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Philadelphia has an array of fantastic Black-owned and -operated shops, boutiques and bookstores.
Visitors and locals can shop (both in-person and online) made-to-measure suits with Super Bowl cred (Damari Savile); grab the essentials at the city’s first boutique specializing in natural hair beauty supplies (Marsh + Mane); shop for singular accessories and clothing curated for women of color that exemplify beauty and wellness (The Sable Collective); and peruse history, health and fitness and children’s books at one of the oldest Black-owned bookstores in the country (Hakim’s Bookstore).
Note that shopping in Greater Philadelphia is a little different at the moment, with businesses in Philadelphia requiring proof of vaccination or mask-wearing at all indoor public spaces. Guidelines and requirements vary in the surrounding Greater Philadelphia region. Your best bet: Look online or call ahead to see what to expect.
Looking to dine and support Black-owned businesses? Check out our guide to Black-owned cafes, coffee shops and eateries.
Read on for a curated list of some of the city’s standout Black-owned shopping destinations.
And for even more Black-owned businesses, check out this community-curated Black Business Friday list and this Philadelphia magazine-maintained list of 300+ Black-owned businesses in Greater Philadelphia.
More than a bookstore, this cultural center owned by Hakim Hopkins offers DVDs and an array of health and wellness products in a creative atmosphere. Curbside delivery of books and all-natural cosmetics makes this spot extra convenient.
Where: Black and Nobel, 422 South Street
One of the country’s oldest Black-owned bookstores resides at the same West Philly address where Dawud Hakim founded it more than 60 years ago. Historic, welcoming, old-school and family-friendly, the shop now belongs to Hakim’s daughter, Yvonne Blake.
Where: Hakim's Bookstore & Gift Shop, 210 S. 52nd Street
This welcoming, Fishtown-based,women-centric, art- and activism-forward, frankincense-scented, named-for-Harriet Tubman bookstore is owned by Jeannine A. Cook, who opened it in February 2020. On its shelves: Toni Morrison’s complete collection, works by Zora Neale Hurston, children’s books and more titles that Cook herself loves to read.
Where: Harriett's Bookshop, 258 E. Girard Avenue
Owner Marc Lamont Hill’s Germantown hangout exudes community pride in its book selection and living-room vibe, a la Washington DC’s acclaimed Busboys and Poets chain. This bibliophiles’ spot takes its name from the columnist and Temple University prof’s favorite uncle, who nurtured his love of reading.
Where: Uncle Bobbie's Coffee & Books, 5445 Germantown Avenue
On Frankford Avenue, the East Coast’s first African American woman-owned comics shop stocks Marvel, DC and self-published books for grown-ups, kids and everyone in-between. The spot — owned by Ariell R. Johnson — currently offers limited coffee service.
Where: Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, 2578 Frankford Avenue
Seven days a week for more than 30 years, this Reading Terminal Market stall has represented international artists and lived the motto, “where cultures meet.” For sale: folk dolls, original paintings, body-care products, cultural clothing — including owner Charita Powell’s vibrant pieces from her Urban Karma Wear line, which she also sells by appointment only from her studio in The BOK Building.
Where: Amazulu Collections, 51 N. 12th Street
Owned by Darryl Jones, this classic comic book store known for dollar comics, manga, back issues, horror, sci-fi and old-school arcade games such as Street Fighter has been a South Street mainstay since 2001.
Where: Atomic City Comics, 638 South Street
Reverend Georgiette Morgan-Thomas rescued one of the country’s oldest hat factories (located in Northeast Philadelphia) and now operates a retail outlet offering all manner of old-fashioned and avant-garde styles for proper churchgoers, dapper gents and statement makers.
Where: American Hats, 2251 Fraley Street
Celebrities like Cardi B, Teyana Taylor and Fabolous have all been pictured wearing the Deno, the distinctive, colorful puffy coats sold by Banni Peru. Founded by William Walker, its brick-and-mortar store in West Philly complements an impressive online presence. Banni Peru also offers tracksuits, sweatsuits, hoodies, jeans, T-shirts and more.
Where: Banni Peru, 507 S. 52nd Street
Owner Steve Jamison, a fashion footwear specialist, established his sunny Rittenhouse Square boutique in 2007 to cater to high-end tastes in men’s shoes, socks and accessories — and to provide high-quality customer service. Among the designers in stock: Harris, Magnanni, John Richmond, Jo Ghost and Tateossian.
