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17 Black-Owned Companies to Assist in Downtown Phoenix


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Lauren Potter
February 24, 2021

Downtown Phoenix has an array of Black-owned companies, lots of that are establishments in Phoenix’s cultural cloth. Listed here are 17 you may assist:

*Initially revealed Feb. 28, 2020, this weblog was up to date Feb. 18, 2021. Please test with particular person companies for present hours of operation.

Straw and Wool

(Photograph: Amanda Clark)

Hats off to those superior Phoenicians. Straw and Wool’s mission is to convey a way of favor and satisfaction to Downtown Phoenix and past, whereas offering the perfect procuring expertise and quite a lot of high quality headwear and equipment. The enterprise is celebrating its one-year anniversary in Feb. 2021 and not too long ago moved to Roosevelt Row. 

610 E. Roosevelt St., Ste 144, Phoenix, AZ

Cellphone: 602-888-4761

Chic Chef Co. 

Proprietor and chef Nik Fields is opening a model new brick-and-mortar restaurant and market idea referred to as Stylish Chef the primary a part of 2021. Will probably be positioned on the bottom flooring of the Muse condominium constructing. (Photograph: Stylish Chef Co.)

Opening quickly throughout from the Heard Museum, Stylish Chef Co. makes a speciality of gourmand olive oils, specialty spice blends, vinegars, sauces, chef packing containers and extra. The mind youngster of Chef Nik Fields, each product is 100 % natural and gluten free. You’ll be able to order merchandise on-line, or take a look at the brand new store simply north of McDowell Street on Central Avenue. Comply with the Stylish Chef Instagram web page for opening date particulars.

2302 N. Central Ave., Ste. #3, Phoenix, AZ

Cellphone: ​1-866-630-0010

Onyx Sweet Shoppe

Vernon and Kathi Williams are the husband and spouse group behind Onyx Candy Shoppe. (Photograph: Lauren Potter)

This family-owned and operated store has a plethora of decadent but healthful treats, together with many vegan choices. Vernon and Kathi Williams are simply as candy as their baked items, and see need to be a supply of assist for small companies and artists within the space. Standout treats embrace the vegan vanilla bean doughnut, the apple espresso cake. They’ve additionally acquired an unlimited drink menu together with Dalgona espresso and frozen horchata. Order online, or higher but, cease within the meet them in particular person.

Cellphone: 480-205-1356

Grassrootz Books and Juice Bar

Ali Nervis of Grassrootz Bookstore. (Photograph: Grassootz Bookstore)

Ali Nervis opened Grassrootz Books and Juice Bar within the Eastlake Park Neighborhood in 2019. In response to a latest AZ Central article by Black-journalist Elizabeth Montgomery, widespread titles in its catalog embrace “The Colour of Cash: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Hole” and “Colour of Legislation: 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 inside the area, too. Try the online catalog.

Black Theatre Troupe

A efficiency at Helen Ok. Mason Performing Arts Middle, house of the Black Theatre Troupe. (Photograph: Black Theatre Troupe)

Celebrating greater than 50 years within the Eastlake Park neighborhood, the origins of the Black Theatre Troupe date again to ‘70s, when the Valley’s African-American neighborhood wanted a inventive and creative area throughout occasions of racial pressure. Enjoyable truth: Through the ‘80s it grew to become the primary actual creative anchor of the Roosevelt Row Arts District. Exhibits can be tentatively returning in Could with “Sistas the Musical.” You’ll be able to purchase tickets or make a donation online.

Bilbo Sportswear

Norma Bilbo (proper) and her mom. (Photograph: Norma Bilbo)

Based in 1995 by Norma Bilbo, and based mostly within the coronary heart of Roosevelt Row, Bilbo Sportswear creates customized, top quality, handcrafted health attire. Bilbo’s prospects are newbie {and professional} athletes within the areas of bodybuilding, pageant swimwear, and wrestling to call a number of. Bilbo additionally carries a line of exercise gear, photoshoot sports-model tops and shorts, stage sneakers, swimwear, jewellery, hoodies, and muscle tops for males. Norma has a long time of expertise, and brings a singular and sparkly flare to Roosevelt Row.

The Purchase Black Market hosted by Archwood Change occurs the primary Saturday of each month. (Photograph: Archwood Change / QuickFlicks Pictures)

Based in 2016, Archwood Change is a web based market to assist Phoenix-based Black companies, and the neighborhood that helps them. In response to its Fb web page, Archwood alternate hosts its Purchase Black Market the primary Saturday of each month. It use to be held on the Parsons Middle for Well being and Wellness, however in-person occasions have been postponed on account of COVID. Archwood’s on-line market options many merchandise from Black-owned companies in Phoenix, together with hats, cologne, books, candles and extra. Study extra about Archwood Exchange.

