Black-Owned Businesses in the West, Midwest, & Southwest You Should Know About
While we believe these businesses should be on your radar year-round, in honor of National Black Business month, in the last of a three-part series, we’re spotlighting companies in the West, Midwest, and Southwest regions. Follow them on Instagram, explore their products and services, and plan to meet the owners at the helm of these incredible businesses when you’re in these Scouted cities.
Photography by Allison Leonard of Kismet Visuals & Co.
BUSINESS: Nicci Hicks, Pivot
LOCATION: Columbus, Ohio
WHAT MAKES THEM SPECIAL: This thoughtfully curated boutique has an amazing reputation thanks to owner Nicci’s vision for bringing unmatched quality fashion to the community.
Photography by Kayla Jefferson.
BUSINESS: Kara Smith, COMMONPOLISHED
LOCATION: Houston, Texas
WHAT MAKES THEM SPECIAL: Kara Smith’s passion for fashion, design, and event curation have fused together in her high-end event planning company that delivers unparalleled experiences.
Photography by Chevelle Taylor.
BUSINESS: Mavis Hicks, Mavology
LOCATION: Houston, Texas
WHAT MAKES THEM SPECIAL: Beyond beautiful, all-natural skincare products, Mavis brings a passion for self-care and self-love to her original product line. Mavology is a brand in the wellness space that truly focuses on emotional health.
Photography by Jason Kindig.
BUSINESS: Tareka Lofton, Loft 22 Cakes
LOCATION: Fort Worth, Texas
WHAT MAKES THEM SPECIAL: Known for her clever and iconic creation during the height of Covid, The Toilet Paper Cake, Tareka has proven time and time again her talent for making delicious and unique cakes. Check her out on the Prime Video Dr. Seuss Baking Challenge where her ingenuity and sense of humor are on display.
Photography courtesy of Refined Orthodontics.
BUSINESS: Dr. Bonolo Blessed Odirile, Refined Orthodontics
LOCATION: Midland, Texas
WHAT MAKES THEM SPECIAL: Dr. Bonolo’s talent and warmth are apparent as soon as you walk into her state-of-the-art office. This mother and successful business owner prides herself on offering a welcoming, family friendly environment with individualized attention for her clients.
Photography by Joshua Michael Johnson.
BUSINESS: Elliot Hoyte, THG Real Estate
LOCATION: Boise, Idaho
WHAT MAKES THEM SPECIAL: In an industry where people come and go, Elliot’s team has remained steady over the years, and continues to grow, speaking to who he is as a leader. The fun his team has, even when they’re working hard, is always apparent.
Photography courtesy of Abstract Designs by C. Pyle.
BUSINESS: Caroline Pyle, Abstract Designs by C.Pyle
LOCATION: Indianapolis, Indiana
WHAT MAKES THEM SPECIAL: After a near fatal accident, Caroline began painting as a way to escape, and found her true calling. When you have the pleasure of viewing Caroline’s paintings, you are immediately transported.
Photography courtesy of BF Tax Management and Resolution.
BUSINESS: Antoine Jones, BF Tax Management & Resolution
LOCATION: Westfield, Indiana
WHAT MAKES THEM SPECIAL: Owner Antoine (AJ) has a true passion for helping other business owners succeed, and launched his business to do just that. He offers accounting and tax services with an intimate and individualized approach.
Photography by Megan Bucknall.
BUSINESS: Stephanie Sullivan, Stephanie Sullivan Interior Design
LOCATION: Austin, Texas
WHAT MAKES THEM SPECIAL: Stephanie has a different approach than most when it comes to interior design. She doesn’t just look at a space and fill it with beautiful things, she gets to know her client and dives deep into what would make their space most meaningful and a reflection of their personality.