Leverage Your Wedding to Support Black-Owned Businesses in Central Ohio
Can't decide on a photographer, baker, fitness studio or other wedding vendor? Consider these 50+ local businesses, all owned by Black individuals in Central Ohio.
This is not a comprehensive list. Email Emma Frankart Henterly at email@example.com if you have suggestions for additional businesses. Also check out the list of Black-owned restaurants in Central Ohio from our sister publication, Columbus Monthly. Finally, H/T to Columbus Navigator and the @columbus_blackowned, @craftinoutlaws and @lifeincolumbus Instagram accounts, through which we found many of these businesses.
Columbus Alteration Co.
- 396 S. Washington Ave., Columbus
- Owner Ben Ward and his team of seamstresses and tailors will make sure you look good in your gown, suit or tux.
Elle Brands Jewelry Boutique
- High-quality, affordable jewelry featuring semiprecious stones and trendy style; a portion of proceeds go to the boutique’s charity of the month.
Joan’s Bridal Couture
- 7374 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg
- Reynoldsburg wedding and bridesmaid gown boutique that also does tux rentals and custom gown design.
- Jarrod Martin’s bespoke menswear brand travels to clients’ locations to create custom ensembles.
Photographers & Videographers
- Comfort Witcher is a Columbus native whose work has appeared in Columbus Weddings, The Knot Ohio and Munaluchi Bride.
H&H Luxury Event Rentals
- Asia Smith's mirrored photo booth experience is unlike any other.
- Formerly Docuvent Photography; also offering graphic design and creative consulting.
Jonathan Edward Photo
- Columbus native who loves creating visually captivating images and capturing precious memories.
KFCImages Photography & Videography Services
- Eddie Wayne Jackson II is a Pickerington resident and filmmaker who aims to provide services that cater to everybody.
Olivia Kristin Photography
- Author and photographer who will help document your milestones, memories and accomplishments.
Your Wedding Creatives
- Wedding photography and videography team comprising Jonathan Smith (Jonathan Edward Photo), Olivia Kristin (Olivia Kristin Photography) and Eddie Wayne Jackson II (KFCImages).
Caterers, Food Trucks & Bakeries
Bake Me Happy
- 106 E. Moler St., Columbus
- Fully gluten-free bakery with desserts often touted as “better than the original,” with cookies, cakes, cupcakes and more.
Chacon’s Sweet Treats and Good Eats
- Home-based bakery and catering company offering cakes, cupcakes, cookies, sweets tables and comfort food meal options.
Donna’s Delicious Dozen
- 5322 N. Hamilton Rd., Columbus
- Made-to-order doughnuts with a variety of icings, drizzles and toppings; also offering catering services, including doughnut walls and towers.
J’s Sweet Treats and Wedding Cakes
- 1540 Parsons Ave.
- Award-winning wedding cake and dessert bakery that also offers full catering services.
- Owner Adrian Jones was a makeup artist for 30 years and now is a baker and cake artist; also offering cupcakes, macarons, mini Bundt cakes and more.
- Food truck best known for its fish boats; also offering chicken, fries, coleslaw, fried okra and juice.
- 1030 Alum Creek Dr., Columbus
- Specializing in slow-smoked and grilled barbecue and comfort food: ribs, chicken and sides.
- Pickerington-based cheesecake company and food truck with signature flavors and build-your-own options.
- Event planning and treat table design, with cupcakes, doughnuts, cake pops and chocolate-covered cookies, pretzels, fruit, marshmallows and more.
Florists & Event Planners
Adrienne Ruff Event Co. Ltd.
- Event styling and design
Aisle & Co.
- Owner Natasha Churches and her team of wedding planners offer month-of wedding coordination, full-service planning and design/styling services.
- Planning services for ceremonies, receptions, rehearsals, engagement parties and bridal services.
Andrea Washburn Events & Décor
- Full and partial planning services for weddings and more.
Aventines Felt Flowers & Botanical Art
- Sculpted flowers and botanical art made from premium merino wool blend felt; choose from a catalog of products or opt for custom-order services.
Battiste LaFleur Galleria
- 825 E. Long St., Columbus
- 614-253-8000 or 877-571-1823
- Family-owned and -operated florist creating bouquets, ceremony flowers and centerpiece arrangements.
- Columbus native Nitina Francis offers full-service and month-of wedding planning, plus balloon garlands.
Camela Lynn Weddings & Events
- Camela Jones' boutique event deign company offers full or partial wedding planning, month-of and hourly services, and dessert table design.
Distinct Event Planning
- Lucretia Williams offers full and partial planning services, as well as day-of coordination.
Indelible Affairs & Floral Design
- Floral design studio that takes pride in being more than a “design and drop” florist.
- A full-service wedding and event design company offering floral services, rentals, lighting and draping/backdrops.
Silver Confetti Events
- Full-service wedding coordination and design company; also offering decoration-only services, sweets table design and bridal shower planning.
Beauty Services & Products
2 Natural Sisters
- Natural bath and body products for earth- and body-conscious customers from sisters Karla and Karen.
161 Dental Studio
- 5040 Forest Dr., Ste. 220, New Albany
- Dental practice offering standard cleaning and care, plus clear straightening aligners/braces, dentures, extractions, emergency care and more.
