For many of us, online shopping is the automatic option. While we won’t deny being guilty of TikTok persuasion and endless retail therapy, there’s nothing like that rush of excitement in anticipation of walking into a store to physically browse and experience that next great find. While there are an abundance of stores to choose from, Black-owned businesses prove time and time again to reinvent the interior landscape.
Many of the industry’s Black-operated shops are underrated, but they could hold the key to upgrading your sanctuary, and they span from coast to coast. You can use your spending power to fuel today’s small, local vintage dealers and up-and-coming designers across all aesthetics—from pottery to statement couches and so much more. Perhaps there’s even a store not too far from your door that awaits you.
Ahead, allow us to reintroduce these 16 Black-owned stores spanning the home decor and interior design landscape that you should be supporting all year round. So the next time you plan a trip, be sure to add these spots to your list of places to go–we guarantee you won’t leave empty-handed.
Located right on South Fourth Street, Yowie has become the prime design destination for individuals in Philly with eclectic taste. Established in 2016 by Shannon Maldonado, the brick-and-mortar store is the ultimate gateway to cluttercore central. Customers can expect to find a whimsical curation of kitschy ribbed ceramics, wavy rugs, and vibrant apparel from independent designers across diverse backgrounds. Stay tuned for the Yowie hotel, which is expected to open later this year!
While maximalism is now at its very peak on the internet, Lichen’s storefront in Ridgewood, Queens, is a calm and refreshing alternative to a “simpler life”–no, not the Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie version. Cofounded by Jared Blake and Ed Be, the self-described “design incubator” offers minimal pieces and Japanese-style designs that include paper lamps, chunky wooden stools, and vibrant rotating drawers. Locals are also invited to hang out at Lichen’s in-house coffee bar and enjoy seasonal events.
Nowhere else compares to the vintage scene in New York City, but there’s something extra special about Of the Cloth at Rockefeller Plaza. Founded by designer and collector Tione Trice, the pop-up storefront is your best bet for finding any and all things divine with African-founded sculptures and heirlooms, wooden stools, and stone vessels all waiting to find their forever home. There’s also space on the shelves for contemporary finds like woven buckets and mini tables.
Curating an entire store is both an underrated skill and an art form in itself, but it comes easy for Trévon Warren and Zachary William Allen of Portmanteau. Their shop in Long Island City has become one of the most sought-after destinations in Queens for finding statement pieces—we’re still obsessing over the lamp that Elaine Welteroth scooped from them for her Los Angeles abode. Whether you’re searching for 20th-century vintage or midcentury furniture, it’s a one-stop shop. Did we forget to mention that it’s wallet-friendly too? If you’re in the area, keep in mind that this is a by-appointment-only operation, so make sure to clear your schedule and get your funds in order ahead of time.
Glazed Studio isn’t just a brick-and-mortar boutique—the multidisciplinary space pays homage to Black heritage through clothing, art, and home finds. The Brooklyn-based shop offers a personalized one-on-one design consultation, and by the end of the session, you’ll leave with bespoke items that you’ll keep forever without going through all the hassle of a typical shopping experience.
Owned and curated by Tricia Benitez Beanum, Pop Up Home is the ultimate Los Angeles design haven that’s open all week long. Tricia’s services range from interior styling and rentals, to consignment and of course, in-person sales. (Don’t forget about all the work she’s been also doing through UNREPD, a gallery that celebrates the work of emerging artists with a focus on BIPOC, women, and the LGBTQIA+ community.) Pop Up Home prides itself with its collection of unique gems from all design styles. Rustic ceramics, post-modern lamps and midcentury sculptures are just some of many pieces you’ll come across—and resist the urge to splurge on them all.
Tariq Dixon found his passion for interior design after moving to Bed-Stuy, which eventually led to the creation of TRNK in 2013. The Tribeca shop offers a multitude of experiences, acting as a design studio, curatorial platform and retailer with a myriad of contemporary selects. Whether it’s made in-house on Jay Street or sourced by talented global designers, you can grab a pair of ‘60s-inspired puffer chairs, rounded sculptural lamps, and so much more. Tariq also showcases a series of exhibitions that “interrogate questions of race, identity, and cultural bias in design,” with proceeds supporting organizations like the Ali Forney Center and The Black Youth Project 100.