A List of Black-Owned Businesses to Support in Montclair + Bloomfield

Small businesses are crucial to economic growth in the United States. Not to mention, they are live dreams for the business owners running them. Over the past year, light has been shed across the nation on our need for small business success and more specifically the need for Black-owned small business growth and operation. Montclair + Bloomfield are home to so many amazing Black-owned small businesses covering industries from food to self-care — that of course we had to share. Read on for a list of these Black-owned businesses in Montclair and Bloomfield to support today and every day.  

Disclaimer: Know of a business to add to this list? It’s growing — so please email hello@themontclairgirl.com to add.

Montclair

Ahava Felicidad Hair and Body {4 Midland Avenue} 

Moving from chemical processed hair to a natural look is an intense and sometimes exhausting journey. Ahava Felicidad Hair and Body is here to help with that transition. The team knows the correct protective styles, trim schedules, products, and more to help with this process. Come in for a visit or just check out the product offerings for more insight.

Café Moso {307 Orange Road}

Café Moso

When hearing the word “café,” thoughts of small pastries and coffee usually come to mind. Café Moso is way more than that. Open for three meals a day with intricate dishes such as Shishido tempura, lamb burgers, shaved catfish fry, and dry-rubbed ribs, there are so many things to do. During the winter months, this eatery is open Tuesday through Saturday with both indoor and heated outdoor seating. 

Caribbean Touch {318 Orange Road}

Caribbean Touch

A trip to the actual Caribbean may be put on hold for now, but the taste of the islands is not far away. Caribbean Touch is a classic in the area and a go-to spot for the best in cuisine from our tropical neighbors. Options to outdoor dining are available, however, most customers choose to enjoy the meals via takeout service.

Coffee and Cornbread {38 Upper Montclair Plaza}

Coffee and Cornbread

When owners Monique and Monica started the business, they had one simple mission in mind — to serve the community “simple delicious eats everyone can enjoy.” Old school comfort food with a sustainable and even for some a plant-based flair is what can be found on the menu. Staples such as chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, and pancakes are available as well as unique items such as Mo’s chicken wings and a vegan hash. Coffee and Cornbread can be enjoyed in person with online ordering available. It can also be enjoyed at home with delivery through Doordash. 

Crockett’s Fish Fry {162 Bloomfield Avenue}

There truly is nothing like fried food. Add it with classic soul-food favorites on the side and there are bound to be happy eaters. Crockett’s Fish Fry takes all the best seafood from tilapia to whitings — and fries them up to perfection. While the menu may be simple, the taste is anything but. 

Dem Two Hands {61 N. Fullerton Avenue} 

Talent passed through generations makes for a quality and loving product. That is exactly what Marion Lake, owner of Dem Two Hands offers. Beyond her line of sweaters, coats, tops, dresses, pants, and more, Lake likes to interact with her customers via virtual fashion shows every Friday. Since the start of the pandemic, Dem Two Hands has expanded its products to include accessories and masks. 

deVine Plantery {28 S Fullerton Avenue}

deVINE Plantery

From what started off as an online store to a brick and mortar in Montclair, deVine Plantery has had quite the success in the last year. deVine Plantery provides beautiful and unique houseplants, as well as, plant accessories like plant misters, ceramic pots, fertilizer, and more. A few of their best-sellers are pothos, snake plants, and philodendron.

DLV Lounge { 300 Bloomfield Avenue}

Take a night out to enjoy a few drinks with live Jazz at DLV. A family-owned business that offers a great atmosphere and a friendly staff. DLV has a vibe of its own, a charm that like no other. They have been able to call Montclair home for about 50 years.

Dr. Barnes and Carter {319 Orange Road} 

Dr. Barnes and Carter handle all things eyes. The testimonials on the website speak for themselves and really showcase the mission behind the work. Both Barnes and Carter strive to offer the best in eye care and the most extensive list of services. During COVID, all proper precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of patients and staff. 

Heratij {30 S Fullerton Avenue} 

Heratij

The amount of time spent outdoors has increased over the last year with the pandemic. During the colder months or for new outdoor adventures any time of the year, Heratij has all that is needed for these new hobbies and activities. Owners Christopher and Alexander worked together years ago and never imagined Heratij would be the success it is today. 

