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23 SpelHouse (Spelman & Morehouse) Alumni Owned Businesses

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We’re back showing more HBCU entrepreneur love! This time to our brothers and sisters at SpelHouse aka Spelman College and Morehouse College. Check out a few of the business owners that these esteemed institutions have produced.

Spelhouse Alumni Owned Businesses

DCity Smokehouse is THE barbecue establishment of Washington, DC. The Washington post dubbed it “the finest barbecue establishment in town.” Founder: Melvin Hines


Mischo Beauty (Washington D.C.) is an Award-Winning Luxury, Eco-Conscious Cosmetics Brand. Founder: Kitiya Mischo King


Oyin Handmade (Baltimore) is a fun-loving hair and body natural products line for men, women and children. Co-Founder: Jamyla Bennu 


Onehunted (Philadelphia) bridges the gap between smart consumers and smart products. They curate digital and physical campaigns that connect good people with good brands. Founder: Isaac Ewell



Luma (Atlanta) gives you the fastest WiFi everywhere. It creates a Wi-Fi hotspot that connects using a “surround sound” method to ensure there are no dead spots in your home. Co-Founder: Dr. Paul Judge


Perennial Strategy Group (Washington, D.C.) is a strategic advisory firm that provides government, public, community relations and public affairs services for Fortune 500 companies, national non-profits, trade associations policy issues. Founder: Lamell McMorris


Onion Cut & Sewn (Harlem) features beautiful effortless clothes that feel like lotion. Founder: Whitney Mero


My Crowning Jewel (Connecticut) is a line of stylish head wraps for daytime wear and nighttime wraps. Founder: Veronica Chapman


Partpic (Atlanta) utilizing patent pending technology, it allows users to snap a picture and receive search results for replacement maintenance, repair and operations parts. Co-Founder: Jason Crain


Posh & Private (Houston) is a special event firm that offers event design, planning, and consulting for corporate and social events. Founders:  Husband and wife team Brandon Carson (Morehouse) and Brandi Carson (Spelman)


Dental Kidz (Newark) is a full service pediatric dental & orthodontic practice. Serving infants, children, & special needs patients, they offer in-office sedation & hospital services. Co-Founder: Dr. Lezli Levene Harvell, D.M.D


Worldview Realty Group (Manhattan) is a boutique real estate brokerage and consulting firm that assists clients all over the world with purchasing properties in New York and Georgia. Founder: Adeola Adejobi, Esq.


Florida Avenue Grill (Washington D.C.) is one of the Chocoloate City’s oldest soul food spots and according to the website, it’s been “determined that it is the oldest soul food restaurant in the world.” According to the Washington Post, “The Grill attracted patrons from all strata of Washington’s African American community — the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Stokely Carmichael ate here, as did jazz musicians, Howard University students, construction workers and cab drivers.” New owner : Imar Hutchins


Frederick Benjamin (New York) is a premium grooming line that fuses the power of natural ingredients with the art of science, all while honoring the elements of style. Founder: Michael James


Bingham-Lester Dentistry (Maryland) is located in a state-of-the-art office, which features private treatment rooms and modern comfort dentistry. At Bingham-Lester Dentistry, patients of all ages are treated for preventive, restorative, and surgical care. Founder:Dr. Vickii Bingham-Lester DMD


The Law Office of Council & Associates (Atlanta) is a law firm specializing in representing victims of automobile accidents, trucking accidents, daycare center neglect and slips and falls. Founder: Lashonda Council Rogers


Team Spirits Imports Company (Michigan) is an independent importer of fine spirits, committed to offering innovative, heritage based products of the highest quality.They offer a unique selection of the highest quality rums, tequila, syrup, wines and liqueur. Co-Founder: Clyde Davis Jr.


NanBon (Washington D.C.) produces a range of baked goodies using recipes that have been passed down for over five generations. They use local produce and locally grown ingredients whenever possible. Founder: Aisha Wilson Bond


Liberation Center (Phoenix) is an integrated medical and psychiatric care facility. They offer specialized eating disorder treatment, substance abuse/DUI services and outpatient medical and psychiatric consultations. Co-Founder: Lesley Williams MD, CEDS


Joyful Delights Sweets (Atlanta) makes designs edible, cake pop favors as well as dessert tablescapes. Their customized and handmade cake pops ship nationwide and have been given as favors for birthdays, bridal showers, weddings, graduations, retirements, and corporate events. Founder: Joy Andrews


Sanford Biggers (Harlem) creates art that integrates film, video, installation, sculpture, drawing, original music and performance. He intentionally complicates issues such as hip hop, Buddhism, politics, identity and art history in order to offer new perspectives and associations for established symbols. Founder: Sanford Biggers



Bovanti Cosmetics (Atlanta) is a diverse family owned cosmetics brand that “empowers women through and educational workshops, seminars, makeup classes, and beauty tours.”  C0-Founder: Anita Bohannon


Source Booksellers (Detroit) is an independent bookstore that offers a unique niche of non-fiction books. They also offer activities and events like Book/Author talks and Mind, Body & Spirit Classes such as Tai Chi, Yoga, Qi Gong & Belly Dancing. Founder: Janet Webster Jones



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