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2/8/22

Richmond Roots

Experience all of the culture and community downtown Richmond offers with these Black-owned businesses, restaurants, shops and more!

50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

1. The 4 Cyber Café

4 W. Broad Street

Owner: Rio Moe Markham

What You'll Find: A live entertainment venue bringing weekly events that range from open mic and slam poetry to live jazz and hip-hop.

Find more information about The 4 Cyber Café here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

2. Aces Sports Lounge

110 N. 18th Street

Owner: Shari Layman-Brunt

What You'll Find: Everything you could want from your favorite sports bar (and more): 20+ draft beers, flat-screen TVs, a patio featuring hookah service and a cigar lounge and more!

Find more information about The Aces Sports Lounge here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

3. Adiva Naturals

1802 E. FRANKLIN STREET

Owner: Nadira Chase

What You'll Find: Browse natural products like bath bombs, hair care, skincare sets and more from this multicultural brand.

In the News: 11 Black-Owned Businesses in Richmond, Virginia You Have to Visit

Find more information about Adiva Naturals here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

4. BareSOUL Yoga

13 S. 13TH STREET

Owner: Ashley Williams

What You'll Find: A yoga and meditation studio offering space for the mind, body, soul and community.

In the News: Black-owned Businesses to Support During a Long Weekend in Richmond, Virginia

Find more information about BareSOUL Yoga here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

5. Barky's

18 E. Broad Street

Owner: Barksdale "Barky" Haggins

What You'll Find: Something for all of your musical needs: Gospel music, hard-to-find CDs, DVDs and vinyl selections.

In the News: Meet the Faces of Your Downtown

Find more information about Barky's here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

6. Bello's Lounge & Restaurant

1712 E. Franklin Street

Owner: Ralph Dadzie

What You'll Find: A fusion of West African and Caribbean cuisine in an upscale lounge setting.

Find more information about Bello's here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

7. Big Herm's Kitchen

315 N. 2nd Street

Owner: Herman “Big Herm” Baskerville

What You'll Find: Take-out featuring hits like Big Herm's wings that make for the perfect to-go lunch spot.

What People Are Saying: "One of my favorite spots in RVA ! It’s a little hole-in-the-wall, but the food is great quality and a good price! The catfish basket is out of this world ! Everything on point." - Google

In the News: 10 of the Best Places to Eat in Richmond's Jackson Ward, USA Today 10Best

Find more information about Big Herm's here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

8. Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia

122 W. Leigh Street

What You'll Find: BHMVA offers a dynamic multi-dimensional learning experience which includes history and art exhibitions, community conversations, literary presentations, social gatherings, documentary screenings, historic portrayals and cultural activities.

In the News: 18 Black Museums To Visit Across The U.S.

Find more information about BHMVA here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

9. The Book Bar RVA

1311 E. MAIN STREET

Owner: Krystle Dandridge

What You'll Find: An experience and space that centers Black, indigenous and other people-of-color authors. Not to mention, a bar that sells wine by the bottle, events like tastings and author events, services like quarterly book subscription boxes, programming like the Book Bar Book Club and more.

In the News: 11 New Shops and Restaurants in Downtown Richmond

Find more information about the Book Bar RVA here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

10. Brewer's Café

1012 HULL STREET

Owner: Ajay Brewer

What You'll Find: A coffee shop for locals by locals with an extensive list of eats and drinks on the menu.

What People Are Saying: "Cute little café in Manchester! The menu is not only stocked with coffee drinks, but a few adult concoctions and food options! Love that the owner, Ajay lives across the street and frequently has his kids running back and forth. I've had a few of the drinks which were really tasty and quenching." - Yelp

In the News: 14 Coffee Shops, Bakeries and Cafés to Try in Downtown Richmond

Find more information about Brewer's Café here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

11. C’est Le Vin

15 N. 17th Street

Owner: Genet Semere and Ghermay Woldeab

What You'll Find: A wine bar and a gallery offering art, tapas, an outdoor patio adjacent to the 17th Street Market and more.

