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Support Black-Owned Businesses During Black History Month and All Year Long
Join us in celebrating Black History Month! We always look forward to BHM events like the PDX Jazz Festival, which is being held February 17-26. This music festival includes artists who are driving the evolution of jazz alongside Grammy Award-winning masters. Black History Month gives us an opportunity to recognize the contributions, arts, history, and culture of the African American community. We also encourage you to frequent the Black-owned business and organizations listed below and throughout Portland during the month of February and all year long.
- Alberta: Fuel Cafe serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, cocktails, and more. Homemade biscuits are a highlight!
- Central Eastside: Parker + Simone creates handmade tops and tunics from unique heritage textiles sourced from all over the world.
- Foster: George Johnson’s Assembly Brewing serves up authentic Detroit-style pizza and is Oregon’s first Black-owned and operated brewery.
- Gateway: Visit business owner Satawa at Star Halal Market for organic, local, and fresh certified meats and dry goods. Check out IRCO’s cultural center, Africa House, the only linguistically-specific center for African immigrants and refugees living in Oregon.
- Lents: Craving Jamaican cuisine? FiMi Kingston serves up traditional jerk chicken, pork and sausage, as well as a variety of bowls and sides (including fried plantains!).
- Lloyd: Satisfy your sweet tooth with Joe Brown’s Carmel Corn, which has been a Portland institution since 1932 and offers flavored popcorn, nuts, candy, cookies, cotton candy, and Hana’s Snowballs.
- Midway: Tinc ‘N’ Juice is your source for the best CBD products and “wellness with style.” They have a broad selection of medicinal supplements and topicals, as well as clothing and in-demand shoes.
- Montavilla: If cakes and pastries are more your thing, try DB Desserts which creates handmade delights for events of all sizes and they even offer delivery.
- Old Town: Deadstock Coffee is a sneaker-themed coffee shop that provides a welcoming space with a barbershop feel. Plus, they roast their own beans!
- Soul District: Stick to your New Year’s resolution and eat healthier with Drink Mamey, which creates delicious juices from plant-based superfoods.
- St. Johns: Club Sky High is a local, family-owned cannabis dispensary that specializes in strains that are grown locally and are lab-tested in Oregon. Jamaica House brings you authentic, rich flavors from the Caribbean. Chef Simba Puma, under his grandmother’s wing, learned to make native Jamaican dishes like Ackee and salt fish-Jamaica’s national dish.
- Williams District: Albina Music Trust offers a self-guided historical Albina Soul Walk tour that you can take to learn about the history of the Albina music scene. This is an incredible combination of history, music, and a great organization to support. Self Enhancement Inc. is a comprehensive, one-stop resource for African American youth and families and others seeking culturally responsive services.
This list is non-exhaustive. There are plenty of other ways to celebrate Black History Month. If you need more ideas, the Mercatus Business Directory has plentiful options for supporting Black-owned businesses. How do you plan to support your local Black-owned business? Show us on Instagram and Facebook.