Black-owned businesses you can support in South Jersey
Have you been watching what is happening across the nation and wondering how you can help?
Maybe you joined a protest, wrote to legislators, bought a book on racism in America, said a prayer.
It all helps, as does making a purchase from a black-owned business.
Here is a list of stores and restaurants to support now and in the future. It will be updated and owners are invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com to have their business included.
Help us share the names of black-owned businesses in South Jersey.
Aunt Berta's Kitchen is a go-to takeout destination for authentic soul and Southern food. Open Wednesdays-Sundays, Aunt Berta's also offers catering, a la carte and family-sized meals for sharing with your favorite people. Two locations: 693 White Horse Pike, Haddon Township and 311 North White Horse Pike, Lindenwold. (856) 858-7009; untbertaskitchen.com
Back Alley Barbecue moved back to Pennsauken from the Columbus Farmer's Market in 2018, and the smoker's been smoldering on Haddonfield Road ever since. Owner Ron Jones cooks up chicken, brisket, pulled pork and even fried fish. 2591 Haddonfield Road, Pennsauken, 609-922-5658; backalleybarbeque.net
Bryant's Barber Shop opened during the 1960s Civil Rights movement. As a black business owner in Gloucester County, Paul "Pop" Bryant faced vandalism in his earls years. But he's persisted over 53 years. At 85, Pop still works, cutting alongside his children and grandchildren. The shop serves men and women. It will reopen on June 22 after a temporary COVID-19 closure. Call before you arrive. The shop is working on an appointment-only schedule. 336 Academy St., Glassboro, 856-881-9780.
The Camden Store sells T-shirts, hoodies and other clothing items for anyone who wants to show their pride for the City Invincible. Owner Ajeenah "AJ" Riggs, a U.S. Army veteran, and her husband Troy live upstairs and are more than just merchants: Pre-pandemic, they hosted open mics, workshops and other events aimed at helping Camden youth learn entrepreneurship, design and more. 1250 Haddon Ave., Camden , 856-295-2344; camdeneverything.com/
Corinne's Place is a dine-in restaurant and caterer at 1254 Haddon Avenue in Camden's Parkside neighborhood. It specializes in soul and Southern food, and owner-chef Corinne Powers is matriarch to a small army of men and women she employed and mentored over her 30-plus years in business. Visit corinnesplace.com; 856-541-4894.
Free Haven Farms in Lawnside is owned by husband and wife Micaiah and Cynthia Hall. He's the former director of Mill Creek Farm in Philadelphia; she's an environmental geochemist and an associate professor at West Chester University. They currently have a waiting list for their CSA, but offer virtual summer camps and other educational programs for children ages 3-8 and 9-14. 105 Williams St., Lawnside, 609-332- 4892; freehaveneducationalfarms.com/
Galerie Marie in the heart of Collingswood's Haddon Avenue shopping and restaurant district specializes in "art for everyone," with items from around the world and priced for every budget. The gallery is open by appointment during the COVID-19 shutdown, but also has an Etsy shop in addition to its own website. 709 Haddon Ave., Collingswood. 856-858-0527; galeriemarie.net
The Juice Bar is a healthy oasis in the heart of Merchantville owned by Seth Amoah and Kelli Mouzon. The cafe offers fresh pressed juices, smoothies, salads, panini and produce. Daily specials include plenty of vegan options and some juices are also available to go in bottles to enjoy later. 22 S. Center St., Merchantville. 856-324-0436; thejuicebar.business.site
LaBelle Art Gallery specializes in art that’s affordable and accessible: lithographs, serigraphs, photographs, prints and original works start well under $100. The Voorhees storefront is closed but the gallery has an online presence, also offering African masks, paintings and other decor reflecting the long and multifaceted story of African Americans, curated by owner Mame Young, a native of Senegal. 300 White Horse Road, Suite 4,
Voorhees, 856-281-9751 or www.labelleartgallery.com/
