Rockford Area Black-Owned Businesses!

Rockford Area Black-Owned Businesses!

Rockford Buzz

Posted On: June 8, 2020



Hey Rockford! Here is a list of some wonderful black-owned businesses here in the Rockford area! If there are any that you'd like to add, our contact info will be at the bottom of the page!

15th & Chris

Restaurant/Food Truck

201 15th Ave

Rockford, Illinois 61104

(779) 774-4116

100 Strong Community Safe House

Community Services

4111 Auburn St

Rockford, Illinois 61101

(779) 772-7699

103.7 Da Beat

Radio Station

(815) 496-0793

A4 Appraisal

Appraisal Services

1302 Thoren Ln

Rockford, Illinois 61107

(815) 489-9553

AnJan's Eats

Food Trailer

(815) 505-8129

Apple Shack Repair Shop


11706 Main St

Roscoe, Illinois 61073

(779) 203-8500

Aspire Realty and Property Management Co


213 N. 3rd St.

Rockford, Illinois 61107

(815) 513-6050

Ballard Law Office, P.C. - Tomiko L. Ballard

Lawyer/Law Office

321 W. State Street, Suite 201

Rockford IL 61101

815 961 8760 phone

815 642 5280 fax

Banana Cherry Bakery


1274 S Alpine Rd

Rockford, Illinois 61108

(815) 977-4547

Beautiful You Natural Skincare

Online Retail/Skin Care

Black Women in Business Beloit

Expo/Business Services

(608) 302-7589

The Body Factory 

Gym/Personal Training 

8016 N 2nd St.

Machesney Park, IL


Bomb Hair Designs, LLC


718 18th St

Rockford, Illinois 61104

(779) 423-1961

Bottle of Sonshine

Skincare/Online Retail

Carl E. Ponds Funeral Home

Funeral Services

200 N. Johnston Avenue

Rockford, Illinois 61101

(815) 963-6981

Cheeks Photography


(779) 348-8013

Chuc-A-Luc's Fishmarket & Grill


1104 Elm St

Rockford, Illinois 61102

(815) 962-8292

Collins & Stone Funeral Home

Funeral Services

128 S 5th St

Rockford, Illinois 61104

(815) 965-1515

Distinguished Gentleman's Menswear


308 E State St

Rockford, Illinois 61104

(815) 608-5888

Downtown Shoes and Boutique


202 N Main St

Rockford, Illinois 61101

(815) 962-1381

Eight Fifteen Capital, LLC

Real Estate

Electronic Union Records

Record Label/Music/Apparel

321 North Church Street

Rockford, Illinois 61103

(779) 772-5065

Ellis Lawncare & Snow Removal Services

Lawn care


Enhance skin lashes brows

Beauty Services

129 S Phelps Ave, building 5 suite #508

Rockford, Illinois 61108

(815) 206-8020

Fantasy Hair Kloset

Beauty/Hair Care

320 N Alpine rd Ste 102

Rockford, Illinois 61107

(815) 980-8445

The Feels Candles

Online Retail

(815) 721-9737

Fine Mindz Inc


4215 East State room 114

Rockford, IL 61108


Flickin Designs


(779) 256-1909

FlyGuy Films





328 E State St

Rockford, IL 61104

(779) 423-0137

Infinite Soul Vibrations

Retail/Holistic Health

333 E. State St

Rockford, Illinois 61104

(815) 980-8319

Integrative Healing Center

Medical Care

4775 Manhattan Drive

Rockford, Illinois 61108

(815) 986-8205

Jamaica On the Grill


1021 E State St,

Rockford, IL 61104

(815) 200-1717

J.S. Event Design Studio & Social Cafe

Rental/Business Services

607 West State Street Studio B

Rockford, Illinois 61103

(779) 210-1714

JC's Fish Market

Restaurant/Fish Market

4333 W State St

Rockford, Illinois 61102

(815) 708-7467

JoeBuckets Training 

Basketball Skill Development 

305 S Madison Street 

Rockford, IL 61104



Networking/Lifestyle Blog/Vlogger

Keep it 100 Custom Printing 

Printing Services

1130 Broadway 

Rockford, IL 61101


KellieCheree Candles


Kikifer's Beauty Supply


3424 N. Main St. Suite A

Rockford, Illinois 61103

(815) 708-7082

Kikifer’s Entrepreneurial Academy


3424 N. Main St.

Rockford, Illinois 61102

(779) 232-9571

King Wingo Photography




(708) 930-6644

LaCresia Soulfood Kitchen

Food Services

330 College Ave

Rockford, IL 61104

Marquis Garrette

Licensed Health and Life Insurance producer/broker

1S450 Summit Ave #230

Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

(815) 575-9507‬

Meemic-Redd Insurance Group

Insurance Agency

4855 E. State, Suite

Rockford, Illinois 61108

(815) 713-6869

Proof Training


6200 Daytona Dr.

Loves Park,Il 61111

(815) 708-1358

Rawdawg Urban

Apparel/Online Retailer

Rick’s Ribs


349 E Riverside Blvd

Loves Park, Illinois 61111

(779) 210-3140

Rock County Jumpstart

Entrepreneurship Development for Black-Owned Businesses in the Stateline Area

