A week has passed since Minneapolis resident George Floyd died was murdered after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. In that time, thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest his death and the broader problem of police brutality against Black people—not just in the United States, but around the world, including Indianapolis.
We encourage everyone to join the fight and speak out against injustices by marching in local protests, signing online petitions, donating, and calling your elected officials. Still, there’s another way to fight systemic racial inequality, and that’s by putting your money where your mouth is. Commit to supporting local Black-owned businesses.
Read on to see a list of local wellness-focused Black-owned businesses, including restaurants, gyms, beauty, and much more. Black Lives Matter and Black Businesses Matter!
1. Just Ride Indy
Just Ride Indy is the only cycle studio located downtown Indianapolis. Shayna Sangster is a full-time marketing executive by day and also the owner and operator of Just Ride Indy, an indoor cycling studio in the heart of downtown Indy. The studio offers themed classes including Hip & Hop, Pop, the 80s, and more to get you pumped up and ready to ride. The studio is open Monday-Saturday with classes starting as early as 6 a.m. at $17 a class–very affordable compared to other spin studios in Indianapolis.
To learn more or sign up for a ride, visit www.justrideindy.com.
2. F.I.T. With Renee
Renee is one of the most sought-after certified personal trainers in Indianapolis. As the owner of FIT With Renee, she helps women get focused on their fitness goals, inspiring them to live a healthier lifestyle while transforming their bodies. She is also a former bodybuilding competitor and the author of FIT With Renee Fitness and Nutrition Manual. Renee offers group classes or one-on-one designed to get you the best results. She has helped hundreds of women all over Indianapolis change their bodies and take control of their health.
To learn more, visit fitwithrenee.com.
3. Healthy Food Café
Erica Bryant is a personal trainer and the owner of Healthy Food Café, on Indy’s south side. As one of the only Black-owned restaurants of its kind in Indianapolis, offering vegetarian and vegan options. Additionally, the Café offers meal prep services and helps create individual diet plans to help customers meet their health goals. The Café menu offers something for everyone, including salads, sandwiches, homemade soups, smoothies, and vegan desserts. The Healthy Food Café is located at 8028 South Emerson Avenue (Suite F).
To learn more, visit thehealthyfoodcafe.com.
4. Shea BODYWORKS
Shea BODYWORKS is a personal care company providing body and hair products that are non-toxic, plant-based, and cruelty-free. Founded by Saidah Pearsall in 2014, after struggling to find non-toxic body products for her daughter, she decided to create her own. Shea BODYWORKS is on a mission to create product experiences and not just products. One of the most popular items is Happy Hands and Feet Balm, available at Whole Foods Market in Carmel, Indiana.
To learn more or to shop, visit www.sheabodyworks.com.
5. Mrs. Murry’s Naturals
Since 2012, Mrs. Murry’s Naturals has delivered fresh, ready-to-eat, plant-based, and vegan meal options and co-founded by local vegan, Iesha Murry, and her husband with a mission to make comfort food healthier by using local ingredients free of animal products. Some of the fan favorites include the vegan chocolate cookies, vegan pot pie, and the vegan chocolate cake. You can find Mrs. Murry’s Naturals at your local farmer markets, coffee shops, and more.
To find where you can buy some of Mrs.Murry Naturals, visit mrsmurrysnaturals.com.
Pure-trition is a health coaching and juice delivery business owned by Certified Health Coach and Culinary Nutrition Expert Aleta Osborn. Pure-trition offers organic cold-pressed juice cleanses that can be delivered right to your door within the Indianapolis area. The juices are designed to help you detoxify your body, boost energy, and to kick-start your healthy eating habits. After Aleta’s own struggle with her health, she created Pure-trition with a mission to educate and inspire healthy lifestyle changes within her community.
To order a juice cleanse or inquire about health coaching, visit pure-trition.com.
7. D1 and Factory
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 a 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, visit www.d1training.com.
8. Make It Classy
Make It Classy was born based on a demand for women who desired cleaner beauty products. It began as online and in-person DIY beauty classes taught by Victoria T. Davis of ClassyCurlies.com. She has been in the natural beauty industry for ten years. The local beauty company offers do-it-yourself beauty kits and a variety of all-natural products for your skin and body. In addition to our do-it-yourself beauty kits, Make It Classy also offers ready-made products with plant-based ingredients.
For more information, visit makeitclassydiy.com.
9. Fit Unlimited
Fit Unlimited is located on the westside of Indianapolis, owned and operated by Antawan Mack, who is one of the most sought trainers in the city. The gyms offer one on one training, group classes and free Bootcamp classes. The owner’s goal is to help others reach their fitness goals and maximize results in the shortest amount of time.
For more information, visit https://booksy.com.
10. Have Yoga Studio
Haven Yoga Studio is located in Indianapolis’ Butler-Tarkington neighborhood at 309 W 42nd St., aims to be a place where yogis can practice in peace, no matter their size, race, or experience level. The studio founder, Charlie Redd, has been practicing yoga for eight years and teaching for three. She says her studio will be a dedicated space for marginalized groups to explore holistic health practices. The studio currently offers a variety of free and pay what you can class to ensure everyone has access to the benefits of yoga.
For more information, visit havenyogaindy.com.
11. Be Body Goals Apparel
When it comes to apparel, there are not many people of color in the industry. Be Body Goals is a local and Black-owned athleisure and activewear for women. You will find fun, colorful workout sets that are comfortable but will help you get your sweat in.
For more information, visit www.bebodygoals.com.
12. 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, visit www.yelp.com.
13. Azure’s Secret Handmade Soap
Azure’s Secret is a Black-owned local company, focused on making organic soaps and body products. Some of our favorites include the oatmeal and lavender.
For more information or to purchase, visit www.azuressecret.com.
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