Image Dermatology {51 Park Street} 

Image Dermatology

Dr. Jeanine Brown is not only a businesswoman with her own practice, but she is also nationally recognized by numerous media outlets. She holds a dermatology license in New York, New Jersey, and California, as well as degrees from Tufts University, American University, and SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn. She is also heavily involved with leading organizations such as The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, The American Academy of Dermatology, The Women’s Dermatologic Society, and The Skin Cancer Foundation. Needless to say, she is the woman for all skincare needs. 

Read More: A List of Women-Owned Businesses to Support in Montclair

Johanna Howard Home {15 Gardiner Place} 

Johanna Howard Home

The origin of this home and design brand hails all the way from Sweden. As a young girl, Johanna Howard found her love for handwork and crafting by watching her mother create Scandanavian clothing designs. After schooling in the states, she took her love of design over to the home industry. Her store now houses handcrafted pillows, throws, candles, and more. 

Johari {76 Church Street} 

Fittings for bras, lingerie, and swimsuits can be a unique experience, to say the least. Johair has been working for over 20 years to make this shopping trip one that is empowering and exciting for women. For anyone looking for top-quality undergarments or a boost of confidence in clothes, check out this local establishment. 

Jefferson Café {88 Maple Avenue}

Soul food nourishes the mind and the body. At Jefferson Café, you can feel the love that goes into the meals served here. The atmosphere is just as cozy as the dishes with a more laid-back style that is reminiscent of the south. Jefferson Café menu offers a range from burgers to catfish and biscuits to omelets.

Kika Stretch Studios {255 Bellevue Avenue}

Kika Stretch Studios

Having a body free of stress and pain sounds like the most perfect thing. Kika Stretch Studios is here for just that. Stretching sessions can improve flexibility and posture, enhance energy and mental clarity, and provide for a better feeling body overall. Memberships are available as well as flexible pricing options. 

Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant {515 Bloomfield Avenue}

Mesob Ethiopian

It can sometimes be difficult to find a restaurant that offers authentic cuisine, that is delicious and will please both vegans and non-vegans alike. That is until you’ve tried Mesob. With only the finest quality in meats, seafood, vegetables, and more, this eatery serves up Ethiopian favorites. Dishes from this country are known for the flavor and spice, an element Mesob takes seriously and included in every menu item.

Mind Your Beads + Seeds {147 D Valley Road}

mind your beads and seeds montclair

Mind Your Beads and Seeds is a plant and jewelry gift garden that specializes in potted plants and succulents, gift items like crystals and soaps, and of course — beads.

Montclair Brewery {101 Walnut Street}

Montclair Brewery

Leo and Denise are not just husband and wife, they are co-owners of Montclair Brewery, a business that started as an at-home passion project. For over 13 years, Leo was brewing batches of beer in his home for gifts. The duo formally established their business in 2014 and then moved this endeavor out of their home and into the microbrewery and tasting room space in 2018. Visit the brewery in person, opt for curbside pick-up, or grab some friends for a virtual tasting event. 

Montclair Diner {613 Valley Road}

Montclair Diner

New Jersey and diners are already a match made in heaven. Enter owner Eliot Mosby and Chef Gus Moya, a duo even better than the one formerly mentioned. These two are known on the local food scene and bring expertise from their previous work with other diners in the area. The Montclair Diner was taken over by Mosby in 2019 and has been thriving ever since. Old favorites stayed on the menu while new creations have found their way into the hearts of old and new customers alike. This diner shot to fame when Mosby took his “Whoopi Waffle” creation on ‘The View’ to celebrate Whoppi Goldberg’s birthday. 

Montclair Learning Center {360 Bloomfield Avenue}

Montclair Learning Center 

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies are crucial to children’s grades K-8. The Montclair Learning Center is a small independent firm specializing in these courses. Executive Director Christiane Agkpo is a mom of 4 herself who wanted to provide affordable and quality education to children. She is doing just that. Outside of courses, the MLC hosts birthday parties and games for kids. 

