Category: Food and Beverage

Invest in the First Black Woman-Owned Cafe & Farmers Market Franchise That Will Be Owned by the Community

Nationwide — Roots & Vine Produce and Café, spearheaded by Ena Jones, a single mother of 3, born and raised in Chicago, has set its Grand Opening for this fall 2018 on Chicago’s South Side in the Morgan Park Community. The plan is to create a Wi-Fi friendly café with a healthy menu, coffee, smoothies, and juices as well as tempting pastries.

Their in-house farmers market, supplied with fresh produce and bulk dry goods, are grown from black farmers nationwide. The company aspires to be a low cost and cashless grocery chain at the convenience store level to help eliminate food deserts across the country.

With nearly a quarter of the American population living in a food desert, access to fresh and healthy produce is crucial in the battle to reduce diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and other food-related illnesses in our families. Stop by to join in healthy discussions with their #GreenTableTalks, food demos and workshops; as they create jobs and unique franchise opportunities for people of the community.

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Roots & Vine is a solution looking for investors. There is an opportunity to join their mission and invest at BuyTheBlock.com, with as little as $100. You can look at their offering and truly encourage the community, family and friends to live a healthy life. The momentum of Roots & Vine Produce and Café as they sprout up to bring water to food deserts across the country will quickly make the new startup a household name.

This startup is dedicated to addressing the problem of urban food deserts and revitalizing blighted communities. Connecting farmers directly with consumers and employing community residents, Roots & Vine aims to strengthen communities in several ways:

#1 – Offering fresh produce and bulk dry goods at the convenience store level.
#2 – Providing Farmers an economic opportunity to market their products in every store.
#3 – Providing local employment opportunities in serving communities.
#4 – Providing Communal Space in a daily open, free Wi-Fi café.
#5 – The café will offer food demos, workshops, and education on nutrition and meal planning that will enable those of the community to take control of their own health.

About the founder

Ena Jones is a caterer and seasoned entrepreneur with twenty years of experience and counting. She is also a self-published writer & owner of Everyday Butterfly Home Spa Collection, a self-care product line of 100% natural and organic ingredients.

Notes for Editors: Invest in their effort and bring water to the desert, visit their Buy the Block page at https://buytheblock.com/campaign/connecting-farmers-to-people-reconnecting-people-to-real-food

PRESS CONTACT:
Ena Jones
Roots & Vine Produce and Café Inc.
773-979-0199
EJones@RootsAndVineInc.com

Posted on October 6, 2018 By Staff With 0 comments

Black Man Is Building Vodka Distillery, Restaurant, Bar and Invites Black Community to Join in as Investors!

A true renaissance businessman located in Fort Lauderdale with deep ties to professional sports and entertainment, spirits industry veteran Victor G. Harvey plans to build a 5000 square foot building housing offices, a distillery and restaurant with tasting room in Flagler Village. Construction is anticipated to begin early next year. The successful entrepreneur’s Victor George Spirits Vodka, already a favorite in South Florida, will launch statewide and hit the Atlanta, Georgia market in early 2019.

Victor George is working with Buy The Block, an industry leader in crowd funding to assist with the expansion of the brand. More information regarding this opportunity can be found at: https://buytheblock.com/campaign/creating-the-worlds-first-black-liquor-company-one-bottle-at-a-time A Victor George distillery may make the brand a one of a kind African American owned spirits company, truly historic.

Victor G. Harvey walked into Ohio’s Bowling Green State University as a NCAA Division 1 basketball player and in 1990 he walked out with a business degree and immediately went into the investment business earning his business license as a financial planner. He bought no bling or toys with his money and at 23 years old invested in his first real estate project. While in college Harvey also developed as a rap artist and in 1993 he plowed some real estate profits into creating his own record label, Educated Records in Miami, Florida. In 1996, Harvey’s hit record “The Rise, The Fall, The Rise,” which he produced and performed on under the stage name Tai-Pan, made him one of the top independent record label owners of that time.

Harvey also had the hit single “Can’t Stop It,” that was popular throughout Florida. Always looking for opportunities to climb higher in the investment field, Victor G. Harvey bought his first hotel during 2004 in Columbus, Ohio. He later sold the hotel and focused on investment opportunities in Miami where he acquired several commercial properties for development. However, in 2007 the bubble burst and the market crashed. Harvey says “ we got out with minimal loss and started our first liquor brand V Georgio Vodka, which became one of the fastest growing vodka brands in Florida history.”

The Victor George Spirits site in Fort Lauderdale’s historic Flagler Village will represent a significant job creation venue through construction and ongoing operations with some training opportunities. The company plans to focus on veteran and minority training and hiring, including women at all levels. “I am very excited to begin the next stages for the Victor George brand,” said CEO Victor G. Harvey, Sr. “Over the next few weeks, we will accelerate our proven business strategy to increase awareness and sales in our key markets,” he said, “and anticipate making significant announcements regarding growth opportunities including marketing initiatives and celebrity partnerships and distribution deals, including international sales.”

Rendering of proposed Victor George Spirits Flagler Village site Photo of Victor George spirits CEO, Victor G. Harvey, Sr.