6004 S County Road G

Janesville, WI 53547


Seabreeze Non-Emergency Medical Transport

Transportation Services

(815) 708-7807

Signature Fadez Studio 815

Barber/Hair Care

3004 Charles st

Rockford, Illinois 61108

(779) 537-7218


Beauty/Hair Care

3840 Broadway Suite F2

Rockford, Illinois 61108

(779) 210-7062

Smokehouse Bar-B-Que


432 Harrison Ave

Rockford, Illinois 61104

(815) 962-5512

SNKRS Anonymous


333 E. State St.

Rockford, IL 61103

(815) 708-7653

Tails of Wonder Grooming

Pet Care

(815) 558-4479



100 W. Main Street

Rockton, Illinois 61072

(815) 957-0290

T & C's Cooking Creations

Catering/Food Service

(779) 771-4185

Temperature Doctors Heating and AC

HVAC Services

1000 9th St Unit #9

Rockford, Illinois 61104

(815) 914-6197

Torch Barbershop

Barber/Hair Care

7817 N 2nd St

Machesney Park, Illinois 61115

(815) 708-8686

Warren Photography 365


202 N Church St

Rockford, Illinois 61107

(815) 980-0957

Music Streaming Station

Why Envy Boutique

Online Retail/Apparel

Xenaissance Photography


Your Styles & Cuts


1406 N Main St

Rockford, Illinois 61103

(815) 964-0960

Zammuto's Drive In

Restaurant/Ice Cream

725 Kent St

Rockford, Illinois 61102

(815) 962-9180

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Vintage Shop Hop

Vintage Shop Hop

Thousands of shoppers will converge on northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin once again for the fall edition of the popular Vintage Shop Hop™ on Friday and Saturday, October 7 & 8, 2022. The event is a self-guided road trip for vintage and antique lovers in the northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin region to satisfy their ‘vintage’ addiction and support small businesses at the same time. Typically, between 350 to 400 locally owned vintage shops, antique malls, women’s boutiques, occasional and pop-up shops, home décor, upscale consignment shops, and vintage barn sales in the two-state region participate in this one-of-a-kind event.The event was destined to grow quickly. Between the shop owners looking for a unique, low-cost way to promote not only their shop but their town too, and then add in shoppers who are excited to have a list of hundreds of fun shops dropped in their lap, you can’t hold them back!” laughed Ann Campos, founder of the event. The event stretches across two states from the Mississippi Riveron the west to Lake Michigan on the east, goes north to Stevens Point & Green Bay in Wisconsin, and south to I-80 in Illinois.Each shop has an “in-store” promotion for the weekend, and many shops go miles beyond just complimentary refreshments (like mimosas and dessert treats). “We encourage the shops to create a day unlike the other 363 days of the year,” say Campos. As a result, shoppers will find fun promotions like “pop a balloon” or “spin the wheel” to determine their discount, door prizes, meet-the-maker, paint demos, live music, food trucks, and free swag bags just for stopping in. Others create punch card promotions to get people moving around their region, hire live music and invite food trucks to park in their lots. All shops will be ready and waiting to greet new faces to their store and provide the shoppers with the best in customer service. “The participating shop owners are very passionate about the history of their antiques as well as their buildings. In order to compete with big box stores, small business owners have to be creative in their marketing efforts and work extra hard to get noticed,” Campos said. “I’m just happy I can help them out by using my experience to bring customers to their doorstep with this fun shopping event. To my knowledge, it’s the biggest event of its kind in the Midwest.” Many of the shops are set in historic and unique buildings, in downtowns, villages, and the countryside brimming with history which sets them apart from their competitors in big shopping malls. For example, shoppers who step into Vintique Junque in Monroe, Wisconsin can find a sweet shop filled with antiques, vintage, recycled goods, and fun junk housed in a historic 1880s coal store that supplied the downtown square with coal. Or shoppers can experience ‘out of the box' shopping for on-trend vintage items and home décor inside a gorgeous 