LaUnique African American Books and Cultural Center offers much more than books — fiction, non-fiction, comics, graphic novels and religious books— that reflect black history and black life in America and beyond. It also houses a small but fascinating repository of art and artifacts by ancient and modern artists and artisans from both ends of the Diaspora. Visit the shop at 111 North 6th Street in Camden. 856-338-1958; launiquebooks.net
Rochesters Barbecue and Grill in Lawnside is a family affair, run by three siblings who've decided to take the traditions, families and flavors of south food and give it a more modern twist by using locally-sourced products and special platters and catering selections named for familiar places. Open for takeout and delivery. 130 White Horse Pike North, Lawnside, 856-547-7427 or www.rochestersbbqandgrill.com
The Tea Store carries a dizzying array of loose and bagged teas, gourmet coffees, local honey and specialty candies in its downtown Haddonfield shop and online. In addition, they offer teapots, coffeemakers and other appliances to help you and your brew crew. 130 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield. 856-354-0015; theteastorenj.com
The Wing Kitchen is the culinary home of "Chopped'' winner Timothy Witcher. Witcher works his magic in both Glassboro and Turnersville, driving foodies wild with his buttermilk-fried doughnuts and other desserts. The eateries are also known for chicken wings, of course, as well as chicken tenders and handcut fries. 200 Hurffville Road, Turnersville; 114 High St. West, Glassboro. 856-514-1980; thewingkitchen.com
Wander Boutique is a women's clothing boutique on Haddon Avenue in Collingswood. The business offers the latest fashions including dresses, separates, accessories and handbags. The store is also offering masks. 825 Haddon Ave., Collingswood. 856-240-1086; wander-boutique.com
Vegans Are Us, Vineland is a dine-in restaurant at 636 E. Landis Ave. in Vineland that also offers takeout and delivery. Owner Sharonda Harris-Bunton says her plant-based dishes are crafted with “a touch of soul.” The menu spans breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus shakes, smoothies and desserts. Check out the eatery’s Facebook page for specials or visit its website for more information.
Taste of SOUL, Burlington City, is a sit-down restaurant and caterer at 345 High Street. Owner/chef Nancy Miller cooks up Southern comfort food from breakfast to dinner. Diners will find collard greens, string beans, macaroni and cheese and turkey wings, fish and grits, ribs and chicken and waffles. Only take-out and delivery due to state COVID-19 restrictions but limited outdoor opens after June 15. 609-531-2451; visit Facebook @tasteofsoul01
Taste Buds, Vineland, is a soul food restaurant anchoring the west end of downtown. Cousins Darryl McDuffie and Donald Bristow began their culinary journey with a food truck that took them to Philadelphia and special events. Eager expand their business into a year-round enterprise, they opened their first Vineland restaurant three years ago on South Delsea Drive and recently relocated to 22 W. Landis Ave. They’re the creators of The Soul Bowl - collard greens, chicken, gravy, cornbread, all atop mac and cheese. 856-362-5787; or Facebook: @Tastebuds17
Michelle’s Kitchen and Catering Service, located at 632 E. Landis Ave. in Vineland, specializes in Jamaican dishes and American soul food. Owner Michelle McDonald’s love for cooking grew into a business she operated out of her home. When her following exceeded her kitchen space, McDonald made room for everyone opening her downtown restaurant and catering business. The menu includes traditional favorites, including Michelle's cornbread, and tempting new creations. 856-794-3280; michellekitchen.com
Yhanne's House of Cheesecakes, with locations in Clayton and the Berlin Farmer's Market, lives up to its name with dozens of varieties of cheesecakes in personal, small, large and family sizes. They even offer most varieties in sugar-free formulations for those with dietary restrictions. 835 North Delsea Drive, Clayton, 856-881-0403; Berlin Farmer's Market, 856-809-2470; www.houseofcheesecakes.net/yhoc-menu/
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