Must-Try Black-Owned Businesses in Durham

Must-Try Black-Owned Businesses in Durham

Whether you’re searching for the sweetest treats around or you want to up your chicken and waffles game, black businesses in Durham got you covered. Check out these black-owned establishments that have chosen the 919 as home base — and add these destinations to your must-hit local spots.  

Psst…we know there are many more successful black entrepreneurs not included on our list. What local business inspires you?

Psst..don’t forget to bring your Shop Durham card along with you!

Chicken Hut

Did you know the Chicken Hut is Durham’s longest-serving black-owned restaurant?!⁠⠀
This Bull City staple, originally known as The Chicken Box, was established in 1957 by the late Claiborne Tapp Jr, on what is now South Roxboro Street (initially Pine Street). Chicken Box moved to Fayetteville St. and became the Chicken Hut. ⁠⠀
✔️ They only serve lunch, Monday-Friday starting at 11:30 am until 3:30 pm⁠⠀
✔️ You HAVE to try the fried chicken⁠⠀
✔️ Cash only⁠⠀
✔️ Show them your Shop Durham card now when you visit and they’ll hook you up with a FREE dessert with the purchase of a meal! ⁠⠀

Mike D’s BBQ Supply and General Store

Mike D’s Supply and General Store is the brick and mortar division of Mike D’s BBQ. At the store, they sell their seriously amazing, award-winning line of BBQ sauces and dry seasonings as well as other NC food products. You also find grills and smokers, grill tools, apparel, and coolers!⁠⠀
Show them your Shop Durham card when you visit and they’ll reward you with $10 off your purchase of $30 or more!

Beyu Caffe

Beyu is a local staple and they definitely allow everyone to Be-You. The environment, service and food are awesome. They’ve got ample seating so you can settle in and get work done or bring a crew and socialize.

Must Order: Sweet Potato French Toast, Shrimp and grits

Be sure to show them your Shop Durham card when you visit and they’ll hook you up with 10% off on coffee & breakfast items, weekday mornings until 10:30am. (Pastries excluded.)

Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast

After an unexpected downsizing, Monica and Daniel Edwards decided to take a risk and bought a 1910 Colonial Revival style mansion once owned by the CEO of Liggett and Myers.⁠⠀
After months of hard work, Morehead Manor was finally open for business and they became the youngest innkeepers in the United States when they opened the doors in 1997. ⁠⠀
Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast offers comfortable accommodations for visitors and residents of Durham. Conveniently located in the historic Morehead Hill neighborhood, guests can walk to dining, shopping, and entertainment at American Tobacco Campus, downtown, and the Brightleaf Square district. They also host intimate events! ⁠⠀
Show them your Shop Durham card when planning your next staycation and they’ll reward you with 10% off a night’s stay!

Bull City Apparel and Customs

THE place to go to when you want to represent your hometown or order custom shirts. Show them your Shop Durham for 10% off your purchase!


If you’re looking for a date night away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown, Zweli’s is the perfect spot. You’ll find them in an unsuspecting strip mall off 15-501, but don’t let that fool you. Here you’ll find the only authentic Zimbabwe restaurant in the country. We recommend the chicken wings, oxtails, and peanut butter collard greens. 

Show them your Shop Durham card when you visit and they’ll reward you with a Free Veggie Samosa with the purchase of any entree! 

Bull City Music School

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Jeanetta Hopkins has always had music play a major role in her life. A life long learner of music and humanity, she created Bull City Music School to further spread a message of love, respect, and self-confidence.

Experience master classes, get ready for music competitions or simply learn the beauty of music. The music school isn’t just for children. Adults can get reacquainted with an instrument or choose a new one. 

Use her your Shop Durham card to receive a free lesson with first month’s tuition!

Jeddah’s Tea⁠

Jeddah’s Tea serves up premium teas, coffee & pastries from across the globe in their new spot in Downtown Durham. They’ve created an amazing place for people from all backgrounds to gather, converse and enjoy themselves in a welcoming environment and we love them for that.
Show them your Shop Durham card when you visit and they’ll reward you with 10% off your beverage of choice!

Exotique is an exclusive boutique with a talented collection of hand made items from artists located around the world.

Show them your Shop Durham card when you visit and they’ll reward with with a Gift Fan with Purchase!

Bull City Laughs⁠

Bull City Laughs is a one of a kind comedy tour of Durham that features the city’s history, and yep, it’s on a renovated, open-air school bus! You’ll hop on the bus to visit places like Black Wall Street, NCCU, Duke University, American Tobacco Campus, Durham Bulls Stadium, Duke Gardens, and historic neighborhoods. Your tour guide and comedian, Brandon, also highlights local spots to grab food and where to drink like a local.

Tip: Buy 2 tickets and get 1 free using your Shop Durham card!

Big C Waffles⁠

One of the best combos of all time, am I right? Love that you can mix different waffle flavors at Big C Waffles– they’ve got 6 different flavors including everything from thin mint to donut to red velvet.⠀

Be sure to show them your Shop Durham card when you visit and they’ll reward you with 10% off! 


When walking into a nail boutique, people are relieved by the opportunity to sit down, exhale, and relish in the tranquility of a relaxing manicure or pedicure. Many salons provide a blissful experience; however, Joy, the owner of Nailz NC, has a mission to go beyond simply pampering her customers. Her goal is to make each individual who steps in feel beautiful, radiant, and ultimately, the best version of themselves.

Use your Shop Durham card to receive 10% off a nail care treatment!

Favor Desserts

The story of Favor Desserts began in an unlikely place- prison. Keijuane Hester was serving time and was assigned to work in the kitchen. That’s where he learned his baking skills. When he was released, Keijuane started cooking cakes and selling slices door-to-door, mostly to businesses, barber shops, beauty salons and nail salons. That was about 15 years ago. He now has two locations- one in Durham and one in Greensboro and serves up over 30 different cake flavors to thousands of customers.

His story shows you that anything is possible. We’re proud to have them as part of the Durham community and our Shop Durham program. Use your Shop Durham card when you get your sweet fix and they’ll reward you with 10% off your purchase!


Goorsha serves traditional Ethiopian fare – like tibs (meat sautéed in spices) and shiro (chickpea stew) – with a modern twist. Whether you select a communal plate to share or prefer an individual portion, each dish is crafted using local, organic ingredients to honor tradition, health, and of course, flavor.

To complement your meal, Goorsha offers an extensive list of house-made cocktails and curated artisan wines and craft beers. So go ahead – dive in with your hands, honor your friends, and experience a new way of eating…Ethiopian style.

Use your Shop Durham card for 10% off lunch fare on Mondays and dinner fare on Tuesdays!

True Flavors Diner

The atmosphere at True Flavors Diner is energetic and comfortable, designed like no diner you’ve seen before. An open kitchen greets guests as they enter and treats them to a true “behind the scenes” show complete with seating at the lunch counter. We love their modern take on classic Southern homestyle fare.

Must order: Chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits

Be sure to show them your Shop Durham card when you visit and they’ll reward you with 10% off 25% or more.

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