A guide to the Charleston area's Black-owned businesses

Black-Owned Charleston

The Lowcountry is a place of fierce tradition, boundless creativity, and deep-rooted hospitality. Whether shopping, dining, or seeing the sights, engaging with Charleston’s Black business community promises the fullest experience of these singular characteristics—and a tangible connection to the people who define this place.

Gullah Tings LLC

Gullah Tings LLC is a unique and one of a kind products that are handmade, and an original that will trend to keep the art, culture and cooking. The items are Seasonings, Dry Goods, Kitchenware, handmade crafts, oils.Adjusted and/or launched new. I have accomplished a new and original business that contains a part of culture which will always be included in history.

BR Design Co

BR Design Co was founded by sisters Carlene Browner and Cassandra Browner Richardson. They handcraft clay jewelry and accessories. They sister began making clay jewelry as young girls with their mother Queenie Shannon Browner. Carlene, is a First Grade teacher in Charleston County and Cassandra is a Registered Nurse. They can be found popping up all over the Lowcountry and are a local feature at the Charleston City Market. BR Design Co launched the Mobile Shopping Truck “Queen Julia” Spring 2022.

Take a Bite Desserts, LLC

Take A Bite Desserts, LLC is an at home made from scratch bakery. We specialize in custom made cakes, weddings cakes, pound cakes, cupcakes, pies, cheesecakes and pastries.

Charleston African American tours DBA Charleston Black Car Limousine

My company focuses on the rich history of Charleston with a strong emphasis on Gullah Geechee culture. I native born and endowed with generational knowledge of my culture and history. Additionally we market Gullah Geechee art and artifacts ( How Great Gullah Art LLC). We provide transportation (Charleston Black Car Limousine LLC) within parts of the Gullah Geechee national corridor.

Not Your Average Wings

We offer chicken wings in over 34 plus flavors accompanied by sides including fried okra , fried picks , waffles , onion rings , crinkly fries and so on .

Sweetgrass Baskets by Tonya Aiken

I am a sweetgrass basket maker.I have been making baskets for over 40 years I am proud of the heritage that my family has left for me and my kids. I can be found at your favorite Charleston City Market also City Night Market in Charleston South Carolina.

CutsByYatta

With nearly 20 years as a barber and educator, Kenyatta is a Master Barber & Barber Instructor specializing in all haircut styles to include fade cuts, gentleman's cuts, military cuts, razor shaves, etc. He prides himself in building life-long relationships with every customer he serves.

ChuckTown Mobile Seafood LLC

Premier Indoor and Outdoor Seafood Catering Company Providing Lowcountry Southern Sides. Specializing In Family Reunions, Weddings, Corporate and Private Events. Est. 2011.

Republic Garden & Lounge

Republic Garden & Lounge is a modern venue setting the Gold Standard in hospitality through great drinks, luxurious surroundings, and exceptional nightlife.

The Mills House

At The Mills House, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, find Southern traditions reimagined with a modern twist and a taste of everything that makes the Holy City special.

INN AT 157

Located in the Old City District, experience this renovated Victorian inn where historic southern charm meets modern amenities. Run by a mother-daughter duo, this Inn offers four private entrance suites in the heart of Downtown Charleston.

Jackson Treasured Photography

Photography/landscape prints and creator of Charleston umbrellas.

Kingsmen Consignment

Focusing on Men's Consignment

Gillie's Seafood

Gillie’s is a restaurant that gives recognition to all Grandmothers as their scratch made soul food brings the memories of childhood to every customer that visits!

Jonathan Jasper Wright Inn

Named after the first Black state supreme court justice, this charming Inn is located is ideally located the heart of charming, downtown Charleston. Explore the cobblestoned streets and hidden alleyways; indulge in the city’s amazing dining experiences; and spend your evenings relaxing in our beautifully restored inn.

Martini Me

Martinin Me is a tapas and hookah lounge in North Charleston. We offer brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Karaoke and live music as well.

LANA'S LOCS

I’m a License Master Stylist and I specialize in all things traditional locs, natural hair care, and barber grooming services

Tipsy Lady Caribbean Cocktails

Ready to drink Caribbean inspired canned cocktails

B&T Daiquiris, LLC

B&T Daiquiris LLC is a mobile daiquiri bar serving frozen alcoholic and non alcoholic daiquiris in Charleston, SC and surrounding areas. Our mobile daiquiri bar offers a unique flair to any event. Laissez le bon Temps rouler!

Graft

Graft is a wine shop and wine bar in uptown Charleston, South Carolina. Created by two long-time friends, it is a celebration of good wine, community, great times and the best music.