 

 

 

 

Posted on August 28, 2018 By Staff With 0 comments

Top 7 Black-Owned Restaurants in New Orleans (The Best Gumbo, Jambalaya and More!)

New Orleans, Louisiana is known as one of the culinary capitals of the United States. Food served in this amazing city reflects the local Cajun, Creole, and French roots. Visitors come from all over the world just to taste its exquisite gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish, red beans and rice, and more. And every summer, hundreds of thousands of African Americans come to New Orleans to attend the Essence Music Festival.

Here are some of the best Black-owned restaurants in New Orleans:

#1 – Ray’s On The Ave: located at 1139 St Bernard Ave, famous for fast service, gumbo and fried chicken, boiled crawfish, and live music.

#2 – Fred’s BBQ & Soul Food: located at 3336 S Claiborne Ave, serves some of the best barbecues in New Orleans, along with Mac and cheese, yams, and corn.

#3 – Heard Dat Kitchen: located at 2520 Felicity St will more than satisfy you if your craving is for Cajun/Creole, Seafood, Soul Food. Try their crawfish stuffed shrimp and the blackened catfish and green beans for starters. Good food and southern hospitality.

#4 – Bennachin Restaurant: located in the French Quarter, serves some of the best African and Soul food around. From cabbage and couscous (Yasa) to the black-eyed peas and coconut rice with plantains (Kone Ni Makondo), it’s all good here!

#5 – High Hat Cafe: located; at 4500 Freret St, specializes in southern, soul food favorites like catfish, BBQ gold shrimp, shrimp Po boy, one-eyed burger, mac & cheese, cornbread, pimento cheese grits, and slow-roasted pork. The restaurant is also dog-friendly!

#6 – McHardy’s Chicken & Fixin’: located at 1458 N Broad St, is a favorite among chicken-lovers. Customers consider their fresh, fried chicken the best in the city. Reasonable prices, too.

#7 – Catty Car Corner: located at 1340 Poydras St, has a 1980s style decor and serves cafeteria style, including breakfast. One of their specialties is grilled cheese sandwich made with gruyere, caramelized onions, and prosciutto. Customers say it is “melted high-quality cheese.” Try their pulled pork, too. The restaurant is closed for dinner but serves breakfast and lunch.

Posted on June 1, 2017 By Staff With 0 comments

Thanksgiving initiative pushes support for black-owned grocery store

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The George Washington Carver Initiative was developed by our leadership team as a local initiative to assist Black Farmers within the state of Florida by encouraging individuals to shop for their Thanksgiving holiday needs at Stile’s Farmers Market located at 5920 W Oakland Park Blvd, Lauderhill, FL 33313. Stile’s Farmers Market is the only Black owned full service grocer in the State of Florida, and receives over 50% of their produce from Black or minority suppliers. The initiative has been well received and has enjoyed national attention from outlets such as The Griot (http://thegrio.com/2016/11/03/black-owned-grocery-store/), Michaelbaisden.com ,(http://michaelbaisden.com/thanksgiving-initiative-pushes-support-black-owned-grocery-store/), and hopefully now, we can receive your support as an NPHC leader. Your work in the community to provide inspiration, hope, and encouragement is greatly respected and appreciated. The importance of this initiative comes at a very critical time in our local and national community. We are requesting your support in encouraging your networks to shop at Stile’s Farmer’s Market for all their Thanksgiving needs this year in an effort to support the ONLY BLACK OWNED SUPERMARKET in the entire State of Florida, and one of the few within the entire nation.

To participate in our local initiative, we set up a Facebook invite page requesting organizations to direct their memberships to sign up for their shopping commitment this Thanksgiving holiday. Interested individuals would visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/562383407290126/ and select to attend the event. We encourage churches, fraternities, sororities, restaurants, families, and individuals to commit to shopping Black this Thanksgiving!`

Why should you support The George Washington Carver Initiative
– Help to expand and improve the ONLY BLACK OWNED FULL SERVICE GROCERY STORE IN FLORIDA
– Help to improve the Black Food Ecosystem
– Help to eliminate unemployment within the Black Community
– Support Black Farmers

Best,

Starex Smith
The Hungry Black Man
(786) 256-7363 Cell
https://thehungryblackman.com/

Posted on November 18, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

Black-Owned Cupcake Enterprise Named “Family Business of the Year”

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Every year, Black Enterprise names one family-operated business as “Family Business of the Year.” This year’s prestigious award went to Nashville, Tennessee-based cupcake company, The Cupcake Collection, owned and founded by entrepreneur Mignon Francois.

Sweet success

The Cupcake Collection was started by Francois in her own kitchen in 2007. By 2008, she opened a boutique-style bakery in Nashville, Tennessee’s historic Germantown area. The bakery specializes in home-made cupcakes and wedding cakes. By 2015, Francois’ business reached over $930,000 in revenue, with sales expected to go over $1 million within the next couple of years.

Her cupcake collection includes yummy sweet potato, strawberry, sweet lemonade, pineapple upside down, key lime coconut, red velvet, carrot cake, and many other flavors that will make your mouth water.

Chemistry at work

Francois used the knowledge of chemistry she gained in college to come up with her baking formulas, such as the sweet potato cupcake which is one of the favorites at her bakery. But it was more than just baking knowledge that earned The Cupcake Collection the Family Business of the Year Award.

