Supporting Black-Owned Businesses in Pittsburgh

Black-owned businesses in Pittsburgh aren't just about fantastic products and services—they’re crucial for fostering economic equality and enriching our communities. Every dollar spent at these businesses contributes to a more equitable distribution of wealth and promotes diversity in the marketplace.

Recognizing the unique challenges these entrepreneurs face, celebrating their successes, and valuing their contributions is essential. Here are a few standout black-owned businesses in the community to support not just on Juneteenth, but every day.


1:11 Juice Bar

Location: South Side

Inspired by a memorable visit to a Boston juice bar in 2018, Bruce "Eric" Thornton, his wife Emily, and cousins Duane and Cindy McNeil founded 1:11 Juice in Pittsburgh. Since its opening on April 1, 2022, 1:11 Juice has become a local favorite with its vibrant atmosphere filled with reggae music, friendly staff, and a delightful array of smoothies, snacks, and cold-pressed juices. Located in SouthSide Works, this juice bar is on a mission to make nutritious and delicious options accessible to everyone.

Cooks Culinary

Location: Homestead

Nolan and Asia Cook founded Cooks Culinary in 2016 with a vision of providing high-quality catering and exceptional service in Pittsburgh. Their mission expanded to address the need for nutritious meals in schools and daycares, leading to the creation of Cooks Culinary Management. Within their first year, they secured seven contracts, becoming a preferred vendor for daycare and K-12 institutions. Known for their homestyle, made-from-scratch meals, Cooks Culinary is dedicated to providing wholesome, delicious food that supports children's development and learning.

Party on Bulter

Location: Lawrenceville

Born from a lifelong passion for celebrations, Party on Butler is the brainchild of an event designer inspired by family traditions of joyous gatherings. Initially operating as Hudson Event Design in New York City, the business was named after the founder's first home by the Hudson River. Now, Party on Butler offers a storefront in Lawrenceville, providing creative and unique party decorations and ideas for any occasion. Committed to helping people celebrate life's moments, the team at Party on Butler delights clients with their innovative and heartfelt approach to event design.


Plants for Skin

Location: Lawrenceville

Founded by Monae Findley in March 2019, Plants for Skin offers affordable, healthy, and vegan skincare products. Inspired by her journey of self-love and healing, Monae includes daily affirmations on each product to promote positivity and self-acceptance. Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, she created this business to provide holistic, nature-based skincare solutions, including products for the entire body and hair. Plants for Skin aims to support women in achieving beautiful skin through minimalistic, nature-inspired ingredients.


Location: Wilkinsburg

Founded in August 2014 by Nisha Blackwell, Knotzland transforms discarded textiles into stylish bowties, dramatically reducing textile waste and its environmental impact. With over 8,422 pounds of fabric rescued so far, the company promotes sustainability by extending the life of existing materials. Knotzland collaborates with local partners like The Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse and the Minnesota and Pittsburgh Operas to source high-quality, reusable fabrics. Their community-centric model produces unique, handmade accessories and provides economic opportunities and skill development for local women.

Chelsea Rae Salon

Location:  East Liberty

Chelsea Rae Salon stands out as a premier multicultural hair salon in Pittsburgh, known for its expertise in naturally curly and textured hair. Located at Indigo Square in the vibrant Eastside, the salon offers personalized cuts, styles, and hair care education tailored to each client's unique needs. With a wide range of styling services and high-quality products, Chelsea Rae Salon ensures customers leave feeling pampered and looking their best. Driven by a strong commitment to customer satisfaction, the salon guarantees quality in all its offerings.

By supporting black-owned businesses, you can make a meaningful impact on your community and contribute to a more just and equitable society. Be sure to explore and support the array of black-owned businesses listed above and throughout the city of Pittsburgh. For more black-owned businesses in Pittsburgh, check out Visit Pittsburgh's list!