Local Black-Owned Businesses to Support, Now and Forever

  The Advocate is dedicated to supporting both local businesses and communities of color in the Corvallis area. In highlighting Black-owned businesses in our area, we hope our community will see, listen to, and support these businesses and those who own them – not only now, but always.  

Party Perfection Oregon  

Party Perfection Oregon, owned by local Cherita Wilson, is a nonprofit party service that offers a range of packages including options for characters, interactive performances, a live magician, a fire breather, a stilt walker, face painting, temporary tattoos, a photo booth, arts and crafts, and/or interactive games.   

“Specializing in full service, family entertainment for events or parties of any size,” Party Perfection serves multiple audiences, from birthday parties to classrooms with varying options for amount of time and price.   

Wilson and her nonprofit are known for making any event magical. The current website is under construction, but Wilson and Party Perfection can be contacted here or on their Facebook or on Instagram @party_perfection_corvallis_.  

COVID restrictions mean that Party Perfection is currently only hosting private party visits, but will soon be hosting other small events as the area enters Phase 2.   

On top of being a small nonprofit owner, Wilson is a licensed realtor for Keller Williams Mid Willamette Valley, specializing in first time buyers and sellers. You can find her real estate services here.   

Melanin Minerals   

Melanin Minerals is a business specializing in natural, hand-crafted skincare and hair care, with options for USDA certified organic hemp CBD infused products.   

Co-founded by OSU PhD students Johannah Hamilton and Nicole Hams, Melanin Minerals sells their products at local farmers markets and online. From CBD face masks to pain salve to bath bombs, Melanin Minerals is known for excellent customer service, incredible products, and natural, safe ingredients.   

For more information, visit Melanin Minerals on Facebook, Instagram @melaninminerals324, or Twitter @melaninminerals.  

Body of Health Chiropractic & Wellness Center  

Body of Health Chiropractic & Wellness Center run by Jason Young, DC is known for attentive customer service and excellent, knowledgeable chiropractic work.   

Dr. Young is considered one of the leaders in the chiropractic profession in Oregon and has been appointed by the Governor of Oregon as a member of the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners. He is also the first chiropractor to work with the Oregon State University Athletic Department.   

In addition to his expertise, his staff also includes highly skilled massage therapists. Body of Health Chiropractic & Wellness Center is a well-established and prominent chiropractic service in the area and has earned that status through excellent service and results.   

Corvallis Martial Arts  

Corvallis Martial Arts, with chief instructor Dan Lowery, offers both kid and adult programs for those wishing to master the craft of martial arts and Shao-Lin Kempo.   

Lowery, who has been studying martial arts for eight years and is a second degree black belt in Shao-Lin Kempo, is known for providing helpful, intensive lessons on the practice of codified combat. Corvallis Martial Arts provides a place for individuals to learn about the world of martial arts, as well as discipline and perseverance.   

TrueLife Financial Solutions   

TrueLife is an Oregon based and family oriented financial solutions business focusing on insurance and financial protection for residents in Oregon as well as nine other U.S. states.   

Located in Albany, TrueLife offers multiple insurance and financial solutions, including accident, cancer, critical illness, dental, disability, health, hospital, life, vision plans, and more. TrueLife is owned and operated by local Alex Johnson II, who is committed to providing solutions and “protecting your financial well-being from life’s unplanned events.”  

See a business we missed? Contact editor@corvallisadvocate.com and let us know.   

By Cara Nixon