It was determination, innovation, experience, and expertise. Francois has 6 children, and all her children are involved in the business, including running the register, baking cupcakes, and creating the company’s business plan.

Every year since 1997, Black Enterprise recognizes and awards African American entrepreneurs for successful small business accomplishments. In addition to Family Business of the Year, awards are presented for Franchise Company of the Year, Techpreneur of the Year, and Teenpreneur of the Year.

To learn more about the Cupcake Collection and/or to place an online order, visit www.thecupcakecollection.com or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cupcakecollection/

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Posted on July 16, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

Top Five Black Farmers, Black Farming is back on the rise!

After a Century in Decline, Black Farmers Are Back and on the Rise

These Black farmers don’t stop at healthy food. They’re healing trauma, instilling collective values, and changing the way their communities think about the land.
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Blain Snipstal, second from left, with members of the Black Dirt Farm Collective. Photo courtesy Blain Snipstal.

Blain Snipstal and Aleya Fraser
Farm:Black Dirt Farm Collective
Location: Preston, Maryland
Number of Years Farming: 7
Revered Elder: Harriet Tubman

About 80 miles southeast of Baltimore, Black Dirt leases 2 acres that long have been home to the Black freedom struggle. Harriet Tubman once rescued her parents and nine other people from enslavement in this place, which was one of the first stops on the Underground Railroad.

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Vegan farmers JoVonna Johnson-Cooke and Eugene Cooke raise corn and other native crops at their Stone Mountain farm. Photo by Nicole Bluh.

Eugene Cooke and JoVanna Johnson-Cooke
Farm: Grow Where You Are Collective
Location: Atlanta and Stone Mountain, Georgia
Number of Years Farming: 14
Revered Elder: Wangari Maathai

Collaboration is also key for the nine members of the Grow Where You Are collective, who operate a 3-acre farm and food forest in Atlanta, as well as a 5-acre farm in the nearby rural community of Stone Mountain.

Yonnette Fleming holds a Rhode Island Red hen at the Hattie Carthan Community Garden. Photo by Quincy Ledbetter.

Yonnette Fleming holds a Rhode Island Red hen at the Hattie Carthan Community Garden. Photo by Quincy Ledbetter.

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Farm: Hattie Carthan Herban Farm
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Number of Years Farming: 16
Revered Elder: Hattie Carthan

Yonette Fleming’s passion for agriculture comes through in the poetic urgency of her words. So it’s surprising to learn she once tried to escape it. She was raised in Guyana, where her family cooperated with indigenous communities to grow coconuts, sugar, rice, and other crops. She took a detour into corporate America before finding her way back to the land.

Lindsey Lunsford gathers peppers at TULIP’s community garden. Photo by Wil Sands.

Lindsey Lunsford gathers peppers at TULIP’s community garden. Photo by Wil Sands.

Lindsey Lunsford
Farm: Tuskegee United Leadership and Innovation Program (TULIP)
Location: Tuskegee, Alabama
Number of Years Farming: 2
Revered Elder: Booker T. Washington

The educator and activist Booker T. Washington once sent a letter to every resident of Tuskegee’s Greenwood neighborhood, encouraging them to grow home gardens in order to build self-sufficiency. Through her work with TULIP, Lindsey Lunsford is continuing his legacy.

Chris Bolden-Newsome shows off a basket of marshmallow root he grew at Bantram’s Garden. Photo by Owen Taylor.

Chris Bolden-Newsome shows off a basket of marshmallow root he grew at Bantram’s Garden. Photo by Owen Taylor.

Chris Bolden-Newsome
Farm: Community Farm and Food Resource Center at Bantram’s Garden (a project of the University of Pennsylvania’s Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative)
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Number of Years Farming: 12
Revered Elders: Rufus and Demalda Newsome (his parents)

Before the “food justice” movement existed in the United States, Black farmers in the Mississippi Delta were cooperating to feed the community. Raised by farmers in that movement, Chris Bolden-Newsome assumed that growing food was something everybody did and was shocked to find otherwise when he moved north. He now manages a 50-bed community garden in his current home of Philadelphia, where he reconnects Black people to their agricultural heritage.

Source: Leah Penniman wrote this article for YES! Magazine. Leah is a farmer and educator based in the Albany, New York, area.

 

 

Posted on May 6, 2016 By Staff With 5 comments

6 Black-Owned Beverage Companies — Stirring Up Wines, Teas, and Energy Drinks

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African American entrepreneurs are widening out and starting companies in all kinds of industries. They are no longer just owners of barbershops, hair salons, and restaurants. Nowadays, they are investing in bigger more global ideas like tech companies, investing firms, and global food and drink distribution.

When it comes to beverages, the most popular brands are Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Snapple, and Lipton, but there are also some brands that were created by African American business owners.

Here are 6 Black-owned beverage companies that you can find online and in local grocery stores:

#1 – SoRen Tea: a luxury lifestyle brand with a gourmet selection of blended, loose teas. Established in 2011 by African American sisters Sonnia Shields and Rena Williams, SoRen Tea is one of the first fashion-forward lines of loose leaf teas. The brand has received a tremendous amount of local and national press. In its first year of business, SoRen Tea was invested in by Oscar nominated actress Taraji P. Henson.

