Black-Owned Businesses in Syracuse

Shop Equitably  

A PTK Project


Over the summer, our Phi Theta Kappa honor society leadership team conducted academic research, working to better understand racial inequality in our community.  Through that research we found that racial inequality is a multi-faceted issue that takes on many forms and infiltrates many aspects of our society, from socio-economic inequality, to residential segregation, to formal and informal discrimination. 

The Mission

It's simple: we wanted to affect positive socio-economic change in our community. We believe all effective work starts right in our communities with our neighbors. 

This project, influenced by our research, can help with that goal. 

Quick Facts 

This project includes:

  • 21 Black-owned businesses
  • Involves a variety of industries
  • All based out of CNY & Syracuse

Infinite Design

Owner Desiree Goodwin specializes in hair and beauty. Find her on Facebook at Infinite Design Hair and Beauty and at @infinitedesignusa on Instagram. 

Asia's Lash & Brow Studio

Owner Asia Matthews specializes in eyebrow care, microblading, and lash extensions. Find her on Facebook at Asia's Lash and Brow studio and at @browboss315 on Instagram. 

Juice & Berries Hair Care

Owner Venette Miller sells hair care products. Find her on social media at @juiceandberries_haircare.

Cuse Curlfriend 

Owner Shakera Kemp specializes in not only doing clients' hair, but also teaching them how to properly take care of their curly hair. Find her on social media at @thecusecurlfriend. 

Fresh Spa Lounge

Owner Mila and her team provide manicures, pedicures, and deluxe spa services. Find them on Facebook at Fresh Spa Lounge. 


This spa focuses on body wraps, facials, massage and more. The best way to contact the business is with a call to (315) 424-3772.

Nai's Naturals

You'll find handmade body care products like bath salts, body butters, and more on this site. Order directly their or look it up on social @nais_naturals_.

Love Line Jewelry and Designs

Owner Erica Turner specializes in creating beaded jewelry. She's on Facebook as Love Line Jewelry and Designs and Instagram at @lovelinejewelry.

Sweet Karma Candles 

Owner Janay makes candles that focus on bringing relaxation and balancing your energy. You can also find them on social media at @sweetkarmacandles.

Sweet Karma Candles is currently offering free shipping to OCC students & staff with the code OCC2020


Owner Tenekqua Cauthen creates original jewelry that she sells on Etsy. You can also find the line at @ethchiq on Instagram. 

Habiba's Ethiopian Kitchen

Get your fix of Ethiopian cuisine at this restaurant on 656 North Salina St. Find them on social media at @habibasehiopiankitchen. Please note: Habiba's is still currently closed due to COVID-related difficulties. 

Taste of Africa

Ullys Mouity's restaurant serves up Central and Eastern African food to Central New Yorkers. They are on Facebook - just type in their name. 

Chi'Soul Food

Owner Rayshell Burke makes soul food with an Asian twist. With a changing menu, you'll always have something new to try. Find it on social by typing in the name. 

Crave Dessert Studio

Tykemia Carman is one of the premier chocolatiers in CNY. Scoop up her delicious confections or check her out at @cravedessertstudio. 

Sista Sweets NY

A bakery with cause, a portion of the profits benefit biliary atresia awareness and research. Check them out on Instagram, @sistasweetny.

Blend Theory

Owner Shakela Freeman's goal is to improve the lives of community members through yoga and healthy eating choices. You can also check it out on Facebook as Blend Theory and Instagram @blendtheory.

Cafe Sankofa

Focused on the value of community, Cafe Sankofa seeks to provide the Southside of Syracuse with healthy food and community spaces. They are also on social media @cafesankofacoop.

210 Teas

This loose-leaf tea company offers a variety of tea blends. Find it on social media @210teas.

Champions Martial Arts

Owner Carlos Tearney offers martial arts classes to both children and adults. You can also find them on Facebook by searching the name. 

Breathe with Reiki

Owner Dee Brooks focuses on healing the body and mind with this personal wellness practice. You can find it on social @breathewithreiki.

Good Vibes Only Clothing

Owner Steven Thompson's original clothing line and designs are all about having chill casual wear and a good time. You can also find this brand on Twitter @GVOclothing. 

Regal Athletics

Designed to help you work out at your best. You can also find this brand on social media @regalathletics. 

In My Image 

Children's clothing designed with the intent to inspire imagination and representation for children of color. You can also find this brand on social media @imichildrensboutique.

Interior Design

Right Price Companies

This company focuses on furnishing the private and public sector, specifically in government, education, and healthcare settings. Find them on Facebook @rightpriceco.

Marketing & PR

La'Tonia Mertica Communications & Creatives Specialist

Run by La'Tonia Mertica Sheppard Walker, this business offers photography, videography, and written services. Her goal is to empower small businesses. Find it on Facebook @communicationoptimists.

Book Keeping 

VIP Fiscal Services LLC, MWBE

Owner & CEO Jackieleen Verdejo provides assistance with Quickbooks, data organization, financial management consulting, and more. 


Urban CNY

This award-winning news website is proudly Black-owned.