7 black-owned Birmingham businesses you should support

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Bham Now supports local black-owned businesses including, Fat Charles BBQ. Photo via Fat Charles BBQ’s instagram

Did you know that August is National Black-Owned Business Month? Since we love supporting local businesses, we highlighted seven of our fav black-owned businesses in The Magic City! 


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1. Bridge + Root

If you’re a man looking to give your wardrobe an edgy, energetic makeover, then Bridge + Root is the spot for you. This new boutique in Mercantile on Morris is the exclusive seller of Tens Sunglasses—pick up a pair to look stylish!

  • Location: 2212 Morris Ave Suite #200, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Hours: Mon-Sat 10AM-5PM, Sun 12-5PM
  • Facebook | Instagram | Website

2. Yo Mama’s

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Check them out on Netflix’s show Fresh, Fried and Crispy. Photo via Yo Mama’s Facebook.

Yo Mama’s was established in 2014 and has quickly become a Birmingham staple. Menu items include:

  • Shrimp & grits
  • Chicken & Waffles
  • BBQ Cheeseburgers
  • And more.

I highly recommend their homemade tropical splash lemonade.

  • Location: 2328 2nd Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 10:30AM-2:30PM, Sat-Sun closed
  • Facebook | Instagram | Website

3. Cassanova Bar & Lounge

This bar and lounge was recently opened by former Auburn and NFL football player, Cassanova Mckinzy. It is the perfect setup for all your Instagram needs from their pink rose wall and swing to the neon signs.

  • Location: 2312 1st Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Hours: Tues-Thurs 5PM-12AM, Fri-Sat 5PM-2AM, Sun 12-10PM, Mon closed
  • Instagram

4. Life Touch Massage

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Relief is only a touch away. Photo via Life Touch Massage, LLC

Long day of work? Relieve the stress and relax with a massage from Life Touch.

Services include:

  • Swedish/deep tissue massage
  • Cupping
  • Warm stone massage
  • And more

Have you tried their new Infrared Suana service? AH-MAY-ZING!

  • Location: 1223 2nd Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 8AM-8PM, Sat 8AM-3PM, Sun closed
  • Facebook | Instagram | Website

5. K&J Elegant Pastries

Alabaster-based bakery, K&J Elegant Pastries serves delicious desserts that will definitely have you drooling. They have cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, cookies—you name it!

Make all your special event dreams come true with their custom cakes.

  • Location: 236 1st Street South #300, Alabaster, AL 35007
  • Hours: Tues-Sat 10AM-6PM, Sun-Mon closed
  • Facebook | Instagram | Website

6. Ursula Smith Dance Co.

Mastercard North America CEO Linda Kirkpatrick supports black-owned businesses like Ursula Smith Dance Co. Photo via Libby Foster for Bham Now
Did you know that Ursula Smith Dance Company has a partnership with Mastercard? Photo via Libby Foster for Bham Now

Ursula Smith Dance Company empowers people of all ages through creative dance.

Not only are the dance classes empowering, but the studio is in the historic A.G. Gaston Building—a fact that could bring you to tears. 

  • Location: 424 16th Street North, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 4-9PM, Sat 9AM-1PM, Sun closed
  • Facebook | Instagram | Website

7. Fat Charles BBQ

This new Birmingham food truck whips up more than just barbecue. They are known for their flavorful original and birria tacos. Taco style include:

  • Grilled shrimp
  • Smoked brisket
  • Grilled chicken

Check their Facebook and Instagram to see where they will be located.

Which local black-owned business did we miss? Tag us @bhamnow and let us know.

Tira Davis
Tira Davis
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