The Aneris Collective, LLC

I make brands look good with brand photography fueled by business strategy, while equipping them with a great foundation to launch and grow their business. I also capture family portraits and weddings too.

Sweetgrass Creations by Lynette

Weaving baskets is one of the earliest African crafts to take root in America over 300 years ago. Baskets are coiled together using native materials grown naturally by the marsh- sweetgrass, pine needles, bulrush and palmetto palms. I'm a fifth-generation basket maker who learned her craft as a child from her great-grandmother, Maggie Jefferson Williams and weaves daily to this day with her mother Marilyn Williams Dingle. This art is very relaxing. The designs today can be simple to something extravagant with love and patience.

Rodney Scott's BBQ

Rodney Scott's BBQ serves true South Carolina whole-hog barbecue alongside Southern favorites in a lively, upbeat atmosphere in Charleston.

CKBakes4U

Baking up the best Crab Pies EVER, s A well as other sweet and savory dishes. Rather it’s a pound cake for dessert after Sunday dinner or a full spread complete with crab pie bites, seafood rice, dessert bars, and an array of shooters, let The Crab Pie Queen, CK, bake for you!

Nana's Seafood & Soul

One of Charleston's lead entrepreneurs of Lowcountry Soul, now a mobil food trailer. Dishing up down-home grub such as fried whiting, deviled crab and pork chop sandwiches.

Quilted Artistry by Renee

Contemporary Textile Artist

BME, LLC

Currently touring world-wide with GRAMMY Award Winning Gullah Sensation RANKY TANKY and GRAMMY-Nominated vocalist René Marie, Baxter regularly performs many prestigious venues and festivals.

Corey Alston Sweetgrass Baskets

A generational sweetgrass weaver who designs his artwork in a variety of styles. The coiled woven basket was first used during days of enslavement for the rice cultivation.

Chic Customs

Chic Customs is where creativity meets craftsmanship! We specialize in handcrafted earrings, balloon decor, personalized gifts and party favors.

MESU

MESU is a lively urban spot with a dual cuisine of both Mexican and Sushi. Tequila infusions complement Sake Sangrias with a full cocktail list.

Copper Cohens

I’m a jewelry designer of hand-painted wood jewelry for the family, as well as a published author, model and Alopecia Awareness advocate.

Gullah Tours

Gullah Tours explores the places, history and stories that are relevant to the varied contributions made by black Charlestonians. Reservations suggested.

Montague Room

Upscale restaurant offering live music and great food to entice your palate

Hipbone, LLC

With 28yrs custom screen printing & embroidering experience we “Help You Look Better Than You Did Yesterday”. Our 15 piece printing minimum or 1 item for embroidery will help you invest into your project without breaking the bank. -HIPBONE

Lillie's of Charleston

Southern & Gullah family recipes uniquely blended for tons of flavor in our award-winning hot sauces, BBQ sauces & spices mixes. May you never feel unwanted, unloved or hungry.

Frankly Charleston

Frankly Charleston explores the rich black history of Charleston. Our tour will allow you to learn the Africans journey and contributions. Tours leave from the Visitor Center.

Gullah Sweetgrass Baskets

Andrea Cayetano-Jefferson proudly represents the rich Gullah culture through her peerless creations as a sixth generation sweetgrass basket artist. As child she studied the intricacies of basket sewing from her mother and aunt whom she attributes her commitment to continuing the traditional art form honoring her Gullah ancestors and history.

Parson Inn

Parson Inn is a boutique home in the heart of Charleston, SC. It boasts the charming architecture of Charleston and is one block from MUSC and a quick walk to King St.

Charcuterie Happy Board

Tanya Waring Hearn is the owner of Charcuterie Happy Board, a business specializing in charcuterie experiences, curating boards, platters and more for meetings and special events.

LaVonda Downard Photography LLC

Black women owned Charleston and travel intimate weddings and elopements photographer. I also offer couples and family portraits and beyond! My style is bold and I take an authentic storytelling approach.

Twinz & M Homemade Treats, LLC

At Twinz & M Homemade Treats, LLC; we will meet your sweet needs. We are a small family owned home bakery that specializes in a variety of different treats from cupcakes, freshly baked ooey gooey cookies to cakes; with the favorite being the Real Red Velvet Cake.

It's a Win-Win Catering LLC

Charleston Premiere Caterer serving great food, great service at a reasonable price!

AndCap Images

AndCap Images was founded in 2020. We’ve traveled to many places over the years. We decided to start offering some of our landscape images taken locally and around the world for sale. We wanted to offer something different than the normal framed images seen everywhere. Images are available in metal (hand made), canvas(archive certified), glass(handmade in the US) and metal (handmade in the US). All images are frameless. We are located in Charleston, SC.

