You know what’s great about supporting a local business instead of a big box store? You’ll get to feel like you are contributing to your community in a meaningful way. We’ve gathered up some of the Black-owned Bay Area businesses that families love, from vegan pizza to bookstores to DJ lessons. Snag some gift cards, get your holiday desserts ordered and pick up some presents for all of your loved ones from these awesome businesses right in our community.
1. CanDid Art Kids
CanDid Art makes beautiful reversible quilted jackets and quilts for kids using sustainable materials. Their textiles are ethically sourced from African vendors and dyed using natural and organic dyes and processes. They also make stunning jewelery, home decor and original artwork. Purchase online only.
2. Mission Bowling Club
Mission Bowling Club is a boutique bowling alley that departs from tradition by uniting culinary excellence with a casual ambience. Their kitchen offers a versatile menu that features locally sourced, seasonal ingredients transformed into elevated comfort food at its best. They also serve brunch on the weekends and are currently open for pick-up. Check their IG for updates on their additional pick up options like produce boxes. The bowling family hours are Saturday and Sunday between 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
3176 17th St.
3. Ashay by the Bay Books
Ashay by the Bay specializes in reselling African American and Multicultural Children’s Books (Preschool to High School), adult books and other educational products. They also provide online and onsite book fairs.
You can find other Black-owned bookstores here.
4. Teranga Juices and Organic Meals
Teranga is a food and beverage company that uses the baobab superfood and other ingredients and spices as the base for most of its prepared meals, snacks, drinks, and popsicles. They offer delicious organic meals and nutritious juices. Place your order online for pick up or delivery.
2948 Folsom St.
5. Red Bay Coffee
Red Bay is a beautiful cafe and roastery in the heart of Fruitvale. It was funded to promote diversity and inclusivity in the coffee industry. It has a lovely patio which is perfect for the little ones to play while you sip your delicious coffee or enjoy one of their many pastries. They are open for pick up or delivery.
3098 E 10th St.
6. Satori Yoga Studio
Satori provides a wide variety of Yoga and meditation classes for practitioners of all levels including Vinyasa, Iyengar Restorative, Yin Yoga and more. Their mission is to give students an opportunity to look within, refocus, and regain a sometimes lost sense of perspective. They offer streaming online classes!
110 Sutter Street, Suite 100
7. Vegan Mob
Vegan Mob is one of the few Vegan BBQ places in the whole Bay Area. Their passion is to help surrounding communities by empowering them with food they love and enjoy, while also supporting a healthy life-style. Be sure to check out their plant-based brisket or ribs, and their gumbo bread bowl. They also have personal mini pies! Open for pick-up or delivery.
500 Lake Park Ave.
8. The Sip
Ship the celebration right to those you love with the oh-so-cute mini champagne bottles from The Sip. This Oakland-based company was created by two moms who have been friends for over 15 years! You can choose a one-time shipment or up the ante and go for the bi-monthly subscription service to say "I'm Grateful for You" over and over.
9. Cupcakin’ Bakery
With stores in both Berkeley and Oakland, Cupckakin’ has been delighting customers with delicious and beautiful cupcakes made with high quality and sustainable ingredients since 2014. Check their IG account and website to order their daily specials for pick up as they sell out fast!
2391 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley
9070 E Washington St, Oakland
10. Peaches Patties
Check out Peaches Patties for delicious authentic Jamaican food for pick up or delivery. They have Jamaican delicacies available every day but their specialty is their famous and succulent patties which change weekly. A favorite is the lentil and Berbere spice or their traditional beef patties. Go to their website to see their stunning pictures and place an order!
2948 Folson St.
11. Sugar Sweet
Sugar Sweet’s mission is to provide baking that is real, traditional and uncomplicated. They stay true to scratch baking traditions, never using chemicals or preservatives. Everything they serve is handmade in their own kitchen and designed by the talented and creative pastry chefs. Check out their IG account to see some of their beautiful and original creations. You can order online for pick up or delivery.
5855 Mac Arthur Blvd.
12. Dimond Slice
The owners of Dimond Slice in Oakland are alumni of The Cheese Board and they bring fresh and different vegetarian and vegan pizza every day. They use only the freshest local ingredients and mostly organic products for their surprising and delicious combinations.
2208 MacArthur Blvd.
13. Yvone’s Southern Sweets
Based in Bay View, San Francisco, Yvonne began her business by making her famous pralines and expanded her offerings to include other specialty desserts such as ol’ school butter cookies, sweet potato pies, peach cobblers, and cakes for small parties and social gatherings at the request of family. Check out her IG or website to place orders for pick up or delivery.
5128 3rd St.
14. New Eritrea Restaurant
New Eritrea is an authentic Eritrean Restaurant in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset. Kids usually love Ethiopian and Eritrean chicken and bean stews (try the lentil or split pea stews) with mild spices and their spongy and unique bread is always a favorite. Order online for pick up or delivery!
907 Irving St.
15. Eko Kitchen
Eko Kitchen was born from the owner's love of food from her home country of Nigeria. By partnering with local vendors and using recipes from her mother and two grandmother's repertoires, Eko’s chef and owner has brought the first Nigerian restaurant to the Bay Area. Order online for pick up or delivery!
67 11th St.
16. Eden Fitness Studio & Bridal Fitness Coach
Tammy Foxx the proud owner of two Black-owned businesses that have been hit especially hard during the current pandemic, Eden Fitness Studio and Bridal Fitness Coach. Eden Fitness Studio is a female-focused personal training studio located in Lower Pacific Heights that provide a clean and safe environment for female personal trainers and their private clients.
Since 2009, Bridal Fitness Coach has sculpted the bodies of scores of happy brides. They provide custom training programs for brides all over the world with BFC Fitness App while also providing personal training in a private studio or virtually via Zoom or Facetime.
17. Fingersnaps Media Art
Head to Fingersnaps, in the heart of the Mission District to spin with San Francisco’s DJ Lamont, in private or group sessions to learn the traditions and fundamental skills of music theory, learn to count beats, bars, and timing and blend & beatmix, sample, edit, scratch, and create tricks. Fingersnaps Media Art is a creative, educational and artistic DJ-Studio where you can learn to DJ, record a mix and also attend workshops. Classes for kids age 5 and up, and adults.
3527 20th St.
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