February marks Black History Month, a federally recognized, nationwide celebration that calls on all Americans to reflect on the significant roles that African-Americans have played in shaping US history. Locally, we are recognizing the African-American owned and operated businesses that are directly impacting the health and wellness scene in Indianapolis. One of the most important ways to give back during Black History Month is to support Black-owned businesses. Below is a list of 10 local Black-owned business to support this month and all year long:
- Tea’s Me Cafe
For more than a decade, Tea’s Me Cafe has catered to the palates of serious tea drinkers. Recently, Tea’s Me Cafe was in the news when former WNBA superstar Tamika Catchings bought the cafe from previous owners Stacey and Wayne Ashford. Since taking over ownership, Catching has made several additions by adding breakfast hours (the shop is now open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday) and host First Friday open mic series, Tea with Tamika and more. Customers will enjoy a wide array of teas, along with a food menu for carnivores and vegetarians alike.
For more information on the Tea’s Me Café visit, www.yelp.com.
2. The Healthy Food Café
The Healthy Food Café is one of very few local Black-owned restaurants offering gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian, and vegan options. Located on Indy’s south side, this cafe wants the community to embrace a healthy lifestyle by making healthy eating on the go more accessible. The cafe is owned by personal trainer Erica Bryant, and her goal is to make Indianapolis residents healthier one meal at a time.
For more information on the Healthy Food Café visit, www.yelp.com.
3. Mama P’s Bakery and Cafe
Do you have a sweet tooth but don’t want to feel guilty? The Black and family-owned cafe and bakery is located on Indy’s west side. The cafe offers a variety of sweet treats such as cakes, cookies, cupcakes, and pies available in vegan and gluten-free – so you can satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt.
For more information on Mama P’s Bakery and Cafe visit, www.yelp.com.
4. Eat to Live Cafe
Eat to Live Cafe is named after Elijah Muhammad’s famous book, How To Eat To Live. The premise of the book is to educate African-Americans on the proper foods to eat to improve their mental power and physical appearance for the prevention of illness to prolonging life. The cafe is a part of the Mosque 74 Complex, the state of the art facility that houses the Eat To Live Café. The cafe is strictly pescatarian and goes by the premise of the book to only eat foods that will help you live a long and prosperous life. As one of the most popular cafes in Indianapolis, it’s been providing the Black community with healthy, on-the-go food for more than 30 years. The cafe is famous for salmon burgers, Supreme Bean Pie, Fish Stew and more. This place is a must-visit.
For more information on the Eat to Live Cafe visit, www.yelp.com.
5. ROCK Fresh Market
The ROCK Fresh Market is located on Indy’s east side at 5620 E 30th St. and is a part of the ROCK Initiative that began about three years ago after Eastern Star Church listened to problems put forth by the community. The 46218-area code, where Eastern Star Church’s main campus is located, lacked several vital resources, including access to a grocery store. The fresh market stocks it’s shelves weekly and will provide fresh and affordable produce to area residents.
For more information on the ROCK Fresh Market visit, www.yelp.com.
6. Just Ride Cycling & Training
Located in downtown Indy, Just Ride is a state-of-the-art indoor cycling studio focused on creating a motivating workout using the best stationary bikes on the market! The studio offers themed classes, including Hip & Hop, 90s, Rihanna vs. Beyonce, and more to get you pumped up and ready to ride.
The classes are open to all fitness levels and are a perfect way to get back into fitness if you been away for a while. Depending upon your exertion level, you can burn between 500 to 1,000 calories in a one-hour ride!
For more information on the Just Ride Cycling & Training visit, www.yelp.com.
7. D1 and Factory
Last year, former Indiana Pacer Jeff Teague and his family opened a 33,500 square-foot fitness and training facility in their hometown of Indianapolis, titled D1 and Factory.
The Factory, located in the heart of Speedway, features three full-sized basketball and volleyball courts, a 3,000-square-foot workout turf, a strength-training area, a physical therapy clinic, and dance studio. The multi-use facility also offers specialized basketball skills training programs that cater to children and adults, as well as amateurs and athletes.
For more information on the D1 and Factory visit, www.yelp.com.
8. Esthenik Skin By Nicole
Nicole B. owner and operator of EstheNik Skin by Nicole is a trained and licensed Esthetician helping people achieve beautiful skin for more than 15 years. Recently, Nicole just opened a beautiful space in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, offering specialized treatments including chemical peels, custom facial treatments, dermaplaning, brow shaping, body waxing, laser hair reduction, and more. If you need a little self-care, visit EstheNik Skin by Nicole for a beautifying experience.
For more information on the Esthenik Skin By Nicole visit, www.yelp.com.
9. Scott Dentistry
For more than 40 years, Scott Dentistry has sought to meet the dental needs of Indianapolis residents in the areas of preventive health, orthodontics, cosmetic, pediatric, and general dentistry, as well as surgical procedures. Dr. Leonard Scott’s lovely daughter, Dr. Lynna Scott, joined the practice in July 2007 and has helped grow the practice with her father. Both Dr. Lynna and Dr. Leonard strive to make each patient have a million-dollar smile and hope to change the face of Indianapolis one smile at a time.
For more information on the Scott Dentistry visit,www.yelp.com.
10. Shodah Spalon
Since the turn of the 19th century, beauty salons have served as a special place among African-American women. They are considered to be a safe space to not only receive beauty services but a place where black women could be vulnerable and talk about important issues impacting the Black community. The Black beauty salon is one of the longest-standing businesses in the Black community and is still a place where women of color go to feel a sense of community.
Since 2011, Shodah Spalon, located on Indy’s north side, has been providing a safe place for women of color to let their hair down. The multicultural salon that is owned and operated by India Gary, a 15 year + cosmetologist, is setting a new standard of beauty by specializing in natural hair. The salon provides alternatives to the traditional harsh relaxers and offers natural silking, locs, express blowouts, hydration treatments, and more.
For more information on the Shodah Spalon visit, www.yelp.com.
How are you celebrating Black History Month? Are there other local Black-owned businesses we should know about? Let us know in the comments.