Where: Blue Sole Shoes, 1805 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia native Tanysha Powell helms this online company, founded as a tribute to the Brown women who raised her. On offer: handmade jewelry, apparel, candles and more. Pro tip: Don’t miss the shop’s hand-poured Intention Setting Candles.
Where: Online only
At this bright, spacious West Mt. Airy design studio, Tina Dixon Spence and her team create and sell luxurious but practical items for babies, toddlers and the home. Popular offerings include protective masks, blankets, swaddles, bibs, burp cloths, teething rings, scarves, clothing, cards, books and more. Dixon Spence also hosts group-sewing classes, private kids parties and community events in her storefront, which she opened in late 2020 after several years running her business as an e-commerce site.
Where: Buddha Babe, 7101 Emlen Street
Opened in November 2020, this West Philly store showcases pieces by more than 50 national and international artists and makers, including works by owner Stefani Threet, all in a modern, minimalist-styled space.
Where: Ceramic Concept, 5015 Baltimore Avenue
This Midtown Village consigner owned by Phillip Moore offers exclusive collectible sneakers and vintage pieces — Pharrell Williams Adidas, Air Jordans from overseas — and features rare, sold-out merch from prominent sportswear brands like Supreme and Bape.
Where: Common Ground, 134 S. 11th Street
A bastion of timeless style owned by Erik Honesty, this Brewerytown shop is best known for its stock of smart designer vintage menswear — Hermes scarves, ties, coats and shirts; Louis Vuitton and Gucci luggage; select women’s pieces; and Honesty’s own line of royalty-inspired capes.
Where: Cultured Couture Vintage, 2639 W. Girard Avenue
Former Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins founded this men’s and women’s boutique to redefine modern custom suiting with creativity, styling and precise tailoring — all while keeping culture at the forefront. The shop stocks 400 ready-to-wear clothing items, along with custom bow ties, neckties and pocket squares.
Where: Damari Savile, 72 N. 2nd Street
Stone and wooden jewelry, shea butter, natural soaps and body washes from Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria are on offer at this Reading Terminal Market stand owned by Joycelyn Parks.
Where: De'Village, 51 N. 12th Street
From their perch in Norristown, D’Iyanu carries a co-ed line of ready-to-wear, bold print and African-inspired blazers, pants, scarves, maxi dresses, skirts and jumpsuits. Owner Addie Elabor founded the shop with her brother, Dara Ajayi, and named their brand using a combination of the words “miracle” and “wonderful” from their native Yoruba language.
Where: D'iyanu, 910 E. Main Street, Norristown
The stylish set loves that this shop — owned by Shani Newton — carries women’s clothing for all sizes (extra small through triple extra-large), ages and budgets. On the racks: silky tops, stylish separates, maxi dresses and on-point accessories.
Where: Dolly's Boutique & Consignment, 6778 Germantown Avenue
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Dolly's Boutique & Consignment at Fashion District Philadelphia, 901 Market Street
Expect Lace aims to build customer confidence through an intimate understanding of the female body and offerings that sculpt every shape and size. Owned by Shaw Lewis, the Manayunk boutique carries some of the world’s top intimate brands for women and men. Services include personalized under garment fittings and lingerie consultations.
Where: Expect Lace, 4403 Main Street
Philadelphia native Imani (Faith) is the self-taught seamstress behind this online-only clothing store for women and children. On offer: modest and custom apparel influenced by Imani’s “passion for the beautification of women through fashion.”
Flourishing Beauty and Wellness encourages consumers to indulge in self-care with a soothing cup of organic tea and organic skincare products with natural ingredients. The online-only company, which Charisse Nelson opened in 2020, offers loose-leaf teas with delightful names like Brain Love and Mellow Out and skin-care serums.
When she started her line of women’s clothing and accessories in 2017, Kimberly McGlonn prioritized three things: sourcing reclaimed fabrics, manufacturing exclusively in Philadelphia, and supporting incarcerated and returning citizens. And she’s just as committed to that mission today. Devotees of the shop can score casual joggers, elegant skirts, color-blocked jackets and attention-grabbing, organic cotton T-shirts.
Where: Grant Blvd, 3605 Lancaster Avenue
Luxury streetwear for men and women is the focus for this online retailer, selling bright, bold, art-inspired jackets, hoodies, T-shirts, pants, shorts and accessories. Owners Deric “Nyce” Crawley and Muhammad “Homm” Abdul-Basit have collaborated with many celebrities on their creations as well. Among them: Missy Elliott, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keyes and Michael B. Jordan.
