National Black Business—August
August is National Black Business Month, and Blossom is celebrating by highlighting some incredible black-owned businesses in our region!
Apogee Wine Bar, Rochester, NY
Apogee is a cozy neighborhood wine bar located in the heart of downtown Rochester. They serve high-quality, hard-to-find wines along with delicious, gourmet cheese plates. The owner is a certified sommelier and holds a level three award from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust.
Ivolve Me Wellness Center, Rochester, NY
Ivolve Me Wellness Center is a faith-based counseling and development center that provides a multi-systematic approach to therapy and total wellness. The center encourages their clients to find inner peace, learn balance, and experience change. Ivolve Me Wellness Center has two locations in Rochester.
POP! Shop, Rochester, NY
POP! Shop is a small business selling colorful and unique handcrafted jewelry and other accessories. POP! Shop was established in late 2019 fueled by passion and creativity. You can find POP! Shop items online, or at local vendor markets in the area.
Roc City Ramen, Rochester, NY
Roc City Ramen has been serving the Greater Rochester area top-quality ramen and Japanese cuisine since 2017. Intrigued by the art of Japanese cooking, owner and Chef Michael Goode uses recipes from his mother and her heritage to create an authentic Japanese ramen experience.
Rochester Artist Collaborative, Rochester, NY
The Rochester Artist Collaborative is a Black-founded organization dedicated to supporting local artists in the Rochester community by providing valuable resources. The organization focuses on low-income and underrepresented groups in the fine-art world in order to expand diversity and inclusion.
Dirty Bird Chicken N' Waffles, Buffalo, NY
Owned by a Niagara Falls police officer, Dirty Bird’s famous fried chicken sandwiches on a waffle bun were inspired by his favorite childhood food. You can try for yourself at Dirty Bird’s award-winning food truck or their new brick-and-mortar based in the Niagara Falls area.
Unapologetic Coffee, Buffalo, NY
Unapologetic Coffee is owned by twin sisters with a passion for coffee and community. They specialize in small-batch, roasted, quality coffee which they sell directly to consumers and other small businesses. Their company is committed to socially responsible and ethical practices.
SkyHy Nutrition Lounge, Geneva, NY
SkyHy Nutrition Lounge is a smoothie and juice bar that provides affordable health and wellness alternatives through their delicious and nutritious menu items. SkyHy’s mission is to bring better health options to underserved communities.
Scentsational Scents and Soaps, Geneva, NY
Scentsational Scents and Soaps was created out of a need for relaxation and a passion for crafting. Scentsational Scents and Soaps specializes in natural bath and body care items. The owners source many of their ingredients locally and items can be purchased at their storefront or at various farmers markets in the Geneva area.