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9/14/21

Richmond Roots

Experience all of the culture and community downtown Richmond has to offer with these amazing black-owned spaces that are elevating RVA's start-up, art, and food scenes!

40 Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

1. 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!

40 Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

2. 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.

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3. 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.

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4. Barky's Record Shop

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.

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5. 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.

Fried Chicken, Cornbread, Sandwich, Fries from Big Herm's Kitchen in Richmond VA

6. 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

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7. 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.

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Sandwich and smoothie from Brewer's Cafe in Richmond VA

8. Brewer's Cafe

1125 Bainbridge 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

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9. 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.

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10. 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.

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Back of shirt from CHILALAY in Richmond VA

11. 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

Cabbage, Cornbread, Shrimp, and mac and cheese from Croaker's Spot in Richmond VA

12. 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

Janine Bell performing from Elegba Folklore Society in Richmond VA

13. 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

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14. 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.

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15. 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.

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16. 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.

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Chicken Wings from Irie Ting in Richmond VA

17. 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

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18. Jamaica House

416 W. Broad Street

Owner: Carena Ives

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

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19. 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.

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Baby Onesie, Book, and Card for Mom from Little Nomad Shop in Richmond, VA

20. 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.

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21. 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.

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Woman massaging person at Lucid Living in Richmond VA

22. 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

Mac and Cheese, Cornbread muffin, fried fish, and collard greens from Mama J's in Richmond VA

Image credit: Richmond Times-Dispatch

23. 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

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Fried Chicken Waffle from Maple Bourbon in Richmond, VA

24. 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

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25. 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.

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26. 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.

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27. 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.

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28. 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

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29. 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.

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30. 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.

Woman in Yellow Dress with accessories in Richmond, VA store

Image credit: Richmond Times-Dispatch

31. 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

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32. Shakoor's Merchandise

319 N. 2nd Street

Owners: Mahasin Shakoor

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

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Catfish Taco from Soul Taco in Richmond VA

33. 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.

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34. 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.

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35. 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.

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36. 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.

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Coffee Bar at Urban Hang Suite in Richmond VA

Image Credit: Brady Scot Photography

37. Urban Hang Suite

304 E. Broad Street

Owner: Kelli Lemon

What You'll Find: From Richmond's own Kelli Lemon is this social cafe 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 cafe is awesome, 100% will be back for more." - Yelp

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38. Utmost Co.

115 W. Broad Street

Owner: Jermaine Edwards

What You'll Find: Shop streetwear, skateboards and more at this contemporary, hip store.

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39. Waller & Co. Jewelers

19 E. Broad Street

Owner: David Waller

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

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People looking at art inside The Well Art Gallery in Richmond, VA

40. 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

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