Kelly Monk’s South Philly home decor shop is designed to feel like a sanctuary, and her rich fabrics and textiles can transform any home to feel the same way. Cozy blankets, coordinated bedding and luxe table fabrics are among the offerings, and Monk provides by-appointment-only design services.
Where: Kellijane, 1415 S. Broad Street
Shoppers can find the latest fashion and loungewear at Kicks and Fashion, a unisex boutique in South Philly, co-founded by Dru Major. The real draw here though is sneakers. Customers are known to line up outside the store (and all the way around the block!) awaiting the latest footwear release.
Where: Kicks and Fashion, 1832 E. Passyunk Avenue
Across the street from West Philadelphia’s Malcolm X Park, Love Yourself by Shea Elizabeth is a chic boutique that helps women create their own definition of cool with a great selection of shoes, blazers, dresses, jumpsuits and more.
Where: Love Yourself by Shea Elizabeth, 503 S. 52nd Street
Hand-poured, uniquely scented candles are the star attraction for this growing business from owner Marques Davis born in 2018. Online and at select Pennsylvania retail locations, devotees can purchase candles, pillow sprays and body butters. Fun scents include white tea and ginger, grapefruit mimosa, lavender clouds, and peppermint and cocoa.
Where: Available online and at select retailers, including Occasionette, 1825 E. Passyunk Avenue
Founded by friends (and former competitors) Aaron Johnson and Bruce Tabbs, The Movement Philly specializes in handmade clothing, T-shirts, jewelry and vegan bath and beauty products. The Mt. Airy shop was recently featured in a “Buying Black” segment on Philly’s Fox 29 TV station.
Where: The Movement Philly, 7133 Germantown Avenue
For half a century, Paul Beale’s Florist has been the go-to florist for every occasion from proms and weddings to illness and sympathy bouquets. This family-owned business is committed to offering the finest in contemporary or traditional floral arrangements.
Where: Paul Beale's Florist, 7220 Ogontz Avenue
Custom engagement and wedding rings, one-of-a-kind pieces and gemologist-certified appraisals are the reason clients call ahead to book appointments at this Old City jewelry shop, owned by Ken and Nicole Black.
Where: Philadelphia Diamond Company, 421 Chestnut Street
From zines to tote bags, the goods from this workshop (based in South Philly’s Bok Building) are adorned with modern designs, all through the lens of social justice. Founded in 2010 by Maryam Pugh and Ruth Perez, Philadelphia Print Works’ products can be found online and at select brick-and-mortar stores in Philly.
Where: Available at various locations including Wooden Shoe Books, 704 South Street
The Sable Collective is an online boutique curated for women to explore narratives of joy, beauty and wellness. All of the shop’s clothing, jewelry, housewares and wellness products are intentionally sourced from BIPOC and women artisans and entrepreneurs.
This South Street boutique is owned by Charrita Jones, who curates the shop’s collection of “effortlessly chic” women’s apparel. The vibe at Senoj is all about empowering women to be comfortable in their own skin. The shop offers all kinds of looks, from vintage tees and outerwear to skirts, dresses and pantsuits.
Where: Senoj Clothing, 1609 South Street
Dubbed Philadelphia’s magical floral studio, this eco-conscious online shop, owned by artist Tolani Lawrence-Lightfoot, features a range of hard-to-find botanicals, candles and Insta-worthy arrangements for homes and events. The shop is known for its terrariums and vertical gardens.
With a showroom featuring a pool table, elegant wooden side tables and a beautiful fireplace to display his unique selection of shoes, owner Voltaire Blain — known as the best-dressed man in Chestnut Hill — strives to make shopping for shoes an experience like no other. His shop carries a wide selection of hard-to-find shoes, including loafers, oxfords and both high- and low-cut boots for men, as well as several styles for women.
Where: Style by Blain, 8433 Germantown Avenue
This Northern Liberties lifestyle boutique, co-owned by Dorothea Gamble and Dagmar Mitchell, carries socially responsible, locally made and environmentally conscious products for the home and body, including bespoke furniture,accessories, clothing, art, jewelry and beauty essentials. Every second Saturday, the shop hosts an artist reception for that month’s featured artist.