SimpliTravel by Kim LLC

Traveling opens doors to creating memories! Personalized Travel Planningt & Travel Management. We are a full-service travel agency, spceializing in Groups Travel. Although our specialty is group travel, we customize individual travel as well. Whether a short trip in the town or a trip around the world, I got you covered!

Donna M. Collection

We are an online woman’s boutique with a mission to empower and celebrate the everyday woman by building their confidence and igniting their inner beauty through style.

Cycling Opportunities of SC

Cycling rides and tours

Sites & Insights Tours

Explore Charleston's Black history and Gullah/Geechee culture from a Black perspective in our 1, 2 & 2 1/2 hour motorized Black History, Porgy & Bess and Sea Islands Tours.

La?Roc Beauty

La’Roc Beauty Lash & Brow lounge is where luxury and relaxation meet. For the last 7 years we have provided beautiful Lash and Brow services to our clientele coming from all over the state. Featuring eyelash extension, Lash lifts, brow and lash tinting, and expert brow shaping to name a few. By appointment only, We are located in the beautiful town of Summerville, SC a suburb of Charleston.

Carolima's Lowcountry Cuisine

Authentic Gullah Geechee & Lowcountry menu. From our made from scratch dishes to our southern desserts, we are here to serve you! We cater rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, corporate events, birthday parties and corporate events. Enjoy our Charleston Chewies by ordering online today. We ship!

Sparkle and Shine Artistry

Sparkle & Shine Artistry invites you to a memorable spa experience. We offer lash extensions, nail enhancements, full body waxing, and relaxing body treatments. Our goal is to make you look and feel as beautiful as you truly are.

The Mansion House of Beauty

The Mansion House of Beauty is an Experienced Styling Studio providing Hair & Makeup Services to the Working Women, House Wives, Brides, and all others in between! We provided Custom Hair Cutting, Extensions, and Hand Made Wig Units for Ladies with Hair Loss or Desiring New Looks! Get Mansion Made!

Eventions By Joselyn

Eventions by Joselyn is an event planning company committed to making a difference in the community one event at a time. Joselyn's mission is to provide innovative solutions to bring your vision to life, your mission to the forefront and leave a lasting impact on your guests.

Da Brown Bag ABC Store

Da Brown Bag ABC Store is a black-owned, neighborhood-driven liquor store, located North Charleston. Da Brown Ba stocks a wide variety of liquor, wine and elevated spirits.

Bourbon N' Bubbles

Enjoy our offerings of appetizers and shared plates coupled with a premier selection of Champagne, bourbon, and hand-crafted cocktails.

G & L Charters and Tours

All of our vehicles are regularly maintained, comfortable, and driven by expert, carefully trained drivers. No matter who you are or where you’re going, we’ll get you there on time without any problems in between. Because we take safety very seriously, we ensure that all of our vehicles can always pass a spot check or a surprise inspection. We know you don’t expect anything less.

Styles By LaSeaun

LaSeaun is a Master Loctician and owner of Styles By LaSeaun, with over 15 years of experience, specializing in Loc Restorations, Instant Locs, Starter Locs and Loc Extensions for all hair types and textures.

Tastee Treats

A family owned business founded on the principle of maintaining Gullah/Geechee food and cultural traditions. Experience the rich Gullah history through our tastee treats.

Neema Gallery

Neema Gallery is a Charleston, SC based art gallery & art consultation firm featuring works of art by phenomenal Southern African-American artists.

Nigel's Good Food II

Nigel & Louise Drayton, present their #1 Geechie One Award winning, family friendly restaurant serving up soul food, seafood, and Lowcountry favorites!

Charleston African American Tour

A Gullah Geechee Tour showcasing Charleston's rich Black History. Immerse yourself in the culture with a certified native born Gullah speaking historian. Bin yah not come yah.

The Tiny Tassel

We make life more joyful! Visit our shop & explore our brightly colored clothing, jewelry, and gifts- designed & handmade here in Charleston, SC.

Coaxum Enterprise LLC

Seasonings books and oils

T & D Mobile Mechanic Service, LLC

We are a mobile auto mechanic service that comes to you. Our mission is to keep you and your family safe, save you money, prevent major problems/concerns, and to make sure your vehicle(s) last for years.

Gullah Geechee Angel Network

GullahGeecheeangelnetwork promotes and preserves the Gullah/Geechee culture by way of art. We also connect the diaspora not only in the 50 states but also in Africa, the Caribbean and Europe by way of Gullah/Geechee art, history,foodways,and tradition.