Montclair Flowers and Gifts {324 Orange Road} 

Montclair Flowers and Gifts

Flowers are a token of love for any occasion from birthdays to sympathy. Show your love to friends, family, co-workers, significant others, and more with a beautiful bouquet from Montclair Flowers and Gifts. In addition to putting a smile on your loved one’s face, Montclair Flowers and Gifts is committed to helping local florists and making a difference in the business.

Montclair Pediatric Dental {31 Valley Road} 

Montclair Pediatric Dental

Oral health for children is extremely important as it is often linked to other health issues if not made a top priority. At Montclair Pediatric Dental, Dr. Tyra Manso has made her practice prevention-focused. Each patient receives a custom dental plan to ensure a healthy smile. Parents, this is an office that is very kid-friendly and aims to have them running in for check-ups. 

Mr. Killion Men’s Clothing {182 Glenridge Avenue} 

Finding a quality men’s suit and a great shopping experience can sometimes be tough. Not when in Montclair. Mr. Killion’s Clothing is offering both in the store. Each season Mr. Killion is sure to have the top styles for that time of year. Suits, hats, shoes, and even a really cute dog {check Instagram for photos} make this a must-stop shop. 

Polished-Montclair {190A Bloomfield Avenue}

Staying polished {pun-intended} is important even during a pandemic. Being sure the salon offers great service while ensuring safety for its customers is even more important. Enter Polished, a nail studio in Montclair that checks all the boxes.  Owners Marilyn and Michael have created a relaxing atmosphere and quality service. There is an extensive list of services available including standard manicure and pedicure, gel polish, SNS powder, ombre design, and more. 

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Rose and Co. Candle Makers {Online}

Rose and Co. 

The saying goes that “the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.” In this case, this is completely correct. Rose, daughter of Johanna Howard Home is running a successful handcrafted business just like her parents. At just 13 years old, Rose is creating sweet-smelling scents that are eco-friendly and dye-free. Beyond being good for the environment and easy on those living with allergies, a portion of proceeds from Rose and Co. candles supports charities championing girls’ education. 

Saveur Creole {131 Grove Street}

Saveur Creole

Sharing food is sharing culture. That is exactly what is happening daily at Saveur Creole, a modern-day restaurant serving the best in this style of Caribbean cooking. Dishes that would be expected to be on a creole menu such as chicken etouffee are present as well as dishes for vegan diners such as a Haitian legume. Options for enjoying this food are plentiful. Saveur Creole is offering indoor dining via reservation, catering options, curbside pick up, and UberEats.

Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts {14 S Park Street} 

Sharron Miller’s Academy

For owner Sharon Miller, dance is the most compelling form of art. She shares her expertise, discipline, and leadership with her students at her namesake studio daily. In addition to dance classes and performing arts programming, the studio is available for parties and rentals. 

Sofistafunk The Skirt Co. {312 Orange Road} 

Sofistafunk

When looking to make a fashion statement, Sofistafunk is the place to go. Here at Sofistafunk, our respect for the voluminous Skirt is unwavering and designed as a reminder that we are empowered to do great things as we offer of ourselves to empower another,” says owner Arlinda. The wide hooped skirts have outfitted the everyday woman and celebrities alike. 

Stellar Smile Center {39 The Crescent}

Stellar Smile Center 

Dr. Jackson is a Jersey girl through and through so it only made sense she open her practice in Montclair. After graduating from NJIT and UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School she completed her residency at JFK Medical Center in Edison. Her lists of services include preventative and general care, cosmetic procedures, and restorative services.  

Styled Blu {Online} 

Styled Blu

Events are created to make lasting memories. Owner Stephanie Volpe aims to do just that with her event planning business Styled Blu. Her catalog contains event planning for nonprofits, corporations, private events, and more. In addition to crafting events, Volpe also styles and sells home products. 

Swoon Montclair {Online} 

Swoon Montclair

International inspiration will add a unique flair to any room or setting, Swoon, an online furnishing boutique featuring the textiles of Rhadi Living and The Koko Company is bringing that excitement to the designs. The business has partnerships with artisans in India, Turkey, Nepal, Peru, and Guatemala to produce handcrafted goods such as jewelry, rugs, throw blankets, and pillows. 