Where: Trunc, 929 N. 2nd Street
This fine art photo gallery in Germantown showcases the work of its founder and owner Steven CW Taylor. Large-format color photography immerses visitors and encourages them to interact with the places and people Taylor has photographed during the course of his travels. Each print comes with care instructions and a certificate of authenticity.
Where: Ubuntu Fine Art, 5423 Germantown Avenue
Cara Stipa combined all the things she loves to create The Utopia Collective, a go-to business for event planning of all size occasions, along with a fabulous retail shop. It features delicate jewelry, modern home decor, bridal party gifts and themed “party in a box” packages that come with table settings, paper garland and other accessories.
Where: The Utopia Collective, 1914 E. Passyunk Avenue
Owner Christa Barfield’s approach to what she sells is clear: She wants to offer her customers “high-quality, healthful tea with traceable origins.” To do that, she grows and harvest plants on a small farm in Pennsylvania and pays close attention to the practices of her partner farms. In her Germantown shop and on her online store, tea aficionados can purchase teas, honeys, gift sets, accessories and more.
Where: Viva Leaf Tea Co., 6730 Germantown Avenue
Scoring a 2021 Best of Philly nod, Xavi Row Bespoke is known for its bold, ultra-dapper custom suits. Owner Leroy West creates suits and shirts for professionals, grooms and wedding guests, promgoers and celebrities, including pro basketball player Dion Waiters. Clients make appointments online for West to do measurements and fittings in their home or office. The time from measurement to outfit completion is about four weeks.
At her minimalist home and lifestyle shop along Queen Village’s Fabric Row, former fashion designer Shannon Maldonado assures each limited-edition Domenic Frunzi planter, Fly by Jing chili crisp or coffee table book feels like a work of art. YOWIE is a brand as interested in building community as it is in showcasing one-of-a-kind products, events and services.
Where: Yowie, 716 S. 4th Street
Proving sisters make the best small business partners, owners Tomika Branch and Chyvonne Shackelford established their full-service day spa in West Oak Lane. Popular here: oxygen facials, gel manicures, detox pedicures, plush waxing, lash and brow enhancements, massages and self-care products, including 3rd Element lip balms and body butters.
Where: 3rd Element Spa & Salon, 7175 Ogontz Avenue
When crafting skin and hair products that are safe for the whole family to use, owner Topia Tessema focuses on sustainable and eco-friendly ingredients. Everything on offer in the East Falls shop is handmade — from the soaps and the oils to the moisturizers and the deodorants to the jewelry and the art.
Where: Abiyah Naturals, 3510 Scotts Lane
Award-winning body builder and coach Audra Anusionwu takes a holistic approach to wellness. In an East Falls studio, Anusionwu and her team offer personal training, group fitness classes and nutritional guidance to help clients feel strong and confident.
Where: Beautifitstrong Fitness Studio, 4027 Ridge Avenue
Owned by Bria Hodge since 2017, this Chestnut Hill boutique dance fitness studio offers in person, online and on-demand classes for people who love to dance. With offerings like Zumba, HipFit and Tone Zone, DanceFit disguises exercise as fun and makes working out feel like a party.
Where: DanceFit Chestnut Hill, 98 Bethlehem Pike
Sisters (and Philly natives) Nakia and Taahirah Stith are the owners of this this Rittenhouse Square apothecary — or “a‘plant’ecary,” as they call it — that sells plant-based remedies in the form of lattes, smoothies, tonics, teas and tinctures. Their goal? To offer up herbs of the liquid, powder or cut variety that relieve customers of what’s bothering them in a judgment-free zone.
Where: Dope Botanicals, 257 S. 20th Street
Syreeta Scott — stylist to Jill Scott, Ava DuVernay, Questlove and Janet Jackson — has held court in North Philly for two decades, pioneering natural styles and in-demand services (locs, braids, two-strand twists, hair color) that definitely require advanced booking.
Where: Duafe Holistic Hair Care, 3129 N. 22nd Street
Faheem Alexander has taken the barbering world by storm with his hands of precision. At it for over 25 years now, he’s known for his expertise in styling, hairline correction and beard grooming. Faheem has worked on many celebrity clients, including Tracy Morgan, Rick Ross and Philadelphia’s favorite hip-hop group, The Roots.
Where: Faheem's Hand of Precision, 2100 S. 20th Street
This Northern Liberties self-care and wellness shop, owned by Morrisa Jenkins and Bonkosi Alyssa Horn, stocks holistic skin and lifestyle products, like CBD tinctures and makeup all sourced from female-founded companies.
