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15 Black-Owned Companies to Assist in Downtown Phoenix

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Lauren Potter
August 28, 2020

Downtown Phoenix has an array of Black-owned companies, and plenty of of them are establishments in Phoenix’s cultural cloth. Whereas there are numerous Black-owned companies all through the Valley, listed here are 13 Black-owned and -operated companies within the better Downtown Phoenix neighborhood.

*Initially printed February 28, 2020. Up to date August 28, 2020. Please test with particular person companies for present hours of operation.

Onyx Sweet Shoppe

Vernon and Kathi Williams are the husband and spouse crew behind Onyx Candy Shoppe.

In the event you want uplifting dialog and a candy deal with, head over to Onyx Candy Shoppe. This family-owned and operated store has a plethora of decadent but healthful treats, together with many vegan choices. Homeowners, Vernon and Kathi Williams, are simply as candy as their baked items, and see it as their mission to be a supply of assist for different small enterprise and artists within the space.

The couple beforehand operated Onyx Galley within the retail area subsequent door. Whereas the gallery and occasion area closed on account of COVID (you may nonetheless store and join online), the bakery is prospering. Enterprise is actually a household affair for the Williams’ — Vernon bakes the common treats, and his daughter Jackie bakes all of the vegan choices. After we stopped in we tried somewhat little bit of every thing, however some standout objects have been the vegan pistachio and rosewater doughnut, the vegan apple espresso cake, and the common pecan bar, apple crumble… Oh, and the frozen horchata. Order online, or higher but, cease within the meet them in particular person.
1348 West Roosevelt Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85007
Cellphone: 480-205-1356

Grassrootz Books and Juice Bar

Ali Nervis of Grassrootz Bookstore. Picture: Grassootz Bookstore

Ali Nervis opened Grassrootz Books and Juice Bar within the Eastlake Park Neighborhood in 2019. In accordance with a current AZ Central article by Black-journalist Elizabeth Montgomery, fashionable titles in its catalog embrace “The Shade of Cash: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Hole” and “Shade of Regulation: A Forgotten Historical past of How Our Authorities Segregated America.” Whereas the shop is presently closed to the general public, it accepts online orders. When it reopens, Nervis plans to open the juice bar in addition to create a coworking element throughout the area, too.

1145 E. Washington St., Phoenix. AZ 85034

Black Theatre Troupe

Picture: Black Theatre Troupe

This yr, the Black Theatre Troupe celebrates its 50th anniversary. Positioned within the East Lake Park Neighborhood, roots of the Black Theatre Troupe group date again to 1970s, when the Valley’s African American neighborhood wanted an expressive outlet throughout instances of racial tensions. Enjoyable reality: Throughout the 80s it grew to become the primary actual inventive anchor of the Roosevelt Row Arts District. Performances are slated to renew in January 2021 together with “Sistas: The Musical,” “Sundown Child,” “Black Nativity,” “A Soldier’s Play,” and “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” Digital programming can also be within the works.

1333 East Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85034

Bilbo Sportswear

Norma Bilbo (proper) and her mom. Picture: Regular Bilbo

Based in 1995 by Norma Bilbo, and based mostly within the coronary heart of Roosevelt Row, Bilbo Sportswear creates customized, prime quality, handcrafted health attire. Bilbo’s clients are novice {and professional} athletes within the areas of bodybuilding, pageant swimwear, and wrestling to call a number of. In accordance with its web site, Bilbo additionally carries a line of exercise gear, photograph shoot sports activities mannequin tops and shorts, stage footwear, swimwear, jewellery, hoodies, and muscle tops for males. Norma has many years of expertise, and brings a novel and sparkly flare to Roosevelt Row.

610 E Roosevelt St., Unit 149, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Paz Cantina

Picture: Paz Cantina

Spend your subsequent Taco Tuesday swimming in tacos. Positioned within the coronary heart of Roosevelt Row, Paz Cantina affords 10 tacos for $25 (together with rice and beans). For 20 % off the entire menu, use code PAZ20. Paz gives all of the substances for DIY taco kits at residence, and you may improve to barbacoa, carne asada, shrimp or mahi mahi for a marginal charge. Add an award-winning 64-ounce margarita to finish your order. Order online or name 602-281-2930.

330 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ 85004

The Larder + The Delta

Chef Stephen Jones of The Larder + The Delta is a current semifinalist of the James Beard Awards. (Picture: Lauren Potter)

Steadily lauded as probably the greatest eating places in Phoenix, The Larder + The Delta is a spot you shouldn’t miss. Chef Stephen Jones, the whiz behind the biz, grew up on Southern cooking and places his signature refined twist on dishes like fried rooster, Hoppin’ John, crispy pigs ears, fish and chips, and extra. In the event you’re a locavore, you’ll love that the majority of his substances are sourced from native producers and purveyors. Jones was not too long ago named a finalist of the James Beard Awards — they’re just like the Oscars of the eating trade.

200 W. Portland St., Ste. 101, Phoenix, AZ 85003

Andy’s Shoe Shine

Andy and Grace (pictured) have been serving the Downtown Phoenix neighborhood for greater than 13 years. (Picture: Lauren Potter)

Positioned on the bottom ground of the Orpheum Lofts, Andy’s Shoe Shine has been in operation in Downtown Phoenix for over 13 years. Whether or not you want your footwear shined, a stiletto repaired, or your footwear re-soled, Andy and Grace might help you out, they usually all the time do it with a smile.