#2 – Ellis Island Tea: an all-natural, antioxidant-rich hibiscus tea founded in 2008 by Nailah Ellis-Brown. She got the recipe from her late great grandfather, who told her, “This recipe is to be sold, not told. Ellis Island Tea is a smooth, flavorful Jamaican blend, steeped in family tradition, brewed and bottled in Detroit, Michigan.

#3 – Jin+Ja: a revitalizing, anti-inflammatory and metabolism boosting tea brand that was started in the summer of 2009 by entrepreneur Reuben Canada (pictured above). He initially made the drinks for himself and for friends, but then realized that he had something bigger on his hands. After doing a test at a local retailer, the product kept selling out every 3 days for first three months and the rest is history!

#4 – MoFaya Energy Drinks: As the first 100% black owned beverage company in South Africa, these energy drinks use high quality ingredients to create an energizing & stimulating effect, which enhances endurance and boosts performance. They also have a product formulated for extreme hydration that contains electrolytes, minerals, and carbohydrates to promote optimal fluid replacement.

#5 – Heritage Link Brands: a delicious wine brand founded by entrepreneur Selena Cuffe after she learned there that, out of South Africa’s $3-billion wine industry, less than two percent were owned by blacks despite them representing 80% of the country’s population. Recognizing an untapped opportunity to introduce a new era of producers to the American market, the idea for Heritage Link Brands was born. Today the company serves a customer base of over 4,000 outlets, including household names from Disney to Whole Foods, and their award-winning portfolio is represented in over 40 U.S. states, South Africa, Nigeria, and literally, worldwide, on three different airlines.

#6 – Bee D’Vine: a popular brand of honey wine that was created by entrepreneur Ayele Solomon after he realized that flowering trees in Ethiopia were an ideal source of nectar and pollen that bees use to make valuable honey. This set him on a quest to better understand the art and business of creating honey wine. He evaluated production in Ethiopia and South Africa, but settled on the world-class wine region of Sonoma – not far from where he grew up – using California honey for the first varietals.

http://blog.blackbusiness.org/2016/03/black-owned-beverage-companies-wines-teas-energy-drinks.html#.VxQ5edQrK2w

Posted on April 17, 2016 By Staff With 0 comments

Top 10 Amazing Black-Owned Bed and Breakfasts

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There are more than 30,000 Bed and Breakfasts (B&B’s) in the country, but sadly only about 1% are Black-owned. If you don’t already know, Bed and Breakfasts are similar to hotels, but are smaller private residences with bedrooms that are available for rent to the public on a night-by-night basis. A free home-cooked breakfast is usually included with each overnight accommodation.
If you are looking to support local Black-owned businesses and/or you want to experience the best of African American culture and hospitality during your next getaway, here are our top 10 picks:

#1 – Arbor View House (Greenport, NY): Near the wineries in upstate New York, this B&B wineries is known for their award winning gourmet breakfasts, boutique hotel accommodations, fireplaces, heavenly beds, and great concierge service.

#2 – Quintessentials (East Marion, NY): Just two hours from New York City, this B&B features a European lifestyle spa for a completely rejuvenating experience for the body, mind and spirit.

#3 – Inn of Treasured Memories (Cape Cod, MA): Designed for comfort and unwinding, this B&B offers guests many unique options. They can relax in the quiet atmosphere of the Living Room to read, think, and talk. They can gather and mingle in Hank’s room to play cards or board games, or they can stay fit and have fun in the heated water resistance pool.

#4 – TheLRoomBNB (Durham, NC): This newly renovated 1920‘s home with three bedrooms is located in Old North Durham, a flourishing area within walking distance to trendy restaurants, popular nightclubs, parks, unique shops, Duke and North Carolina Central Universities

#5 – Morehead Manor (Durham, NC): Originally built for the CEO of Liggett and Meyers, this splendidly redecorated, 8,000 square-foot, Colonial Revival Style home is located within walking distance to the Downtown area, the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) and historic Brightleaf Square.

#6 – Akwaaba Inns (Various Locations): This upscale lodging collection is owned by husband and wife team Glenn Pogue and Monique Greenwood. The couple fell in love with inns when they stayed at their first bed and breakfast back in the early ’90s. THey now have locations in Washington, DC, Brooklyn, NY, Cape May, NJ, and more.

#7 – Hubbard Mansion (New Orleans, LA): Located on the historic St. Charles Street, this B&B offers five exquisitely furnished suites in the Main House, and two executive apartments perfect for long-term stays. The beautiful rooms recall the grandeur of 19th century New Orleans.

#8 – Welcome Inn Manor (Chicago, IL): This B&B is just minutes away from many other historic and significant places and landmarks throughout Chicago. Their services include a free full hot breakfast, and morning drop-offs to anywhere in the city.

#9 – Ye Old Manor House (Elkhorn, WI): This B&B is the perfect place for a night’s santuary, a multi-day, weekend, week, or longer retreat, an idyllic location for intimate weddings, and a great venue for meetings, retreats, and other gatherings.

