5 Black Women-Owned Businesses in the Lansing Area to Support This Month
With Black History Month officially underway, many are trying to be more conscious about their drinking. However, it can be difficult to know where to start.
Fortunately, we have what you need. These five black women-owned businesses were declared local favorites.
CoCo is out of Shelf
Owner Colleen “CoCo” Adams has owned her special occasion fashion business in East Lansing for 10 years. She said one of the greatest joys of being in the Lansing area is watching her clients grow.
“Sometimes they’re in the dance studio as little kids, then they come back as teenagers, as adults, and then they get married,” Adams said. “Going through the process, watching them as their lives blossom and flourish.”
Adams said she was able to bring her own unique femininity into her work, which is important to her as a female business owner.
Coco is off the rack is located at 3320 E. Lake Lansing Road and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday from noon to 6 p.m.
Sweet Encounter Bakery & Cafe
Owner Nikki Thompson Frazier specializes in creating gluten-free, soy-free, peanut-free and vegan desserts. She opened her physical location at 112 S. Washington Square in 2021 after running her business from home for six years.
Frazier said it’s important to support minority and women-owned businesses because they don’t always receive the same funding and capital as their male counterparts.
“So many more of us are entering the world of entrepreneurship,” Frazier said. “But we don’t always get the knowledge and support we need.
Frazier said the best part of owning his business has been being able to touch the lives of people in the community.
“I have kids and I know how important it is for them to be able to celebrate special occasions with food they love,” Frazier said. “And food that loves them back.”
Sweet Encounter Bakery & Cafe is open Wednesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
DBN Boutique is a clothing and accessories store for women. It is owned by MSU Advertising Management Junior Onylah Taggart.
“When I got pregnant with my son, it pushed me to do more,” Taggart said.
Taggart said she enjoys owning her own business because she is able to create her own schedule. She also appreciates that her store’s proximity to campus makes it easy for students to walk to her store.
You can shop at DBN Boutique in its physical storefront, located at 301 MAC Ave., or in line.
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Socialight Society is a bookstore that aims to celebrate black women by exclusively selling books written by black female authors.
Owner Nyshell Lawrence said everyone is welcome at the Socialight Society.
“With this celebration, no one is left out,” Lawrence said. “It’s amazing when people come in and want to learn from a different perspective or just experience something that’s not already on their shelf.”
You can buy Socialight Society in line or at their physical location, located at 5454 W. Saginaw Highway.
Meika N Plus Shop
Meika’s Boutique N More sells clothing, shoes and accessories for men and women. Owner Shemeika Barney said she’s always been drawn to the fashion world, so she loves being able to help other women dress fashionably.
“It was a childhood dream,” Barney said. “When I was 17, I always wanted to open my own shop.”
You can buy his products in line or in store 6920 S. Cedar St., Suite #1.
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