Baltimore – with its entrepreneurial spirit and gusto for life – has been built and shaped by African American culture and heritage. From the rich culinary scene to home decor, Black-owned businesses keep Charm City vibrant, dynamic and full of heart. In honor of Black History Month, here’s how you can spend your day supporting Black-owned businesses across Baltimore:
From their Alabama loaded grits to their breakfast skillet with sweet potato cornbread, Saturday Morning Cafe takes southern scratch cooking seriously – they crack their eggs and peel their potatoes fresh every morning.
“The french toast was decadently amazing. Blueberries, raspberries, syrup, bacon, eggs, and more left me feeling tons of happiness.”
– Paulina A.
How about some local shopping? At Knits, Soy and Metal, you can purchase soy candles hand-poured by owner Letta (yes, they even have an Old Bay scent!) or take a workshop to learn how to make your own.
“Letta’s workshop was fun, relaxing and informative – and the smells! She has a great bounty of oils that help create a personal signature scent.” – Tamara A.
For lunch, stop by Ida B’s Table to experience dishes by Executive Chef David K. Thomas, a Food Network Chopped Champion. He believes that quality ingredients are the foundation of great food. Here, build your own heritage bowl with things like jollof rice, wild caught shrimp and roasted local vegetables.
“The curry chicken wings are mind blowing because they taste so good… it’s an honor to see Chef David in the back cooking.” – Sonja M.
Take a moment to unwind (or catch up with friends) for some tea at Teavolve Café and Lounge. They offer more than 30 varieties of loose leaf tea – get it by the pot or purchase some for home.
“I ended up ordering a pot of their ginger peach tea and it was certainly soothing to the soul.” – Mia L.
After a long day of exploring, head to Water for Chocolate for dinner. Comfort food prepared by Owner and Chef Sean Guy in an intimate setting. Still full from earlier? See their hearty brunch options for next day eats.
“Divine might not even cover how delicious everything is. Sean is personable and down to earth – this realness and kindness shines through to his soulful food.”
– Aly M.
Have a favorite Black-owned business you’d add as a stop? Share it with the community here.