A tasty, handy list of Corvallis Black-owned businesses


Teresa Aguilera, OMN Illustrator

This illustration depicts a map of Corvallis with pins to indicate locations of local Black-owned businesses.

James Kelley, Beaver's Digest Contributor

Editor’s note: For even more Black-owned businesses to support, check out this list from the Corvallis NAACP branch.

Supporting Black-owned businesses is important during every month of the year, but for Black History Month we thought it would be appropriate to generate a comprehensive list of Black-owned businesses in and around Corvallis.

There are a handful of Black-owned businesses here in the area, in any realm from financiering to baked goods:

People of Colour Clothing is a garment brand designed to connect racial awareness to a wearable medium. Founded by Darius North, a graduate of Oregon State University, the company creates attractive shirts and hoodies with phrases like, “My ethnicity is not your guessing game,” and “There is nothing minor about us.”

Run by another Oregon State alum, Financial Freedom is a wealth management group located in downtown Corvallis. Specializing in wealth planning and investment, retirement income, distribution planning and much more, Financial Freedom has several highly trained consultants capable of helping you handle your money in the most effective and responsible manner. Located at 518 SW Third St. Suite A in Corvallis.

Don’t forget to loosen your waistband and make a sizable check out to Terra’s Tastee Treats this spring, where she will be opening her doors once more to serve homestyle Southern desserts and barbecue to hungry Corvallis residents. Located at 252 SW Madison St. Suite 160 in Corvallis.

Bakerzdozen sports classic and specialty donuts as well as a good old fashioned smashburger. What started as a misunderstanding, when the donut shop ordered over 30 lbs. of ground beef instead of bacon, turned into a successful venture that they have kept up for years. Their products can be found in several stores in the Corvallis-Albany area, and can be purchased directly from their location in Albany, at 1670 SE Hill St. 

Many Corvallis Oregonians are familiar with The Biere Library on Monroe, which sports rotating food specials and a substantial catalog of beer, as well as signature cocktails. The venue also houses live performances from local bands and is a centrifuge for many locals and visiting beer enjoyers. 

For a juicy, rich, flavorful burger and accompanying sides, make sure to find your way into First Burger, Albany’s legendary burger joint. First Burger’s menu will let you get your burger just about any way, with a pile of whatever side you can think of. Build your own or have one of their signature burgers, either way you will be taken to culinary heaven. Located at 210 SE First Ave. in Albany.

Feeling the aches and pains of midterm season? Cure the arthritis at Body of Health Chiropractic, a wellness center specializing in chiropractic care, massage therapy and homeopathic remedies. Several satisfied customers have left reviews over the years, and Body of Health will prioritize your health and wellness with every crack and pop. Located at 876 Northwest 23rd St. in Corvallis.

In line with our recent Cannabis issue, Melanin Minerals specializes in CBD products and relaxation techniques. Handcrafted skincare and other non-medicated products deck the shelves of Melanin Minerals, and a few fun clothing items are available via their website. The owner, Johannah Hamilton MS, is a doctoral candidate in OSU’s School of Public Policy. 

Soul Force Education strives to continue Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of “the beloved community” through diversity, equity and inclusion work. They offer equity and diversity planning and leadership development, organizational training, education services and research facilitation. They also engage with educational opportunity programs at Oregon State University.

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