Black business guide

Rose Tax Solutions owner Latoya Rose

"Who you give your money to, is who you give your power to."

— Frederick Douglass

Social and economic justice are hot topics today, but many are left wondering what they can do to contribute and create positive change. While supportive tweets in solidarity are nice, many have begun putting their money where their mouth is by funneling their hard-earned dollars into minority-owned businesses.

A report by the Institute for Policy Studies found that between 1983 and 2016, the wealth of the median black family dropped by more than half while the median white household saw a 33 percent increase in wealth. Meanwhile, the number of households with $10 million or more shot up by 856 percent. This report was released on would have been Martin Luther King’s 90th birthday—a sadly ironic anniversary, considering King’s fight to include economic justice and equal opportunity in the Civil Rights Movement.

The report highlights the fact that the United States continues to move even further from King’s dream as extreme income inequality is perpetuated by systemic racism and unjust policies. While these numbers are alarming, many communities are fighting back by building successful businesses and voting with their dollars.

In Tulsa, the entrepreneurial spirit that animated Black Wall Street in the early 20th century is going strong once again. Successful black-owned businesses continue to grow all over the city, and resources to help build them are becoming easier to find. Here are just a few of the many successful black-owned businesses in Tulsa.

If we missed your business, please send an email to voices@langdonpublishing.com to be included in the online version of this listing. You can also find other resources online, such as the Tulsa Black Owned Business Network and the Black Wall Street Times Business Directory.


Arts and entertainment

Black Wall Street Gallery

101 N. Greenwood Ave. | (918) 521-8201 | bwsarts.org

Open daily, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

EDUREC Youth and Family Fun Center

5424 N. Madison Ave. | (918) 430-3947 | facebook.com/edurecnorthtulsa

Mon. – Fri., 4 – 8 p.m.

Greenwood Cultural Center

322 N. Greenwood Ave. | (918) 596-1020 | greenwoodculturalcenter.com

Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Theatre North

Various performance locations | facebook.com/theatrenorthtulsa

Events and catering

36th Street North Event Center

1125 E. 36th St. N | (918) 200-9046 | 36theventcenter.com

Party of the Year

(918) 282-5512 | tulsapartyoftheyear.com

Tisdale23 Event Planning and Catering

907 S. Detroit Ave. | (918) 899-2005 | tisdale23.com

Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.    

Touch of Soul Catering & Delivery

(918) 946-0736

Tristen's Special Occasions

(918) 852-3100 | facebook.com/tristenspecialoccasion

Yvonne V. Matthews Business Center

240 E. Apache St. | (918) 728-7008 | facebook.com/yvonnevmatthewscenter

Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sat., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Food and drink

The Burger

405 E. 46th St. N | (918) 428-2008

Mon. – Sat., 10:30 a.m. – 7:50 p.m.

Cajunboil Catering

205 E. Pine St. | (918) 230-2541 | facebook.com/cajunboilcatering

Sat., 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Dipped by Brandie

(918) 407-8471 | facebook.com/dippedbybrandiellc

Elmer's BBQ

4130 S. Peoria Ave. | (918) 742-6524 | elmersbbqtulsa.com

Tue. – Wed., 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Thurs. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.


Black business guide

Evelyn's Soul Food

3014 N. 74th E Ave. | (918) 835-1212 | evelynsoulfood.com

Mon. – Fri., 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Wanda Armstrong, better known by many as Wanda J, has been cooking most of her life. She opened Evelyn’s Soul Food (named after her mother) in 2005, decades after establishing herself with Wanda J’s Soul Food Kitchen in 1974.

"It’s just something we love doing," Wanda J said. "I can truly say the community has really supported us, we have a lot of people that come through."

Many celebrities have passed through Evelyn’s doors, such as MC Hammer and Danny Glover to name just a few. The menu at Evelyn’s features comfort foods like chicken fried steak, fried catfish, and fried pork chops paired with veggies and soulful side items such as candied yams and fried okra. Wanda’s entrepreneurial spirit has been passed down with the opening of Wanda J’s in Greenwood, owned and operated by her grandchildren.