#10 – Magnolia House Inn (Hampton, VA): Located in the waterfront downtown area, this historic Queen Anne Victorian offers 3 spacious guestrooms with the most sought after lodging experience for business and leisure travelers.

BONUS The Dupont Collection (Washington, DC): Their apartment style suites offer much needed privacy especially when travelling with children and sharing the same space. They serve a complimentary hot breakfast every morning with fresh fruit, and freshly baked bread.

OUR FAVORITE Six Acres Bed & Breakfast (Cincinnati, OH):  With ties to the Underground Railroad, this B&B offers landscaped gardens & cozy rooms. This 19th-century B&B with connections to the Underground Railroad is set within Laboiteaux Woods off Highway 127, 7.9 miles from the Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati.  Homey, individually decorated guestrooms feature Amish-style quilts, and some include private bathrooms. A suite is also available with 2 bedrooms, a living room and a kitchen. The grounds feature landscaped gardens, and the B&B offers occasional educational programming.

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Posted on March 1, 2016 By Staff With 4 comments

Top 6 Black-Owned Wine Companies (and Wineries)

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There are thousands of wineries in America, but only about .001 percent, or less than a couple dozen, are owned by African-Americans. The global wine industry generates more than $290 billion in sales every year. Whether you are a wine lover, a connoisseur, or you’re just looking to get your buzz on, you will love these six Black-owned wine brands:

#1 – Esterlina Vineyards – this California winery is owned by the Sterling family who have been making wine for generations. For thirty years they have been growing grapes, making wine and bottling it by hand.

#2 – Bee D’ Vine – Bee d’Vine is a product made by The Honey Wine Company, based in San Francisco, California. Founder Ayele Solomon, an environmentalist, got the inspiration for his honey wine as a way to make trees more valuable. Flowering trees provide nectar and pollen for bees. His honey wine supports bee farming in California and in Ethiopia’s Kafa rainforest.

#3 – Mouton Noir – this Oregon-based wine company is owned by André Hueston Mack who left his job at Citicorp Investment Services to pursue his dream of becoming a winemaker. He works with world-renowned restaurants to create his wines and has been featured in major publications, such as Food and Wine, Wine & Spirits Magazine, and The New York Times.

#4 – Heritage Link Brands – based in Los Angeles, California, this company has its roots in South Africa and is now the largest marketer of black-produced wine from Africa in the U.S. Their award‐winning wines are available online, and in stores and restaurants across the nation.

#5 – Running Tigers Wine – based in Sacramento, California, the company was named after the owner’s favorite wild animal. The company was started by Daniel Bryant in 2004. What began as a hobby has turned into a successful business. Bryant’s wines appear on menus of restaurants across Northern California.

#6 – Rival Wine – this Napa Valley winery was started by entrepreneur Daniel Darden and his brother James in Napa, California. They introduced their first vintage in 2007.

 

Source: http://blog.blackbusiness.org/2015/08/top-black-owned-wine-companies-wineries.html#.Vsp9cn0rK2w

Posted on February 23, 2016 By Staff With 6 comments

NEW BLACK OWNED GROCERY STORE IN NORTH BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA

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NEW BLACK OWNED GROCERY STORE IN NORTH BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA

North Baton Rouge has seen over the past decade several grocery stores leave and none come in to replace it, so this store is a huge step in the right direction. With that step comes the responsibility of the community of north Baton Rouge to support this business and help it flourish. By doing so, the community says to businesses that they can sustain in an urban market.

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Tyrone Legget franchisee of Save A Lot Grocery store at 12250 Plank Rd. in north Baton Rouge. Photo by Tamara Williams director of photography for TRC.

The reality is that over 25,000 people a day drive past the location where the Save A Lot store is now opened. The potential is limitless, if we simply are willing to engage and spend at the store.

As an African American business owner, I understand the difficulty of trying to grow a black owned business. It often comes with unique challenges, but a supportive consumer base changes all that. It also gives a great opportunity for the residents of north Baton Rouge and those who support economic development happening in north Baton Rouge to go by the Save A Lot store and do your shopping.

 

Photo by Tamara Williams director of photography for TRC.

Photo by Tamara Williams director of photography for TRC.

 

Source: http://therougecollection.net/therouge/new-black-owned-grocery-store-in-north-baton-rouge-lets-do-our-super-bowl-party-shopping-there/

Posted on February 11, 2016 By Staff With 30 comments

TOP FIVE BLACK OWNED RESTAURANTS IN OAKLAND, CA

 

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TOP FIVE BLACK OWNED RESTAURANTS IN OAKLAND, CA

If you‘re looking to sample a little local flavor while taking a break from the your daily routine, stop by one of these great locations,  in Oakland, CA  neighborhood. You won’t regret it! Join the #eachandeveryfriday movement and help us create #2millionjobs

#1. Lena’s Soul Food Cafe
1462 High St
Oakland, CA 94601
b/t Bancroft Ave & 14th St – East Oakland
Phone number (510) 842-3510
Business website: lenassoulfoodcafe.com

Feedback: V J. Oakland, CA 5 Stars!
OMG, the food at this restaurant is so good I eat it daily to my shame. When I first found out about it I was skeptical and thought it was going to bed of those wanna be soul food places. To my surprise it was real soul food. I was eating so much I had to cut back not only on portion size but what I was consuming. Everything is good there I mean everything. I am very picky eater with taste and texture. They are so accommodating that they were all separate your side dishes to get the chicken or fish wet.

