Support DMV Minority-owned businesses

The coronavirus pandemic has struck businesses throughout the DMV and beyond.

Georgetown University’s student publication, The Hoya, points that out the pandemic aggravating existing inequalities – including those faced by minority-owned businesses.

Some of these businesses are the most iconic businesses in the region, and they are going to need support from the community.

Despite us facing one of the worst economic downturns in history, Forbes reported that minority-owned businesses are struggling yo obtain Paycheck Protection Program loans.

A recent survey shows that only 12 percent of black or Latino-owned business was able to receive PPP loans and half of those surveyed say they may be forced to close.

Down below are local minority-owned businesses that you could help support across the DMV.


Arts & Crafts –

Artistry of Ashley Joi – Fine art and unique boutique.

Beauty & Personal Care –

Adore Shonta’ Beauty – Luxury 3D Mink Strip Lashes.

Bangg Nails – Nail and lash technician.

The Butterland – Natural handmade hair care and skincare products.

By Blk Grls – Handcrafted bathing essentials.

Carson’s Vanity – Licensed master cosmetologist

Glitterati Nail Lounge

Hunny Bunny Boutique – Manufacturer and retailer, specializing in all-natural bath and beauty products.  Each item is handmade with care and superior ingredients.

Kenyardda Cosmetics – Certified mink lash company.

Milk Marie LLC – Homemade whipped body butter.

Revolution Hair Care – Located at J’Adore coiffure salon on 2127 Rhode Island Ave NE.

Sassy’s Nail Salon – Nail salon located on 6910 4th St NW.

Sheaofchel – All-natural skincare company specializing in silky skin.

Clothing Boutiques – 

Beyond Basics 29 

I Am Rare Fash

Shooters Sports

Coffee & Tea Shops – 

Calabash Tea & Tonic – Award-winning teas & vegan vittles from 5th generation Jamaican Maroon & Ayurvedic master herbalists. Located on 2701 12th Street NE.

Culture Coffee Too – A diverse coffee shop, art gallery, live performance venue, and event space.

Sankofa – Black filmmaker-family-owned and operated bookstore and cafe specializing in books, movies, and programming about people of African descent since ’98.

Health & Wellness – 

BOOMBOX Boxing Club – Bringing the health benefits of boxing-inspired training to the masses, in a safe and enjoyable environment, while paying homage to classic hip-hop and street culture.

Restaurants – 

Art-drenaline Cafe – Artisan-styled experience with the mission to better serve and service Ward 8. It is located on 1231 Good Hope Rd SE.

Ben’s Chili Bowl – A landmark restaurant in Washington, D.C., located at 1213 U Street.

Big Dee’s Chicken & Waffle – Carryout soul food joint.

Brookland Grill – Best breakfast in NE, it’s located on 3528 12th St.

Horace & Dickie’s – Carryout joint and home to the famous Jumbo Fish Sandwich. One bite and you’ll be hooked!

Milk & Honey DC – From the moment you walk through the doors, you’ll immediately feel at home.

NuVegan Cafe – Exposing your taste buds to delicious natural food through 100% vegan soul food favorites.

Oohh’s and Aahh’s – Soul food restaurant located on Georgia Ave. NW.

On The Rocks DC Kitchen – Urban kitchen offering delivery, carryout, and catering.

Peaches Kitchen – Jamaican & American Cuisine Restaurant located at 6214 3rd St., NW.

Roaming Rooster – A food truck with fried chicken that you could feel good about eating.

Southwest Soda Pop Shop – Serving sweet treats and refreshments, open every day 12 P.M. – 7 P.M.

Turning Natural –  Juice bar with various locations in D.C. and Maryland.

Shops – 

Bob’s Jwlry

The Spice Suite – A specialty spice shop that carries unique and fun spice blends, olive oils, and cooking essentials.

Services – 

Aaris Treats – Baked goods and cakes.

AC Events – Luxury event planner servicing the Richmond, Hampton Roads & Washington, DC area.

Brisha Wright Taxes – Notary and tax preparation services

Chris Perry Real Estate 

Colbert’s Cakes and Cookies – Baked goods made fresh to order.

Determined by Design – Interior design advocating for design equity, so every person’s value is uplifted by the spaces they inhabit.

DF’s Cake Lounge – A premium service dessert caterer.

The Fresh Food Factory –  A social enterprise that engages low and moderate-income residents of the Washington metropolitan area in culinary arts and entrepreneurial training.

