SHOPPE BLACK is a Philadelphia based multimedia company for Black entrepreneurs.

SHOPPE BLACK was founded by the husband and wife team, Tony O. Lawson and Shantrelle P. Lewis with the goal of connecting Black owned businesses with the customers, partners and resources they need to succeed.

Since 2015, we have profiled thousands of businesses and interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs and professionals from New York to Nigeria, all in the name of celebrating Black Business excellence and encouraging our community to invest in itself and to #SHOPPEBLACK. SHOPPE BLACK is a lifestyle, not a fad.
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SHOPPE BLACK Co-Founders Tony O. Lawson and Shantrelle P. Lewis


      • Bravo Thank You So much For Breathing Life into Black Business Ownership
        It’s So So So much Needed.
        Black EXCELLENCE at Its Best

        • Hi ?? Congrats and may the Blessings Continue ??
          My husband Ian Ritchie also has his own construction business and it was once very successful back in 2009, however over the past years things took a turnaround and things started going down hill bcos every time he do a bid he gets turned down or people don’t want to pay him. He is originally from Jamaica and eat, sleep and breath concrete. He knows construction very well but is not given a fair chance. We bought a house in Bushkill Pa but he works in the city. He also started out in our two bedroom apartment in Brooklyn. He is a very dedicated hard working sweat, blood and tears family man. Although “people” try to block his hustle, he keeps on keeping on and won’t give up to provide for his family…. just wish he had a fair chance.?? Any advice?

      • You guys give me much inspiration!!!!!!
        I’ve always had dreams working in the fashion industry.
        Creativity is a spiritual gift that also needs to be partnered along sided Faith. The cares of everyday life can cause us to push aside our dreams and lose our Faith. Thank you for taking the leap and showing so many of us that it can be accomplished!

        I wish you many, many rainbows!!

  1. To the Owners of the Shoppe Black Corporation, I Applaud you in your much needed endeavor to Uplift and promote ALL Black businesses throughout the Country and even the World. The Company I’m working with is Called Netcinity Company and this company will revolutionize the way you advertise your business or services thru electronic devices that will send out a signal on passing cars and pedestrian traffic to their cell phones locked screen and when they open it up to see the message that you developed will show up on their cell phones letting them know about your Company’s Business or service. Please look at this video presentation from our Company’s CFO, Mr Chad Kopal and contact me so I can answer any questions you may have. Remember we are Reaching All Chamber of Commerce in the Whole Country and World that Helps Promote Small and Mid-sized businesses in their communities.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzeeKW0AcEo&feature=youtu.be Yahoo Mail on Android

  2. This website I tumbled on. I love it. My sister just started her own business. I sent her the link and a few friends who own their own business. I believe we MUST support one another. So we can grow as a whole.

  3. This is my first day here, After the Roseann thing… I am predicting the increase of unity among Black Business Owner, traditional business as well as on line.

    I look forward to supporting business that support my business so that I can support them even the more. What we do? Increase your referrals, retain customers with a cost effective tool that will give you an increase in customer relationships. Ask me how.

    The bottom line…You do not have a business without customers/clients/referrals. Looking forward to hearing from you all.


  4. Well done. This is much needed. We need to work together and support each other.
    Sending you one love – from the African diaspora in Europe

      • This is beautiful I feel like Ive arrived in Wakanda! I have invented Rocyalox the first healthy hair accessory for all girls INCLUSIVE of our little princesses. The coil was my idea I brought to corporate and you know the rest of the story. Please support our brand. No more rubber bands. Final note, we do support one another we just need to find one another. This is a beautiful shopping place to start. Wakanda and Rocyalox.com FOREVER!!!
        Thank you for a beautiful place to network and shop!

  5. This fed my soul today. I’m sorry you had a horrible experience with the retreat and happy you found some good in it. It made me realize some things I really need to do for myself! Keep up the great work WE NEED IT!

  6. I would be honored to be listed on Shop Black I am a motivational Speaker/ Talk Show Host/U S Patented Inventor & Real Estate Investor feel free to connect with me on my social Media @
    IG/TheMcGirt Show
    office 910-813-8525

  7. This website gives me so much motivation keep up the good work.
    You may not know it but 100% you are inspiring a lot people of all ages around the world.

    Love from Battiste Books Bookkeeping & Accounting Services 🙂

  8. Black owned business yesss !!!! This makes me feel good about my children future . I love you guys for this much respect my people . Please continue to stand tall and strong my

  9. I think what you all are doing is absolutely awesome. In this day and time, we need more voices like yours to help connect the Black community economically and globally.
    We are a multi-billion dollar economy. If only more of us knew and understood the power the we possess. It’s going to take us working together, supporting one another: in our neighborhoods, in our communities, across this country and around the globe.
    There’s an entire global economy waiting on us to seize it! Let’s go!
    Ms. CPA

  10. I don’t know how I didn’t know about this site earlier! I LOVE it!! It’s so warm, transparent yet real! I feel like I just walked right into our REAL culture all on one website. Thank you for being you!!

