There is power in the choices we make. If you’re looking for a tangible way to take action against racial injustice, shop a local black-owned business. Supporting small businesses offers another way to uphold and invest in black communities and strengthen our local economy while celebrating culture and community. From restaurants to fitness studios, boutiques to community services, check out these black-owned businesses in the Seattle area.
Valerie Madison Fine Jewelry
Whether you’re looking for a special gift for someone or a pick-me-up for yourself, you’ll find creative and responsibly-made necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more at this downtown shop that’s by appointment only. In addition to using recycled materials to make their inspired designs, Valerie Mason Jewelry is committed to sourcing conflict-free diamonds (usually) from Canada.
1411 24th Ave.
Fat's Fried Chicken and Waffles
Craving something hearty, filling, and flavorful? You’re destined to find just what you’re looking for at Fat’s a southern style, New Orleans-influenced restaurant in the heart of the Central District. Using authentic and natural ingredients, Fat’s serves up soulful delights including their signature chicken & waffles, shrimp & grits, red beans & rice and more. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, there is something on the menu to tantalize your taste buds. Try the Fat’s Sampler and dive into a little bit of everything. Enjoy the comfortable atmosphere with walls adorned with artwork crafted by local artists. You’ll enjoy the laid-back vibe and delicious food at this Seattle favorite.
Hours: Tues.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.–3 p.m. & 5–8 p.m.
2726 E. Cherry St.
When local farmer’s markets shut down due to coronavirus concerns, ag-heads Amber and Damon had a brilliant idea. They would bridge the gap by working with local farms to deliver fresh produce and other products directly to doorsteps in Seattle. And Local Yokels was born. With a focus on sustainability, be it environmental or economic, families can feel good about using this service to get groceries, health and beauty products, even weekly subscription boxes delivered for free.
Maya Whole Health Studio
As the name implies, Maya Whole Health Studio offers services that connect your mind, body and spirit and work to bring health and energy to patrons and the community. Whether you’re looking for an innovative yoga class, a great Pilates workout, a restful massage or an acupuncture session, you can find expert practitioners here. We love that giving back to the community is at the heart of this wellness studio, where funds collected from their donation-only Wednesday community class (held weekly, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. via Zoom) support their Karma Love Fund, ensuring access and equity to wellness workshops and classes. Namaste, indeed!
1322 Lake Washington Blvd. N., Suite 3
Pot Pie Factory
Pot Pies are the ultimate comfort food, and now you can have them delivered to your front door. Chef Logan Niles has reinvented this classic dish, crafting healthy, hearty pot pies with unforgettable flavor. She offers a flavor for every taste and dietary need, including classic chicken, BBQ pork, beef chili and many vegetarian and gluten-free options. Pies are freshly made, fully cooked and flash frozen. When you’re ready to eat, simply reheat and enjoy! As a mom, Niles knows how challenging it can be for families to sit down and enjoy a meal together around the table. Her mission is to bring families and communities together over delicious, healthy food.
Good to know: Due to the popularity of these delicious pies, orders take seven to 10 days, but they are worth the wait!
Celebrate and support the entrepreneurial spirit of Seattle kiddo, Orion Razat, author of 101 STEM Jokes. Published when he was barely out of grade school, it’s a book of silly puns and one-liners Orion wrote to entertain his classmates (much to the chagrin of his teacher). But she encouraged him to write them down, and with the help of his parents, he was able to bring them all together in this entertaining new book that also includes experiments and fun facts science-loving kids will want to know. You can follow Orion on Instagram @rocketshipsquid and take a peek at his animations on display at the Museum of Museums when it reopens.
Find it: $10.99 at amazon.com.
Pike Place Market’s Herbanfarm is kind of a big dill (pun intended!). Founded by Ras Levy Peynado, the son of a market craftsperson and a Jamaican fourth generation farmer, this urban farm grows all of its herbs and peppers by hand in North Seattle. Herbanfarm’s wide variety of herbs are incorporated into small batch culinary spice blends, seasonings, sauces, salts, vinegars, mustards, teas, as well as health and beauty products. All ingredients are harvested using organic farming practices that have been passed down from farmer to farmer for generations. The commitment to these practices is what preserves the taste and smell of these flavorful and aromatic herbs and peppers.
If you loved playing dress up as a child, you’ll love Sugarfoot’s curated collection. Shop a wide variety of handpicked shoes, apparel, jewelry and accessories that will make you feel amazing–all available at affordable prices and delivered with excellent customer service. This custom boutique was birthed from boutique owner, Viola Esdaille’s love of shoes and all things sparkly. As a child, she loved playing dress up in her grandmother’s closet. Her long-time love of sparkle grew into a business that aims to make every customer look and feel incredible, even on a budget.
Good to know: Sugarfoot is currently selling custom facemasks.
Hours: Mon.–Wed., by appointment only; Thurs. & Fri., 4–7 p.m.; Sat., noon–4 p.m.
