Support Local Black-owned Businesses
Show support by shopping and dining at local Black-owned businesses.
Use our list as a resource guide for planning events, hiring catering and marketing support and dining out and shopping. If we missed any businesses that belong on this list, please comment on social media and we will be sure to keep it updated.
FOOD AND DRINK
Garden of Eve Caribbean Cuisine, 405 Harris Ave., Providence, 401-688-5166, gardenofeveri.com
Garden of Eve, owned and operated by chef Yveline Bontemp, graduate of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank’s Community Kitchen program and Best Of Rhode Island Award winner for Caribbean Food, is dedicated to serving authentic dishes from Haiti. The Haitian restaurant offers dishes such as curry chicken, beef tasso, oxtail stew and other Caribbean specialties, including jerk chicken. Read about Garden of Eve here.
Bintimani is currently providing catering of West African cuisine through Hope and Main incubator kitchen in Warren while the business earns more funding through a WeFunder campaign. The Josiah-Faeduwor family, including Sahr and Baindu, sons Aiyah and Tamba, and two sisters, Xia and Satta, settled in Providence to work together to open a brick and mortar restaurant, hopefully in the spring. The family was also granted a loan through the Papitto Foundation, and has been helped along by so many community members.
The Glow Cafe and Juice Bar, 389 Admiral St., Providence, 401-421-7000, eatdrinkglow.com
The Glow Cafe and Juice Bar offers a variety of healthy options to accompany your at-home workout, or as a great addition to a sunny day. The bar offers delivery and pickup options for protein and fruit smoothies and bowls, vegan Jamaican patties and other fresh juices. The Glow Cafe and Juice Bar is open Wednesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They were also an Editor’s Pick in the 2021 Best of Rhode Island.
The Black Leaf Tea and Culture Shop, theblackleaftea.com
The Black Leaf Tea and Culture Shop was started in 2019 by Amber Jackson. The company offers many different tea and herb blends, such as “Lotus” and “Glow,” that promote health, while promoting community engagement and celebrating Black culture. Jackson recently held a virtual panel discussion on Racism in the Hospitality Industry. Read our feature on The Black Leaf Tea and Culture Shop here.
Island House Restaurant, 242 Broad St., Providence, 401-572-3011, islandhouserestaurantri.com
The Island House Restaurant is known for authentic Jamaican dishes both in the restaurant and also as a catering company. In addition to creating Jamaican cuisine, the restaurant also shares recipes for the dishes on the website.
Flames Restaurant, 734 Eddy St., Providence, 401-331-2225
Meals at Flames come small, medium and large, but no matter the size, you can expect a heaping takeout tray filled with meat, rice and vegetables to last more than one portion. Choose from the cafeteria-style spread, which starts with a pile of plain white or yellow rice with pigeon peas, followed by choices like the terrific spicy blackened jerk chicken, oxtail with savory gravy, curried goat, shrimp or snapper and more, served with a scoop of coleslaw. Pair it with a Jamaican pineapple soda and a famous meat patty, and you might just have dinner for days.
Humming Bird Newport, 104 Broadway, Newport, 401-619-0032, hummingbirdnewport.com
The Humming Bird, located in Newport, offers guests “a taste of the Caribbean” with dishes such as Jamaican jerk chicken and oxtail. All dishes are available for pickup starting June 2.
Ja Patty, 560 Mineral Spring Ave., Pawtucket, 401-302-3185, japatty.com
Ja Patty offers Jamaican curry, jerk chicken rice bowls and patties made of seasoned meat or vegetables enveloped in the company’s signature dough.
The District, 54 South St., Providence, 401-421-0050, thedistrictri.com
This award-winning pizza place offers a variety of pizzas, sandwiches and pasta dishes to enjoy. The District is open for takeout and delivery Thursday through Sunday.
Kin Southern Table and Bar, 71 Washington St., Providence, 537-7470, kinpvd.com
Julia Broome has extended an invitation to her family dinner — to all of Rhode Island. Everything is celebratory in this Washington Street restaurant, from the biscuits and honey butter to the fried chicken sandwich topped with thick slabs of bacon and Old Bay aioli. Drink down a Stoli and Kool Aid and you’ll think you’re back at the backyard barbecue with the relatives you miss most. Read our food critic Karen Deutsch’s review of Kin.
Troop, 60 Valley St., Providence, 401-484-0046, trooppvd.com
This Black, Indian, white and female minority-owned business “lives, breathes and believes in power equality and inclusion.” Troop’s founders established the restaurant with the dream of creating an innovative and unique experience for guests while celebrating street culture and music. The menu includes fun dishes and drinks such as the grilled chickpea salad, Vietnamese short ribs, margarita jello shots and the best-selling pineapple upside-down cocktail. Read our food critic Karen Deutsch’s review of Troop.
