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Black-Owned Businesses in Uptown

Uptown celebrates its diversity year-round, but especially during Black History Month. Check out this list of 20 Black-owned businesses that help make Uptown a thriving neighborhood. 

Whether you're looking for a sweet treat, a night out on the town, or even a new dentist, get to know these entrepreneurs who are part of our community. 

@7th Restaurant & Lounge 

This First Ward restaurant offers American food with great cocktails, wine, and patio space.

Day & Night Cereal Bar

Hit up this exotic dessert bar full of fun cereal creations.

FUN FACT: Founder Karmon Dupree, Jr., started Day & Night as a food truck in Los Angeles before his childhood friend, Greg Robinson, and Greg's girlfriend Danielle Booker, brought the idea to Charlotte.

Epic Times

An exciting new jewelry store located inside the EpiCentre.

Evoke Coffee Co.

Evoke Coffee was started by Joe Keenan of Charlotte, NC who has a passion for coffee, art, music, and collaboration. This is not only a quick stop to grab your morning latte – it’s where you may meet someone from a different industry and build a connection over a cup of coffee.

Famous Toastery

A popular spot with the business crowd, serving breakfast, brunch, and lunch all day, every day.

FUN FACT: The owners, former NFL player Justin Griffith and his former Panthers TopCat wife, Kim, chose to settle in Charlotte because of its "hometown feel."

Fourth Ward Barber & Styling

An awesome barbershop with meticulous attention to detail located in Fourth Ward.


Loved by many, a classic Southern dining restaurant serving authentic fine Southern & New Orleans cuisine.

Havana Smoke

 A unique, members-only cigar social club with a full bar.

Hip Hop Smoothies

Beloved local smoothie shop just opened inside the Market at 7th St!

It's Poppin Gourmet Kettle Korn

Specialty flavored popcorn located inside the Market at 7th Street (Try the cookies and cream!)

Jimmy Pearl's

Oscar Johnson and Daryl Cooper originally hail from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia and are the Chefs/Owners of Jimmy Pearls in Charlotte, NC. Collectively, the two chefs curate thoughtfully crafted southern fare centered around Coastal and Piedmont Virginia foodways, as told by the African diaspora.


Owner Jahzmin French first fell in love with the food industry by waiting tables in high school. She started her restaurant consulting business, which is how she met her co-owner and business partner, Brad Phelps.

FUN FACT: Jahzmin most enjoys sharing her love of food with her customers and being able to meet new and different people from table to table.

Mad Dash

Chef & Owner Corey Jones took two of his favorites food and brought them into one location. Mad Dash offers Chef-Driven Sandwiches, Tacos, Loaded Fresh Cut Fries, House Made Chips and more. Chef Corey utilizes all fresh ingredients and products from local businesses in Charlotte.

Mert's Heart and Soul

James Bazzelle moved to Charlotte in 1991, working as a chef at the Holiday Inn before opening Mert's Heart and Soul with his wife, Renee’, in 1998.

Charlotte was the perfect place to open a restaurant because it's a city that's "small and not big, but big and not small."

FUN FACT: Mert's is named after Ms. Mertle Lockhart, one of James' most loyal customers from his first restaurant in Charlotte called Georgia on Tryon. 

My StoryCafé

Tucked in the heart of Brevard Court, My Story Café is the perfect spot to cozy up and grab a book from their community library or people-watch!

No Grease Barbershop

A men's barbershop dedicated to hair and personal care right by the Spectrum Center.

FUN FACT: This unique barbershop was founded in 1997 by twin brothers Damian and Jermaine Johnson, whose mother was also a beautician and salon owner. 

Novelty House

This upscale rooftop cocktail bar is located located in the 5th Street District.

Nyoni Couture

You'll find the latest fashions in suits, jackets, vests, shoes, and accessories at this menswear shop. 

Owner Nyonisela Sioh is a Liberian-American fashion designer, professional tailor, and entrepreneur.

FUN FACT: Catch him modeling his designs on Nyoni Couture's website and Instagram page!


Quick made-to-order healthy salads, wraps, and soups.

Skyview Dentistry

A unique dentistry practice located on East Trade Street.

FUN FACT: Dr. Seti Yemane-Byrd is a UNC Charlotte alumna!

Sub One Hoagie House

A neighborhood staple offering delicious sandwiches and atmosphere in Fourth Ward.

Studio 229 on Brevard

A photography studio that can also be converted into an event venue.

Tattooz and Booz

A unique restaurant, bar, and tattoo parlor located in the First Ward owned by Kristen and Tone Williams, and their son Matt.

FUN FACT: Tone Williams had owned tattoo shops for more than 10 years and always had the concept in his head.

Ten58 Sports Bar & Lounge

Conveniently located in the center of Uptown, Ten58 Bar and Lounge is the prime place to view all your favorite teams on game day. 

Fun Fact: Owned by Carolina Panthers legend Thomas Davis!

These are just a few of the awesome Black-owned businesses located in Uptown.

Is your favorite business not on this list? Reach out to us and let us know!