When I first made plans to visit Dallas on a business trip, I was anything but excited. I hopped off the plane ready for my nightmare: cowboy hats, horses and enough country music to make my ears bleed (sorry y'all, we don't get down like that in Chi-town).
And then I fell in love and ultimately moved there.
On top of being home to queen-of-the-universe Miss Erykah Badu - I'll admit that my decision to move had too much to do with a fantasy of running into her around town - Dallas has a culture and Black community all its own. Read on to learn about some of my favorite Black-owned businesses in the Big D.
Get you a plate.
I lived about 3 minutes from Trinity Groves and it quickly became my go-to restaurant spot when entertaining company. This incubator project is home to 3 Black-owned eateries. V Eats offers modern vegan cuisine and delicious cocktails in a fun, fresh atmosphere. I'm no vegan, but I've been completely impressed with every dish I've ordered there! If you've gotta have the meats, Babb Bros BBQ and Blues is just behind V Eats. Visit them for unforgettable brisket, live blues music, and a BBQ sauce that will change your life.
Nobody with a soul can walk past The Cake Bar's enormous display window un-tempted. Owner Tracy German bakes 16 southern-style cakes from scratch, and the blessings don't stop there. She offers cookies, ice cream and other nom-noms as well. Enjoy them right in the shop (mine rarely make it to the car) or take them home for later.
Manage your melanin.
Janetria Oliver of Phancy Skin has been my waxer since I touched down in Dallas, and she still is. Her menu of services ranges from waxing to makeup and microblading, and her entrepreneurial story is nothing short of inspiring. What's more, I heard she just opened a brand new space for her customers to enjoy...I can't wait to check it out!
I first met Lavida Samuel, owner of Elle Vie Body Butter, at Bella Kinks Expo. Her booth was booming and she was in full grind mode. Her line of "kick-ash" oils and butters moisturize the driest of skin and every scent is irresistible. Stop by her page to see her Butter of the Month!
Give yourself a hand.
Studio Moiselle is the first full-service nail salon in Dallas with an emphasis on natural nail care. Owner Alisa Callaway has infused her passion and talent into every aspect of her business . Her team of specially-trained nail techs churn out designer nails all day long. You won't leave her salon without great conversation, a beautiful set of nails and brand new expectations of what your nail experience should be.
Although I was sad to leave Dallas, I look forward to visiting often for both work and play. Drop some suggestions for more Black-owned businesses to visit when I get back!