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.

Picture perfect photography by Monifa Basdeo

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

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.

Quilted Artistry by Renee

Contemporary Textile Artist

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].

Jackson Treasured Photography

Photography/landscape prints and creator of Charleston umbrellas.

Lawanda's Creations

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

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.

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.

Cookie Sews Quilts

Art quilts, dolls, wearable art clothing, soft accessories by commission.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Neema Gallery

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

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