1882 Methodist church, complete with steeple, at The Half Full Nest in West Dundee, Illinois. Or, explore Starline Excursion Market in Harvard, Illinois tucked inside a renovated, ivy-covered farm equipment factory built in 1888. These are just a few examples of shops located inside unique structures making the shopping experience memorable.Road trip planning for the Vintage Shop Hop is made easy with the interactive Google Map and Master List of Shops. The Google Map includes all shop details that can be accessed on mobile devices while shoppers are traveling the area. The list and map are both found on the event’s blog page 24/7/365 and can be printed off or follow the Facebook page at A direct link to the interactive Google Map is here:

October 2, 2022

A Fiesta at Alvarez Mexican Restaurant

A Fiesta at Alvarez Mexican Restaurant

We ventured to Alvarez Mexican Restaurant to try their famous margaritas and eat our weight in chips! As you do…We were warmly greeted with chips and salsa, and decided to try the Quest Fundido, a fondue with chorizo brought with even more chips (muahahaha). This is a HUGE appetizer, we dug right in to the warm cheese and chorizo medley. The flavor was out of the world and we will definitely order this again… but bring many many more friends, hahaha.Acting like we hadn’t completely filled up on chips, we then sampled the Enchiladas en Mole (three corn tortillas in a rich poblano mole sauce with cheese and sour cream) and the Fajita Lover (sizzling strips of steak, chicken, & shrimp, topped with spanish onions, slices of tender bell pepper & pico de gallo).I have never tried mole sauce, so this was a first for me! The sweetness was a unique contrast to the enchilada and I now see why folks love this stuff. It had almost a nutty flavor, and that pairing was a fun surprise.The fajita was a masterpiece of a medley. Everything was grilled to perfection (no tough shrimp here!) and the meat to vegetable ratio was perfect. I’m a big fan of build your own meals, so fajitas really cater to my desire to get my hands dirty. I was happily surprised with the generous dollops of sour cream and guacamole as well.I almost forgot the margaritas! With a strong blend of many liquors, these are described as “killer” on the menu, and I have to agree with them! Not too sweet, they really nailed the balance. Drink responsibly!Check out Alvarez for your next chip binge!

September 28, 2022

Local Man Works to Revitalize Broadway

Local Man Works to Revitalize Broadway

It's no secret that the past few years have been hard on small businesses, with some parts of the city getting hit harder than others. In the wake of COVID and inflation there are those within our community that are stepping up. Isidro Barrios is one of those people.After spending 40 years as a union carpenter, Isidro and his wife, Melanie, opened a community center inside of their neighborhood. El Barrio is located at 1516 Broadway and aims to be a resource for the businesses and residents of the Broadway region. Isidro referenced his 13 grandbabies as motivation for the passion he has for his community. And his first goal is to help re-establish the Broadway corridor as a thriving business community.Between 11th Street and Kishwaukee Broadway has over 50 available storefronts and through a combination of efforts Isidro aims at reducing that number. One of these efforts is a Business Opportunity Event for the 11th Ward.This event is being hosted at El Barrio, 1516 Broadway, on Friday, September 30th, from 5:00 to 8:00pm. The event hosts multiple opportunities for both existing businesses and those wishing to start a business. There will be resources and information for new and existing businesses, information on solar energy and the Illinois Shines Program, as well as a host of special guests.State Representative Dave Vella, State Representative Maurice West, 11th Ward Alderman Tuffy Quinonez, County Chairman Joe Chiarelli, and County Board Jaime Salgado will all be in attendance.If you have a passion for the Broadway corridor of our city, are wanting to start a business and are looking for a place to open, or just want to connect with our local leadership, then head on over to El Barrio this Friday night.You can RSVP at

