Throughout Henry County, Georgia, you can find boutiques, eateries, artistic opportunities and lodging businesses all lead by dedicated Black owners. Giving your support to these businesses is a wonderful way to bolster the local community.
The information below will help you find these deserving locations for your next meal, dessert, outfit, creative play or overnight stay.
Treat yourself to a new wardrobe and a new beauty routine when you explore the Black-owned boutiques in Stockbridge, Hampton and McDonough. Stop by Doll’d Up Boutique to grab the latest styles in distressed jeans, dresses, jackets and more. A’More Uniquely Me Boutique has the vibe for any day of the week, from casual to dressy. At the Inside Tag Boutique, the curvy collection welcomes full-figured shoppers and everyone clamors to get the hottest accessories.
Don’t forget your beauty supplies. Step inside Cova Beauty and find yourself immersed in the largest beauty retailer in the area. The professional staff will guide you from nail polish and moisturizers to hair color and lipstick. Products are available for men, women and children.
Choose any of the Black-owned restaurants in Henry County and your plate will be filled with amazing dishes ranging from delicious dogs and BBQ to Caribbean and Southern fare. Shirley’s Chicken & Waffle may have earned the name from one menu item, but don’t think your choices will be limited. From catfish to pork ribs, you’ll have plenty to enjoy. Southern comfort food reigns as well at Country Cooking Depot and breakfast is the star with biscuits topped with gravy and huge cinnamon rolls. Pace yourself and keep the dishes coming. For lunch, consider Southern Fusion Dining for the curiously amazing Collard Greens Egg Rolls or the guilty-pleasure Southern Dirty Chops topped with pulled pork.
Don’t let the name Just Dogs give you the idea that this place is plain Jane. The JUST is an acronym for Juicy, Unique, Select, Taste. Travel the map with creations from Chicago, Hawaii, Coney Island and Philadelphia. For BBQ and a whole lot more try Shorty’s BBQ. Their menu features a lineup of ribs, smoke turkey, pulled pork and chicken. Just be sure to get there early because they frequently sell out of the faves.
The Caribbean is calling and you can answer at two amazing local restaurants. The specialties at Reggae Vybz include oxtails, curry goat and escouitch fish. The Dutch Pot Caribbean & American Flavors invites you to order up jerk or curry chicken with a side of fried plantains.
Whether you prefer to bake or shake, you can find a wide array of sweet treats in Henry County at businesses lead by Black owners. Start your sugary journey at one of the area’s newest businesses, Welcome Home Creamery & Coffee. Baked goods, ice cream and coffee for the win! At ELF’s Cakery you can take the cake, really. And you can take it in traditional flavors like red velvet and vanilla or in specialty options like orange sherbet, hummingbird and coconut pineapple. With 12 cupcake varieties available daily, you’ll have a hard time deciding at Crumbles. But really, that’s half the fun. The other half is eating salted caramel, chocolate dream, cookie dough or, well, you get the idea.
Can’t pick between a cupcake and a shake? Get both at Cake N’ Shake with their decadent cake cups. It starts with a scoop of ice cream, then add a cupcake and then dress it up with whipped cream, sprinkles and a drizzle. End your excursion with a healthy note at Smooth N Groove with one of their N-ergizers like Running Man with pineapple, mango, banana and spinach or the Cha-Cha with apple, strawberry, pineapple and passion fruit. Healthy options are also available at Made Fresh Juice Co. Start your day with their Morning Date, a blend of cold brew coffee, almond mile, oats, banana, dates and more.
Release your inner artist and celebrate a birthday party, date night or baby shower with a fun gathering at one of these local options. Party-by-Design fulfills those creative desires with canvas painting parties for all occasions. Painting with a Twist delivers the same fun environment plus some themed nights. Both are happy for you to BYOB. Expand the options at The Creativity Café with glass painting, pottery painting, clay handbuilding, board art and more.
Play & Stay
Did it really happen if you didn’t take a selfie? Better not risk it! The Selfie Xperience offers more than 3,700 square feet of Instagram-worthy wall designs. Snap away and start posting.
When they day has turned to night, you’ll need a place to rest and recharge. Look no further than Stockbridge Lakes Bed & Breakfast where popular amenities are combined with privacy and personalized service. Front porch rocking chairs set the tone that continues in the landscaped gardens.
Thank you for your visit to Henry County, Georgia and for supporting these Black-owned businesses! Stay in touch on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and be sure to tag your trip pics with #BetterExplored.