Best Businesses To Support For Black History Month

In conjunction with Black History Month, consider supporting a few black-owned businesses in Kansas City.


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Handcrafted juice from Ruby Jean’s Juicery on Troost Avenue

Catherine Crayon, Video Content Editor

Black History Month was first proposed by black educators and the Black United Students at Kent State University in 1969 and was first celebrated from Jan. 2 to Feb. 28. With the celebration continuing on for over 50 years, it is important to celebrate and support black-owned businesses in the community this month and throughout the year. With the pandemic still ravaging the country, local businesses need your help to stay above water and continue to spread their message. Here’s a list of a few businesses to safely strengthen and maintain in the community this Black History Month.

Ruby Jean’s Juicery

3000 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64109

Ruby Jean’s Juicery is the perfect place to grab lunch and a refreshing drink. Founded in 2015. Chris Goode opened the first Ruby Jean’s juicery with the intent of making his community a healthier place. The name Ruby Jean comes from Goode’s late grandmother who died of complications from Type II diabetes. From chicken nachos to the “Cherry Bomb” smoothie, you can purchase almost anything. This juicery also offers juice cleanses to buy. Ruby Jean’s Juicery is a family owned and black owned business you should support this month, and all year round.

Urban Cafe KC

5500 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110

Urban Cafe KC was opened in 2017 and founded by Justin and Rashaun Clark. From sandwiches to steaks, this black-owned business truly hits every mark. With brunch served on Saturdays and Sundays and lunch or dinner served every week day, Urban Cafe KC is the perfect black-owned morning spot to visit and support with your friends.



Equal Minded Cafe

4327 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110

Equal Minded Cafe, located in the Ubuntu village, was opened in 2015 by Dontavious Young. This coffee shop and cafe is a comfortable, welcoming environment with eats like avocado toast and a pesto chicken sandwich. Rooted in equality, Equal Minded Cafe is a proud advocate racial equality and also offers community services such as trash clean up, tutoring, and assisting the surrounding community in finding shelter.