The Freeze

212 E. 46th St. N | (918) 425-8102

Mon. – Sat., 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Sun., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Frios Gourmet Pops

105 N. Greenwood Ave | (918) 949-9879 | friospops.com

Juicemaker Lounge 

3508 S. Sheridan Rd. | (818) 209-6345 | facebook.com/juicemakermusic

Mon. – Sat., 4 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. | Sun., 11 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Leon's Smoke Shack BBQ

601 S. Sheridan Rd. | (918) 798-7907 | leonssmokeshack.com

Thurs. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Mrs. T’s Kountry Kitchen

2115 N. Cincinnati Ave. | (918) 794-8894 | facebook.com/mstskountrykitchen

Thurs. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Sun., 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Oklahoma Style Bar-B-Q

2225 N. Harvard Ave. | (918) 835-7077 | facebook.com/oklahomastylebbq

Mon. – Thurs., 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Fri. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Reba Dale’s BBQ

782 E. Pine St. | (918) 425-1122 | facebook.com/rebadalesbbq

Fri., 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Tues. – Thurs., Sat., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Retro Grill & Bar

800 N. Peoria Ave. | (918) 587-3876 | facebook.com/retrogb30

Mon. – Wed., 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; 6 p.m. – midnight | Thurs. – Fri., 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. | Sat., 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. | Sun., noon – 2 a.m.

Rozay’s Wingz

2627 E. 11th St. | (918) 271-5051 | facebook.com/tulsawingspot

Mon. – Thurs., 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Fri – Sat., 11 a.m. – 4 a.m. | Sun., noon – 6 p.m.

Rubicon

2248 N. Harvard Ave. | (918) 398-0306 | facebook.com/rubiconrestaurantllc

Tues. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sweet Lisa’s Cafe

1717 N. Peoria Ave. | (918) 561-6099

Thurs. – Sat., Tue., 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Sun., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Wed., 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

TNT Wangs

Food truck (often located at 409 N. Main St.) | (918) 955-1739 | instagram.com/tntwangstulsa

Opens at 7:30 p.m.


Black business guide

Waffle That

Food Truck (often located at Apache St. & MLK Blvd.) | instagram.com/wafflethat

Wed. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Local food truck Waffle That has only been on the scene for nine short months, but business is booming. In fact, chef and owner Roy Tillis plans to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant soon. I met Tillis just off MLK Boulevard and Apache Street, where the truck was operating that day. Despite freezing temperatures, cars lined the parking lot occupied by customers waiting on orders.

"We use our own syrup. Everything is made from scratch. My menu is one of a kind," Tillis said. Customers can pick from traditional chicken and waffles or try one of their flavored waffles (Nutella, cookie butter, and cinnamon roll) topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit. Don’t miss their signature menu item, "Chicken in a Cone," a homemade waffle cone filled with fried chicken bites and drizzled with syrup.


Wanda J's Next Generation

111 N. Greenwood Ave. | (918) 861-4142 | wandajs.com

Mon. – Sat., 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Goods stores

$1 Store and More

1605 N. Peoria Ave. | (918) 794-1280 | facebook.com/1dollarstoreandmore

Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Sat., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Bethel Pharmacy

205 E. Pine St., Suite 7 | (918) 505-9650 | bethelpharmacy.com

Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Black Wall Street Market

5616 N. Osage Dr. | (918) 770-6020 | facebook.com/blackwallstreetmarket

Tue. – Sat., 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

CBD Pharm

2324 E. Admiral Blvd.

Tue. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Natural Health Clinic

112 N. Greenwood Ave. | (918) 587-4500nhgreenwood.com

Tue. – Sat., 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

The What Not Shop

4747 N. Peoria Ave. | (918) 425-5811

Mon. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Insurance and finance

5 Star Solutions

8218 E. 71st St. | (918) 863-3000 | 5starsolutionspro.com

James Collins, Agent at Farmers Insurance

10159 E. 11th St., Suite 420 | (918) 933-3821 | jcollins2@farmersinsurance.com

Smiley Elmore & Associates

4158 S. Harvard Ave., Suite E-2 | (918) 745-9154 | moneyconcepts.com/celmore

Keith Ewing, Agent at Farmers Insurance

10159 E. 11th St., Suite 420 | (918) 388-3934 | kewing@farmersagent.com

The Pillar Group, LLC
136 N Greenwood Ave., Ste 136 | 918.392.5665 | yourpillargroup.com


Black business guide

Rose Tax Solutions

107 N. Greenwood Ave. | (918) 358-7900 | rosetaxsolutions.com

Latoya Rose is a third-generation entrepreneur. After moving back to Tulsa in 2017, she opened her tax firm Rose Tax Solutions on Greenwood Avenue. The firm provides financial literacy programs, business coaching, and financial strategic planning.

