There are countless ways in which all of us can take action and support the Black Lives Matter movement. Along with donating to crucial anti-racism organizations, we have the opportunity to “think local” by shopping Black-owned businesses right here in Los Angeles. From restaurants to cafes, designers and boutiques, we’ve compiled a list of some terrific local shops — and more importantly, our peers, friends and neighbors — that deserve our support now and always.
RESTAURANTS & CHEFS
Helmed by chef Daniel Patterson, Alta in West Adams serves up incredible Southern soul food with a modern twist. And lucky for you, the joint is opening up for brunch starting Saturday, June 6.
Located in Hermosa Beach, Barsha is a contemporary Tunisian restaurant with a Mediterranean flair, dishing out epic wines and incredible eats — including family-style comfort dishes that are available for pick-up.
Bludso’s Bar & Que
Bludso’s has our favorite BBQ food in all of Los Angeles, hands down. Hailing from Corsicana, Texas, the Bludso family has been perfecting the craft of slow-smoked meats for nearly five generations — and it shows.
Named the “Best Fried Chicken in LA,” Honey’s Kettle in Culver City was founded by Vincent and Arlene Williams, who are continuously raising the bar for fried chicken.
From owner Kristian Vallas comes Neighbor, a chic California-inspired bistro on Abbot Kinney in Venice. The hotspot is doing takeout right now, serving up popular dishes like their avocado toast and dry-aged burger.
Post & Beam
Among the most beloved restaurants in Baldwin Hills, Post & Beam is an unwavering home away from home, with chef John Cleveland dishing out favorites like Govind’s signature short-rib grilled cheese and wood-baked pizzas.
Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles
This timeless LA hotspot now has various locations, from Hollywood to Inglewood to Long Beach, and has grown world-renowned for their chicken and waffles — obviously. You truly can’t go wrong with anything on their current takeout menu.
Woodspoon is a stylish Brazilian spot in DTLA known for yuca fries & chicken pot pies paired with sangria — the brainchild of chef and owner Natalia Pereira who recreates the authenticity of her homeland in the culture of the restaurant.
COFFEE BREWERS & CAFES
Adams Coffee Shop
From Alta in West Adams comes Adams Coffee Shop, a stylish joint pouring up Tartine Manufactory coffee and espresso, delish house-baked pastries, sandwiches and fresh juices.
Boketto Cold Brew
Coffee mastermind Benjamin Westley started Boketto Cold Brew out of DTLA, where he brews some of the most premium cold brew and teas available in the market.
Bohemian House of Espresso & Chai
A true DTLA gem, Bohemian House of Espresso & Chai has fantastic drinks, a charming ambiance and the owner, Blackie, is among the most wonderful, personable women in the city.
Bloom & Plume
Located in Filipinotown, Bloom & Plume is coffee shop, florist, art gallery and boutique all in one. Let’s just say that owner Maurice Harris is the ultimate jack of all trades.
HOME STORES & DESIGNERS
Bridgid Coulter is a local interior designer with a full-service studio that specializes in residential, creative office and boutique hospitality, inspired by a global aesthetic with inspiration drawn from nature and nature with a modern blend.
Interior designer Brigette Romanek has a design sensibility that’s vibrant, soulful and truly one-of-a-kind. Her firm, Romanek Design Studio, is renowned for achieving an elevated layered look with a variety of textures and patterns.
A neighborhood concept shop in Venice, Flowerboy Project serves up flowers, coffee and goods in a beautiful, warehouse-style space along Lincoln Boulevard. The owner, Sean Knibb, also just so happened to design The Line hotel in Koreatown, so you know his shop is putting out all the stops.
Jungalow started as a design blog in Justina Blakeney’s tiny, plant-filled living room back in 2009 and has since grown into a lifestyle brand and the go-to source for bohemian design goods and lively inspiration.
BRANDS & BOUTIQUES
Designer and stylist Agnes Baddoo creates some of the most brilliant leather goods around. Her luxury lifestyle brand is committed to providing well-crafted investment pieces to the most discerning global customer, and her pieces are here to prove it.
Chari Cuthbert, founder of BYCHARI, designs incredibly dainty, beautiful jewelry that is sustainably crafted right here in Los Angeles. Simple and timeless, her letter necklaces (a top seller), bracelets and earrings are perfect for women of all ages.
Roam specializes in artfully curated and handmade goods for the modern woman, born from owner Natasha Garrett’s endless love of the hunt for beautiful things with a beautiful history.
Celebrity stylist Dechel Mckillian opened up Galerie.LA at ROW DTLA to make sustainable, eco-friendly shopping — for everything from clothes to clean body products — simple for the modern consumer.
What businesses will you be supporting? What have we missed? Let us know by emailing us at [email protected] — we’d love to grow our list.