Black owned businesses in NJ: Chic Sugars, Hush Lifestyle

There are more than 2 million Black-owned businesses in America, according to the most recent census data, with the vast majority small shops where the owner is the sole employee. 

Owners will tell you that their stores, restaurants and services occupy a special role in their communities: They are places to celebrate culture, to feel a sense of safety and belonging. 

For National Black Business Month, we’re spotlighting some local merchants you can support before August is over — and throughout the year. 

Indulge in sweet treats at Chic Sugars, Englewood

Erika Oldham reaches out her hand to reveal a forearm of vibrant tattoos that run all the way to her fingers.

“These tats symbolize that I work for myself,” says Oldham, a native of Teaneck and owner of Chic Sugars on South Dean Street in Englewood. “When you start putting tattoos on your hands and your fingers, you’re limited on your options.”