The food is fresh and hot not over salted and seasoned to my idea of perfection. I am in love with this place!

The staff is incredible and smart! They listen! I have yet to get the wrong items. They make you want to come back! Everyone is polite and ready to serve you with a Big smile. The portion size is perfect and so is the price$

A BIG Thank You to all the staff at Lens’s for tickling my taste buds am making my bellyfull.

#2. Miss Ollie’s
901 Washington St
Oakland, CA 94607
b/t 10th St & 9th St – Old Oakland
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Phone number (510) 285-6188
Business website: realmissolliesoakland.com

Feedback: Christopher B. North Hollywood, CA 5 Stars!

Listen… if you want to understand what healthy soul food taste like. Carry yo but on down to Oakland and allow your mouth to sink it to the creamiest, most delicate, mouth watering soul food around.

Sar Ah is a master chef. Her flavors are all natural and they merge together so well. Her recipes take you back to a time where your grandma took her time and cooked so long that the house smelled like the last meal she cooked-all the time.

What a savory treat this place offers.

The servers are polite and attentive. And the portions are super on point.

I really digged the oxtail and rice. Good googly moogly! I’m going to bolt bus back from LA for the chicken ;) I heard it’s the best thing going. You did that Ms. Sar Ah! My friend and I sat at the bar and we were treated to beautiful new company. The patrons were as down home and friendly as the food.

I could not help but try a few different drinks because the cute bartender was a definite mixologist! She had style in her tending.

I watched Ms Sa Rah as she directed her kitchen with the utmost grace. I was so impressed I wanted to take a selfie with her. But I didn’t want to take her out of her zone.

This place is a must stop if your in Oakland! Get on that oxtail. Forreal.

And enjoy the journey down gourmet soul food memory lane.

#3. Home of Chicken and Waffles
444 Embarcadero W
Oakland, CA 94607
b/t Broadway & Franklin St – Jack London Square
Phone number (510) 836-4446
Business website: homeofchickenandwaffles.com

Feedback: David P. Fresno, CA 5 Stars!
Came before the super bowl for a bite to eat..great chicken and waffles and garlic fries. Would definitely come back again!

#4. Picán
2295 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
b/t Grand Ave & 23rd St – Uptown
Phone number (510) 834-1000
Business website: picanrestaurant.com

Feedback: Chives S. Antioch, CA 5 Stars!
Update review. Went lastnight on a Sunday very packed house with some soft R&B music playing in the back ground to a candle lit restaurant. You must, I do mean must take your lady here major brownie points. Lol. Will be back very soon.

#5. Brown Sugar Kitchen
2534 Mandela Pkwy
Oakland, CA 94607
b/t Campbell St & 26th St – West Oakland
Phone number (510) 839-7685
Business website: brownsugarkitchen.com

Feedback: PG H. San Rafael, CA 5 Stars!
What a great charming place with great tasting food, coffee and service. Get there early unless you are one for long waits.

TOP FIVE BLACK OWNED RESTAURANTS IN OAKLAND, CA

 

Posted on February 11, 2016 By Staff With 9 comments

7 Black-Owned Dessert Companies That Make Amazing Pies and Cakes

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Soul food goes way beyond chicken and waffles, collard greens, cornbread and a good barbecue sauce. It also includes delicious cakes, cupcakes, pies, and other pastries.

The next time you have a sweet tooth, consider supporting one of these top 7 black-owned dessert companies/ bakeries: (Most of them ship nationally!)

#1 – Patti Labelle Cakes and Sweet Potato Pies: Yes, it’s THE Patti Labelle bringing her sweet taste for yummy desserts like caramel cake, vanilla pound cake, and sweet potato pie to Kroger, Walmart and other stores around the country.

#2 – CamiCakes Cupcakes: These yummy cupcakes were the inspiration of African American entrepreneur Andra Hall. She named the cupcakes after her daughter Camille (pictured above) and includes over 25 different varieties like sweet potato, banana cream, salted caramel, red velvet and more. Order online or visit one of her 7 locations in Florida and Georgia.

#3 – Jimmy Jamm Pies: This Chicago-based restaurant features 50 different recipes using sweet potatoes, including pies, cakes, and cupcakes. It’s a favorite in the heart of Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood.

#4 – Eat Moore Cakes: Cakes are the specialty at this Black-owned bakery based in Lockport, Illinois. They make cakes, pies, and cupcakes for any occasion that are not only beautiful to look at but mouthwatering. You can even order online.

#5 – Petsi Pies: This indie bakery and coffee bar serves handmade pies and pastries from four locations in Massachusetts. The bakery was founded in 2003 by Renee “Petsi” McLeod. Cupcakes, cookies, muffins, breads and scones are made fresh daily!

#6 – The Black Cake Company: Caribbean rum cakes are the specialty at this bakery. They use fresh ingredients and recipes that have been handed down for generations. The company has been around since 1987 and ships cakes around the world.