"We do more than just tax prep. We are very much concerned with the overall vision of a person, and helping them connect the dots," Rose said. In addition to running her business as CEO and senior tax accountant, Rose is an author who travels to conduct trainings and speak on economic justice, and is the force behind the Black Wall Street Exchange, an event that brings minority business owners, speakers, and civic leaders together to network and promote the circulation of the minority dollar.

"We’re looking for those merchants who don’t want to not just make a dollar but who are going to also transform their community," Rose said.


Media

The Black Wall Street Times

17 W. 5th St. | theblackwallsttimes.com

The Oklahoma Eagle

624 E. Archer St. | theoklahomaeagle.net

Services

A&M Healthcare Clinic, LLC

3606 N. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. | (918) 728-8512 | amhealthcareclinic.com

Mon.–Thurs., 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Sat., 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Allie’s Crown Florist

250 E. Apache St. | (918) 430-1250 | alliescrownflorist.com

Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

aNAILized by Anti

7927 E. 21st St. | (405) 456-9356 | instagram.com/anailized_by_anti

AYD Trinity Travel

460 N. Xanthus Ave. | (918) 809-3743 | aydtrinitytravel@yahoo.com

Barbara’s Graphic Arts & Word Processing Services

240 E. Apache St. | (281) 903-6068 | barbara.middlebrook@yahoo.com

Mon., 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Tues. – Sat., by appt

Best of the Movers

(918) 505-8387

A Better Lawn Experience 

(918) 841-2378 | cmelvin874@gmail.com

Biglow Funeral Directors Inc.

1414 N. Norfolk Ave. | (918) 687-5510 | biglowfunerals.com

Body Sculpting by Landry

7935 S. Memorial Dr. | (918) 809-9680 | facebook.com/bodysculptingbylandry

Color Me True Destiny Programs

P.O. Box 52193, Tulsa, 74152 | (918) 850-3074 | mlhwilliams12@gmail.com

Don Thompson Images

P.O. Box 6252, Tulsa, 74148 | (918) 814-4262 | donthompsonimages.com

Wed. – Fri., 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Dreamstart, brand development

918-732-9846 | mydreamstart.com

Dyer Memorial Chapel

2103 E. 3rd St. | (918) 425-5549 | dyermemorialchapel.net

Elizabeth Hill, realtor

(918) 810-1302 | ehillhomes.com

Fruit Head, fruit basket arrangements

(918) 886-7124 | facebook.com/imafruithead

Greenwood Avenue Gift Shop

19and21.com

Hush Harbor, grant writing and strategic planning

(918) 408-6821 | hushharbor909@aol.com

Jack’s Memory Chapel

801 E. 36th St. N | (918) 428-4431 | jacksmemorychapel.com

Lane’s Lawn Service

(918) 585-6921 | (918) 734-5249

LasTop Management Company, Inc.

LasTop Lawn Maintenance & Landscaping, Inc.

P.O. Box 481006, Tulsa, 74148 | (918) 850-6480

Lyons Repair Services

(918) 409-4899

Modern Woodsmen of America

130 N. Greenwood Ave., Suite 401 | (918) 884-7474

Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Pin Man

802 E. 6th St. | (918) 587-2405 | positivepins.com

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Pistolsmith

2145 N. Rockford Ave. | (918) 408-6412

Mon. – Sat., 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Skip's Body Shop

3251 N. Peoria Ave. | (918) 425-1635

Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Smith Repair Services

(918) 998-6161

Stingray Printing and Graphics

4533 N. Frankfort Pl. | (918) 810-1207

Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sat., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Sun., noon – 6 p.m.

Street Geekz

1717 E. 40th St. N | (918) 841-8874 | sgeekz.com

Mon. –  Sat., 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Sun., 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Trabar Communications LLC – Public Relations

P.O. Box 54741, Tulsa, 74155 | (918) 645-4508

Tulsa Dream Center

200 W. 46th St. N | (918) 430-9984 | tulsadreamcenter.com

Mon. – Sat., 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tulsa Window Tinting & Graphics 

Locations in Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Jenks, Bixby, and Owasso​ | (918) 889-9477 | tulsawindowfilms.com

Vision Branding, business brand consultant

(918) 587-1428 | rnadams78@gmail.com

Wise Moves Dance Academy

(918) 812-5617 | wmdanceacademy.com

With Love Holistic Birth Services and Consulting

2232 S. 137th E. Ave. | (918) 282-9033 | withlovedoula.wixsite.com/website

Style and self care

Beads Please, LLC

(918) 720-6420 | facebook.com/mybeadsplease


Black business guide

Black Label Grooming

6373 S. Memorial Dr., Suite B | (918) 270-3444 | blacklabelmg.us

Tue. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Mon., noon – 6 p.m. | Sat., 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Black Label Grooming is a men’s barber shop located at 63rd Street and Memorial Drive. Owners AG and Amber Guipttons celebrated the shop’s fifth anniversary on Feb. 3 of this year.

