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12 Black-Owned Dessert Shops Offering Unique Treats in Charlotte

By meerna Jul11,2024
12 Black-Owned Dessert Shops Offering Unique Treats in Charlotte

Charlotte is full of restaurants, food trucks and takeout places, many of which specialize in sweet treats.

From cakes to smoothies, ice cream and more, these 12 black-owned bakeries have delicious treats worth trying.

This Caribbean cafe near University City opened in 1986 and is named after its founder and longtime owner, Tony Martin, and his mother, Ann — both of whom are from Guyana.

The café has won numerous awards and sells its sauces in bottles that you can take home.

Order Swank, a refreshing Caribbean lemonade made in-house with lemons and limes and brown sugar.

Where: : 4491 Slanting Bridge Road, Sherrills Ford.

Pop bar

Pop bar in NoDa.

Kia and Clarence Lyons, originally from Birmingham, Alabama, opened their bakery in December 2016 in the heart of NoDa.

During the pandemic, the couple turned their store into a mobile food truck.

The menu includes handmade ice cream, “sorbetto” and yogurts on a stick – all made with fresh and natural ingredients.

Where:NoDa – 3123 N Davidson Street | Camp North End – 270 Camp Road

Snow on a roller

Mother and daughter Akyah “Ky” Atkinson and her mother, April Atkinson, founded the food truck company in 2021.

Guests can expect shaved ice and a variety of flavors like lime and cotton candy, as well as a lemonade, at this food truck.

Where:Check out the Snow Your Roll Instagram profile for the weekly schedule.

Sprinkle with

Sprinkle Signature Milkshake at Sprinkle in NoDa. October 2023 (QCity Metro)

Opened in November 2023 by Kimberly Wilkinson, owner of the Juice Box juice company and a bar in Plaza Midwood called Members Only, Sprinkle has several dessert options on its menu.

The dessert lounge serves milkshakes, cotton candy cocktails and funnel cakes.

Where: 3100 N. Davidson Street

This freshly squeezed fruit juice bar is owned by William Fulton and offers freshly prepared fruit drinks.

Fulton sold his juices for years and became a popular vendor at the local farmers market. In 2022, he moved to a brick-and-mortar store in NoDa.

Jugo’s offering includes pressed juices with names such as Kale Yeah, Beat It and Purple Haze.

Where: 3205 N. Davidson Street

Two ice cream scoops

(Qcity Metro)

This ice cream shop offers a variety of ice cream flavors, such as blueberry cheesecake or chocolate with raspberry pieces, all made based on a family recipe from 20 years ago.

Co-owned by friends Marques Johnson, Rich Moyer, and Charlotte native Jae Hatchett, the ice cream shop opened its fourth location in Rock Hill in August 2021.

Where:Plaza Midwood – 913 Central Avenue | Camden – 1616 Camden Road, Suite 100

Destination Sweets

The team behind BW Sweets Bakery — which closed in 2023 — Frankie White opened this bakery in Northlake Mall in 2023.

In the store you can buy, among others, cheesecake with crispy strawberries and cake with banana pudding and other desserts.

Where: 6801 Northlake Mall Drive

Beyond the amazing donuts

Amazing Donut. (Courtesy of Beyond Amazing Donuts, Rico Marcelo Photography)

Beyond Amazing Donuts owner and pastry chef, Jasmine “Jazz” Macon, previously worked as the pastry chef at Leah & Louise before opening her own location.

Before Beyond Amazing Donuts opened a brick-and-mortar store, it enjoyed popularity, appearing at various events around the city.

Guests can expect special doughnuts with unique flavors, such as raspberry topping or chocolate honeycomb.

Where: 1730 Abbey Place

On June 16, 2020, Devin McDaniel and her two partners reopened Derita Dairy Bar, which they purchased from the previous owners in 2019.

From shakes and gelato to Italian ice cream, this takeout spot is known for its extensive comfort menu. The grill even offers hot dogs, salads, fries and more.

Where: 2737 W. Sugar Creek Road

Hip Hop Smoothies owners Shamika and Roberto Brooks with their son at their booth at the 7th Street Market. (QCity Metro)

Shamika Brooks, co-owner of Hip-Hop Smoothies with her husband Roberto Brooks, opened the smoothie shop in a mobile home in Uptown.

The store offers drinks such as “Turn Down for What” with original Red Bull, strawberries, mango and peaches and “Juicy” with orange juice, mango and bananas.

Where: Uptown – 224 E. 7th Street | West Charlotte – 249 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road | East Charlotte – 5800 N. Sharon Amity Road.

Jucin’ Juice Bar

This cold-pressed, organic juice bar offers a variety of juices, smoothies and shots, including wheatgrass, vitamin C and sea moss.

Where: 5818 Highland Shoppes Drive

Ice Cream at Urban Sweets. November 2022. (QCity Metro)

Owner Kristen Stewart started Urban Sweets as a pop-up concept that expanded into a physical location in November 2022. The location closed in 2023, but the concept continues to offer many of its popular flavors at pop-ups and special events.

Urban Sweets offers specialty flavors named after Charlotte-area favorites, including Belmont Banana Pudding and Construction Crunch, which combines coffee, chocolate, toffee and almond.

Where: Regional Farmers Market at 1801 Yorkmont Road, every Saturday through November 30th from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

By meerna

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