swatt. and Blk Market CLT. These unique spaces offer one-of-a-kind art from local artists. Depending on the day, you may catch an event going on too.
If you are ready for lunch, there are plenty of options to choose from. You can check out our list of some of the city’s best Black-owned restaurants and food trucks here. We also want to add newcomers like The Nappy Chef, LuLu’s Restaurant, and Hot Box: Next Level Kitchen. For something a little healthier, you can grab a juice from Juicin’ Juice Bar.
After lunch, take a little time for yourself with some pampering. For your nail care check out Elevation Beauty and Nail Spa or the newest Black-owned nail salon Top Coat CLT. 23-year-old Ashley Randall recently decided to turn her love for beauty into a full-fledged business. For the men, AlphaMale nail care has you covered. The salon’s décor mimics a man-cave, while owner Sheena makes sure your hands and feet are looking good.
To pamper your “personals” you’ll want to head to V-Spa Charlotte, where owner Shakira Grier provides a top-notch experience.
If you booked your room at Miss Elsie’s for more than one night, head back and relax for a while before getting your evening started.
DeAnna Taylor is a criminal defense Attorney turned travel blogger, author, and writer. While Charlotte, NC (her hometown) is her base, she's always somewhere on a plane. Catch her on IG: @brokeandabroadlife.