Gibran Design – Digital creative agency.

Missouri Tropical Blends – Mobile bartending.

The MonAlicia Bakes – Homemade baked goods filled with love.

M & D Cleaning Service – Residential and commercial cleaning.

Phresh Gourmet Meal Delivery – Fueling the DMV with Healthy and Phresh Meals!

The Woof Bowl – Food truck for dogs serving D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.


Arts & Crafts –

BrickRose Exchange – Virtual art gallery located in Baltimore.

True Talents of the Arts – Dance studio providing students with the knowledge, skills, and training to better their craft!

Beauty & Personal Care –

Golden Goals – Quality makeup brushes.

Kimo Bentley – Skincare products and services in Silver Spring.

Khadija Hairis – A senior cosmetologist specializing in Relaxer Free healthy hair.

The Lash Addict –  Certified lash tech in Riverdale.

Tipped By Dessy – Nail tech located in Oxon Hill.

Pixie Doll Services – Certified MUA and lash tech.

Wink & Pout By Kym Lee – All your makeup needs, located at The National Harbor.

Coffee & Tea Shops – 

Kefa Coffee – Coffee shop with locations in Silver Spring.

Clothing – 

CORE – Multi-brand retailer.

Footage Society – A sneaker boutique based out of Laurel.

U First Fashions & Sports – Located in District Heights.

Health & Wellness – 

Browns Market – Natural products, herbs, and supplements located in District Heights.

Blue Nile Botanicals – Offers over 300 bulk herbs and spices.

Fitness Edge – A cutting edge gym that combines strength training with endurance to make fitness fun.

Red Bloom Spa – They focus on healing the skin and body through nutrition, conscience eating, massage therapy, doula services, childbirth education, reiki, and other wellness programs.

Restaurants – 

Patuxent Brewing Company – Charles County Maryland’s VERY FIRST craft brewery.

Chef Mikka Seafood and Wingz – Known for serving the best platters out of the kitchen! Pick in Lanham.

Crab Boss – Seafood joint located in Brandywine.

Drink Spizzy – Smoothies, teas, and vegetarian food options.

Gisele’s Creole Cuisine – Haitian eatery in Wheaton.

Jody’s Good Mood Cafe – Located on 10606 Baltimore Ave, Beltsville, MD 20705.

Kitchencray Cafe – Carryout joint located in Lanham.

Lefty’s Barbecue: BBQ joint located in Waldorf.

The Little Chickadee: traditional American meals and plant-based dishes located on Main St. in Laurel.

Port-au-Prince Haitian Cuisine – This traditional Haitian spot is located in Downtown Silver Spring

Platters Plug – Carryout joint offering seafood, BBQ, and more located in Waldorf.

Roger Miller –  African restaurant in Silver Spring

Silver Spring Wings – Open for carryout or delivery.

Shagga – Ethiopian restaurant in Hyattsville

Shark Bar & Seafood House – Seafood joined in Waldorf.

Shortcake Bakery – Bakery located in Hyattsville.

Sugar Vault Desserts – Located in Hyattsville Art District.

Trinity Grill & Bar – Conveniently located one block from West Hyattsville metro station.

The Krab Joint – Great seafood in Hagerstown.

The WaterHole – Freshly made organic juices, smoothies, dried herbs, and superfoods that uplift, recharge & revitalize the mind, body, and spirit.

Online Shops – 

Kaila’s Kandles – Handcrafted quality candles made with love.

Services – 

Blue Henry – A line of all-natural rich simple syrups, candied fruit, and bittered cotton candy divvys. our well-balanced syrups and garnishes make you a pro mixologist

Cherron Lampkins, Elite Massage Therapist in Chevy Chase.

DMV Computer Man – A vibrant urban electronics shop.

HomeHearts HomeCare – Proving high quality, client center, affordable home care services.

Kens Photo Imaging – Located in Beltway Plaza Mall.

KromahFIT – Meal prep service.

Respect & Honor Academy, Inc. – Providing athletic training and personal development courses to student-athletes!

Up-Up N Away – Commercial cleaning and janitorial services located in Frederick, Maryland

Vonna Visuals Photography


Beauty & Personal Care –

Envy Us Beauty Supply – Beauty supply store located in Alexandria.

Fitness & Wellness – 

Mase Training – A fitness community that specializes in training not only the body but the mind and spirit.

