Right now we hear a chorus. It chants, “Black lives matter, support Black-owned businesses.” For a lot of us, this means switching purchases from Sephora to The Lip Bar, or from Target to Detroit is the New Black. But support doesn’t have to stop there. It can carry through to every other aspect of our lives. If we analyze our everyday tasks—errands, services—and rethink those to whom we give our money, we can become more conscious consumers. We can invest in the city, the people, and the community. Here are eight successful, Black-owned businesses, dedicated to their customers, that you can make the switch to today.
Fulton Tax was formed in 2017 by father and son, Vince and Vance Fulton. Vince Fulton has been preparing tax returns for over 45 years. When his son graduated from college, the two decided to go into business together. Their combined experience ranges from individual to large business needs and everything in-between. Fulton tax believes in working with clients to understand their needs and mutually work toward correct and efficiently completed tax forms.
Intense Color Studio, founded in 2012, creates unique designs that range from business cards to Snapchat filters to website design. Owner and designer, Sydni Smith, has ten plus years of experience in graphic design. Smith, though based in Detroit, has an online presence that makes it easy to work together and create stunning designs.
Glo Cleaning is a business dedicated to making both living spaces and vehicles “Glo” since 2018. CEO, Ivan C., general manager, DeMarco C., and vice president/director of interior auto detailing, Cameron B. work together to provide every client with excellent customer service and great attention to detail. Glo Cleaning offers vehicle detailing, as well as stain remover treatments, and room cleaning.
Ja’Nye Hampton began Detroit Flower Company in 2018 and it has flourished ever since. She found her passion for flowers while working at Thrifty Florist. As her passion grew, she decided to start her own floral business. Detroit Flower Company creates an incredible opportunity to send heartfelt and vibrant bouquets to friends and family as social distancing continues and social gatherings are canceled and postponed due to the pandemic. Detroit Flower Company provides an order form for floral arrangements for any occasion, as well as a subscription service which includes delivery every first and third Sunday of every month.
Etcetera Assistant, created by Tiffany Nance, has offered financial advice, notary services, administrative support, and more to clients of all sorts for roughly ten years. As we move forward through this pandemic the future can be unsettling, but for Etcetera Assistant this means a greater opportunity to help. Nance mentions her business was not built alone. She, and the rest of the team at Etcetera, look forward to helping others in the same fashion she was helped. She strives to find what suits her clients best.
As weddings are being postponed, birthday celebrations are canceled, and graduations are changed, it can be hard to see the magic that once was at the heart of these events. For Chettara the magic remains, and she’s determined to capture it. Chettara is dedicated to capturing split seconds of life with her photojournalistic approach. To Chettara, each session with a customer is more than just taking photos, it is about telling a tale, a tale that begs to be told.
Eternal Sunshine Doula Services was founded by new mother, Anjail Mohammed, as a way to provide information to other mothers. Though Mohammed herself had a relatively uncomplicated pregnancy and birth, she is determined to help other women who are not as fortunate. Mohammed strives to provide services that are not only helpful and informative but also affordable. These services include birth and postpartum doula support, pregnancy and postpartum packages, virtual doula support, and more. Each service is billed on a sliding scale, making it easier for women of any financial state to receive help and information about their child’s birth.
Temperatures are rising in Detroit, and one thing is on all of our minds: air conditioning. Marlyn Brown, owner of Comfortable Heating & Air Conditioning, strives to provide customers with comfort even after units become faulty. Since their opening in 2019, Comfortable Heating & Air Conditioning strives to create lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Brown, with over 15 years of experience, offers services from installation to maintenance for any HVAC needs. Professional and skilled, Comfortable Heating & Air Conditioning is an excellent resource all year round.