Red Tricycle is an anti-racist company against the systemic racism toward Black people and all people of color. We stand for justice, equality and humanity, and we support our Black families, co-workers, partners and community. One of the ways to do that directly is by supporting Black-owned businesses, many of which have already been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites below.

Indoor Playgrounds

Bounce

While this beloved kids gym is currently closed, you can follow owner Coach Ace on Instagram and YouTube for at-home activities designed to get little ones moving and having fun. Normally a go-to spot for kiddie birthday parties, Bounce is also currently offering everything you need for an unforgettable virtual celebration.

9618 W. Pico Blvd.
Pico Robertson
323-842-0411

Online: bouncela.com

Little Play Society

Just last year, working moms, Latanya Foster-Phillips and Teree Henderson, opened Little Play Society, a creative indoor play and social space for moms and kids. The contemporary, clean and inviting space typically offers open play and a variety of movement and music classes throughout the week. Follow them on Instagram for details on their re-opening, currently set for Jun. 15!

5065 W. Pico Blvd.
Mid-City
323-208-9802

Online: littleplaysociety.com

Health & Wellness

 

photo: CurlyKids

CurlyKids & CurlyChic Hair

CurlyKids and their sister brand CurlyChic are black owned, family operated and women led. The products are available at Target, Walmart, Sally Beauty, Kroger and independent beauty supply stores throughout Los Angeles and Southern California, as well as the world! 

 

Kindred Space LA

A hub for midwifery care, doula support, lactation consulting and more, Kindred Space LA offer classes in birthing, breastfeeding and weaning. Support this community-minded organization by contributing to their latest effort: creating a South Los Angeles Birth Center.

6820 La Tijera Blvd., #202
Inglewood

Online: kindredspacela.com

The Tree South LA

A non-profit yoga studio, The Tree describes itself "a community space that serves through community, mindfulness, yoga, social justice, and education." Live streaming classes are currently available, including the kid-friendly Unicorn's Beginners Yoga. 

8227 S. Western Ave.
South Los Angeles
310-710-0744

Online: thetreesouthla.org

Museums & Non-Profits

The Underground Museum

This hidden gem is more than an art gallery; it's a family run cultural space, offering free meditation and yoga, along with speakers, movie screenings and more. 

3508 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles
323-989-9925

Online: theunderground-museum.org

Watts Towers Arts Center Campus

Located in the heart of Watts, The Watts Towers Arts Center provides classes in painting, sculpture, photography, music, dance, and more. Mark your calendars: During the last weekend of September, Watts Towers Arts Center produces the Annual Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival and the Annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival. 

1727 E. 107th St.
Watts
213-847-4646

Online: wattstowers.org

African American Firefighter Museum

Housed in historic Fire Station 20 in South LA, this off-the-radar museum opened in 1997 to honor the first 100 years of African-American firefighters in LA. It is currently the only free-standing African American Firefighter Museum in the United States. 

1401 S. Central Ave.
Los Angeles
213-744-1730

Online: aaffmuseum.org

California African American Museum

Located in the heart of Exposition Park, CAAM is a hub of resources to explore the African-American diaspora in Los Angeles and beyond. When they re-open, be sure to check out their latest exhibit, Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth

600 State Dr. 
Exposition Park
213-744-7432

Online: caamuseum.org

Bookstores

Reparations Club

This unique concept shop and creative space offering books for little ones and grown-ups alike.

4636 W. Washington Blvd.
Mid-city
323-591-0012

Online: rep.club

Eso Won Books

Find everything from children's board books and coffee table books to novels and non-fiction, written by and about African American people. 

4327 Degnan Blvd.
Leimert Park
323-290-1048

Online: esowonbookstore.com

Restaurants

CENTRAL LOS ANGELES

Flavors from Afar

This recently opened spot has an ever-changing menu created by chefs who were former refugees and asylum seekers—the dishes they offer reflect the chefs’ vibrant cultures. For every meal purchased, Flavors from Afar donates non-perishable foods to a low-income family. Meals can currently be ordered from Postmates, Uber Eats, Grubhub and DoorDash.

1046 S. Fairfax
Carthay Square
714-623-9420

Online: flavorsfromafar.co

Stevie's Creole Cafe

The late, great restaurant critic Jonathan Gold said Stevie's had "the best gumbo this side of New Orleans." But wait, there's more. They also serve cornbread with—wait for it—peach cobbler butter. Food heaven. 

5545 Pico Ave.
Mid-City
323-413-2494

Online: steviescreolecafe.com

Bludso's Bar & Que

Enjoy Texas-style BBQ from owner-pitmaster Kevin Bludso, whose original Compton restaurant was a longtime favorite before he opened his latest outpost on La Brea. Read more about LA native Bludso here.

609 N. La Brea Ave.
Fairfax
323-931-2583

Online: barandque.com

EAST LOS ANGELES & DOWNTOWN

Vanilla Black

Regulars rave about the lavender-flavored Layla Latte, along with the delicious pastries and friendly and inviting atmosphere. 