241 S. 4th Place, Ste. D
KJ's Cakery Bakery Sweet Shop
Flavors abound at KJ’s Cakery Bakery. This boutique bakery offers custom desserts that meet every customer’s specific request. Founder, Kathy Jo Miller, has had a love for baking and an entrepreneurial spirit since she was a young girl. Her first foray into the bakery world was Taylor Made Pantry, a bakery focusing on cake pops. The business grew and evolved and KJ’s Cakery Bakery was born–creating uniquely-designed, made-to-order cakes and desserts. The bakery offers a variety of decadent cake flavors from traditional White Wedding Cake to exotic Chocolate Sriracha–and everything in between! Stop by the once-a-month cake tasting to try new flavors.
Good to know: A two-week lead time is required on all bakery orders, so plan ahead!
Hours: Tues.–Sat., 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
204 Central Ave. N. #102
The Station Coffee Shop
The Station Community Coffee House serves up more than just coffee and delicious food; it serves community. An icon in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood for many decades, The Station is home to artists, activists, advocates and others in search of a good cup of coffee. Try a cup of locally-sourced coffee and pair it with a sandwich (psst... put the El Centro on your list, a sandwich loaded with chicken, avocado, spinach, pepperjack, jalapeno and tomatoes). If you’re there for breakfast, don’t miss the homemade biscuits ‘n’ chorizo gravy.
Hours: Mon.–Fri., 6 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
1600 S. Roberto Maestas Festival St.
Seattle, Wa 98144
If a mom boss makeover is what you’re after, Kim at Uniquely Savvy can help. Her styling services save parents time and money by keeping them “tailored to the task.” Not sure what to wear for your body type or shape? Kim knows. And when it comes to your personal brand, she works with women to drill down and get to the heart of who they are, defining their strengths and talents so they’re seen and heard for the right reasons. It’s all about building confidence so you can look and do your best, no matter what professional (or personal) role you have.
Sweat your way to wellness at City Sweats, Seattle’s infrared sauna lounge. Come alone or bring a friend (hello, gal pal time!) and discover the healthy benefits of sweating it out. Explore other holistic detox treatments like a sauna wrap, lymphatic drainage, organic facial or organic massage when you visit. It's a sure fire way to treat yourself to a relaxing, quiet time that will refresh your mind and body. Since 2014, City Sweats has been a pioneer in Seattle’s infrared movement, committing to making infrared therapy more accessible and convenient.
Multiple Seattle-area locations
Lika Love Boutique
We love this local biz that started out years ago as a mobile fashion studio and has since grown into a thriving business with two storefront locations (on Queen Anne and in West Seattle), focused on making fashion inclusive. Owner Malika Siddiq is passionate about fashion and she wants to make sure Lovelies of all shapes and sizes can find passion in their wardrobe as well. With expert stylists waiting at the ready, this is a great spot to find the perfect outfit for date night, work or a casual coffee with friends. Lots to love here!
4546 California Ave. S.W.
535 Warren Ave. N.
Percussion Farms & Preserves
Percussion Farms and Preserves’ mission is bigger than just bringing fresh, seasonal produce to Seattle communities. This mission-minded farm works to undo racism and other oppressions that prevent access to nutrition and healthy spaces for people of color. This urban farm, located in Central Seattle and Auburn, provides gardening and food preservation classes, employment and volunteer programs for people exiting the prison system, in addition to growing healthy produce. Founded in 2013 by Shanelle Donaldson and Molly Brashear, Percussion Farms is committed to reconnecting people of color to the land and their right to live healthy lives. This farm creates a space of survival and healing for people of color and works tirelessly to cut ties to institutionalized racism.
507 28th Ave.
Families of Color Seattle
Every parent knows, connection and community are essential to building healthy families. Families of Color Seattle (FOCS) is a non-profit organization that connects parents to build a loving community of families of color. Founded in 2013, FOCS programming includes parent groups, community resources and events and racial equity consulting. FOCS has connected over 2,500 families into an intercultural and interethnic community, facilitating gatherings designed to increase parenting skills and provide a safe space to discuss identity and race.
Good to know: FOCS parent groups are fee-based, but there are discounts available based on self-identified need.
3818 S. Edmunds St., Unit #103
Get ready for a 45-minute transformative cycling experience that will keep you coming back for more! From high-end cycle bikes to top notch instructor-curated playlists, muted lighting to tiered seating, this cycle studio caters to all riders–from beginning to advanced. For more than 20 years, founder and master instructor, Aina Oyewole-Williams, has been bringing fitness-minded people together to heal, transform and connect. Her teaching method and studio environment support personal change and growth on all levels. Bonus: Mix up your routine and improve your strength and mobility by trying a Body Camp class.
Good to know: The Ride is currently offering online classes until gyms are permitted to re-open in Phase 3 of the state’s re-open plan.
112 East Lynn Street
Ballard Beer Company
Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood is home to some of the best brewers in the PNW, including Ballard Beer Company. Owners Greg and Lena pride themselves on being a community-minded business and hope their brewery’s patrons will enjoy drinking good beer, while learning and sharing experiences with others. Stop by the tap room on your next date night and enjoy interesting and hard-to-find Washington state beers and ciders or pick up some brews to-go at the bottle shop.