The BeYouty Lounge
- Waxing and lash services by Alyssa Carmona.
Breckenridge Candle Co.
- Bath and body products, scents, candles and more.
- 543 S. Drexel Ave., Bexley
- Destiny Ward offers brow waxing and tinting; microblading and microshading; lash tints, perms and extensions; face and body hair removal.
- 500 E. Main St., Ste. 310, Columbus
- Medical and cosmetic dermatology office that also offers retail sales of skincare products.
Eternal Salon & Spa
- 1839 Winderly Ln., Pickerington; 614-577-0794
- Hair cuts and color, relaxers/perms, extensions, makeup services, waxing, nail services, facials and massage.
Glam Gallery Salons
- 1266 W. Fifth Ave., Columbus
- Offering haircuts, color, extensions, wigs and natural hair care services.
- 35 E. Gay St., Ste. 511, Columbus
- All-natural, holistic skincare brand specializing in a variety of facial services and sugaring.
The Hair Chest
- Offering holistic hair loss and scalp care services for men and women; no harmful chemicals or surgeries needed.
Honey Bee Natural Haircare
- Homemade, made-to-order hair products featuring Manuka honey and other quality ingredients.
J Bentley Hair Studio & Day Spa
- 8882 Moreland St., Powell
- This north-side salon offers a full array of beauty services, including wedding-day and bridal party packages.
- Handmade, PH-balanced bath and body products made with eco-friendly ingredients.
K Manley Studios
- 1254 W. Fifth Ave., Columbus
- Permanent makeup services from Kay Manley, including lash extensions, henna brows, hair removal and more; also offering facials and bridal makeup.
The Koko Bella Lash and Sugaring Bar
- 870 N. High St., Columbus
- Lash extensions and lifting, sugaring, brow shaping, facials and retail sales.
The Lighthouse Barber and Beauty Salon
- 2021 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Ste. 100, Columbus
- Barber with 25 years’ experience who also teaches at the Ohio State College of Barber Styling.
- Natural, handmade, minimalist, unisex, vegan skincare products for all skin types.
- 124 S. Washington Ave., Columbus
- Mother-daughter-daughter spa and yoga co-op that offers acupuncture, waxing, facials, massage, nails, airbrush tanning, makeup and more.
Strand Café Studio Salon
- 9 E. Second St., Columbus
- Specializing in natural hair care and styling; also offers waxing and wedding-day hair and makeup.
Tame Hair Salon
- 246 Granville St., Gahanna
- Haircuts and color, extensions, waxing, facials and wedding-day hair and makeup.
- 2999 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Ste. 206, Columbus
- Salon-based hair, makeup, waxing, spa and spray tan services; also carries a proprietary skincare line.
- Handmade, natural, organic bath and body products, including custom soaps.
- Online, individual and group training sessions that are equipment-optional, personalized to clients’ needs.
- Private, group and online training accompanied by meal and workout plans.
- 6956 Americana Pkwy., Reynoldsburg
- 614-597-2605 or 614-419-7318
- Co-owners Corey “Hitta” Wilson and Terron Banner bring experience in strength training, sports conditioning, weight lifting and personal training to the table at this studio.
M. Nicholson Hip-Hop Fitness
- Hip hop fitness classes from Michael Nicholson, who began dancing at age 8; classes take place at Phlex Fitness (858 Morrison Rd., Gahanna) and Sweat Box (935 King Ave., Columbus).
Neighborhood Boxing Club
- 6090 Huntley Rd., Columbus
- Boxing studio featuring hour-long, no-contact classes where each attendee gets their own bag.
- 50 Westerview Dr., Westerville
- 614-392-2917 or 614-440-2068
- A no-judgement fitness center for personal training, boxing, kickboxing and TRX resistance training.
Raw Yoga 614
- 7339 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg
- Yoga studio offering donation-based, online and outdoor classes in a variety of styles, including hatha, heated, power, vinyasa and yin; music-based classes focusing on jazz, trap and R&B are also available.
RMF - Rhythm's Musique Fitness
- 640A Lakeview Plaza Blvd., Worthington
- Group fitness dance, kickboxing, barre and yoga classes, as well as personal training.
- 2350 Wood Ave., Columbus
- Performance training facility offering personal training, sports training and exercise classes in both individual and group settings; staff includes strength coaches and a registered dietitian.
Sweat Box Fitness
- 935 King Ave., Columbus
- Weight room, cardio, personal training and even massage.
Werk Dance Fitness
- 310 S. Hamilton Rd., Gahanna
- Zumba and hip-hop dance group fitness classes.
- Wedding DJ services.
- Wedding DJ services.
Once Upon A Wedding
- Buy pre-owned wedding décor, attire and more, or consign your own items after your wedding, through Camille Bikienga's Dublin-based business.
Phenix Banquet Center
- 2101 Noe Bixby Rd., Columbus
- No-service-fee venue with multiple event spaces, including an outdoor ceremony space; bring your own vendors allowed.
- Destiny Smith and her team provide on-site child care for receptions and more.
Uniglobe Travel Designers
- Led by president Elizabeth Blount McCormick, Uniglobe specializes in corporate and leisure travel, including honeymoons, destination weddings, bachelor/bachelorette trips and more.