N&S Transport

We transport passages to airports groups, schools, tour group, and more

Picture perfect photography by Monifa Basdeo

We are a phenomenal photography business specializing in wedding and lifestyle portraits.

Airport Limo-Taxi Association

Outstanding service with a smile and clean, quality vehicles. Located at the airport's ground transportation booth, opposite the baggage claim area. Featuring no wait taxi.

Gullah Gullah Tours

Native Gullah historian teaching Unspoken Black African American Slave History "da Root" of Charleston’s politics, religion & Slavery.

Okeeba Jubalo Gallery

Our gallery’s vision is to become the bridge between artists, collectors, and our community from our flagship base within the city of North Charleston, South Carolina. As a native of this great city it was paramount for the Okeeba Jubalo Gallery to begin it’s journey of Fine Art commerce in North Charleston, South Carolina where our founder grew up as a young boy.

Chuma Gullah Gallery

Artwork that reflects the Gullah culture. Beautiful art that have bold colors and comes both unframed and framed. Many of the artwork reflects all budgets.

Gullah Parties by Barbara, LLC

Gullah Parties by Barbara, LLC have been creating beautiful events for 10 years reflecting the Gullah culture thru food/bar service, decorations and entertainment. All of our events are decorated with Sweetgrass baskets and live greenery. Our Chefs create delicious Gullah dishes up to 1000 people. Let us help plan your next party, reception or gala. We are a full service event company licensed and insured in City of Charleston.

Daddy's Girl Bakery

Daddy's Girls Bakery is a family owned business that includes Nate and Chasity Brown along with their five kids. The company specializes in specialty baked goods including custom cakes, pies, cheesecakes, Charleston Chewies, and ice cream made in house.

Laser Focused Engraving & Design

"Laser Focused Engraving & Design specializes in one-of-a-kind gifts and keepsakes for any occasion. We use the latest 3D Laser Engraving Technology to bring you quality personalization from our collection of custom gifts and keepsakes and signs. Our company mantra is summed up in three words. Customize. Celebrate. Cherish. Come see us when it has to be special."

Fuel Flo

We provide mobile fuel delivery services! Don’t waste your time in the city looking for a gas station. We come to you so that you can spend all of your time exploring Charleston!

Carolima's Dessert Boutique

We offer special occasion cakes and delicious southern desserts. Our menu includes items such as cupcakes, sweet potato pie, Charleston chewies, red velvet cheesecake brownies, banana pudding, and pound cakes.

Jonathan Green Studios, LLC

The studio represents or features other artists whose work reflects the themes of work, love, belonging, and one's relationship to the environment. By appointment only.

Lawanda's Creations

Lawanda's Creations creates original artworks on canvas and on paper. Additionally, LC provides prints of artworks.

Aspire Allure, LLC

Aspire Allure is a bridal and social occasion boutique specializing in unique gowns with a personalized styling experience.

J. Vamm Designs

I design and make about 75 % of my jewelry. 50 % of them are made using Semi-precious stones with Sterling silver findings.

The Loc Hair

Specializing in Health Locs

Increasing Faith

We exist to reach people with the love of God, serve those in our community, and empower God’s people to become agents of change. Church

Hannibal's Kitchen

Family Black owned business serving soul food to the Charleston community. Established in 1983 Feeding the Soul of the City

Bintu's Atelier

Experience the vibrant flavors of Africa in the downtown East side of Charleston, South Carolina.

The Gullah Experience

A powerpoint party including a full sweetgrass basket display, Palmetto Rose making class, Q & A and ending with Frogmore Stew. Call or email to book this experience 843-442-1855 or [email protected].

Laura Vivian + Company

"This brand is #inspired by two women who fostered my #creativity, my grandmothers Laura and Dorothy (Vivian). Two women who always prefer the #simple things in life. Both women are #spicy & #visionaries in their own rights. This brand desires to create expressive products provisioned towards the simple things in life with keeping it just as simple, creative and spicy like my grandmothers."

Lew?s Heavenly Treats LLC

We are a grab and go bakery/ bake supply store. Lew’s specializes in over 30 flavors of cheesecakes with our Charleston Chewie cheesecake being our top seller. However we aren’t limited to only cheesecakes we also offer pound cakes, pies, cakes, banana pudding and our famous sweet potato chewies. We also teach classes and sell baking supplies at this location. Lew’s is the only bakery supply store here in Charleston.

She Biology Skincare

She Biology is CBD skincare brand turning skincare routines into self care rituals for people all over world, so they can honor and love themselves. We are a clean, sustainable, and non animal cruelty brand using only organic farm sourced ingredients.