Bake Eat Love, 1005 Main St., Pawtucket, 401-302-0207, bakeeatlovebakery.com
When Crystal Sparkman started Bake Eat Love, it was an at-home business, but over the past few years, it has grown to serve more than 400 clients. Bake Eat Love offers a variety of sweets such as cakes, cupcakes, cookies and more.
Maxine Baked, 401-753-3605, maxinebaked.com
Shantel Maxine Neal learned to bake from her grandmother, Grammie Maxine. She’s turned her homestyle recipes into a business serving up cupcakes, celebration cakes, cookies and more. She also hosts private decorating parties and can be found at different pop-ups throughout the state such as Blackbird Farmers Market every other weekend in Smithfield.
Incred-a-bowl, 208 Vermont Ave., Providence, 401-305-0490, incredabowl.square.site
The Incred-a-Bowl food truck offers Asian-fusion bowls on the go. The menu includes a variety of dishes such as the Spicy Kim Noodle Bowl (udon with chicken or tofu, chopped veggies and kimchi), the Cuban Chili Mango Bowl (rice, chicken, chili-seasoned mango, black beans, mojo aioli and plantain chips) and more.
Cakes by Eboni, 560 Mineral Spring Ave., unit 2-161, Pawtucket, 442-8084, cakesbyeboni.square.site
Cakes by Eboni is Eboni Silva’s small, scratch-made bakery serving Rhode Island and surrounding Massachusetts areas. Custom-designed cakes and treats can be made for any occasion in a variety of flavors. She creates sculpted cakes, uses fondant to feature themes and uses drip techniques, fresh flowers and berries to create beautiful designs. Orders must be placed by Thursdays for pickup on Saturdays between 3 and 4:30 p.m.
White Dog Distilling, 560 Mineral Spring Ave., Unit 2-143, Pawtucket, whitedogdistilling.com
White Dog Distilling is a bar and distillery located in the historic Lorraine Mills on Mineral Spring Avenue in Pawtucket. The business’s four founding partners, affectionately called “the pack,” include Alecia Catucci and her husband, Carlo Catucci, Eric Sylvestre and Vincent Greene. The partners create corn whiskey, gin, white rum and moonshine, and they also age whiskey in barrels, including their Cornucopia whiskey, which is aged and spiced, and bourbon, aged in new American Oak barrels. They also make limoncello based on Carlo’s late aunt Lella’s recipe from Italy. Read an article about White Dog Distilling.
Panaday Takeaway, 7 Parade St., Providence, 401-273-1506, facebook.com
Order authentic West Indian and Caribbean cuisine for takeout on the West Side of Providence.
Sarcastic Sweets, 184 Taunton Ave., Seekonk, Massachusetts, 508-336-5458; food truck, 401-368-5458, sarcasticsweet.com
Native Alaskan and Johnson & Wales University alumna Nina Reed’s mobile dessert shop and storefront offer a selection of sweets that are as unique as the woman who bakes them. Try the layered cake jars and infused cupcakes which can be made with the flavors of cocktails like margarita, mudslide, Irish Car Bomb and more, plus wine- and beer-infused versions. Reed offers a range of gluten free, vegan and other allergy-sensitive dessert options. The food truck visits events in Rhode Island and the two-in-one storefront sells desserts and also hosts the Alaskan Treehouse Cafe with Alaskan specialties.
10 Rocks Tapas Bar, 1091 Main St., Pawtucket, 401-728-0800, 10rockstapasbar.com
Established in 2015, 10 Rocks Tapas Bar and Restaurant is dedicated to sharing Cape Verde’s culture through its tapas, drinks and atmosphere. The menu includes dishes such as coconut mango shrimp, sweet plantains and fried goat cheese.
Blaze Smith Hill, 209 Douglas Ave., Providence, 401-270-3100, blazesmithhill.com
After five years, Blaze is back in a new location. Longtime culinary fixture and chef Phyllis Arffa has teamed up with Berry-Jean Murray to open Blaze Smith Hill inside the former Brooklyn Tea, Coffee and Guest House, which is owned by Murray. The menu features some of the old favorites from Blaze that we know and love like spanakopita pizza, beef tenderloin and salmon teriyaki, but Arffa is also cooking up jerk chicken and catfish and baking cornbread.