In the News: 5 American Cities That Thrive on Black Culture

Find more information about C'est Le Vin here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

12. Café Synai

416 N. 1ST STREET

Owner: Lauren Frisby

What You'll Find: Customer favorites like coconut pie and salmon paninis and signature vegan sweets and jar desserts.

In the News: 14 Coffee Shops, Bakeries and Cafés to Try in Downtown Richmond

Find more information about Café Synai here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

13. Cheddar Jackson

522 N. 2nd Street

Owner: Brandon Jackson

What You'll Find: Grilled cheese specialty sandwiches like Harlem of the South, Smoked Robinson, Billie's Holiday and more are on the menu at this 2nd Street spot.

In the News: 11 New Spots in Downtown Richmond to Check Out in 2021

Find more information about Cheddar Jackson here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

14. CHILALAY

212 W. Broad Street

Owner: Nikko Suavé and Earl Mack

What You'll Find: A creative brand offering exclusive collections of merchandise and beyond.

What People Are Saying: "I’ve purchased numerous T-shirts and hoodies from this location and I’m very satisfied. Excellent quality, even after numerous washes. I also get a lot of compliments on the clothes. I’ll definitely return! The staff is very helpful!" - Google

In the News: Chilalay Brings a Positive Outlook to Richmond Streetwear, RVA Mag

Find more information about Chilalay here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

15. Croaker's Spot

1020 Hull Street

Owner: Neverett Eggleston III

What You'll Find: A Richmond favorite offering seafood soul food in the heart of Manchester.

What People Are Saying: "Who knew soul food and seafood could be so good together?! It's like holy matrimony in wedded food bliss!" - Yelp

Find more information about Croaker's Spot here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

16. The Daily Menu Restaurant

1706 E. Main Street

Owner: Lance Nelson

What You'll Find: Southern staples, grab-and-go options and cigars and cognac in the Cohiba Room.

In the News: Richmond BizSense Spotlight: Daily Menu Restaurant

Find more information about The Daily Menu here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

17. Elegba Folklore Society

101 E. Broad Street

Owner: Janine Bell

What You'll Find: Richmond's resource for all things African World cultural arts.

What People Are Saying: "Our cultural capital spot for eye-opening wisdom and knowledge. Beautiful art and artifacts. A Richmond treasure." - Google

Find more information about Elegba here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

18. Hippodrome Theater

528 N. 2nd Street

Owner: Ron Stallings

What You'll Find: A historic Jackson Ward venue that includes the Speakeasy Grill, Speakeasy Lounge and the renowned Hippodrome Theater that hosts about 250 events each year.

In the News: Meet the Faces of Downtown

Find more information about The Hippodrome here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

19. Hour Cycle Studio

715 E. 4TH STREET

Owner: Jenn Braswell

What You'll Find: Hour Cycle offers an inclusive, indoor cycling environment featuring Black instructors and hip hop music with package offers and single sessions starting at only $20.

In the News: 15 Downtown RVA Start-ups & Ventures to Keep an Eye On in 2021

Find more information about Hour Cycle Studio here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

20. Indigo Salon

323 N. 2nd Street

Owner: Ifé Robinson

What You’ll Find: Healthy haircare for a range of different styles and textures from natural to chemically treated.

In the News: 38 Barber Shops and Hair Salons in Downtown Richmond

Find more information about Indigo Salon here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

21. Irie Ting Jamaican Grill

100 E. Cary Street

What You'll Find: Signature Jamaican fare like jerk chicken, brown stew red snapper, pepper steak, and more.

What People Are Saying: "Curry Shrimp was amazing flavorful. Jerk Chicken Roti was great. I would definitely come back. It's hard to find really good Jamaican food in Richmond, this place I would give 10 stars." - Google

Find more information about Irie Ting here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

22. Jamaica House

416 W. Broad Street

Owner: Carena Ives

What You'll Find: Authentic, slow-cooked Jamaican cuisine serving Richmond since 1994.