2050 NW Market St.
Scoop Du Jour Ice Creamery
Grab some of Scoop Du Jour’s delicious ice cream in a waffle cone and walk down to the park or waterfront in Madison Park. No frills and around forever, Scoop Du Jour is an unpretentious, beloved Seattle tradition. Don’t miss out on their kid-approved burgers or grilled cheese, either.
4029 E. Madison St.
Rainier Health & Fitness
Rainier Health & Fitness is so much more than a gym. This South Seattle non-profit health organization makes exercise fun, accessible, and affordable. It encourages healthy lifestyles, strong bodies, and authentic community through its high-quality fitness center. Founder Sili Kalepo, along with friends and non-profit Urban Impact, opened the first gym in 2005 inside a warehouse after recognizing that fitness centers were sparse in South Seattle neighborhoods. In October 2013, Kalepo opened the current location, continuing to serve the Rainier Beach community by offering comprehensive health and fitness services at reduced rates, aiming to remove obstacles that prevent people from making exercise a regular part of life. Rainier Health & Fitness offers a full spectrum of fitness classes including cardio/dance classes, senior classes, yoga, and personal training. Bonus: Free childcare is included with your gym membership.
Good to know: Rainier Healthy & Fitness is currently offering online classes until gyms are permitted to re-open in Phase 3 of the state’s re-open plan.
7722 Rainier Avenue S.
If you love books, love people and love social justice, we’ve discovered the perfect hang-out spot for you. Estelita’s Library is a justice-focused community library and bookstore. Its mission is to foster a community space for people to build and learn through thoughtful interactions with each other. This unique space features a curated community bookstore and library with titles focused on social justice, ethnic studies and liberation movements. It adopts a community library model where members join and pay an annual fee to borrow books. Yearly memberships are available on a sliding scale. Bonus: The community library also hosts book talks, classes, meetings, history lessons and more!
Hours: daily, 12:30–5:30 p.m.
2533 16th Ave. S.
JuneBaby is a celebration of Southern food, sharing its delicious tastes, textures and flavors ,through signature dishes like JuneBaby’s Fried Chicken and Red Beans & Rice with Hotlink Ragu. We also love their vegan menu favorites like Oven Roasted Beets with Walnuts, Ancient Grain Salad and Smoked Carrots. In addition to spreading the love of Southern food throughout Seattle, JuneBaby shares the cuisine’s humble beginnings. Southern “soul food” originated during American slavery and represents the food as well as the period of oppression. Its culinary influences come from West Africa, Western Europe and North America, resulting in tasty dishes paired with deep roots reflecting hard times and the resourcefulness and strength to overcome hardships.
Good to know: Seattle families can order from JuneBaby's take-out menu during the COVID-19 crisis. Give them a ring to place your day-of order.
2122 NE 65th St.
Good food feeds the soul and strengthens community. Chef Makini Howell’s Plum Restaurants, including Plum Bistro, Chopped, SugarPlum and Plum Pantry, feature plant-based meals focused on organically-grown seasonal vegetables, non-GMO soy and local fruits and herbs from family-owned organic farms. As a lifelong vegan, Howell believes that what is good for the individual will be good for the planet and this starts with our diet. Her fresh take on vegan cuisine inspires and delights diners, and we're loving her prepared family meals, ready to heat and serve.
Good to know: Online ordering and curbside pick-up is available at Plum Bistro during the COVID-19 closure.
1429 12th Ave.
Ezell's Famous Chicken
Fresh, high-quality chicken and delicious, home-cooked side dishes, served with exceptional service are what sets Ezell’s Famous Chicken apart from its competition. Since 1984, this locally-owned family business has grown and now serves the community in 13 Seattle area locations. Ezell’s traditional recipe uses a proprietary battering process seals in the flavor, while locking out oils. If you prefer a little zing, try the spicy chicken which is marinated for 24 hours in a New Orleans-style seasoning, giving you full flavor in every bite. Ezell’s is committed to serving good food, while also giving back to the community and supporting local organizations that help neighbors in need.
Multiple Seattle-area locations.
Whether you’re looking for that just-right gift, or you want to find something special for yourself, you’ll find what you need at Adorned Abode. Since its opening in 2016, shop owner, Benita Smith has sourced eye-catching locally-made, fair-trade products that support small businesses. The best part? Each month a portion of the sales is donated to a local service group in the community. Get good. Do good. It’s a win-win.
Old Freighthouse Square
2501 E. D St., Suite 53
Gresham Financial owner, Isaiah Gresham is about to embark on an amazing adventure with his wife, Marta...the two are currently expecting their first child. It's exciting moments like these that call for financial peace of mind, whether you're on your first or fourth (or beyond!) baby. And that's what families will find when they work with Gresham Financial to prepare annual taxes or plan for college tuition or private school fees. We heart that Gresham even teaches financial best-practices to kids and teens. It's never too early to learn!
1700 Westlake Ave. N.
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