Liya Tewelde | Correspondent

The word Ujamaa may be unfamiliar to most, but the sentiment behind it is nothing new. Ujamaa, the fourth day of Kwanzaa, highlights the importance of cooperative economics and supporting businesses in our community. Movements urging consumers to buy Black and to show support for Black-owned and operated businesses have become increasingly popular, especially on social media. To celebrate the principle of Ujamaa, here is a list of some Black-owned businesses in our community.

The Zen Succulent

A neighborhood plant and gift stop, The Zen Succulent was founded in 2016 by Margaret and Megan George, a mother/daughter team. They offer a DIY terrarium bar, private classes and host workshops.

Raleigh Location

208 S Wilmington, St.

Raleigh, NC 27601

(919) 916-5115

Durham Location

123 Market Street, B

Durham, NC 27701

(919) 480-1762

Taji Salon

Taji salon, named after its owner, was created in hopes of bringing a natural hair movement to the Triangle area. They specialize in natural hair care and provide a variety of services.

2200 E Millbrook Rd #122,

Raleigh, NC 27604

(919) 332-3021

The Bar Ber Shop

The Bar Ber Shop is a collective of barbers whose aim is to elevate the barbering experience and cultivate a sense of community among their clientele.

4551 New Bern Ave #180,

Raleigh, NC 27610

(919) 307-3814

Triangle Cultural Art Gallery

The Triangle Cultural Art Gallery is the first Black-owned cultural art gallery in Raleigh. It features art that is aimed at reflecting the diverse cultural heritage and expression of the Triangle area.

8320 Litchford Rd Suite #138,

Raleigh, NC 27615

(919) 900-8055

The Palace International

Originally founded in 1989 by Kenyan immigrants, Maurice and Caren Ochola, The Palace International is a family-owned restaurant that specializes in traditional East African cuisine.

1104 Broad St,

Durham, NC 27705

(919) 416-4922

Dame’s Chicken and Waffles

Dame’s Chicken and Waffles is a restaurant specializing in southern dishes, including their popular chicken and waffles that come in a variety of flavors and combinations.

Cary Location

823 Bass Pro Ln,

Cary, NC 27513

(919) 234-0824

Durham Location

530 Foster St Suite 130,

Durham, NC 27701

(919) 682-9235

Saltbox Seafood Joint

Known for their locally sourced, seasonal seafood, Saltbox Seafood Joint has become a staple in the Durham area with two locations.

Little Five Points Location

608 N Mangum Street

Durham, NC 27701

(919) 908-8970

Rockwood Location

2637 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd,

Durham, NC 27707

(919) 237-3499

The principle of Ujamaa doesn’t focus on the profits gained from businesses, but instead the benefits to the community that can come from supporting them. Knowing that your money is going towards helping an underrepresented minority in the business world is something to be proud of. That is why this holiday season and moving forward we should all make a conscious effort to support Black businesses.