September 28, 2022

A Perfect Pour at Hope & Anchor

A Perfect Pour at Hope & Anchor

In the mood for some English Pub comfort food? Rockford’s got that. Travel down 251 to find Hope & Anchor, an English Pub with authentic dishes right in your backyardWhen you walk in the moody atmosphere greets you and you know this place has stories. Take a seat at the bar, order the perfectly poured Guinness and settle in for tales of spooky events and history.Ready for some grub? They serve authentic recipes including fish & chips, bangers & mash, and cottage pie. We tried the fish & chips first.I’m not typically a fan of tartar sauce (let the tar and feathering begin), but in the spirit of the full experience, I sampled Hope & Anchor’s. I can honestly say that I loved it! It paired beautifully with the beer batter fried cod. The menu says “generous portion”, and they aren’t kidding. Come hungry! Served with thick cut English chips and slaw, this is a meal that is certain to fill you up. The fish was fresh and flaky, and the crust was crisp and thick. I definitely recommend this English classic.Next up was the cottage pie, a medley of simmered beef, onions, carrots, and mushrooms topped with mashed potatoes. The presentation of this dish was beautiful, and the flavor was all comfort. This hearty dish will warm your whole soul, while filling you up. The gravy was perfection, taking this simple dish to the next level.We can’t wait to go back and dig into some more dishes, and their dessert menu! What’s your favorite dish at Hope & Anchor?

September 21, 2022

Portraits in the Garden

Portraits in the Garden

Anderson Japanese Gardens provides an extraordinary backdrop for individual and small group portraits. Wednesdays, October 5 through October 19, 2022, during special afternoon hours, Anderson Japanese Gardens will waive photography sitting fees and allow guests and photographers access to the Gardens for the price of regular admission.Anderson Japanese Gardens will waive the special use Garden rental fee for individual, small group, and special occasion photography, during its third annual Portraits in the Gardens. Special use dates and hours will be Wednesdays, October 5 through October 12, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and October 19, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.Limited Portraits in the Gardens dates and hours offer an opportunity for photographers to utilize the vibrant fall foliage while still preserving the tranquility and views of the gardens for guests who attend during regular business hours.Per person admission for Portraits in the Gardens is the price of regular individual Gardens admission. Homecoming groups, wedding parties, and commercial photography sessions will not be permitted. Photographers and guests are asked to always remain on pathways and grassy turf areas, not disturb or remove plants, not block pathways, not climb trees or boulders, not enter water areas or step into garden beds. Drone aerial photography and tripods are not permitted.

September 19, 2022

RHK Streets & Sweets Annual Fundraiser 2022

RHK Streets & Sweets Annual Fundraiser 2022

Rock House Kids, a safe haven for inner-city kids grades 1-12, will be hosting their annual fundraiser, Streets & Sweets, on Thursday, September 22 from 6:00- 8:30 at the Tebala Event Center located at 7910 Newburg Rd, Rockford, IL. Tickets are on still available! The cost to attend is $50 for individual tickets or $400.00 for a table of eight. Rock House Kids Executive Director, Dee Lacny said, “We are always so excited for Streets & Sweets. The kids can’t wait to perform live in front of a large audience! This year has brought so many blessings and there is a lot to celebrate…but at the same time, there is still much more work to be done.” The Emcee for this year’s event will be Michelle Abraham, Host of WTVO’s Good Day Stateline. Streets & Sweets will host delicious appetizers & all you can eat desserts, live performances from the Dance Team, Puppet Team and Motion Team, along with video presentations, speakers and a silent auction. The main sponsor for this year’s Streets & Sweets event is J & M Plating. Additional Sponsorships levels are also still available. Rock House Kids provides free evening programming, mentoring, hot meals, take-home food bags, and daily essentials to more than 250 inner-city youth of Rockford, four evenings a week. RHK receives no government funding, but are wholly supported by donations from the generous corporations, churches, and individuals in the Rockford area. Visit their website at