  11. This is amazing. I just found out about this site and it’s absolutely awesome. We need this in our community to continue supporting each other. Thanks for this platform.

  12. Business owner in the making!!! This is amazing. Love to all. This has motivated me to push harder to be successful. We are not statistics!!!

  13. This is my dream for my family before going home. This was my mother’s dream and I would love to find out more about this.

  14. Came across the article about the Cochrane House and landed on your site. I love the look of it! Thank you for sharing.

  15. I wish my mother and grandfather were in person to witness the return of black pride & power through business self love ownership ,hard work & dedication. As a Detroit Native born & raised right here on the Detroit’s west side. I want to say I love Detroit & I love black people. I was alive to see aftican Americans (aka) black people aka Moors & negroes working together building and shareing family values , love , education & the history of thoes who came before us ..Unity, youth guidance and a vision for obtaining power to shape our own destiny is once again in our grasp. Let’s be brave and bold and educated enough to make our aspirations a reality, for ourselves our children our children’s children & those who came before us . Sincerely,Mr.young.Sr.

  16. Your site is patterned after “Black Wall Street” and therefore is destined to succeed !
    (since we BUILT it before we can BUILD it again)
    I sense your collective goal is to build & protect , the black economic community – ‘WAKANDA’
    I am actively completing a ‘fast track’ strategy to reverse our position in society, from consumers to producers.
    This project simultaneously serves to benefit, continental Africans and descendants of Africa, found in North America
    It would be ‘soul satisfying’ to be funded by like minded company executives within your financial network !
    I am confident once they agree my project is feasible, they will not hesitate to act on the vision
    “We can never grow in isolation , we can only grow in community” -ARB

  17. I hesitate to add my business name since it’s been around since 2011 but it’s fledgling though certified MWBE and BBB. I have written a book that needs to be in the hands of families, educators, older adolescents and those with loved children since it will help them to better engage with children around 21st century issues, but I am still working with the publishing company. All these buts…. I am rebranding and getting over putting myself out there by becoming more bodacious by the day with my business. You’ll hear more about my book and company in the near future… I am projecting a publishing date of Juneteenth 2019 which is rapidly approaching.
    Thank you for the opportunity!


    Thank you for providing a platform for our entrepreneurs to showcase their economic-ideas. The return of “financial-solidarity” is one of the first steps at the reclamation of “FREEDOM”. I subscribe also that WRITING, i.e., the ability to compose coherent ideas, to structure logical constructs, to analyze and further reclaim past historical glory is another, most-important need in our community. Check us out: http://www.mrjohnnyonline.com. We work with our students grade 4 to ADULTs on how to develop IDEAs, leveraging knowledge of Subjects & Verbs, Sentence Mechanics, Verb fluency, Grammar and Spelling within Essays, Narratives, Travel Journals, etc. “Until the Lion learns to Write, the stories will only glorify the hunter.”

  19. Wow, I don’t know if I just haven’t been looking hard enough or what….today is the first time I heard of this “shoppe black”. I’ve always said that ‘we’ need something like this. Funny thing, all I could think was…”is it real, or is someone trying to get us”…. I was almost was scared to subscribe. LOL…glad to see its real, growing, and touching others. Keep up the good work. Aloha!!


  21. I’ve become an instant fan of ShoppeBlack! Wearing my volunteer hat as the Economic Development Chair for the NYS NAACP, I will certainly share this resource with my 50 state branches and their thousands of members. But as an Entrepreneur and founder of Paradise Express Ferry and HARLEM ROCKET, the ONLY Black-owned Maritime Operations on the East Coast of the US, focusing on tourism in both the Caribbean and NYC/HARLEM, I can tell you that there is lots of work to be done to get our people into more businesses, particularly in fields that we hadn’t considered before, but which have significant opportunities.

  22. Beautiful. Whole kit and caboodle! You rock. You inspire. I am so pleased to learn about you. I was searching for black architects and found so much more. You are touching and helping shape so many lives for the better, and it feels simply awesome to be one of them.
    Thank you

  23. This has given me so much inspiration. I’m an urban culture magazine owner out of Lufkin TX, small town in east Texas. I have waited to stop many times. Reading this article has pushed me to continue on my journey. Thank you for all that you do.
    Deanna Branson

  24. I am a new business owner that happens to be black. One of the biggest problems that I’m finding is financial help. Meaning startup capital. How can you help a person like myself

    • Hello Smiley

      TD Bank is known for helping start-ups; inquire about their lines of credit. Good luck!

      Tammy from Tampa Florida

  25. You two are an inspiration! Thanks for swinging into the Apple Store on 5th ave. I came to get something else entirely and was blessed seeing you guys there. Thanks so much!

