9 Black-owned businesses in Tacoma you need to know about

Black culture, Black excellence, Black history – Tacoma’s packed with it. Here are some of Tacoma’s favorite Black-owned businesses. 


Melon Seed

Some say Melon Seed has the best sandwiches in the Puget Sound. With flavor-packed food like they’re signature, “Sexy salad”, cubano sliders and stuffed strawberries with cheesecake it’s easyto see why so many Tacomans are raving fans. 


Quickie Too

Vegan grub, made with love. Quickie Too is a vegan cafe serving plant-based twists on popular southern comfort foods with Jamaican flavoring roots and inspiration. Drooling yet? You will be. 


Campfire Coffee

The coffee at Campfire Coffee Co. is made with grit, love, and campfires (they roast their coffee beans over a campfire)! Husband and wife duo, Quincy and Whit serve up campfire-roasted coffee, but their primary goal is getting diverse families into nature through camping and outdoor education.


Love By The Slice

A bakery with a cause, Love By The Slice is spreading love and changing lives one cake at a time. Every treat purchased helps employ both young adults experiencing homelessness and people of all ages who live in under-served communities.  Owner, Cassandra Williams, has been serving cakes with purpose to individuals, businesses and wholesale customers in Tacoma for the last 20 years. 


The Handlebar Cycling Studio 

Tacoma’s only indoor cycling studio provides a workout like no other. Get ready to sweat with top-notch instructors and beat-heavy motivational music in an intimate setting. Steve and his team strive to take their clients on a physical and mental journey that not only empowers them but allows them to escape any daily stress, reach new goals, and feel a sense of community among fellow members.


Simply Hot Yoga Wellness Center

SHY Wellness Center is a mix between a hot yoga studio and a wellness center, with hot and warm yoga classes, barre, infrared sauna heat therapy, personal training, and more. SHY provides a safe and welcoming atmosphere and clean environment for people of all levels to grow and learn through the regular practice of yoga. 


Big Bus Paddle Sports

Big Bus Paddle Sports is here to get everybody out of the house and on the water. Owner, Doug Barclift, runs a mobile paddle board rental truck providing high quality rental gear for individuals, groups, families and private parties. He believes paddleboarding is a great way to experience Washington’s natural beauty and is on a mission to make activities and water sports more accessible to everyone. 


Parable Tacoma

Parable is a community space, store and haven for fellow creators and consumers of books, art and music. It is family-owned, community-owned, LGBTQ-owned, Black-owned and woman-owned. They envision neighborhood youth popping into Parable for a story circle, and people singing, dancing, and sharing stories over a cup of tea. Visit Parable for plants, books, clothing, and more.


Ike and Tash Photography

Ike and Tash are a husband and wife photographer duo who specialize in sassy, bold and edgy urban lifestyle portraits. They love to capture candid moments of love, life and the unique story that lives within each individual.