In the News: A New Home for Jamaica House

Find more information about Jamaica House here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

23. JewFro

1721 E. FRANKLIN STREET

Owner: Trey Owens

What You'll Find: African and Jewish cuisine to educate your palate and add fire to your soul with dishes like the Deconstructed Matzo Ball Kedjenou Plate and Ghanaian Peanut Soup with Morrocan Lamb Kreplach.

In the News: Inside JewFro by Forbes Magazine

Find more information about JewFro here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

24. Lillie Pearl

416 E. Grace Street

Owner: Michael Lindsey

What You'll Find: West African and Southern-inspired dishes like obe ata braised lamb shank, lobster and shrimp & grits, peach cobbler french toast and more.

In the News: 11 New Restaurants to Try in Downtown Richmond

Find more information about Lillie Pearl here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

25. Lily Black RVA

212 E. Clay Street

Owner: Jevata Herman

What You'll Find: A recently updated venue and event space that offers distinguished architecture with modern aesthetics.

In the News: 16 Wedding Venues in Downtown Richmond

Find more information about Lily Black here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

26. Little Nomad

104 W. Broad Street

Owner: Anthony Bryant

What You'll Find: A curated collection of baby and children's clothing, books, toys, and more!

Celeb Sightings: Solange Knowles and Leslie Odom Jr.

In the News: A Family-Friendly Outfit, Style Weekly

Find more information about Little Nomad here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

27. Loft at Steamer Co. 5

200 W. Marshall Street

Owner: Nicole Clayton

What You'll Find: Cathedral windows and high ceilings featuring gorgeous lighting and views of the Jackson Ward neighborhood at this loft-style event space.

In the News: 16 Wedding Venues in Downtown Richmond

Find more information about The Loft at Steamer Co. 5 here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

28. Lucid Living

300 E. Grace Street

Owner: Natasha Freeman

What You'll Find: A holistic healing and wellness center offering services like Reiki Healing, Sound Therapy, and much more.

What People Are Saying: "This space embodies healing. From thoughtful and sustainable design, to the programming, products and people, Lucid Living is a vibe more than a studio. Come for the classes, stay for the community." - Google

Find more information about Lucid Living here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

Image credit: Richmond Times-Dispatch

29. Mama J's Kitchen

415 N. 1st Street

Owner: Velma Johnson

What You'll Find: Family-owned and operated in the Historic Jackson Ward neighborhood with a menu full of mouth-watering favorites like catfish, corn muffins, and peach cobbler.

Celeb Sightings: Kevin Hart and Tracy Morgan

In the News: Great Restaurants to Work For 2019, Food & Wine, A Weekend in Virginia: From Capital to Countryside, Forbes & Five Richmond restaurants recognized by 2019 James Beard Foundation Awards

Find more information about Mama J's here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

30. Maple Bourbon

1116 E. Main Street

Owner: Jaynell Pittman-Shaw

What You'll Find: Signature maple bourbon syrup with waffles any and every way you would want them.

What People are Saying: "Soulful. This restaurant warmed my heart and filled my belly. Nice people and fantastic food can do that for me. The interior decor is nice, the staff and service were really good, but the food was a 'wow!'." - Google

In the News: Maple Bourbon RVA Shares "Oh Me, Oh My" Bread Pudding Recipe, Virginia This Morning

Find more information about Maple Bourbon here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

31. Moizelle's Cleaners & Launderer

410 N. 1st Street

Owner: Robert Charles, Sr.

What You'll Find: A family-owned business offering 70+ years experience of laundering services.

In the News: Meet Even More Faces of Downtown

Find more information about Moizelle's here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

32. Mommiana's Dough

1717 E. Franklin Street

Owner: Micah Crump and Ashley Ramsey

What You'll Find: A handcrafted pizza shop offering signature flatbreads with a Southern twist.