The Glass Touch Interiors {Online} 

The Glass Touch Interiors

In the world of Pinterest and Instagram, craving a home that is picture-perfect is a dream for many. Making it a reality can be the tricky part. That is where Britney, owner, and designer behind The Glass Touch Interiors comes into play. From creating office space that will make any business person feel like a boss to making an oasis out of a bedroom, she is the go-to for luxury interior needs. 

Velvet Lush Boutique {123 Walnut Street} 

Velvet Lush Boutique

Cozy and stylish sets seem to be a fashion trend that is here to stay. Velvet Lush Boutique is fulfilling our love for this look with the neutral and stylish pieces. Beyond fashionable loungewear, Velvet Lush offers the latest in shoes, accessories, day and evening looks. 

Wyanoke Builders {7 Oak Place} 

Having construction work happening either at work or at home can be bothersome at times. Luckily, Wyanoke specializes in taking the headache out of pesky reconstruction work. With focuses on commercial, residential, and millwork, the professionals at Wyanoke are skilled in every area possible and allow for a seamless process. Follow along on Instagram for aesthetically pleasing projects sure to convince followers work is needed in the space.

Bloomfield

Add Pilates {239 Glenwood Avenue} 

Owner Tracy Kelly was interested in fitness well before her start in the world of Pilates. Growing up, Kelly competed in track and field. Long after she hung up her cleats and worked in the fashion industry, it was a life-changing diagnosis that introduced her to Pilates. Now, Kelly’s passion is a lifestyle for her as the owner of Add Pilates, a studio where she teaches courses and shares her desire to help new mothers, particularly those dealing with postpartum issues.  

Cheesecakes by Jacinda {Food Delivery Service} 

Cheesecakes on their own are a decadent and gourmet dessert. Add in Jacinda’s flair and it’s even more special. Cookies, cannolis, Oreos, and more are added to these special treats. These desserts are available in full-size cheesecakes, mini cheesecakes, and individually wrapped sizes. Contact Jacinda via email to place an order at cheesecakesbyjacinda@gmail.com

Ikuzi Dolls {Online Shop} 

Ikuzi Dolls

Growing up, founder and mastermind behind Ikuzi Dolls Ozi only had one Black doll and it did not resemble her. Fast forward to motherhood and she was still having a tough time finding dolls that reflected the variety of skin tones of her and her daughters. She took matters into her own hands and Ikuzi Dolls was born. Now, finding dolls with a wide variety of skin tones, hair textures, and more is made easy.

In the Company of Yum {Pop-Up Shop} 

Calling all pie lovers. In the Company of Yum is the spot for all your greatest pie needs. The menu consists of a variety of pies including savory, sweet, and keto options. Traditional flavors such as apple and berry are available as well as more unique flavors like mocha creme and peanut butter chocolate. 

Kreme & Krumbs {162 Glenwood Avenue}

Kreme & Krumbs

Ice cream is already a crowd favorite, add in premium dairy, seasonal ingredients, fine vanilla, and quality chocolate, you have perfection. During the open season, Kreme and Krumbs have weekly flavors to ensure freshness and fun. Kick it up a notch with a “kremewhich,” the shop’s take on an ice cream sandwich that combines both cake and ice cream. 

Lovelee Art Studios {112 Broad Street} 

Owner Lovelee Tang had dubbed herself a #MommaonaMission. She is taking her passion for mixed media arts (think paints and recycled materials) and the performing arts to empower children. Lovelee Art Studios is offering classes and programming virtually including an after-school enrichment program and a preschool art club.  

Pure Love Pies {1042 Broad Street} 

Pure Love Pies

A mother’s love never goes away. Mother Barnes love can still be felt via Pure Love Pies created by her children. Both savory and sweets can be found at this eatery. From spinach quiche to bean pies and butternut squash pie to red velvet cake, the menu is extensive without being overwhelming. 

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Jordan and Joelle have ties to Montclair starting even before they were born. Both of their parents are graduates of Montclair State University and they knew they would be back at some point in life. Originally hailing from down the shore in Hazlet, NJ, they are true Jersey girls at heart. Outside of their 9-5 as senior publishers in NYC, the twins can be found baking cookies, reading the latest books, or walking their yorkie-poo Chica. Like many 20-somethings, Jordan and Joelle are balling on a budget and know how to score the best deals around town!