Flint & Genesee is a vibrant tapestry of businesses that range from independent bookstores to retail malls, and from food trucks to chain restaurants. There is a little bit of everything here. With February marking Black History Month, it’s a wonderful time to explore the many different Black-owned businesses in the county. Here are just a few of the places you can go.
For those looking for a night out with some drinks and music then look no further than the historic Golden Leaf Club where jazz music and the blues are constant companions. In recent years, the Golden Leaf has eased up on being for club members only and the public has been welcomed in to sample amazing live music, get a cocktail, and maybe become a member themselves.
Rob G’s Bar & Grill in Flint has become a safe space for members of the LGBTQIA+ community but more than that, it’s become a place for friends. Open six days a week, and featuring open mic nights, drag shows, and other entertainment, this is a great place to head with friends for some food from the grill and a drink as you unwind from the week.
If you find yourself in need of art supplies, then you should stop by Howe Art Supplies and Gallery in Swartz Creek. This locally owned shop is owned and run by an artist who uses the space to not only sell art supplies but to feature art exhibits, teach art classes, and encourage the artist that is in each of us.
There are many amazing beauty shops in the area, but Meraki Studio of Beauty could be the place if you need a trim, a cut, or the works with your hair. Located in Burton, its professional stylists will work with you to create a look that redefines how people see you. The customer-focused business believes in continuing education to make sure that they can do their very best work. If you prefer a barber shop, there are also some wonderful options, but you may want to check out The Historic Bryant’s Barber Shop in Flint, which brings a feeling of family to their business.
For those in need of photography services then Plain Air Photography is worth looking into. Plain Air Photography specializes in portraits, event photography, corporate images, branding, and even offering mini sessions for those who don’t need more. You can judge for yourself from the stunning images on their site that they can capture whatever look and feel you’re looking for and will give your project the attention it deserves.
Located in the Flint Farmers’ Market, Tee’s Plentiful Salads has a well-earned reputation for its delicious homemade salads. The salads are large and delicious, made with fresh ingredients that will make you glad for the leftovers. You can find a simple garden salad, a Santa Fe Salad, turkey salad, taco salad, meat lover’s salad, and many more.
For cigar lovers or fans of a more refined night out, you can stop into King’s Cigar Lounge in Flint Township. The lounge offers a full bar and a walk-in humidor, hosts events, offers golf simulators, and has networking opportunities to get to know other businesspeople. With the addition of food, this is a great place to stop in and unwind.
In downtown Flint, you can find Black Amor Yoga & Life, a space for yoga classes and support but also the home of the brand’s own clothing and beard care products. With several different styles of yoga offered, this is a wonderful space to work on self-care and healing while getting something to help you look your best.
If you are looking for a venue for your event, check out the Venue for All Occasions, located just outside of downtown Flint, near the Golden Leaf. Along with being a venue for rent, the Venue for All Occasions offers special events, business trainings, and they open on Wednesdays for mixers that encourage people to come, get to know one another, and enjoy the open mic entertainment or whatever else is planned for the evening.
If you are looking to make a move to the area, then check with Kim Coulter of Prime Real Estate Agency Inc. This Flint-based real estate company works in and around Genesee County helping people find their dream home. Coulter also offers a program for teens who may be interested in learning more about becoming a real estate agent or property management.
Finally, if you need anything printed then you need look no further than Prestige Promotions. Prestige can supply branded giveaway items, branded apparel, trophies for your events, and commercial printing, and will do it all with care and precision. It is a great resource for all your printing and branding needs.
These are just a few of the many Black-owned businesses in Flint & Genesee and all these entrepreneurs are working hard to make Flint & Genesee a place for innovation and success.