"We have a lot of fun. It’s a place where men from every race get to come laugh and talk about every day stuff," AG said.

For the Guipttons family, the barber shop is more than a business—it’s a place where families gather in fellowship. "Whenever people come and get their haircuts here, they’re more than just clients. It’s a community. I have clients that I’ve been cutting for over 10 years. I know their families, I know their children. It’s a good atmosphere."


Blow Out Hair Studio

109 N. Greenwood Ave. | (918) 576-6200

Tue. – Sat., 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Sun., 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Claudia Hats & Jewelry

(918) 995-2787 | claudia.hats@gmail.com

Elegance Beauty Supply & Gifts

205 E. Pine St. | (918) 582-5858 | elegancebeautygifts.com

Mon. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Sun., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

EJDezigns, custom jewelry

(918) 200-8539

Howell’s Designer Suits

202 E. Marshall Pl. | (918) 587-7775 | howelldesignersuits2.com

Jaded Onyx Soap and Beauty

2005 N. Owasso Ave., Owasso​ | (918) 904-9382 | jadedonyx.com

Kimberly Kween Tulsa Stylist

6614 S. Memorial Dr. | (910) 896-6776 | styleseat.com/kimberlykween

Mon. – Sat., 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Locks & Strands Salon

1044 E. Pine Pl. | (918) 282-2018

Tue. – Sat., 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Nu Celebrity Impressions

(610) 467-7377 | nucelebrityimpressions.com

Poppi’s Urban Spa

302 S Frankfort Ave ste C | 918.932.8181 | @tulsapoppi Tulsapoppi.com

Tue.-Thur., 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Fri.-Sat., 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Sun., 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Purple Rain Collections

782 E. Pine St., Suite B | (918) 928-2613 | facebook.com/PurpleRainCollections

Ralph's Menswear

736 E. 36th St. N | (918) 425-3933

Mon. – Sat., 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

She-PHIT Athletics

(918) 973-7448 | she-phit.com

Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Sat., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

SistaDos Salon & Fine Grooming

6614 S. Memorial Dr., Suite 29 | (918) 346-8397 | facebook.com/sistadosalonfinegromming

Mon., Wed., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Thurs. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Sat., 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

SpeakOut Wear

(918) 808-3120 | squareup.com/store/sow


Black business guide

Style By Lisa J

(405) 633-1693 | facebook.com/LisaJBrands

Lisa J launched her styling and fashion design business, Style by Lisa J, in May of 2017. With a background in fashion journalism and business entrepreneurship, Lisa J has over 18 years of fashion expertise. She provides consultations with clients on looks to get an idea of who they want to portray—whether it’s on stage, at work, or around town.

"I use the draping method. I don’t really sketch, I just really do what you do. I sit down and let people talk to me, because I’m naturally a storyteller. I get a visual of the piece and go drape," Lisa J said.

Lisa J has designed for celebrity clients and recently designed a look for local singer/performer Branjae for an upcoming music video. "She wanted a Grace Jones/Mad Max [look]. I thought that was very powerful—dangerous, and soft at the same time," Lisa J said. The theme of the video was surviving domestic violence, and Lisa J created a leather black dress paired with a silver crown adorned with long silver spikes. Lisa J will soon be launching a website where she will be featuring her retail items.


Tai B. Beauty & Makeup Artistry

By appt. | taibbeauty.com

Tee’s Barber Shop

120 N. Greenwood Ave. | (918) 584-1189

Tue. – Sat., 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

United We Stand, Inc., tailor

205 E. Pine St., Suite 16 | (918) 382-1766

Mon. – Thurs., 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Fri., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The XclusiV Body Suit Health & Holistic 

1624 S. 107th E Ave. | (918) 986-4627 | getsuitedxv.com

If we missed your business, please send an email to voices@langdonpublishing.com to be included in this listing.

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