Whether you’re looking for something that is good for and feels good on your skin or you’re looking for something sweet to eat or a t-shirt with a message, I got you covered! Today we celebrated our ancestors being free(-ish), and we also celebrate what we have managed to build since then. In 2020, I featured three Black-owned businesses (click here) and I’m honored to feature three more this year! Scroll down to learn more about these three businesses and the faces behind them, and make sure to place your orders!

Luxe Body Bar

1. What’s the name of your business? What services do you offer?

The name of my business is Luxe Body Bar and we specialize in handmade soaps and personal care products.

2. What was the inspiration behind creating your business?

My daughter’s struggles with eczema and having scars because of it inspired me to start creating products that were all natural to cater to her skin’s needs.

Sabrina Hall, owner of Luxe Body Bar

3. What’s been your proudest moment as a business owner?

My proudest moment as a business owner was when a customer said my products helped them feel better and more confident about their skin. Their increase in confidence has motivated them to cut back on wearing so much makeup to hide their true beauty.

4. What has been your biggest challenge as a business owner?

My biggest challenge has been expanding my audience beyond social media. I have recently been exploring local vending opportunities to become more known in my community.

5. What are you looking forward to the most in the future of your business?

I am looking forward to the many other all natural products that are to come as well as one day having my own physical store where people can come shop and interact with me.

6. What does it mean to you to be a black business owner?

I take pride in being a black business owner. Black businesses have a tendency to get a bad rap because of various reasons. I try extra hard to be more than just a black business but to be a successful business that has a rap for being professional, timely, and delivers the expectation of my customers. I try my best to consistently deliver a quality product and customer service so people will want to come back for more. I want nothing but the best for my customers as well as my black community and I believe we can go beyond the expectations of the nay sayers.

7. How do we reach you?

www.shopluxebodybar.com

IG: @luxe.bodybar

Facebook: @luxebodybar1

Nick’s Sweet Treats

1. What’s the name of your business? What services do you offer?

Nick’s Sweet Treats is located in Daytona Beach, FL but I do ship! My specialties are sweet potato pies and pound cakes and we make so much more including bundt cakes, pineapple upside down cakes, peach cobbler pound cake, vanilla cream cheese pound cake, sour cream pound cake, lemon pound cake, and red velvet cake.

2. What was the inspiration behind creating your business?

Nick’s Sweet Treats started when I had a craving for a sweet potato pie. I asked my mom and mother-in-law and a coworker, if they knew how to make one and they didn’t so I made a trip to the store and asked God to tell me what should go in a sweet potato pie and it was like I was being led on every aisle to pick every ingredient. That was in 2014 and to this day, I use that same recipe to make my pies. My biggest inspirations are my grandmother Shelly Booker and my great aunts Virginia Booker and Genetta Jones. They allowed me to shadow them in the kitchen at an early age. They let me sift the flour and measure the milk for their cakes. They played a big part in teaching me and grooming me to be the baker that I am.

Nicholas Ackron, owner of Nick’s Sweet Treats

3. What’s been your proudest moment as a business owner?

My business has allowed me to connect with people I could not have dreamed of. I had the opportunity to work with the mayor of Daytona Beach. I have also had the opportunity to share my pies with musical artists such as The Slide Brothers, Zakk Wylde, and PJ Morton.

4. What has been your biggest challenge as a business owner?

My biggest challenge as a business owner is inflation. As the cost of everything goes up, I have to increase my prices. Shipping is also a challenge because sometimes postal workers and other carriers are not cautious about what they’re handling.

5. What are you looking forward to the most in the future of your business?

I’m looking forward to getting back into supplying my products in different restaurants and stores to make sure that everyone has a chance to taste the treats from Nick’s Sweet Treats. My motto is “we’re serving love one slice at a time” so I want to continue spreading joy and love and resurrecting the memories of that homecooked sweet treat that grandma and granddad used to make.

6. What does it mean to you to be a black business owner?

It means a lot because I come from a family of entrepreneurs. My grandfather, Johnny Booker, owned a construction company with, I believe, an elementary school education. It means a lot to stand on his shoulder, a man who was determined to make a better life for his kids and grandkids.

7. How do we reach you?

Facebook: @Nick’sSweetTreats

TikTok: @nickssweettreats

Be. Apparel Brand

1. What’s the name of your business? What services do you offer?

The name of my business is Be. Apparel Brand and we offer dope streetwear/casual apparel that is designed to remind, empower, and mobilize this generation to be exactly who they were created to Be PERIOD lol

2. What was the inspiration behind creating your business?

I think that one of the biggest issues with people, especially in our community, is that we have no clue as to who we are. We don’t really understand that we literally breath God’s breath, we were created to be just like Him. To share in His power. We were chosen to be ROYALTY. Soooooooooo much of what we see happening with our young people, mass killings, violent crimes, drug dealing and use, sexual promiscuity and so much more would change if they knew who they were. So the inspiration was to give them that message but to package it in a way that they can rock with. Everyone loves tees, right? Everyone likes to look dope. When you put the message of IDENTITY on a t-shirt it hits different, and also sparks conversation. I wanted people to wear Be. and whenever they put it on to know that they were not created to be less than, or even average, but because of who they are and WHOSE they are, they were created to be legendary. I pray that I’m inspiring them to be just who they are and wear it well.

Tamika Murphy, owner of Be. Apparel Brand

3. What’s been your proudest moment as a business owner?

The proudest moment was when a customer reached out in the store chat, and at that time we were selling the Be. Bold tee for women with Proverbs 28:1 on it. She said she was just looking around and when she saw that tee she started to cry because she’d asked God earlier that day for a sign that she was being called to ministry. She said she saw that tee and knew God was speaking to her. To know that what I was blessed to create truly inspired her to know her call and purpose has been the thing that has kept me on this journey even when times are rough.

4. What has been your biggest challenge as a business owner?

I think, well I don’t think I KNOW the biggest challenge has been marketing. With so many changes in ads, IOS updates impacting Facebook and Instagram ad reach, social media, etc., trying to get the brand greater exposure in a super digital world has been my greatest challenge. I am constantly trying to find dope ways to create content for the brand while remaining authentic to the brand message and my core beliefs. I’m grateful that I’m starting to see the light there. 

5. What are you looking forward to the most in the future of your business?

I’m looking forward to seeing the manifestation of what I know God is going to do and that is to make Be. a brand with great reach, known for bending culture TO faith and not the other way around and impacting people in ways that go so far beyond clothes.

6. What does it mean to you to be a black business owner?

It means A LOT. When I consider that not only am I Black but I am a woman, I cannot help but think about those that couldn’t do what I’m doing or those that could do it but didn’t realize that they could. I also think about those that inspired me to push past seeking to excel in corporate, towards creating something that was mine. It means to me that I can now inspire someone else to do it because I have become the manifestation of what so many before me could only dream of. It means I have a responsibility to operate in excellence and to honor every black woman and every black man that did the heavy lifting so I can not only dream but manifest and that for me is EVERYTHING. It’s legacy.

7. How do we reach you?

www.beapparelbrand.com

Facebook: @BeApparelBrand

Instagram: @BeApparelBrand