For MXR Cocktails kits, bartender Michael Silva creates cocktail recipe cards, crafts his own infused syrups and matches them with fresh juices and bitters for people to mix up their own drinks at home. All the ingredients (except the liquor) come nicely packaged in a box with easy-to-follow instructions, a jigger and fancy garnishes. Silva can also be hired to run virtual cocktail events and he and his team conduct occasional food and drink popups at various spots around town, including at their new Pawtucket event space, Booth on Main. Silva is also the new bar manager at the Dean Bar, owned by James Mark of north, where he has created a movement and vibe to support Black bartenders and all people of color. “That vision is to create a space where we literally accept everyone and anyone who comes through our doors and patiently awaits for their cocktail of the evening. It’s always been my goal to be a part of something like this,” Silva says.
African Alliance of Rhode Island, 807 Broad St, Suite 121, Providence, africanallianceri.org
This group sells vegetables grown at inner city gardens and creates carrot-apple jam and bitterball relish products for sale at farmers markets, including the Wintertime Farmers Market at Hope Artiste Village, Roger Williams Park and the Farm Fresh RI Armory Farmers Market. Read our article about the African Alliance of Rhode Island.
Quaintly Farm, 58 Chatham St., Providence, 401-808-8180, quaintlyfarmri.business.site
Quaintly Farm is a “black-owned urban farm in the North End of Providence.” Owner Quatia Osorio runs the farm with her five children in hopes of offering farm stands crops that she and her family raised, such as watermelons and tomatoes.
Abundance Farm, 135 Parade St., Providence
Abundance Farm is a community farm on the West End of Providence.
Designed by Delsie, 401-249-9291, designedbydelsie.com
Designed by Delsie is a wedding and event planning company owned by Pearl Farquharson, who spent years as a wedding coordinator for the Catered Affair at the prestigious Boston Public Library. Services include full wedding and design planning; month-of wedding coordination; party and celebration planning; and intimate wedding and elopement planning. Read our article about intimate wedding experiences by Designed By Delsie.
DJ Valentina, 401-457-5873, djvalentina.com
DJ Valentina is a Rhode Island wedding and event deejay offering a photo booth, uplighting and dance floor monograms. She speaks four languages fluently (Spanish, Portuguese, Cape Verdean creole and of course English) and provides music of all genres. She can mix, keep the energy upbeat and get people on the dance floor.
MARKETING AND PHOTOGRAPHY
Ann Clanton Communications, Annclantoncommunications.com
Ann Clanton is known for creative marketing and public relations expertise in public and government affairs, as well as theater, books and more. She provides marketing strategy and execution, public relations and social media, brand management and digital and email marketing. She also helps facilitate press and awareness for events and high-profile clients.
Brittanny Taylor Photography, brittannytaylor.com
Brittanny Taylor is a Providence-based photographer who specializes in a variety of types of photography. She offers packages for wedding and engagement photography, fashion photography and boudoir photo shoots.
Myke Yeager, mykeyeager.com
Myke Yeager is an exceptional fashion photographer who has shot runway photos at StyleWeek Northeast from its inception, serving as the resident photographer. He also specializes in photographing beauty, health, fitness and wellness. He has been in the photography business for more than twelve years and has been published in Good Housekeeping magazine, Ladies Home Journal, Vogue, Elle and Forbes.
Piper Brown Photography, 401-287-4120, piperbrownphotography.com
Piper Brown Photography, owned by Morayo is based out of Smithfield, Rhode Island, and focuses specifically on engagement and wedding photography. Morayo became a photographer when she realized her love for the different cultures and perspectives that made up the United States after moving here from Nigeria in her late teens.
Kindell Brown Photography, kindellbrown.com
Kindell Brown is a filmmaker and photographer based in Cranston. She discovered her love for photography while taking a class at the University of Rhode Island back in 2016. Her work includes a variety of events and portraits including powerful images from the Black Lives Matter protests throughout the state.
HEALTH, BEAUTY AND FITNESS
Bottega Yoga, 730 Kingstown Rd., Wakefield, 860-389-6996, bottegayoga.com
Bottega Yoga is an urban style studio by the sea. The vision of the studio is to incorporate the healing power of yoga as well as the strengthening of fitness to create a strong mind body connection. Bottega offers 30+ classes of heated and non heated yoga, yoga sculpt, barre, Pilates, TRX, boot camp and other fitness classes.
Started in 2019, Soulita Soap is an organic skincare business founded in Rhode Island. Founder Lexus R. S. Fernandez started the business in hopes of providing customers with healthy products made with essential oils and other extracts. Shop her popup shop in downtown Providence at 229 Westminster Street (open through the end of February). There’s a special event with Style Loft on Feb. 10 from 6-9 p.m. that includes complimentary cleanups, beard trims and manicures, plus hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Donated funds will help support Rhode Island’s homeless shelters.
