In celebration of Black History Month, we are highlighting a few of the black-owned businesses in Roswell that are making an impact!

Big Oak Tavern

Located in Historic Downtown Roswell, Big Oak Tavern is offers its patrons American-style cuisine with an Asian influence. Named for the stately Oak that stands statuesque in the restaurant’s front lawn, Big Oak Tavern, strives to embody the same essence of strength, resilience, and sustainability. Owner Nate Armstrong has a strong background in the culinary arts as well as restaurant management, giving him the opportunity to play around with fun flavors and combinations that have created a diverse and delicious menu at Big Oak Tavern.

Additionally, he has a passion for using local farmers and distributors, and has made it his mission to partner and use local community farmers and distributors for his business. His ability to continually support the community has made a major impact, especially with the launch of his Big Oak Hero Meals Program! Through this program, he partnered with Hospitals and County CEOs to get meals to those most impacted on the frontlines. Through community donations, Nate used proceeds to help in feeding these clinical resources tirelessly managing COVID. Nate truly is an inspiration to all in Roswell! For more information, visit

SFX Fitness

SFX Fitness is an independently-owned, full-service fitness facility proudly serving the Roswell community for over 10 years. Lead by the vision of their owner Rick Banks to create community through health and fitness, SFX’s goal is to get everyone, from beginners to advanced athletes, to their highest level of fitness by creating a supportive community which motivates as well as educates. Sustaining a lifestyle of fitness for every body, every day, is their mission.

Be prepared to change your expectation of what a gym experience should be. Think outside the big-box, cookie-cutter gym. At SFX, you’ll be greeted by a staff of friendly, knowledgeable trainers and instructors, in a beautiful, modern facility, filled with state-of-the-art fitness equipment. They offer a unique selection of fitness programs, with over 20 classes a week, and membership levels are designed to fit your lifestyle and budget for every level athlete—beginner or advanced, youth and adult. For more information, visit

Dawn Kirk Marketing

Dawn S. Kirk, her husband and 2 boys have been residents of Roswell for 10 years.  She is a certified speaker, trainer, coach and author of Heartbeat Leadership. Dawn has an impressive 26-year Corporate background as a Senior Executive in 2 Fortune 100 Companies, PepsiCo and The Coca-Cola Company. She has received several awards for her leadership including: Georgia’s 100 Most Powerful and Influential Women, Corporate Phenomenal Woman Award, and VIP Woman of the Year. She gives back to her community through non-profit board service and volunteers with organizations that support the underserved.

Dawn and her husband launched Kirk Marketing Solutions in February 2022. They offer everything a local business needs to succeed online through 3 service models: do-it-yourself, do-it-with-you, and do-it-for-you.  Their flagship product is the North Fulton Local App that provides everything a local business needs to maximize marketing strategies in one cost-effective platform and provides the community a simple way to connect with them.  Its free to download and offer a free basic listing for all locally-owned businesses with a subscription option to unlock robust marketing features like Bluetooth beacon proximity marketing, push notifications to customers, live updated discounts/promotions/offers, review aggregator, and real-time updates. Residents can connect/communicate with local businesses in one place AND get local weather, news, events, buy and sell safely with classified ads all in one convenient place. For more information, visit