In honor of Black History Month, we’re highlighting the diverse black-owned businesses in Greater Des Moines. A special thank you to @wholedamnwoman on Instagram for pulling a lot of these restaurants together into a comprehensive list. For more information on some of the restaurants featured, check out our writeup here.  

And remember, just because we’re highlighting these in February doesn’t mean you shouldn’t support our great small business scene all year round!


Wing Stop (American) 

Suzie’s Sweet Treats (Bakery)  

Street Eats DSM (Food Truck, American)

Lifestyle Juices (Juice Bar)

Blk & Bold (Coffee) 

Jazz It Up (Catering)

G.G.’s Chicken and Waffles (Southern)

Chellie’s Sugar Shack (Bakery)

Palm’s Caribbean Cuisine (Caribbean)

Artis T’s Catering (BBQ, Soul and Comfort)

Big Daddy’s Bar-B-Q (BBQ sauce)

Africana Halal Restaurant (African and Mediterranean)

Gursha Ethiopian Grill (Ethiopian)

Mars Café (Coffee)

Patience’s African Cuisine (African)

Rico’s (American)

Mustang Grill (American)

Bake Sale Customs (Bakery)

Big Momma’s Catering (American, Soul Food)

Good Eatins (Soul Food)

What the Fries (American)

Young G’s Barbecue Sauce (BBQ)

Polish King (Polish)

Home Touch Kitchen (African)

Joppa Experience (American, Soul Food)

Jambo African Cuisine (African)

Chef Artis (Catering)

Professional services 

Ward Creative Studios (Photography)

Blackwell Construction (Contractor)

A-1 Movers (Moving Service)

A.Cannie Photography (Photography)

AON Studios LLC (Video Production)

Assured Cleaning (Professional Cleaning)

Blast Bros Powerwashing (Power washing)

Blast Bros Powerwashing (Power washing)

Sister Sister Picnics (Events)

Betty Ann Photography (Photography)

Ewing Concrete (Concrete Contractor)

ForWard Consulting (Mental Health)

Jermaine’s Hauling & Services (Junk Removal)

Leap Here LLC (Consulting)

Lewis Lawn and Labor (Landscaping)

Megan Poole Photography (Photography)

Studio Delta Designs (Digital Marketing)

Whitfield Lawn & Garden (Landscape)

Health, Wellness, and Beauty 

Perfect 10 Nail Parlor (Nail Salon)

Uncle Jay’s barbering company (Barbershop)

Priceless beauty studio (Beauty Salon)

Vanity Beauty Supply (Beauty Shop)

Platinum Kutz (Barbershop)

Black Women 4 Healthy Living (Christ centered wellness movement)

Courtney Rife’s Holistic Services with Purpose (Holistic Coaching)

Van Esther (Health Products)


The Great Frame Up (Custom Framing)

Nik Star Boutique (Clothing)

Zumi (Clothing and accessories)

Divine Treasures (Catholic Book and Gift source)

Abundance Junky (Clothing)

Belange Handmade (Clothing)

K’s Kuties (Clothing)