ONIT is dedicated to showcasing the Dallas small businesses in our communities. Every month, we will post about small businesses, and with each like and share we will donate to help our community. With over 59,000 small businesses in the Dallas, Fort Worth Metro area, it’s important to highlight them, as they create the character of our neighborhoods. These businesses stretch further than just purchases, services, or meals, these businesses are an integral part of our communities and families.
Make sure to visit our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to view our posts about local small businesses. For every comment and share, ONIT will donate to an organization that we are giving the spotlight during that month. Visit often to learn about the small business category we’re supporting and highlighting each month.
This February we are focusing on supporting Black-owned organizations and businesses as we celebrate Black History Month. Therefore, we have created a list of small, Black-owned businesses around Dallas. There are so many ways to safely make a difference, whether it’s going to a local restaurant, shopping at a small boutique, taking a fitness class through a locally owned gym or donating to an organization. Learn more about these businesses and join with us on social media to donate.
Organizations That Support the Black Community
This February, we are donating to the Dallas Truth Racial Healing and Transformation (Dallas TRHT), up to $1,000. Dallas TRHT is a community driven organization with a primary mission of addressing race and racism through narrative change, relationship building, and equitable policies and practices. Each comment on our social media post is a $3 donation, and every share is a $5 donation.
Be sure to share this post with your friends and family to raise awareness, support small businesses and spread awareness.
For further support, please consider donating to these organizations in our community.
- Chris Howell Foundation, an organization that handed out over 28,000 PPE care packages, donated 910,000,000 pounds of food to 28,000 DFW families between June and December of 2020. The Chris Howell Foundation provides HIV/AIDS education and prevention programs. Additionally, they provide programs and resources on skill development, wellness, health and financial education.
- Bey Good x NAACP is Beyonce’s charity program on a mission to spread hope and provide a lifeline for small businesses during the pandemic.
- Texas Black Expo is a nonprofit organization that works with small businesses that are affected in regions with storm-related losses.
Black Owned Dallas Small Businesses
This salon was developed with the ideology that everyone deserves easy and quality hair care. Pressed Roots is located in Dallas, and gives customers three promises. Their promises include: hair health with great products, respecting your time, and indulging you with complimentary bubbly, green juice and wifi while you’re pampered.
Owner Pierston Gaines wanted to create an atmosphere to allow Black women to come to a hair salon with highly trained employees that can handle textured hair without harming, traumatizing, or damaging customers. While this first started as a pop-up in different cities, Gaines has since put roots down in Dallas and has visions for expansion in other Texan cities.
The products used are by Morrocan Oil, Briogeo, Design Essential and other high end lines. Visits begin with an online hair quiz to determine the products, amount of heat, treatment options, and if a trim is necessary. Some customers might experience treatments like steam or deep conditioning. Most customers will have their hair washed twice, conditioned, blow dried with a round brush, and flat-ironed. This takes 90 minutes on average and costs $65. You can book your appointment through their website.
The Dock Bookshop
The Dock Bookshop is the largest African American owned full-service bookstore in both Texas and the Southwest. They opened in 2008, with the mission to inspire, inform and entertain through literature and events. The Dock Bookshop also hosts book signings. They also have greeting cards, music, beverages, candles, gifts and personal care items. This shop is located in Fort Worth, and is currently hosting online events.
Yemi Solomon, the CEO and Fashion Stylist of Glamore, began this boutique in Virginia before relocating to Dallas. Yemi does more than running her online boutique. This one-woman show offers photoshoot styling, closet rejuvenation, personal styling and shopping, makeovers, resume writing, interview training, image consultation, and more. Her unique and exceptional looks have propelled her forward in her career. To learn more about Glamore, Yemi, or do some shopping, visit Glamore’s website.