JoyRide Transportation

JoyRide Transportation offers a fresh new trend for travel. We proudly offer professional driver services for any event. We cater to birthday, bachelorette, wedding parties, group travel & more!

Keoni's Low Country Diaspora

Pop-up turned Food Trailer, Marcus Middleton is serving up Southern-inspired dares, and specializing in smoked foods, fresh ingredients, and soulful dishes served at any location.

Mon Amie

Mon Amie provides luxe picnic setups that can be held in the city's beautiful parks and also at private locations as well as upgrading luxe accents to hotel rooms for special occasions.

SOUL Sweet

Sweet Creations from Soulful Inspiration!

Gullah Dolls of Charleston by Genya LLC

Authentic, hand-crafted Gullah Dolls. Representing Africa traditional childhood dolls. Genya's dolls originated from her childhood. She began creating her dolls in (1957).

AD Folk Art LLC

Arun Drummond is a self-taught South Carolina folk artist who has been painting since 2004. As the former manager of the Chuma Gullah Gallery, he spent nearly 20 years educating visitors about the rich and truly unique culture of the coastal south. Arun continues to do that today through his art and his passion for storytelling. His mixed media works that incorporate sweetgrass baskets have been featured on Food Network and in Conde Naste Traveler magazine. Find his art exclusively at the Historic Charleston City Market.

JenSa Massage

JenSa Massage is a massage space, that has created a relaxing atmosphere for customers near and far. We have been in business for six years. We are soon offering Esthetics. We provide multiple massage services. Such as hot stones, Cupping, Prenatal massage, relaxation massage and deep tissue massage.

Escape Haven & Co.

Escape Haven & Co., a company created to provide self care essentials such as soy wax candles and body products. We are here to reach more people, and educate them on the importance of self care through products. Escape Haven & Co. is an e-commerce store, but has grown with the addition of monthly workshops, classes for upcoming candle business owners, and as a manufacturer for other local businesses throughout the US.

Vibrant Alkaline Vegan Meals, LLC

Vibrant Alkaline Vegan Meals is a Nationwide Vegan Meal Prep company and service the local country as well. We offer cooking classes, health seminars, catering and immunity teas. We have recently expanded our business model to service the community with a Mobile Food Truck.

Modalan African Restaurant

Akwaaba to Modalan African Restaurant, a flavorful experience like no other! Modalan is the place where authentic African cuisine brings family and friends together. This is a place to enjoy organic tropical fruit bowls, daily fresh pressed juices, bold African spices and much more.

Gola Sweetgrass

Does not have business license, municipality would like to be connected with: Town of Mount Pleasant. Gola Sweetgrass is a retail footwear company based in Charleston, SC. Inspired by the sweetgrass baskets, our company is focused on shining a light on the art form of Sweetgrass baskets and basket-makers. Our mission is to educate and preserve the history of Sweetgrass baskets within the Gullah/Geechee culture and create a comfortable, high quality sandal that reflects Lowcountry living.

My Three Sons of Charleston

My 3 Sons of Charleston offers a modern twist on original Charleston dishes ranging from deviled crab to chicken & waffles priding themselves on something for everyone to eat!

Moon-Seed, LLC

Moon-Seed creates statement jewelry and homewares with a fun, bold play on circular forms, geometric shapes, classic art movements, Caribbean vibes, and colorful patterns.

Philip Simmons Museum Home and Workshop

"This is the home and workshop of the master blacksmith, Philip Simmons (1912-2009). He was born on Daniel Island; came to Charleston in 1920 to attend Buist Elementary School (now Academy), On his route to school he was attracted to the sounds that flowed from the blacksmith shop of Peter Simmons (no relation) who was a former slave. Peter invited him into his shop at age 13, taught him the basics of the craft, and the rest is history. His home is available for tours and his legacy is being preserved by the Philip Simmons Foundation, Inc. The workshop is operated by his nephew, Carlton Simmons. "

Crafts By Camille LLC

Crafts By Camille LLC creates unique and handmade gifts for everyone. From acrylic business signs, logos, keychains, and more. We are here for all your custom needs.

Avery Research Center for African-American History and Culture

Reading room, archives & scheduled tours. 1990 Carolopolis Award. Beautifully restored facility, site of former Avery School built in 1865. Includes art, historical exhibits.

Free Verse Poetry Festival

Free Verse is a poetry community started by Marcus Amaker, Charleston’s first poet laureate. The collective hosts open mics, publishes books, and puts on a festival. Free Verse events are safe spaces for people of all gender identities. Follow @freeversefestival on Instagram.

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