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Exceptional Black-Owned Businesses to Support in Delaware

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Many business owners of color face disparate challenges. Here are a few black-owned businesses to support in a variety of sectors.

Sweet Treats: Pop in Pops

Frozen treats such as paletas, gelato and sorbet provided Janine Crawford with the inspiration for small-batch artisan pops made with healthy ingredients. Flavors have included apple pie, coconut cream and strawberry kiwi. Boozy pops are available for adults.17 Wood St., Middletown; 696-2596; popinpops.com


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A Wilmington Legacy: Walt’s Flavor Crisp Chicken Express

Whisper “Walt’s” to a longtime Delawarean and watch them drool. The crisp, peppery coating on this fried chicken favorite is embedded in their taste memories. The business dates to 1978, when Harry Sheppard began selling chicken with an Asian-style batter.
Multiple locations; waltsexpress.com

Masters of the Universe: Futures First Gaming

Stephen Sye, Malcolm Coley and Newdy Felton are avid gamers—a term for video game competitors. They hold championships and provide a curriculum that links gaming with STEM careers, thereby creating a promising future.

Get Some Satisfaction: Crystal’s Comfort Food

Crystal Ashby competed on the Food Network’s Great American Truck Race, but more recently, she’s parked her cuisine in Middletown with a quick-casual menu you can sink your teeth into. For example, consider a fish sandwich topped with deviled egg-crab salad, pizza wings and cheeseburger fries.
426 East Main Street, Middletown; 289-5299; crystalscomfortfood.com

Aiming High: Dream Chasers Gymnastics

Monet Tillman Horsey knows something about going for the gold. She was a competitive gymnast and an All-American cheerleader—twice. Today, she is an instructor at Dream Chasers, helping people achieve their own goals.
77 McCullough Drive, Suite 4, New Castle; 276-1001; dreamchasersgym.com

For the Love of Reading: Books & Bagels

Living in Washington, D.C., Ellen Cappard was accustomed to having a bookstore in most communities. When that wasn’t the case in Wilmington, she opened her own and incorporated items from other local businesses. This is a black-owned and woman-owned business that focuses on cultivating the neighborhood economy and supporting other local businesses.
1139 West 7th Street, Wilmington; booksandbagelsllc.com

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