This full-body fitness concept was founded by Brittani (Brit) Rettig in January 2015. GRIT Fitness is based on Brit’s belief that mental grit is important for both fitness success and personal success. The workouts are designed and curated to provide both a fun experience while getting an intense workout. Brit hand selected her all-female team to create an environment filled with passion, fun, positive energy and perseverance. If you’re ready to get your sweat on, you can experience one of these fun-filled workouts online or in person. Grab a bottle of water, towel, and get ready to enjoy a total body wellness experience.
Black Owned Restaurants in the Dallas, Fort Worth Metroplex
This is a 100% vegan and organic restaurant located in West Dallas. Da Munchies DFW is run by Chef Angela. She believes in serving healthy, vegan food as a form of art. They serve meatless versions of comfort food, including mac & cheese, a vegan Popeyes Chicken Sandwich, lasagna rolls, or chicken and waffles. At Da Munchies, they believe that eating isn’t just about feeding your body, but nourishing your soul. No matter your diet preference, Chef Angela is sure to give everyone a meal that they’ll remember.
Their hours are Wednesday to Saturday from 11:00 to 6:00.
For a nice night out, visit Pangea in Garland, Texas. Pangea is led by Kevin Ashade, aka “Chef Kev.” Chef Kev is a French-trained culinary professional. While born in Texas, he spent his childhood in the U.K. and Nigeria before returning to America. Chef Kev once competed on Food Network’s hit show “Beat Bobby Flay” where he dominated and created a tastier dish than American chef, Bobby Flay. His website offers online recipes and chef services.
Pangea’s menu includes stuffed salmon, jerk-roasted lamb shank, and a five cheese lobster mac & cheese. They are currently offering dine-in or takeout services.
The Cookie Society
Husband and wife duo Marissa and Jeff Allen founded The Cookie Society in 2018 in Frisco, Texas. During Jeff’s eight year NFL career, he often brought his wife’s baked goods into the locker room. The end of one career led to the blossoming of the next. From the field to the kitchen, this power couple dominates, landing on Oprah’s Favorite Things in 2020. Their rich, crispy, yet chewy cookies range in flavors from traditional sugar, to banana pudding. These Texas-sized cookies are created with high quality ingredients, mixing in fun and unique flavor ideas. The Cookie Society gourmet cookies are available nationwide for shipping.
Off the Bone Barbeque
It’s all in a name when it comes to Off the Bone Barbeque. Located in The Cedars neighborhood in Dallas, you’ll find family-feeling, comfort food run by Dwight and Rose Harvey. Pitmaster Dwight offers “Off the Bone” pork ribs, beef brisket, beef sausage and smoked chicken. Their delicious food is cultivated from family recipes, giving you the feeling of a family supper Mondays through Saturdays. With over 1,500 positive reviews, visit this local barbeque stop for mouth watering, tender, fall off the bone meats.
Off the Bone Barbeque is available for in person dining, delivery, takeout, and catering.
This delicious, Instagram-worthy brunch choice is available on Wednesday pop-ups and weekend brunch at Soiree Cafe. Brunchaholics has an ever-changing menu, so be sure to follow the Brunchaholics Instagram to learn where they’ll be and what they’re serving. Find out why Jessie Washington’s creation, the Soul Food Burrito, landed him on Food Networks list of The Most Over-the-Top Burritos in the Country. This burrito comes loaded with Southern favorites: fried or blackened catfish, mac & cheese, and smoked turkey collard greens. Bring your napkins, empty belly, and enjoy this local must-have.
If you can’t wait until the weekend to try their food, they offer a cookbook both in physical and E-book format.
How to Be ONIT in the Community
As a small, Veteran-owned business, ONIT is dedicated to highlighting others in our community. Our Dallas small businesses are the backbone of our city. The dedicated owners are what keeps our city going and offers employment to so many. We hope highlighting these different businesses will encourage you to stop by and see for yourself why they’re so great. And be sure to stay tuned on our journey through social media. Each like and share will lead to a donation for a different organization every month. Follow us on social media to see what community we’ll focus on next.
If you are a small business owner and would like to be featured in one of our upcoming blogs about Dallas small businesses, reach out to us on social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn), or through email at: email@example.com