From local retailers, to florists, to transportation providers, Albany County is home to a variety of black-owned businesses and black-led organizations. Whether you are searching for a gift from a locally-owned shop, a non-profit to support, or transportation for your next event, these black-owned businesses in Albany County have you covered.
Please note that this list is not meant to be comprehensive, but to highlight some of the Black-owned businesses in Albany County.
Additional Lists of Local Black-Owned Businesses:
10 Black-Owned Restaurants & Bakeries in Albany (Discover Albany)
Guide to Black-Owned Businesses & Black-Led Organizations (Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy)
Black-Owned Businesses in Downtown (Downtown Albany BID)
Black-Owned Businesses in the Capital Region (Instagram: @brit_ny)
50+ Black-Owned Capital Region Businesses (Instagram: @yelpalbany)
The African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region, Inc. (AACCCR) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating, enriching, and empowering Capital Region residents to the rich and vibrant history, contribution, and culture of African Americans. Throughout the year, AACCCR hosts a variety of exhibits, programs and specials events, both in-person and virtually. AACCCR's home at 135 South Pearl Street has recently undergone extensive renovations and is reopening to the public on May 5. Mark your calendars for the 17th Annual Albany Juneteenth Celebration, with virtual and in-person celebrations, on June 19!
Tech Valley Hospitality Shuttle is Albany's go-to service for all transportation needs. Whether you are searching for a way to transport your family and friends on your wedding day, shuttle conference attendees to and from a venue, or even a luxurious, reliable ride to a special event, Tech Valley Hospitality Shuttle offers it all with a focus on impeccable customer service. The shuttle service's fleet of vehicles includes SUVs, vans, luxe buses, mini buses, 40 passenger party bus and 55 passenger chart bus.
Check out Tech Valley Hospitality Shuttle CEO Trent Griffin-Braaf's favorite spots around Albany County with his Discover My Albany video.
Blooms by Marie is a neighborhood florist specializing in luxury floral designs for all occasions. Owner Marie Campbell started this venture in her house last spring. The business flourished and now operates out of a shop on Madison Avenue in Albany. With a focus on superb customer service, Blooms by Marie has stunning floral arrangements and wrapped bouquets perfect for birthdays, holidays, weddings or just to brighten someone's day. Swing by the shop on Madison Avenue to order a custom floral arrangement or peruse the selection of bouquets and gifts.
Fresh & Fly Clothing is located in the heart of downtown Albany at 13 South Pearl Street. Described as the "Official Swag Headquarters," the locally-owned retailer doesn't create style and fashion - they enhance it! Visit the downtown Albany storefront to browse a variety of clothing, shoes and accessories for men, women and kids. Fresh & Fly also has an online shop with clothing and accessories available to ship straight to your house.
Youth FX is a non-profit organization designed to immerse young people of color in the creative and technical aspects of digital film making and media production. Based in Albany, Youth FX works primarily with youth residing in the South End, Arbor Hill and West Hill neighborhoods. From one-day workshops, to multiple week intensives, Youth FX provides hands-on programming for young people of color to develop digital video production skills, from editing to screenwriting to producing, by creating documentaries and short films.
Root3d, located at 165 South Pearl Street, is a wellness center designed to recharge the mind, body and spirit, with a focus on BIPOC communities. Founded by Rachelle Pean and Jamel Mosely, the space has both in-person and virtual offerings. The health and wellness offerings include wellness workshops, individual therapy and Reiki sessions, and a variety of classes including group healing, yoga, tarot readings, and much more. On May 1, celebrate Root3d's second birthday with five hours of healing and wellness classes, hosted on IGTV and in-person (registration required).