Find more information about Mommiana's Dough here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

33. Ms. Bee's Juice Bar at The Valentine

1015 E. CLAY STREET

Owner: Brandi Battle-Brown

What You'll Find: Healthy options like delicious and nutritious smoothies, salads, soups, fresh-pressed juices and more.

In the News: 11 New Restaurants to Try in Downtown Richmond

Find more information about Ms. Bee's here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

34. Philly Vegan

1126 HULL STREET

Owner: Ratha Chhay, Celicia Hartridge and Samuel Veney

What You'll Find: Plant-based and meatless options with vegan fixings.

In the News: 11 New Restaurants to Try in Downtown Richmond

Find more information about Philly Vegan here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

35. Pinq

1 W. CARY STREET

Owner: Brittany Garth

What You'll Find: 4,000 SF of co-working space, private office suites and an event space for women in business.

In the News: 33 Women-Owned Business to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

Find more information about Pinq here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

36. Pop's Market on Grace

415 E. Grace Street

Owner: Michael Lindsey

What You'll Find: A sandwich shop serving up classics like Italian Grinder and Cuban Sandwiches.

In the News: 14 Coffee Shops, Bakeries and Cafés to Try in Downtown Richmond

Find more information about Pop's here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

37. Richmond Free Press

Owner: Jean Boone

What You'll Find: A free, weekly newspaper that aims to break down the barriers between readers and the news.

Awards: National Newspaper Publishers Association for Best News Pictures

In the News: Meet the Faces of Downtown

Find more information about Richmond Free Press here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

38. The Riviere

506 W. Broad Street

Owner: Javontae Jones

What You'll Find: At the Arts District’s newest bar and restaurant, you’ll find happy hour specials, brunch, events and more.

In the News: 11 New Restaurants to Try in Downtown Richmond

Find more information about The Riviere here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

39. Rotate

322 W. Broad Street

Owner: Derrick Iwuamadi and Brian Iwuamadi

What You'll Find: A streetwear shop offering vintage t-shirts, sneakers, hats and more.

Find more information about Rotate here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

Image credit: Richmond Times-Dispatch

40. Sassy Jones Boutique

Online Boutique

Owner: Charis Jones

What You'll Find: Stand out with Sassy's collection of affordable statement pieces, high-quality handbags, and beauty products.

What People Are Saying: "I've been a Sassy Jones customer for at least 3 years. Accessories have always been my thing and these exquisite pieces have totally enhanced my wardrobe. The customer service is impeccable. I recommend this business to anyone looking for a wardrobe upgrade without breaking the bank." - Google

In the News: 10 Black Business Leaders You Ought To Know, Black Enterprise & How Charis Jones Crossed the $2 Million Mark with Sassy Jones Boutique, Side Hustle Pro

Find more information about Sassy Jones here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

41. Shakoor's Merchandise

319 N. 2nd Street

Owners: The Shakoor Family

What You'll Find: Cultural and ethnic garments, products, artifacts and more.

In the News: Shop Local: A Downtown Richmond Gift Guide

Find more information about Shakoor's here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

42. Shockoe Wine

Owner: Ricky Parker, Steve Johnson III and Chris Randolph

What You'll Find: A new wine brand centered on telling the story of Richmond's history while forging a future in the beverage sector. The inaugural release is a red blend: Shockoe Red.

In the News: Ancestors' Wildest Dreams by Virginian-Pilot

Find more information about Shockoe Wine here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

43. Soul Taco

321 N. 2nd Street & 1215 E. Main Street

Owner: Trey Owens

What You'll Find: This soul food meets traditional taco hybrid makes for iconic creations like oxtail tacos, hush puppy nachos, and smoked mac and queso-dilla.