September 18, 2022

A Little Bit of Italy at Cucina di Rosa

A Little Bit of Italy at Cucina di Rosa

Tucked away at the intersection of Bell School and Rote Road is Cucina di Rosa, a charming taste of Italy right in our hometown.We opened our meal with a classic dish, the Arancini. Cucina di Rosa has three varieties to choose from including broccoli and cheddar, mozzarella and ham, and meat sauce and peas. It was a tough decision, but we decided on the mozzarella and ham. These Arancini are huge! Don’t expect a dainty bite-size ball, no. Large enough for two people to enjoy, you get one gigantic Arancini. The fried shell was thick and crisp, a nice complement to the soft and cheesy interior.Next up was the main course. Keeping with the classics theme, we ordered the Chicken Parmigiana. You get to choose spaghetti or mostaccioli, and it comes with a refreshing salad loaded with tomato and cucumber. I have to say, they have their fry game down. A lot of times you get a soggy bit of chicken from all the sauce on a dish like chicken parmigiana, but the crisp on this chicken was crispy til the last bit. Almost a country-fried flavor. Highly recommended! The sauce is full of fresh spices and packs a flavor punch.Be sure you save room for dessert! They have an in-house Pasticceria and Gelateria, where they make their own desserts. Fresh croissants, cannolis, cream puffs, cakes, gelato, and more await you!For a quaint Italian dinner, try the flavors of Cucina di Rosa.

September 14, 2022

Swedish Pancakes at Stockholm Inn

Swedish Pancakes at Stockholm Inn

If you’ve been in Rockford for longer than a week, you’ve heard of Stockholm Inn. If you’ve been in Rockford for longer than a year and haven’t tried it yet… what are you waiting for?We grabbed the family and headed to Stockholm Inn for a Sunday morning meal. We decided on two of their popular combos, the Swedish Pancakes Combo and the Belgian Waffle Combo.The Swedish Pancakes Combo comes with 2 Swedish pancakes, 2 eggs your style, and 2 sausage links or 2 strips of bacon. The Swedish pancakes are big, and almost a little fluffy. They bring a unique flavor to a traditional favorite. You can request a side of lingonberries or lingonberry butter to add that extra flair.The Belgian waffle combo is similar, but served with a fluffy, crispy waffle the size of a dinner plate. You can dress the waffle up with various flavors or toppings to make it your own, and even request it to be gluten free!If buffets are your jam (breakfast pun), be sure to ask about the weekend buffet at Stockholm Inn. With seemingly endless options, you definitely get to try a bit of everything and will never leave hungry.  Once you finish breakfast, you can enjoy the gift shop with other Swedish favorites, gifts, and more. It’s a whole experience at Stockholm Inn!

September 7, 2022

National Yoga Awareness Month Poll

National Yoga Awareness Month Poll

National Yoga Awareness Month is in September, and we’re here to show you how you can celebrate this month in the best way possible, by enjoying our local yoga studios!Vote for your favorite to be entered for a chance to win a gift card to the studio of your choice.

September 6, 2022

Corn Mazes!

Corn Mazes!

Is there anything more Midwest than a good corn maze?! We didn’t think so. Grab your friends and get lost in a field! Find your way out, and then celebrate by buying a donut (or 12…).Local Corn Mazes:All Seasons Orchard14510 IL-176, Woodstock, IL 60098Cornerstone Family Church Corn Maze9901 N Tower Rd, Byron, IL 61010The Pumpkin Patch3178 IL-173, Caledonia, IL 61011Run-A-Muc Acres3063 W Becker School Rd, Freeport, IL 61032Skelly's Farm Market2713 S Hayner Rd, Janesville, WI 53548Found another great maze? Let us know!