Hustle PHX

Oye and Crys Waddell of Hustle PHX. (Photograph: Hustle PHX)

Based by husband and spouse group, Oye and Crys Waddell in 2013, Hustle Phoenix describes itself as a “faith-inspired nonprofit targeted on counseling and selling Phoenix entrepreneurs who could also be exterior the mainstream strains of assist that many others depend on in launching their companies.” It’s funded primarily by means of charitable donations, assist from foundations, a small fee-based revenue for a few of their companies, church buildings, banks and metropolis partnerships. Study extra about Hustle PHX.

The Larder + The Delta

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

Steadily lauded as among the finest 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 subtle twist on dishes like fried hen, Hoppin’ John, crispy pigs ears, fish and chips, and extra. In case you’re a locavore, you’ll love that almost all 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 business.

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

Andy’s Shoe Shine

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

Situated on the bottom flooring 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 sneakers shined, a stiletto repaired, or your sneakers re-soled, Andy and Grace can assist you out, and so they all the time do it with a smile.

114 W. Adams St., Phoenix, AZ

Cellphone: 602-264-6592

Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles

Lo-Lo’s Rooster and Waffles. (Photograph: Lauren Potter)

Fried hen 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-Help from a jar as you satiate your self with some good quaint soul meals. Order online.

1220 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Monroe’s Hot Chicken

Larry “Lo-Lo” White of Monroe’s Scorching Rooster. (Photograph: Lauren Potter)

Downtown Phoenix could also be 1,635 miles away from Nashville, however you don’t should journey far to sink your tooth into Music Metropolis’s signature spicy dish. Monroe’s Scorching Rooster — the newest idea by Larry “Lo-Lo” White (of Lo-Lo’s Rooster and Waffles) — spiced up the Downtown Phoenix meals scene along with his Nashville-style scorching hen when it opened in February 2019. Situated on the bottom flooring 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 Rooster and Waffles.

45 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ 85003

Trapp Haus BBQ

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

In case you’re in search of fall-off-the-bone ribs, we’ve acquired 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 positioned simply east of Fifth Avenue on Roosevelt. Cease into this cozy, rustic hangout for wonderful 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. (Photograph: Lauren Potter)

Whether or not you want a costume altered, a swimsuit 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 gorgeous African wrap skirts designed by TinaMarie herself.

214 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ 85003

Cellphone: 602-277-9952

Mrs. White’s Golden Rule Cafe 

Identified for its Southern consolation meals staples, Mrs. White’s Golden Rule has been a downtown eating staple since 1964. (Photograph: Lauren Potter)

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. Now 97 years outdated, Mrs. Elizabeth White has the assistance of her granddaughter, Kiana White, who manages the restaurant, however the focus is identical: high quality, style and consistency. Fried catfish, fried hen, smothered pork chops, and savory sides like black-eyed peas, macaroni and cheese, and collard greens are simply a few of the gadgets 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 the menu, written on an old-school chalkboard.

808 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ 85034

The Breadfruit & Rum Bar

The Breadfruit was opened in 2008 by Dwayne Allen (pictured) and his associate Chef Danielle Leoni. (Photograph: Lauren Potter)

The Breadfruit is briefly closed on account of COVID-19, however continues to be providing Caribbean meals and rum cocktail pop-ups (test availability online). The restaurant aspect was opened in 2008 by Dwayne Allen and his associate 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 hen, pork and extra. Coupled with daring rum cocktails, fantastic cigars and an unmatched ambiance, The Breadfruit & Rum Bar is a type of companies you’ve acquired to go to to expertise Phoenix at its most interesting.

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

Concierge Bistro Bar

Situated only one mile east of downtown within the Eastlake Park neighborhood, Concierge is understood for its po’ boys, wings, fried catfish and engaging cocktails. (Photograph: Concierge Bistro Bar)

Concierge is briefly closed however we’re anxiously awaiting its return. It’s an entire vibe for certain. Situated only a mile east of downtown within the Eastlake Park neighborhood, this cozy lounge is understood for its reside music, reasonably priced cocktails and satisfying meals menu. In case you’re in search of a late-night hangout, you may get all the way down to some soul, R&B, neosoul and funk music at Concierge from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

1140 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85034