Where: Freedom Apothecary, 736 N. 2nd Street
Engineer turned mechanic (and author of Girls Auto Clinic Glovebox Guide) Patrice Banks has established the city’s first and only women-run garage. Next door, she opened Clutch Beauty Bar, serving up manis, pedis and waxing services.
Where: Girls' Auto Clinic Repair Center, 7425 West Chester Pike
Owner Chartel Findlater’s focus is on creating handcrafted soaps, bath items and home decor in small batches. She sells these items online and at various brick-and-mortar shops in Philadelphia (think Marsh & Mane, Art Star Philly, Moon + Arrow) and beyond. Gold + Water products can also be found at various pop-up events.
Where: Available online and at select retail outlets like Moon + Arrow, 742 S. 4th Street
Who says only women should be pampered? The pop-up spas and skincare line from A Man’s Cave are all about helping men enjoy a bit of self-care. Founder Judith Dumorney-McDaniel was inspired to start the business after her husband complained that most spas cater to women.
Where: Available online and at pop ups
Located in the South Street Headhouse District, this natural hair beauty supply boutique — owned by Jenea Robinson — carries a curated selection of hair, skin, and bath and body products. Shoppers will find goods from makers such as Zuresh, Bask & Bloom, Anita Grant, Angie Watts and Scotch Porter, in addition to candles, hair accessories, brushes and shower caps.
Where: Marsh + Mane, 529 S. 4th Street
With three locations in Philadelphia — South Street West, Roxborough and Queen Village — this full-service waxing studio is a convenient option for those interested in quick and painless body and facial waxing, as well as lash-brow tints, lash perm-lifts and threading. Owned by Sarah Giovinetti, The Naked Peach has provided more than $20,000 in scholarships for vocational training schools to single moms and teens in the Philadelphia area.
Where: The Naked Peach Waxing Boutique, 708 S. 5th Street
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The Naked Peach Waxing Boutique, 1725 South Street
The Naked Peach, 6226 Ridge Avenue
Owned by Naeemah Johnson, Nbeauty Inc. is a beauty brand and salon that caters to the professional woman. From natural hairstyling to braids and extensions, two locations in North Philadelphia and Ardmore offer full salon services, with stylists who specialize in working with the diverse textures of African American hair. In addition, an online shop offers a line of skincare products, shampoos and conditioners.
Where: Nbeauty Inc., 3933 Ridge Avenue
Nbeauty Inc., 6 Greenfield Avenue, Ardmore
With over 23 years of expertise, owner Tish Taylor created a relaxing and tranquil setting to ensure that clients get the best hair-care experience. Stylists work on all textures of hair. Services include relaxers, weaves, highlights, special-occasion hair and more.
Where: Posh Hair Artistry, 8010 Germantown Avenue
At QueenStylista’s, Sheena Dickerson has cultivated a friendly, welcoming space exclusively for women. The Ardmore salon is known for its precision cuts, coloring and styling, and the staff has a reputation for building trust with clients in search of a fresh look.
Where: QueenStylista's Mane Artistry, 55 W. Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore
Owner Aundrea Watkins’ experience in natural hair care helped her create a loyal client base when she opened Salon A’Marie in 2020. The hair-brow-lash studio in Manayunk also sells hair oil, edge tamer and Black Lives Matter merchandise.
Where: Salon A'Marie, 5261 Ridge Avenue
This by-appointment-only studio, which is an Allure Magazine hotspot, is owned by Ursula Augustine, an industry vet whose 25-plus years in the business include stints with Bobbi Brown, François Nars and Aveda. Devoted clients swear by her award-winning brow sculpting, microblading, lash lifts, derma-planing — but especially her signature URS cosmetics line for note-perfect makeup.
Where: Ursula's About Phace Rittenhouse, 1700 Sansom Street
Peter Watts opened his gym in 2003 in the heart of the city’s Latinx community and nurtured an all-are-welcome atmosphere. Today, Watts Fitness Studio serves a very diverse clientele. People here regardless of age or fitness level are encouraged to participate in a variety of classes, including Zumba, cardio kickboxing and belly dancing, as well as personal-training sessions.
Where: Watts Fitness Studio, 2712 N. 5th Street
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A roundup of Black-owned cafes, coffee shops and eateries...