September 4, 2022

Rockford Trunk Or Treat

Rockford Trunk Or Treat

Weekend Roundup: September 2 - 5

Weekend Roundup: September 2 - 5

Happy Labor Day weekend, Rockford! This is a special 4-day edition of the Weekend Roundup. Grab your friends and family and enjoy all the fantastic events this weekend.FridayThe Pottery Lounge is hosting Hocus Pocus Trivia and Paint! Eat snacks, win prizes, paint a keepsake, and show off your knowledge of a spooky season favorite. The Groove Hotel with Gina Meeks is playing Music on the Mall at Edgebrook Mall. Food and drinks from Lucha Cantina and Cork, Keg & Spirits will be available. Seating is limited so bringing your own chair is encouraged!SaturdayCelebrate Ernie’s Midtown Pub’s one-year anniversary! $8.15 food specials, samples, and giveaways accompany the 90’s themed costume party with DJ Vic Monsta spinning at 8:30 PM. Win prizes and party like it’s 1999.Join the Lone Canary at Pig Minds Brewery! Featuring a delicious vegan menu and tasty craft beers, enjoy this outdoor show with chill vibes.SundayRemember On the Waterfront? It’s been 10 years, and now you can celebrate the legacy of On the Waterfront and help support local music scholarships. Enjoy this Labor Day favorite throwback.MondayThe Labor Day Parade route begins at 7th St. & 6th Ave. in Rockford and winds its way north to East State Street, west to Wyman Street, and then south to the reviewing stand in front of the E. J. Zeke Giorgi Center, 200 S. Wyman St., Rockford. Bring your chairs and enjoy the festivities!Find all the details for these events and more:

September 2, 2022

Grab Lunch or Dinner To Go at Wong Wong Chinese Restaurant

Grab Lunch or Dinner To Go at Wong Wong Chinese Restaurant

Love Chinese food? Have you visited Rockford’s best kept secret for take-out? It’s time to try Wong Wong Chinese Restaurant if you haven’t yet.Our household loves Chinese take-out, so when a friend told us about Wong Wong, we knew we needed to make the trip to 3703 Auburn St.We decided to try the classic take-out dish, chicken fried rice, along with house specialty Wong Wong’s Crown and the Pu Pu Platter appetizer sampler.When the house can’t decide which appetizer to order, turn to the Pu Pu Platter. You get two each of egg rolls, fried shrimp, fried wontons, and crab ragoons. Everyone gets a little bit of everything or just what they want!  I am an avid user of soy sauce, so imagine my family’s surprise when I dug into the chicken fried rice and found that the flavor was so perfectly balanced, that I never touched my soy sauce. The chicken was cooked thoroughly and was still juicy. Loaded with all the delicious veggies that accompany fried rice, this would have been a filling meal for us alone, but we aren’t quitters.Next up was Wong Wong’s Crown: shrimp, scallops, chicken, beef, book chow, broccoli, pea pods, mushrooms, water chestnuts, and carrots in a delicious sauce and served with steamed rice. The flavor on this was light and fresh. The vegetables stayed crisp and the scallops and shrimp were cooked perfectly. I will absolutely be ordering this again!We ended our meal with the almond cookies and a plan to order again soon! Do yourself a favor and pick up Wong Wong’s for your next night in.

August 31, 2022

The Orchards Are Open!

The Orchards Are Open!

It's almost Fall y'all! And the first sign is the opening of our local apple orchards! Whether you want to just swing by and grab a bag and go, or you want to experience apple picking firsthand, these apple orchards are the perfect spot for fall family fun.Curran's Orchard6385 Kilburn Ave, Rockford, IL 61101Edward's Apple Orchard7061 Centerville Rd, Poplar Grove, IL 61065Edward's Apple Orchard West8218 Cemetery Rd, Winnebago, IL 61088Valley Orchard811 E State St, Cherry Valley, IL 61016

August 26, 2022

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