The Busy Bee Cafe

The Busy Bee Cafe and Barber Shop, located at 414 Church Avenue and owned by Mr. & Mrs. Millard Kirkland, were the first black-owned businesses in Philadelphia. Mr. Kirkland operated the barbershop while Mrs. Kirkland served soul food to black workers in the area. They were also known for the introduction of soul music to downtown. Marty Stuart, the Nashville music star and former resident of Philadelphia, frequently visited the cafe to join the musicians.


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