#7 – Make My Cake: This Black-owned bakery has two locations in Harlem and is a family business that started 15 years ago. People come from miles and line up to get a slice of butter cake, a piece of sweet potato pie or red velvet cheesecake. They have cupcakes and cookies, too!

BONUS – Pink Cupcakes: Based in West Orange, NJ, this Black-owned bakery sells cakes, cupcakes, and other baked goods for all occasions. The owner, Natalie Dominique, and her bakery have made some amazing creations for celebrities like Victor Cruz, Wendy Williams, and others!

7 Black-Owned Dessert Companies That Make Amazing Pies and Cakes

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Posted on January 27, 2016 By Staff With 11 comments

TOP 10 MOST POPULAR BLACK-OWNED LOUNGES AND CLUBS IN ATLANTA

Top 10 Most Popular Black-Owned Lounges and Clubs in Atlanta

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Atlanta, Georgia has tons to offer in the way of food and entertainment. Residents of Atlanta may know where all the good restaurants and lounges are, but for visitors, especially those who want to support black-owned businesses, they may need a little help locating them.

Here’s our pick of the top 10 most popular black-owned lounges and clubs in Atlanta:

  1. Boogalou Restaurant & Lounge –  is a popular Atlanta hot spot with a chic decor, comfy couches, and swings instead of bar stools. They are known for their great mojitos, and they also serve good food.
  2. The BQE Restaurant & Lounge – not only are they known for their southern cuisine, but the lounge is elegant and inviting for those who love the old historic Atlanta district.
  3. Cafe Circa – is a hip lounge that offers exotic libations, R&B music, happy hours, fine wines, and an overall great midtown experience.
  4. Time Restaurant and Lounge – features great drinks, excellent food, top notch service, and beautiful ambiance – decor, lighting, furniture, the whole set up
  5. Cirque Daiquiri Bar and Grill – if you’re looking for daiquiris that will ‘shut yo mouth,’ this is the place to go. Daiquiris like a Pink Panther, Miami Vice, Island Breeze and Wonder Woman are enjoyed by many patrons.
  6. Mardi Gras Cafe’ and Lounge – features live music and entertainment throughout the week, including after-work happy hours. It’s a great place to meet your friends, network, and enjoy good food and drinks.
  7. Suite Food Lounge – offers you dinner and a comedy show, live jazz, Suite Life Fridays, Uptown Saturdays, and ending with brunch on Sundays.
  8. EVilla – no baggy jeans or flip flops at this upscale lounge. Dress to kill and enjoy a sophisticated night on the town with dancing and special parties. Turn it up with some good looking party animals.
  9. Museum Bar – offers food, drink and dance in a unique setting. It has a New York feel with beautiful interior stonewalls, gothic columns, thirty foot ceilings and three levels of entertainment space.
  10. Scales 925 – this happening lounge features comedy, hip-hop music, rooftop entertainment, and weekly happy hours.

Top 10 Most Popular Black-Owned Lounges and Clubs in Atlanta

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Posted on December 21, 2015 By Staff With 3 comments

5 BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES STILL STANDING IN FERGUSON, MISSOURI — ONE YEAR LATER

5 Black-Owned Businesses Still Standing in Ferguson, Missouri — One Year Later

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Jerome and Cathy Jenkins, owners of Cathy’s Kitchen in Ferguson, MO

It has been well over a year since the shooting of 18-year old African-American Michael Brown, the unarmed teen that was gunned down by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a northern suburb of St. Louis. Many businesses, including those owned by blacks, were destroyed in ensuing riots. But many survived, including these 5 amazing black-owned businesses:

#1 – KZK Beauty Supply – was purchased by Mr. & Mrs. Gathungu in August 2014. They knew it was a critical time in Ferguson but counted on the community viewing them as a trusted source for beauty supplies. Fear did not hold back these amazing entrepreneurs from opening their business.

#2 – Fashions R Boutique – was burned to the ground, but was able to rebuild. The business is owned by Juanita Morris. Donations from GoFundMe, an online donation platform, and others who pitched in to help, enabled Morris to re-open her 30-year-old business.

#3 – Briant Mitchell’s BKM Fitness Bootcamp – was vandalized twice, even though it is located near the Ferguson police department. With help from the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership and money from his own savings, owner Briant Mitchell keeps going and is determined to continue helping Ferguson residents live long and healthy lives.

#4 – Cathy’s Kitchen – located in downtown Ferguson, is owned by husband/wife team Jerome and Cathy Jenkins. The diner remains open, serving breakfast and lunch, but getting the former dinner crowd has been a challenge.

#5 – Sam’s Meat Market – was looted and vandalized three times, but they are open for business. It took the family-owned grocery store and meat market a year to rebuild but they celebrated with 600 pounds of barbecued ribs for their customers.

5 Black-Owned Businesses Still Standing in Ferguson, Missouri — One Year Later

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Posted on December 4, 2015 By Staff With 1 comment

5 BLACK-OWNED FOOD BRANDS TO LOOK FOR IN YOUR LOCAL GROCERY STORE

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Aally Amos cookie kahuna

Two of the best ways to support black-owned businesses is to shop in their stores and recommend their products to others. It’s not always easy though because sometimes its hard to know if a company is black-owned.