Celeb Sightings: Guy Fieri for "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives"

In the News: Soul Taco Ranked Best Taco Spot in Virginia

Find more information about Soul Taco here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

44. Southern Kitchen

541 N. 2ND STREET

Owner: Shane Roberts-Thomas

What You'll Find: Your favorite dishes from the South like fried okra, shrimp po' boys, catfish and more.

In the News: 33 Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

Find more information about Southern Kitchen here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

45. The Spot

7 W. BROAD STREET

Owners: Cam Hadnot, Alex Tucker, Tyler Chong, Brian Iwuamadi, James Crump, Duane Doku and Derrick Iwuamadi

What You'll Find: Joining Broad Street's staple streetwear scene is The Spot - a collaborative and creative coalition of artists.

In the News: 11 New Spots in Downtown Richmond to Check Out in 2021

Find more information about the Spot here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

46. Str8 Out of Philly

405 N. 1ST STREET

Owner: Hassan Abdus-Salaam

What You'll Find: Classic cheesesteaks and hoagies in Jackson Ward.

In the News: 11 New Restaurants to Try in Downtown Richmond

Find more information about Str8 Out of Philly here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

47. Suzy Sno

317A N. 2ND STREET

Owner: Rabia Kamara

What You'll Find: A NOLA-inspired sno-ball shop offering 60 housemade organic syrups.

In the News: 11 New Shops and Restaurants in Downtown Richmond

Find more information about Suzy Sno here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

48. Sweet Spot Ice Cream Café

6 N. 18TH STREET

Owner: Sabrina Fitz

What You'll Find: 40+ ice cream flavors to choose from, coffee and more sweet treats.

In the News: 11 New Restaurants to Try in Downtown Richmond

Find more information about Sweet Spot here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

49. Taylor's Barber Shop

11 E. Broad Street

Owner: Dawayne E. Taylor

What You'll Find: A full-service hair lounge for men, women and kids specializing in haircuts, facials, braiding, deep conditioning treatments, coloring and more.

In the News: 38 Barber Shops and Hair Salons in Downtown Richmond

Find more information about Taylor's Barber Shop here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

Image Credit: Brady Scot Photography

50. Urban Hang Suite

304 E. Broad Street

Owner: Kelli Lemon

What You'll Find: From Richmond's own Kelli Lemon is this social café offering culture and connection to go with your Boss Latte.

What People Are Saying: "Uplifting and empowering space, welcoming and knowledgeable baristas, chill vibes, wicked strong espresso, donuts worth getting fat for. This café is awesome, 100% will be back for more." - Yelp

In the News: This Black-Owned Cafe is Redefining the Culture for People in Richmond, VA, Black Enterprise

Find more information about Urban Hang Suite here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

51. Waller & Co. Jewelers

19 E. Broad Street

Owner: David Waller

What You'll Find: Jewelry, fraternity and sorority paraphernalia and watch repair services.

In the News: Meet the Faces of Your Downtown

Find more information about Waller & Co. here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

52. The Well Art Gallery

1309 Hull Street

Owner: James Harris and Ajay Brewer

What You'll Find: A creative space dedicated to keeping the essence of Blackwell alive while commentating on the changes the Southside is experiencing as a neighborhood.

What People Are Saying: "Amazing art and beautiful staff. Great place to buy new pieces for your home, as gifts or to start a collection for someone. Also a great place for artists and creatives alike to connect and collaborate." - Facebook

In the News: Moments of Healing at The Well Art Gallery, River City Magazine & The Well Art Gallery in Manchester Offers a Blend of Art & Waffles, Style Weekly

Find more information about The Well Art Gallery here!
50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

53. Wick & Sip Candle Lounge

1321 1/2 E. MAIN STREET

Owner: Brianna Earl

What You'll Find: A DIY bar where custom candle creations are made for you by you! Pick your vessel, choose your favorite scent and enjoy complimentary wine with your candlemaking experience.

In the News: 11 New Shops and Restaurants in Downtown Richmond

Find more information about Wick & Sip here!

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