1825 W. Sunset Blvd. 
Echo Park

Online: instagram.com/vanillablackla

Bloom & Plume Coffee

Located just below Echo Park, this colorful coffee spot offers charm, whimsy and, of course, coffee and treats.

1638 W. Temple St.
213-908-5808

Online: bloomandplumecoffee.com

Chicken N Chips

2728 Fletcher Dr.
Atwater Village
323-922-1070

Online: chickennchips.com

Big Man Bakes

The man behind Big Man Bakes? William "Chip" Brown, a physician in training turned baker who stand 6'5" tall. He makes a mean red velvet cupcake with silky, smooth cream cheese frosting, plus a caramel apple option (think apple pie in a cupcake and more. There's also regular special flavor menu that's ever changing.

413 S. Main St.
Downtown
213-617-9100

Online: bigmanbakes.com

Poppy & Rose

Located near the Los Angeles Flower Market, Poppy & Rose serves up satisfying comfort food made with fresh ingredients. Must-order item? The restaurant's signature buttermilk fried chicken and waffle, with smoked honey butter, maple syrup and chives. 

765 S. Wall St.
Downtown
213-995-7799

Online: poppyandrosela.com

SOUTH LOS ANGELES

Swift Cafe

Using fresh and healthy ingredients, chef-owner Kyndra McCrary creates wholesome, nourishing dishes, including plenty of gluten-free and vegan options. The cafe, which just opened last fall, has already become a local favorite. 

4279 1/2 Crenshaw Blvd.
Leimert Park
323-815-4418

Online: swift-la.com

Harun Coffee

Harun Coffee is a community based Coffee Shop, gallery and select shop, featuring beans imported from Ethiopia and Tanzania and roasted in Arcadia, CA. In addition to coffee, they also serve smoothies, vegan donuts and toasts. You can also find masks, hats, tees and more gear via their website

4336 Degnan Blvd.
Leimert Park
323-815-9944

Online: harunintl.com

South LA Cafe

This family-owned cafe has remained open throughout most of the quarantine, providing coffee, food and more to the community. 

1700 Browning Blvd.
South LA
213-260-0633

Online: southlacafe.com

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

Black Bottom Southern Kitchen

Enjoy down-home style recipes made with locally sourced produce and meats, all freshly prepared in a warm and inviting atmosphere for takeout or delivery.

4806 Vineland Ave.
North Hollywood
818-856-8532

Online: blackbottomkitchen.com

Lou, The French on the Block

4007 W. Riverside Dr.
Burbank
747-241-8205

Online: louthefrenchontheblock.com

Uncle Andre’s BBQ

11715 Moorpark
Studio City
818-763-8414

Mom's Bar-B-Que House

This family-owned restaurant has been serving LA for over 25 years. Barbeque ribs and chicken are marinated in Mom’s special seasoning.

14062 Vanowen St.
Van Nuys
818-786-1373

Online: eatmomshaus.com

WESTSIDE

Undergrind Cafe

Order breakfast all day with Grubhub, Postmates or Doordash. For something light, try the G.O.A.T. (avocado toast on toasted ciabatta with honey goat cheese, avocado, lemon-dressed arugula, red pepper flakes and fried egg) or go all out with Shrimp and Grits. 

2713 S. Robertson Blvd.
Beverlywood
310-730-6392

Online: undergrindcafe.com

Honey's Kettle

Chow down on made-from-scratch food, like the famous hand-dipped, fresh fried chicken, shucked corn, Ice-Shaker Lemonade, sautéed green beans, hand-mashed potatoes, and homemade biscuits with local honey.

9537 Culver Blvd.
Culver City
310-202-8063

Online: honeyskettle.com

Cafe Buna - Marina del Rey

It's all about the breakfast at this Marina del Rey coffee spot, where you can find both cheesy grits and an acai bowl on the menu, plus plenty of pancakes. Get plain buttermilk or buckwheat, or try the blue velvet with chocolate, red velvet with white chocolate chips, or pumpkin nut with bananas on top. 

552 Washington Blvd.
Marina del Rey
310-823-2430

Online: cafe-buna.business.site

Gifts & Home Decor

Cultural Interiors

Looking for a Father's Day Gift? Check out the "Men's Choice" offerings from Cultural Interiors for treasures and trinkets from the Caribbean, West Africa, Japan, Mexico, South America and beyond. 

4421 W. Slauson Ave.
Windsor Hills
323-292-1500

Online: culturalinteriors.com

Reflektion Design

Find African print fabric and accessories, including face masks, crossbody bags, baskets and more. Fabrics are sourced from around the world, and handmade in Los Angeles and Atlanta.

Online: reflektiondesign.com

Aklia's

The treasures abound at Aklia's, which has been offering unique treasures and ethnic jewelry for 25 years.
 

1515 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood

Online: aklias.com

Shades of Afrika

Located in Long Beach, this "mind, body, spirit shop" offers everything from books and beads to incense and sage. They also carry their own line of hair and skincare products. 

1001 E. 4th St.
Long Beach
462-436-2210

Online: shadesofafrika.com

Got a business you’d like to see included? Email us at blm@redtri.com.

–Shannan Rouss