So here are 5 food brands owned by African Americans that you can look for and purchase at your local grocery store:

#1 – Glory Foods: Founded in 1989 in Columbus, Ohio, this company offers 85 products, including seasoned canned greens, bagged fresh greens and other vegetables and seasoned cooking bases. Glory Foods, founded by William F. “Bill” Williams and three partners, sells their products at retailers nationwide.  * Glory food is owned by  McCall’s, sold  in 2010*

#2 – Michele’s Syrup: Located in South Holland, Illinois, makes maple syrup in three flavors — Maple Crème, Honey Crème and Butter Pecan that you can even eat on ice cream. The company was founded by Michele Hoskins who started by cooking up batches of her syrup in her mother’s basement. She launched her company in 1984 and has been a supplier to Denny’s, Walmart, General Mills and Sara Lee.

#3 – Comfort Cake Mix: This company is owned by Amy Hilliard and specializes in premium poundcakes made from scratch. A native of Detroit, Amy launched her company in 2001 and sells her products online and nationally through foodservice and retail channels. Amy’s products have been featured on CNN, Fox, The Food Network, AOL, Home Shopping Network, Fortune, Black Enterprise, Essence and other national publications.

#4 – Southern Culture Foods: This Decatur, Georgia-based company makes pancake and waffle mix, bacon rub and syrup. Owner Erica Barrett starting cooking for her family at the age of 9. Her first break came when she took first place in a food contest being held by The Food Network and Lea & Perrins, winning $10,000 and a trip to New York City. The rest she says is history.

#5 – Cookie Kahuna: Wally Amos started his career in 1975, but has called Hawaii his home for 40 years. Using his Auntie’s recipe for chocolate chip cookies, he opened the world’s first gourmet cookie store and now sells his famous cookies over the Internet and in local Hawaii grocery stores. Most people remember him as Famous Amos.

5 Black-Owned Food Brands To Look For in Your Local Grocery Store

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Posted on November 30, 2015 By Staff

TOP 5 BLACK OWNED RESTAURANTS IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY FLORIDA

 

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African-Americans on a mission to see the world. Seventeen percent of African-Americans take one or more international trips a year, and we spend $48 billion on travel in the United States alone, according to the Mandala Research firm.

If you are travelling to Miami Florida area and thinking of looking for tasty food, beverage, as well as great service, here is our list of the top 5 black owned restaurants in Miami –Dade County Florida

Bahamian Connection Restaurant

Bahamian Connection Restaurant was established in 1978 by Arlington Ingraham better known as Big Links from Tarpun Bay Eluthera and Bain Town, and West Street Nassau Bahamas. Bahamian Connection Restaurant is a family owned business operated by Andy, Philip, Richard and “Mike” Ingraham of Fort Lauderdale Florida
4400 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33127
Contact: 305-576-6999

Jamrock Cuisine

Bridging Jamaican eats with Chinese delicacies, this former Jamaican grocery store dishes out the best of both Caribbean and Asian worlds. The bright and casual dining room with homey furnishings and framed island prints is as cozy as the menu is exotic. Jamaican patties with coco bread, curried goat and brown stew fish please islander palates, while Chinese Jamaican dishes include pork with ham choy and chicken dun goo with mushrooms. Patrons who want to treat Chinese Jamaican cuisine as more than just a spectator sport can purchase some of the imported staples and seasonings from the family-owned marketplace.
12618 SW 88th St., Miami, FL 33186
Contact: 305-598-7625

Aunt I’s Jamaican Restaurant

Aunt I’s is not only the name of the restaurant but the nick name of a real person, Inez Grant. The vision was born out of a mother’s exceptional Jamaican country-style cooking ability, a love for people and a heart for service. Inez had a yearning to open a restaurant ever since she moved to Florida from Kingston, Jamaica.
19934 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33169
Contact: 305-654-9638
Sheri Restaurant
Sheri African Restaurant is a concept that transports Nigerian home cooking to America. Southern Nigerian cuisine is a combination of traditional foods (gluten, lactose and dessert free diet) and colonial foods (sweet and savory pastries) influences. At Sheri Restaurant they specialize in authentic traditional cuisine. Their food is handcrafted from scratch with fresh and natural ingredients; they do not use artificial ingredients, butter and sugar.

16595 NW 27th Ave., Opa Locka, FL 33054
Contact: 305-622-310

Chef Creole Seafood & Catering
At Chef Creole, their menu contains an enticing array of seafood, inspired by a mixture of Bahamian/Haitian flavors and has become the standard for fresh seafood the owner “Ken Sejour” has grabbed his native Haitian cuisine by the fishtail and created Haitian seafood for the masses

Caribbean
13105 W Dixie Hwy, North Miami, FL 33161
(305) 893-4246
NW 54th St., Miami, FL 33127
Contact: 305-754-2223
1392 NW 119th St, Miami, FL 33167
(305) 769-9440200

7957 N.E. 2nd Ave.
Phone: 305.754.2298

20356 NW 2nd Ave (441)
Phone: 305.651.4761

TOP 5 BLACK OWNED RESTAURANTS IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY FLORIDA

 

Posted on October 24, 2015 By Staff