Celebrating Black History Month in the East Bay

Black History Month is a time where we celebrate all the accomplishments African Americans have achieved. In honor of that, we’ve highlighted a few incredible black-owned businesses that help contribute to East Bay’s success. From a juice bar,  to a bookstore, you’ll love supporting these businesses all year long. 

Hip Hop Juice Box (Emeryville, CA) 

“Dig this yo’, throwback hip-hop, fresh juice blends, coffee, and food that’s off the chain! Okay, we know you get itbut owner Eric Turner’s 90s hip-hop nostalgia is the key inspiration behind the juice bar and coffee shop that brings chill vibes to the Emeryville restaurant scene. 

You can relax and listen to good music while you are enjoying your breakfast or small snack. They also have games to enjoy with friends!…It’s so nice that we can still own and operate our own businesses and provide fresh vibrant delights for locals.”  

Elisha A. (on Yelp)

Photo of Hip Hop Juice Box - Emeryville, CA, United States

RÊVE (Lafayette, CA) 

“If you’re looking to feel like you’re in a Parisian bistro right here in the East Bay, you may have found the right place. Classically trained French Chef Paul Magu-Lecugy brought his ‘reve’ (meaning ‘dream’ in French) to life by opening his traditional French bistro to the Contra Costa County. 

What a great place! I felt like I was transported back to Versailles…The beef bourguignon was so good! The pearl onions, the potatoes, the carrots, the beef, the reduction…yum!”

Laura M. (on Yelp)

New Soul Cafe (Richmond, CA) 

“In the mood for comfort food? New Soul Cafe brings it’s Southern roots to the East Bay by bringing next level hot and crispy fried chicken, catfish, and other familiar favorites to warm our hearts and bellies! 

All of the ingredients are fresh and made from “old southern family recipes”! The owner/chef is delightful and full of great stories…Must haves? The fried chicken (exquisite), fried catfish (and I don’t even really care for catfish), the piece de desistance (the seafood gumbo) are all is to die for!”

William A. (on Yelp)

Photo of New Soul Cafe - Richmond, CA, United States. Fried chicken, Mac n cheese, greens

Marcus Book Stores (Oakland, CA) 

Since its grand opening in 1960, Marcus Book Stores has become a staple in the East Bay for black literature published by black authors. Now it is known as the oldest black bookstore in the country. 

All black everything! Black arts. Black authorship. Black access (to knowledge). What more can I say? I must bring my friends and my students to this place, just so they can see black intellect, black love, and black business.”

Darius W. (on Yelp)

Photo of Marcus Book Stores - Oakland, CA, United States

Delane’s Natural Nail Care (San Leandro, CA) 

“Owner Delane brings more to the average nail salon.  Sit back, relax, and prepare to be pampered in a quaint, comfortable nail salon that leaves your natural nails looking pretty, and healthy! 

Delane’s allows for much more private pedicure experiences, and also helps treat certain toe and foot situations…She’s helped me feel more confident in my feet, and even in some parts of the situations going on in my life!”

Laura W. (on Yelp)

Photo of Delane's Natural Nail Care - San Leandro, CA, United States. Growing these nails to be nice and strong. These are her natural nails that we actual cut down.