  26. Guys, LOVE what you’re doing! Truly inspirational. Thank you for leading the way in these times of polarization and entrenchment. You are the inspiration needed for anyone who knows that every skin color should have their own site like yours – heck, maybe even their own country or continent, am I right? As a matter of fact, I took so much inspiration from the beautiful example that you are setting that I’ve decided to go ahead and make your site but for MY skin color: shoppewhite.us! No worries because we obviously won’t be competing, right?! LOLs! So, I have a few questions to make sure I segregate my content just as carefully as you seem to do. 1. I totally am just curious on how you go about authenticating the skin color of those affiliated with your content? 2. What is your policy with regards to authenticity? That is, when is someone black enough to be a part of your site? Thanks so much in advance for helping me develop a healthy community like your own! Oh, and to any curious strays “like” myself, make sure you #shoppewhite and keep your eyes peeled for the soon-to-come shoppewhite.us site! Lots of love Tony and Shantrelle! <3

    • It never cease to amaze me at how when WE, Black people try to establish something that is solely for the purpose of advancing our people here in America who has been shown the least respect by this country, would ask or be offended that we want something, just one thing, hell, anything that we can call our own with respect and dignity that we have. I applaud Mr. Tony O. Lawson and Shantrelle P. Lewis for this wonderful opportunity that we can learn from. You are one of those who deep down inside, hate to see us rise, but rise we shall. It is obvious in the questions that you ask. By the way, you don’t have to create a shop called shoppe whiteus, we do that every day and have for the past 200 plus years.

  27. I own an Independent Commercial Insurance Agency in Dallas, Tx., to my knowledge if I am not the only one there are very few of us. I would love the opportunity to market and help AA business owners but I have found it extremely difficult to market to my own. For various reasons I have been met with gaining and sustaining good , strong AA business. Can you or anyone that reads this offer some legitimate ( and believe me I have tried EVERYTHING ) advice to help me.

  28. INSPIRATIONAL & AWESOME IDEAS !!! I am from Tifton, Georgia !! I own a Profit & Non Profit Business !! Also, I have Business where we provide resources to Battered Women & Children, STEM Program, and Transportation Services for the Elderly. I wok as a Substitute Teacher ( Part Time) and I based all my businesses on Fund Raising & Donations.

  29. Great job you guys are doing. Especially with giving black people the opportunity for gun ownership. I would like to know how can I get training to be an instructor and hold safety classes?

  30. So glad I found some black owned gun ranges. Thank you for shining light on these SAFE SPACES for us!!!

  31. I just discovered this website over the weekend. I am super excited that it exists. I own a Commercial Mortgage Brokerage company in Philadelphia, PA. I would love the opportunity to market and help AA business owners acquire the financing they need to help them to start and grow their businesses. I am here to fill the void when we apply for financing and then get declined. I currently have access to billions of dollars to lend through public and private sources. My top product right now is 100% financing for business owners. I am here to help!

  32. I love this. Everything that I bought that was introduced to me by Shoppe Black, I’ve enjoyed. We can do for ourselves. thank you for making this platform available to us. I will continue to explore Black businesses from Shoppe Black.

  33. I find this very motivating! I am black & starting my first day of Real Estate school here in Dallas, TX at Champions School of Real State. I currently work for a Commercial Real Estate company by the name of CBRE. My goal is to become a Commercial Real State Broker. Sadly, my company has no black Commercial Real Estate Brokers (that I know of). I really hope I can connect & meet more brothers & sisters in this career field 🙂

  34. Well, I would once again like to say your program looks like it could truly have a great impact on helping the lives of our people. Keep up the good work and let’s see about us coming together to contribute in different ways to seriously help the lives of our people. I have a few ideas in mind that I know would also help out as well. Black People coming together in Financial and Spiritual Unity can and will change all the negativity in our community. By the way, Richard Thomas was the Mayor of Mt. Vernon, NY who gave our family business LW. Bridges Real Estate Co. LLC. our Historic Award.

  35. Dear Tony O. Lawson and Shantrelle P. Lewis,

    Thank you for your work in promoting Black products and entrepreneurs through your site “Shoppe Black.” I admire your movement. We are spirit businesses since I have a similar vocation. I shop black and promote “Us” at every turn. We are blessed to have you in our community.

  36. i’m in the oakland, california area – are any of your listings here ?
    to me the black owned everyday expenditures are just as important as the big things like buying a house – so i am interested in black owned gas stations, pharmacies, shoe stores, restaurants, as well as apartment buildings and hotels…. even black doctors, dentists, and optometrists are getting hard to find – at least around here….

  37. I’ve checked multiple websites for American saffron farmers. I’ve only came across Sarah Salatino, owner of Full Circle Gardens in Essex Junction, Vermont. I am a proud African American male that is very interested in becoming one of few African American farmers. I realize the potential for the United States to increase home grown saffron. I also realize the shift in Black America to claim their future by way of agriculture. As quiet as it is kept, slavery was not just a need for man power, there was huge need for skilled farmers in specific agricultural areas.
    If you know of any farmers with my desired interest. Please contact be ASAP.

  38. I’m originally from and will forever be a Philly Girl. I love what you’re doing and thank you for shining a light on Black Businesses. Your efforts continue to show we can all succeed by supporting one other. Keep up the great work and know we appreciate both of you.

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