Celebrating the Success of Black Couple-Owned Businesses in Detroit

Modified: February 13, 2023 | Story by Biba Adams

Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day falls right in the middle of Black History Month so what better time to share some of our favorite Black-owned businesses that are also owned by couples? 

Launching a business with the person you love has many perks. You can share the workload, find support right next to you, and more importantly, climb to the top together!

April and Michelle Anderson of Good Cakes and Bakes

19363 Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI 48221

Providing quality, wholesome, and organic baked goods in a positive, creative, educational, and friendly environment, Good Cakes And Bakes is committed to using fresh, natural, organic, and locally grown produce when available. Founded by April Anderson and her wife Michelle, the company is a nationally-celebrated Black LGBTQ-owned business and will soon expand to a 5,600-square-foot second location which will have enough space for a commercial kitchen, office, fulfillment center, and community baking classes. 

Stef-N-Ty Boutique

6932 E Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48207

Founded in 1992 by Tyrone Dickey, a creative marketing director, and Stephanie Dickey, a designer, this boutique specializes in fun and funky hats that are statement pieces all their own. Made of upcycled textiles, each hat is truly a one-of-a-kind work of art. Their shop is located in the Islandview neighborhood, and you can shop by making an appointment. 

Stef-N-Ty Boutique, @stefofstefnty

Pillar and Pride

1004 W. Seven Mile Rd. Detroit, MI 48203

Pillar and Pride is a health and wellness store providing Detroiters access to high-quality products to support their wellness journey. Their products include a variety of vitamins, supplements, enhanced beverages, vegan food, fresh produce, aroma & sound therapy, books, art, and more. 

Randi and Tyree Williams intentionally support Black-owned and locally produced goods as a priority in our community development efforts. They pride themselves on offering educational resources through various streams including in-store classes/workshops, social media conversations with subject matter experts and their “We Build” podcast.

The multi-use space is available for private podcast recording, co-working, meetings, workshops, and events aligned with their mission to advance wellness, education, and empowerment.

The Printheadz

23151 Telegraph Rd., Southfield, MI 48033

Janan & Mike McDougal built and established their business in the basement of their home in 2011. The Printheadz can design and produce shirts and other apparel for businesses, schools, family reunions, and sports teams, or simply produce a cool shirt that the world needs to see!

Baobab Fare

6568 Woodward Ave Suite 100, Detroit, MI 48202

Nadia Nijimbere and Hamissi Mamba have been lauded for bringing their traditional East African flavors to Midtown. The wife and husband team came to the United States from Burundi in 2014, yearning to start a new life by taking advantage of the business opportunities in Detroit. More than just a restaurant and market, Baobab serves as a safe space for other immigrants and Detroiters alike, knowing that it is a meeting place where all are welcomed and embraced. Baobab helps to fill a gap as it relates to African fare and culture in the city.

Baobob Fare, @mamba_hamissi

Centric Place

36216 Freedom Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48335

A unique shared co-working space, Centric Place is a love letter, an homage, and the physical manifestation of Racheal and Gerrard Allen’s wildest dreams. As second-generation entrepreneurs, the Allens desired to create a space to support Black arts, culture, and entrepreneurship, while curating a nostalgic experience unlike any other. Inspired partly by an inherited Ebony magazine collection dating back to the 1960s, Centric Place represents Black excellence, community, and connectivity.

Moon Reflections Photography

Sacred and Supreme are a married couple who are photographers who specialize in shots that are an investment in one’s branding. They describe themselves as passionate, creative rebels with a cause. They are both University of Michigan grads and consider themselves and their business to be mission-oriented. 


Red Diamond Digital

Bartel and Raquel Welch have curated a team of creative thinkers, designers, developers, and search engine gurus ready to offer you outstanding service & support. Their clients include a wide range of small businesses including established companies, schools, professional services, realtors, non-profits, startups, and serial entrepreneurs. The Welchs’ passion is to help build businesses. They note that they genuinely care about your success and have a deep desire to help you dominate your field.

AYV x Fresher

208 W Eleven Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067

Visit this unique sportswear store owned by husband and wife team Anthony and Melody Temple for pieces that ooze local luxury. The store features t-shirts, hoodies, matching sets, headwear, and more for men and women.

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