Black-Owned Cincinnati Restaurants and Shops to Support

From bakeries, barbecue and burger spots to boutiques boasting clothing, plants and candles, show your support for black members of the community by shopping, dining and sipping at these Cincinnati businesses. This is obviously not a comprehensive list. In May, Cincinnati City Council member Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney also launched a new initiative: #CincyBuyBlackThursdays, asking locals to support black-owned businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19. Kearney relaunched an online directory of black-owned Cincinnati businesses. "We all must work together so that we not only survive, but thrive,” she said. Businesses currently listed include professional services, childcare, therapists, beauty salons, photographers, law firms, bakeries, boutiques and more. You can ask to have your name, contact info, website and description listed in the directory at no charge.

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Photo: Liz Davis


Photo: Liz Davis

Maize OTR
1438 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Maize specializes in a unique fusion menu that honors traditional recipes from across Latin America, with an emphasis on Venezuelan cuisine. The menu is colorful and varied, with dishes from across the region that complement one another while retaining their traditional roots — such as Peruvian ceviche, Mexican street corn and Venezuelan cachapas and asado negro.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Maize OTR

1438 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Maize specializes in a unique fusion menu that honors traditional recipes from across Latin America, with an emphasis on Venezuelan cuisine. The menu is colorful and varied, with dishes from across the region that complement one another while retaining their traditional roots — such as Peruvian ceviche, Mexican street corn and Venezuelan cachapas and asado negro.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Ollie’s Trolley
1607 Central Ave., Over-the-Rhine
Located in a bright yellow and red trolley car, Ollie’s Trolley is a soul food staple in the Cincinnati area. Ollie's serves a variety of smoked pork, including ribs, rib tips and pulled pork, plus plenty of sides, like collard greens, buttered corn and potato salad. 
Photo: Jesse Fox

Ollie’s Trolley

1607 Central Ave., Over-the-Rhine
Located in a bright yellow and red trolley car, Ollie’s Trolley is a soul food staple in the Cincinnati area. Ollie's serves a variety of smoked pork, including ribs, rib tips and pulled pork, plus plenty of sides, like collard greens, buttered corn and potato salad.
Photo: Jesse Fox
Sunny Blu Coffee House
2869 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington
Sunny Blu’s name comes from one of the owners’ grandfather's, Sonny, who would say “a great cup of coffee, good music and love are key ingredients to being a cornerstone in the family.” Sunny Blu is dedicated to community building, hoping to offer a meeting place for community members and serving them high-quality coffee. Guests can also dine on sandwiches, bagels and speciality donuts.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Sunny Blu Coffee House

2869 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington
Sunny Blu’s name comes from one of the owners’ grandfather's, Sonny, who would say “a great cup of coffee, good music and love are key ingredients to being a cornerstone in the family.” Sunny Blu is dedicated to community building, hoping to offer a meeting place for community members and serving them high-quality coffee. Guests can also dine on sandwiches, bagels and speciality donuts.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
GO(O)D Co. Apparel
1323 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
This clothing and accessories company wants "individuals to wear who you are and live what you believe."
Photo via Facebook.com/goodcoapparel

GO(O)D Co. Apparel

1323 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
This clothing and accessories company wants "individuals to wear who you are and live what you believe."
Photo via Facebook.com/goodcoapparel
Sugar
6 W. 14th St., Over-the-Rhine
Andrea Sutton Lee turned her baking hobby into a business by opening Sugar in January of 2016, recently opening a storefront in OTR. Sugar offers a wide variety of sweet treats, ranging from Oreo chocolate chip cookies and cookie sandwiches to brownies and “Sugar Fix Jars,” basically a jar full of layered cake and icing — plus cookie pies and pound cake. And they can all be delivered to your door. They also offer monthly subscription “Sugar Fix” boxes that are overflowing with delectable sweets.Photo via Facebook.com/Sugar513

Sugar

6 W. 14th St., Over-the-Rhine
Andrea Sutton Lee turned her baking hobby into a business by opening Sugar in January of 2016, recently opening a storefront in OTR. Sugar offers a wide variety of sweet treats, ranging from Oreo chocolate chip cookies and cookie sandwiches to brownies and “Sugar Fix Jars,” basically a jar full of layered cake and icing — plus cookie pies and pound cake. And they can all be delivered to your door. They also offer monthly subscription “Sugar Fix” boxes that are overflowing with delectable sweets.
Photo via Facebook.com/Sugar513
Goodies BBQ
7440 Hamilton Ave., Mount Healthy
Goodies knows their pork butt — pit-smoked slowly ’til the fat has completely dissolved and a crunchy, caramelized crust has formed on the outside. Lip-smackin’ rib tips and Buffalo wings are complemented by standard Southern sides of collard greens, red beans and rice or mac and cheese. For those not tempted by the sauce, there’s the fish sandwich or fried okra. Peach cobbler and sweet potato and chess pies are available. Photo via Facebook.com/GoodiesBarbeque

Goodies BBQ

7440 Hamilton Ave., Mount Healthy
Goodies knows their pork butt — pit-smoked slowly ’til the fat has completely dissolved and a crunchy, caramelized crust has formed on the outside. Lip-smackin’ rib tips and Buffalo wings are complemented by standard Southern sides of collard greens, red beans and rice or mac and cheese. For those not tempted by the sauce, there’s the fish sandwich or fried okra. Peach cobbler and sweet potato and chess pies are available.
Photo via Facebook.com/GoodiesBarbeque
Just Q'in
975 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
Owned by Matt Cuff, Walnut Hills barbecue joint Just Q’in is “committed to the mission of Faith, Love and BBQ,” and offers their smoked brisket, ribs, chicken and more coupled with classic barbecue sides. 
Photo: Lindsay McCarty

Just Q'in

975 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
Owned by Matt Cuff, Walnut Hills barbecue joint Just Q’in is “committed to the mission of Faith, Love and BBQ,” and offers their smoked brisket, ribs, chicken and more coupled with classic barbecue sides.
Photo: Lindsay McCarty
Originalitees
2809 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills
Originalitees offers community pride apparel for state, city and neighborhood communities. The shop offers everything from shirts to socks and even sells face masks. Its original designs are both fashionable and affordable.
Photo via Facebook.com/OriginaliTees

Originalitees

2809 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills
Originalitees offers community pride apparel for state, city and neighborhood communities. The shop offers everything from shirts to socks and even sells face masks. Its original designs are both fashionable and affordable.
Photo via Facebook.com/OriginaliTees
Triple J’s BBQ
2343 E. Sharon Road, Sharonville
Triple J’s BBQ dishes out soul food specialties from their food truck all around Cincinnati. The menu offers a variety of smoked meats from barbecue chicken and smoked wings to holiday specials like a whole smoked turkey or spiral ham. 
Photo via Facebook.com/TripleJsCatering

Triple J’s BBQ

2343 E. Sharon Road, Sharonville
Triple J’s BBQ dishes out soul food specialties from their food truck all around Cincinnati. The menu offers a variety of smoked meats from barbecue chicken and smoked wings to holiday specials like a whole smoked turkey or spiral ham.
Photo via Facebook.com/TripleJsCatering