114 W. Adams St., Phoenix, AZ 85003

Bicycle Nomad Cafe

Erick Cedeño of Bicycle Nomad Cafe (Picture: Lauren Potter)

Espresso and bikes. It’s what fuels urbanists. In the event you’re an urbanist, bicyclist, espresso addict or are aspiring for all three, you’ll love Bicycle Nomad Cafe. Proprietor Erick Cedeño opened his cafe in October 2015 inside The Velo bike store. Cedeño has traveled all around the world on his bike, documenting his adventures as @bicycle_nomad. After touchdown in Downtown Phoenix, he needed to create a spot the place riders might recharge with a regionally roasted espresso, tea, a cocospresso or a wholesome snack. Therefore, Bicycle Nomad Cafe was born.

828 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004

Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles

Lo-Lo’s Hen and Waffles. Picture: Lauren Potter

Fried rooster and fluffy waffles. What’s to not love? Lo-Lo’s has been a staple within the Phoenix meals scene for greater than 22 years. Named after Lo-Lo (Larry) White, grandson of the identical Mrs. White with the Golden Rule Cafe. Sit inside the unique location of the down-home restaurant, and drink Kool-Assist from a jar as you satiate your self with some good quaint soul meals.

1220 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85003


Monroe’s Hot Chicken

Larry “Lo-Lo” White of Monroe’s Sizzling Hen. (Picture: Lauren Potter)

Downtown Phoenix could also be 1,635 miles away from Nashville, however you don’t must journey far to sink your enamel into Music Metropolis’s signature spicy dish. Monroe’s Sizzling Hen — the newest idea by Larry “Lo-Lo” White (of Lo-Lo’s Hen and Waffles) — spiced up the Downtown Phoenix meals scene together with his Nashville-style scorching rooster when it opened in February 2019. Positioned on the bottom ground of the Luhrs constructing, Monroe’s is the brainchild of Larry “Lo-Lo” White, the namesake and proprietor behind the well-known Lo-Lo’s Hen and Waffles.

45 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ 85003

Trapp Haus BBQ

Phil “The Grill” Johnson of Trapp Haus BBQ in Roosevelt Row. (Picture: Lauren Potter)

In the event you’re searching for fall-off-the-bone ribs, we’ve received your spot. Trapp Haus, the brainchild of Phil “The Grill” Johnson, is the primary barbecue spot to open in Downtown Phoenix. Steadily lauded for its killer conventional American BBQ meats and savory sides, Trapp Haus is situated simply east of Fifth Road on Roosevelt. Cease into this cozy, rustic hangout for superb ribs, Philly ‘crack’ wings, hickory smoked brisket, hand pulled pork, cured pastrami and extra.

511 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ 85004

Alterations and Creations

TinaMarie Eaves, proprietor and operator of Alterations and Creations within the Roosevelt neighborhood. (Picture: Lauren Potter)

Whether or not you want a costume altered, a go well with dry cleaned or some customized tailoring, TinaMarie has you lined. She has been on the helm of this Downtown Phoenix enterprise since opening in 2001. The area additionally serves as a small retail boutique with clothes, equipment and beautiful African wrap skirts designed by TinaMarie herself.

214 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ 85003

Mrs. White’s Golden Rule Cafe 

Feed your soul with a few of the greatest Southern consolation meals this aspect of the Mississippi. A low-key Phoenix establishment, Mrs. White’s has served down-home classics since 1964. Fried catfish, fried rooster, smothered pork chops, and savory sides like black eyed peas, macaroni and cheese, and collard greens are simply a few of the objects on the menu. Whereas the area is modest, it has loads of character with the handwritten notes from its friends on the partitions, quite a few newspaper clippings and menu written on an old style chalkboard.

808 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ 85034

The Breadfruit & Rum Bar

(Picture: Lauren Potter)

Carribean meals, rum cocktails and cigars. Have we received your consideration but? Make a journey to a tropical paradise proper right here in Downtown Phoenix by eating at The Breadfruit & Rum Bar. The restaurant aspect was opened in 2008 by Dwayne Allen and his companion Chef Danielle Leoni who was not too long ago named as a semifinalist within the James Beards Awards. Then in 2010, the pair opened the adjoining Rum Bar.

The restaurant helped pave the best way for the downtown meals scene, and its award-winning menu options sustainable Caribbean seafood like curried white fish, pepper shrimp and candy clam, in addition to Jamaican jerk rooster, pork and extra. Coupled with daring rum cocktails, wonderful cigars and an unmatched ambiance, The Breadfruit & Rum Bar is a kind of companies you’ve received to go to to expertise Phoenix at its best.

108 E. Pierce St., Ste. 2051, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Concierge Bistro Bar

It’s a vibe for certain. Positioned only a mile east of downtown within the Eastlake Park neighborhood, this cozy lounge is understood for its dwell music, reasonably priced cocktails and satisfying meals menu. In the event you’re searching for a late-night hangout, you will get right down to some Soul, R&B, Neosoul and Funk at Concierge from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

1140 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85034