Omoge Cosmetics, omogecosmetics.com
Blessing Mariah established Omoge Cosmetics a few years ago when she decided she wanted to create an inclusive false lashes brand for both men and women to feel more beautiful. She named the business “Omoge,” a Yoruba word meaning “beautiful young lady,” but stresses the inclusivity of her business, and encourages anyone who wants to buy and wear her brand to do so. Lash sets range from $12 to $20.
Fit First RI, 1655 Elmood Ave., Cranston, 401-588-9517, fitfirstri.secureserversites.net
Fit First RI is a personal training company with a mission to “provide safe and effective fitness training and dietary regiments to ensure that you achieve your goals.” Training sessions include boxing, a sixty-day challenge and gym access.
Afrobeat Fit, 65 Blackstone Ave., Pawtucket, afrobeatfit.com
Dance to upbeat West African music while working up a sweat with owners Kemi Omisore and Carven Bernadeau. “Afrobeat Fit hosts inclusive Sweat Sessions where music and movement derive from the late and great artists and influencers of Africa.”
So Fit Cycle, 1276 Bald Hill Rd., Warwick; 685 Boston Neck Rd., North Kingstown, 401-996-6107, sofitcycle.com
So Fit Cycle’s two locations in Rhode Island offer customers a high-energy and motivated cycling class. The company is committed to helping riders improve and “have a ridiculously fun time doing so!”
RBF Fitness and Nutrition, 25 Coronado Rd., Warwick, 401-359-4652, rbffitness.com
The “RBF Methodology” is made specifically to help adults burn fat and take inches off their bodies. When Robert Foster began RBF Fitness and Nutrition, he dedicated himself to teaching workout and eating habits that will allow people to see lasting changes in just a week and continue to improve after that.
Lola’s Fashion Boutique, 120 N. Main St., Providence, 401-383-0021, loc8nearme.com/rhode-island/providence/lola/3143583
Lola’s Boutique, opened back in 2006, offers both retail and consignment options, giving customers many colorful and stylish choices while shopping. The shop specialized in dresses, jewelry, shoes and handbags.
Public, 1 Aleppo St., Providence, publicshopandgallery.com
Public Shop and Gallery is “a space that welcomes all members of the community to experience and interact with art.” Owners Cas Inez and Spocka Summa opened Public back in September of last year in an effort to showcase local artists and create a warm and inviting atmosphere for everyone. Vendors with art such as vintage clothing, poetry, and body oil and accessories are included in their current showcase.
Roam Loud, roamloud.com
Roam Loud’s founder Toyin Omisore dubs herself the “Wanderer in Chief.” The thirty-five-year-old entrepreneur created the athletic and athleisure wear company called Roam Loud on the south side of Providence and word about her brand is traveling across the nation. It’s now for sale nationwide at Kohl’s department stores. When customers, formally known as “Wanderers,” step into Roam Loud’s clothing, they’re bound to feel free, encouraged, empowered, and most of all, represented. “While Roam Loud is for all women, Black women are often left out of authentic, non-trauma-related conversations and storytelling,” Omisore says, believing that Wanderers are fully seen and celebrated while sporting the brand. Did you know Roam Loud is now available at Kohl’s?
Geri’s Bluffing Boutique, 285 Main St., Suite 2, Woonsocket, 401-488-4182, bluffingboutique.com
Woonsocket resident Geraldine Barclay King says the inspo for her boutique came during a trip to Liberia, where she was born, but had left at age seven when her family moved to the United States. In Liberia, bluffing means wearing something that’s fun and colorful to make you look and feel good, she advises. Her eye-catching jewelry and vibrant printed men’s and women’s clothing, bags and totes do just that. Geri’s Bluffing Boutique was also an Editor’s Pick in the 2021 Best of Rhode Island.
Mixed Magic Theater, 560 Mineral Spring Ave., Pawtucket, 401-305-7333, mmtri.org
Mixed Magic Theatre is a nonprofit arts organization founded in 2000 by Ricardo and Bernadet Pitts-Wiley. For the past twenty years, the company has strived to bring diverse stories and images to the stage through prose and song, tackling well-known dramatics as well as original theatrical productions. The mission is dedicated toward building more literate, arts-active communities.
Fab Living Realty, 272 Broadway, Providence, 401-648-2999
The only black-owned real estate and brokerage school in Rhode Island, Fab Living Realty assists both buyers and sellers and also offers financial literacy classes.