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KzooConnect's Black-Owned Business Feature

Black-Owned Business Feature

It's no secret, we love highlighting the local businesses that call Kalamazoo home. This week, we would like to celebrate several local black-owned businesses and share the products and services they offer.

This list is not exhaustive, but we hope that it inspires our readers to check out some businesses they may have not visited before. Without further ado, let’s get down to “business” and meet some of the black-owned businesses that enrich our community.

Mamaleelu Cold Brew

We start our list with a line of coffee that can be found at retailers in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Plainwell, and Lansing. Since the brand was launched in 2014, Mamaleelu features delicious flavors such as Dark Night of The Sol and Liberation by Moonlight.

Roché Collection

Next time you are out shopping for a bottle of wine, keep an eye out for a selection from the Roché Collection. Each wine is curated to feature a distinct taste built upon a sweet profile that can be enjoyed by audiences of all palates and preferences.

Layla’s Cool Pops

Speaking of “sweet,” the third entry is sure to make your mouth water. Combining youthful ambition, friendly service, and delicious deserts, Layla’s Cool Pops has steadily built a strong reputation in Kalamazoo over the past few years. With a menu that includes a variety of cupcakes and cookie pops, it is clear to see that this reputation is deserved.

Load a Spud

You can’t have dessert without your dinner, but don’t worry, Load a Spud has got you covered when it comes to savory, rib-sticking meals. What’s even better is that this purveyor of potatoes is also determined to give back to our community.

Hamilton Law, PLC

Just as food is important, so is trustworthy legal counsel. At Hamilton Law, PLC, workers, homeowners, business owners, and other clients receive dedicated guidance and representation from an experienced staff. For more information on the areas of practice that are available, visit the firm’s website.


Do you love graphic t-shirts and Kalamazoo? Then you need to know about Kalamagonia. Formed in 2018, Kalamagonia creates designs that are creative and celebrate all there is to love about our dear city. Don’t just take our word for it. Check out these looks for yourself!

Fit Bella Vei

Having a fitness goal can be a great way to stay active and motivated. As a certified ACE Fitness personal trainer, Carmen James has the experience and tools to help you work toward the healthy lifestyle of your dreams. Whether its one-on-one training, meal planning, or a group fitness regiment, Fit Bella Vei is here to start you off on the right track.


You can’t talk about overall wellness without discussing the importance of maintaining a healthy mind. As a black and brown therapy collective, Rootead connects residents of color to therapists of color for the healing of racial trauma. To stay updated on all the latest goings on at Rootead, sign up for the group’s newsletter.

The Perfect Pucker

Skincare is an issue that can be quite daunting. Luckily, the Perfect Pucker features an expanded line of products that caters to both women and men. From lip balms to beard oils, each product is paraben-, dye-, and cruelty-free.

Stephanie Renee’s Salon

Via Stephanie Renee’s Salon, stylist Stephanie Brown shares her 34-plus years of hair experience. Services offered by Brown and her staff include silk presses, extensions, and braiding. Don’t wait, go out and try a new style this season!

The Presidential Blend Suite

We close our list with a classic barbershop. At The Presidential Blend Suite, patrons can expect professional blends, shape-ups, and more from Dre and China. Customizable packages are also available for interested parties.

We know this list only scratches the surface, so please share local black-owned businesses we missed in our Facebook and Twitter comments. You can also stay updated on the latest news regarding Kalamazoo’s black-owned businesses by joining Black Wall Street Kalamazoo.

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