The Top 5 Independent Black-owned Businesses Flourishing in Kansas City

What makes this black-owned business special is they are privately owned and family-operated.

Kurt Adams


GotWhatULike Records is the premiere black-owned number-one record and equipment store in Kansas City where they put the music first. They have a great selection of turntables and receivers, as well as over 12,000 records and 8,000 singles of Hip hop, funk, soul, punk, classic rock, blues, jazz, and much more. Whatever you’re looking for musically GotWhatULike can meet your needs. They have the best prices, selection, and more knowledge than any other record store. 

Willa’s Books & Vinyl

The owner “Willa Robinson” developed a love for books and reading at an early age. In 1994 she started selling her books in Kansas City as a street vendor. She would go on to create Wilma’s Books & Vinyl where she specializes in used and rare African-American books, first editions, as well as many mainstream authors. Many tourists love visiting this amazing store.

Woodley Building Maintenance

What makes this black-owned business special is they are privately owned and family-operated.

Woodley states “there are no shareholder dividends to meet, so we can invest in attracting training and retaining our industry’s top talent to serve you.” They focus on managing your business while they handle the supervision, training, labor, payroll, insurance, and other tasks associated with your company’s building maintenance needs.

Luxe Lash Bar

The owner Chris is a licensed cosmetologist and has been working in the beauty industry for over 20 years. Chris decided to open Luxe Lash Bar and dedicate her time to providing quality services to clients from all walks of life. Her skills include great eyelash extensions. She stays up to date on techniques and trending styles. She accommodates your special event or wedding eyelash extension. Her customers’ favorite style is the hybrid lashes.

Dream Muscle Coffee

The owner “Timothy Shockley” opened Dream Muscle Coffee in 2016 after a friend who owned a coffee shop gave him 300 pounds of coffee. He uses his coffee beans to create chilled cold-brew coffee drinks that can be used as a pre-workout or post-workout meal replacement. At Dream Muscle Coffee, you can customize your own drinks and even start with a base of bulletproof coffee, CBD or avocado oil, honey, turmeric, cinnamon, and more. Timothy offers a tasty selection of breakfast sandwiches as well.


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