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The Buzz: Black-owned businesses welcome support in greater Appleton area

Maureen Wallenfang
Appleton Post-Crescent
Wilder's Bistro chef and co-owner Terrance Wilder seasons ribs to smoke in his Appleton restaurant. The business is open for carry-out.

Reader question: Would it be possible to get a list of black-owned restaurants in the Fox Valley? I would like a list of places we should frequent in support of all the protesting.

Answer: The greater Appleton area has a handful of restaurants that are black-owned or have partners who are black. Some have seen more business in the last few weeks in light of the Black Lives Matter protests. Members of the community are seeking them out to show support. 

Natasha Banks, one of the established black business owners in the area, opened The Cozzy Corner in 2012. She sold that restaurant last November, but continues to be a consultant to it as well as partner in another food venture, The Jerk Joint.

She said the community has sought out black-owned businesses of all kinds in the last few weeks. 

“I’ve seen an increase in business at the The Jerk Joint and Cozzy as well. Business is decent,” said Banks. “Covid did a number on everyone, but considering the situation we’re all pretty blessed. I’m glad to have the beauty and barbershops back open.” 

“The reaction has been great,” said Philip Bennett, who bought The Cozzy Corner from Banks in November. “We’ve seen some new faces.” 

Restaurants: 

•The Cozzy Corner, 111 N. Walnut St., Appleton. A soul food/blues music restaurant serving southern fried chicken, catfish, fried okra, cornbread and chicken with waffles. Info: Facebook, website, 920-364-9563

•The Jerk Joint, 1619 W. College Ave., Appleton. Caribbean foods includes Jamaican and Trinidadian dishes like jerk chicken and mango tacos. Info: Facebook, 920-364-0763

In an archived photo taken pre-pandemic, owner Phill Brown is shown ringing up an order at Miss Brown's Fine Foods II in Appleton.

•Miss Brown’s Fine Foods II, 400 N. Richmond St., Appleton. Owner Phill Brown is grandson of the original Jamaica-based Miss Brown. His mom, Jean, is in the kitchen cooking a revolving menu of jerk chicken, oxtails, curry goat and saltfish with fried dumplings. Available for carryout. Info: Facebook, 920-358-7060

•Peters' Boyz Texas BBQ, N378 Military Road, Sherwood. Carry-out only for slow-cooked meats, ribs, pulled pork, fried avocado and okra. Info: Facebook, 920-989-0239

•Wilder’s Bistro, 2639 S. Oneida St., Appleton. Has curbside carry-out or delivery through food delivery services. The inside dining rooms and lounge have not resumed inside seating so far. Kids belonging to co-owners Terrance Wilder and Judy Odle are pitching in to help carry food out to cars. Info: Facebook, wildersbistro.com, 920-840-6333

Wilder's Bistro co-owners Terrance Wilder and Judy Odle, center and right in the back row, offer carryout at their Appleton restaurant. Their children, shown here, help run food orders to customers curbside.

Food truck

•Caribbean Taste, location varies. This food truck offering mango lime chicken, garlic pork and fried plantains frequents downtown Appleton, Menasha and the Oshkosh farm market. See weekly schedule on its Facebook page. Info: 920-702-7009.

More

In addition to the restaurants and food truck above, black-owned businesses are scattered through the Fox Cities. They include: 

Beauty and barbers

•Braids Unlimited Salon/Barber Shop, 405 W. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton. By appointment only. Nitta Scott offers ethnic hair care and works with all hair types. Clients are both adults and children for braids and sisterlocks. Info: Facebook, 920-516-6016

•Intrigue Fashions & Beauty Supply, 1345 W. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton. Opens Saturday at this new location. Carries hair products, wigs, accessories, clothing, shoes. Info: Facebook, 920-358-7956

•Shear Images by Carla, 4780 Integrity Way, suite 14, Grand Chute. 920-470-4055 Hair care for men and women including cut, color and chemical services plus braids and extensions. Info: www.shearimagesbycarla.com or 920-470-4055

•Taperz Barber Shop, 203 N. Richmond St., Appleton. Versed in all hair textures. Info: Facebook, 920-9480. 

•Val U Beauty Supply, 609 W. College Ave., Appleton. Carries wigs, extensions and beauty products plus offers braiding. Info: Facebook, 920-882-7770

Clothing

•Envy Fits and Fashion, inside the Fox River Mall. Men’s streetwear apparel store carries brands normally found in large cities. Owned by Philip Bennett. Info: 920-843-6155

Alberta Tete-Lartey is co-owner of LexMax African Caribbean food market in Grand Chute.

Specialty foods

•LexMax African Caribbean Market, 140 S. McCarthy Road, Grand Chute. Top sellers: Jamaican patties, jerk seasoning, D&G ginger beer, Ting and plantain chips. Owned by Alberta Tete-Lartey and husband Edward Anafi. Note: during road construction on W. College Avenue, the only access is on McCarthy Road heading south from Costco. Info: open Thursday-Sunday, 920-903-9765

Pharmacy

• RxLink Pharmacy, 133 E. College Ave., Appleton. Pharmacist/owner Jude Jean-Pierre wanted to create a business downtown that was part pharmacy and part mini mart convenience store. Info: 855-679-5465

JUST ADDED: Entertainment 

•Fox City Flix is a Neenah-based company that rents large screens, projection systems and sound equipment for outdoor movie parties and sporting events. Info: foxcityflix.com or 920-215-1201.

Contact reporter Maureen Wallenfang at 920-993-7116 or mwallenfang@postcrescent.com. Follow her on Twitter at @wallenfang.

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