Coffee & Tea Shops – 

Crepes & Karak – Vintage coffeehouse in Vienna.

Idido Coffee – Providing quality coffee, pastries, and healthy light meals located in Arlington.

Jirani Coffeehouse – A place for excellent coffee and conversation, a neighborhood hub, and a center for arts and culture.

Restaurants – 

Aburi Gardens – West African restaurant in Woodbridge.

Amore Congelato – Woman-owned gelato shop in Pentagon Row!

Austin Grill – Specialized in made-from-scratch Tex-Mex, specialty margaritas with real lime, hand-rolled enchiladas, homemade salsas, and charbroiled chicken wings.

Big Buns Damn Good Burgers, – Fun-casual restaurants specializing in damn good burgers, burger bowls, shakes, craft beer and booze

BRX American Bistro – Located in Great Falls.

Caribbean Plate – Authentic Jamaican cuisine located in Falls Church.

Cubasi Bistro – A taste of Cuba located in Sterling.

Della J’s Delectables – Southern comfort dishes located in Springfield.

Enjera – Ethiopian restaurant in Arlington.

Grace’s Pastries – Pastry shop covered from savory pastries to sweet delights in Herndon.

Hawwi Ethiopian Restaurant – Authentic Ethiopian foods made with love, located in Alexandria.

Hen Quarter – A fun-casual, full-service restaurant is specializing in southern fare, fried chicken, craft cocktails, and brunch located in Old Town, Alexandria.

Irie Caribbean American – Caribbean restaurant located in Woodbridge, Virginia, specializing in authentic Jamaican cuisine and American.

Inspired Cravings – Vegan Bakery and Cafe’ in Gainesville.

Johnny Ray’s Sultry Soul Food – Serving real comfort food that soothes the soul. It is located in Leesburg.

Le Bon Grill African Restaurant – Located in Woodbridge.

Manna Bistro & Bakery – Ethiopian and Spanish cuisine in Centreville.

Meaza Ethiopian Cuisine – Servicing the best Ethiopian food in Falls Chruch, VA, for over 15 years.

Maaza 29 – Celebrating the vibrant applications of Ethiopian herbs and spices to European cuisine in Gainesville

Out of the Bubble Bakery –  Dairy-free and always nut-free!  Providing beautiful desserts that everyone can enjoy for a worry-free celebration.

Pan America Bakery – Delicious home-cooked South American dishes available in a family environment.

The Pit Stop BBQ – Located in Sterling.

Rahama African Restaurant –  Experts n Ghanaian and West African dishes.located in Woodbridge.

The Rub Chicken & Beer – A unique restaurant pop up in the heart of Old Town, Alexandria.

Sibby’s – American dishes located in Warrenton.

Social Burger – Creating a place where our neighbors would love the food and would feel welcome in Vienna.

Soul Cakes by Tanya – Woman-owned southern style bakery makes tasty baked goods from scratch. Located in Woodbridge.

Sweet Pearlz Cheesecakes: Specializes in a gourmet classic, vegan, and gluten-free cheesecakes in Manassas.

Talk of the Mountain Seafood – Specializes in seafood and serves a plump crab cake, located in Front Royal.

Tropical Bites – An upscale Cafeteria-style Bistro specializing in authentic Caribbean style dishes that keeps true to that real West Indian cuisine and flavor located in Manassas.

Uncle Fred’s BBQ Smoke Shack – Award-winning ribs, authentic brisket, and pulled pork. Located in Reston.

Shops – 

The Burning Wic – Candle and gift shop located in Woodbridge.

Services – 

Chantel’s Bakery – Bakery in Sterling.

Blue Southern BBQ – Veteran-owned Woodbridge catering company provides catering services for parties of any size.

JML Craftsman & Son – Home improvement and remodeling.

Ms. Jo’s Petite Sweets – Specializes in homemade desserts as well as traditional American and French-influenced treats.

Sylvanaqua Farms – Door-to-door food delivery service.

Thompson Hospitality – The largest minority-owned Food Service, and one of the largest Retail Food and Facilities Management companies in the country.

About Abu Sillah

Abu is a Journalist, Marketing Consultant, & PR Specialist from Prince George's County, MD. He is the CEO of The DMV Daily and Marketing Manager of The Wig Café, LLC. In May 2018, Abu obtained his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and is now attending Bowie State University for his M.A. in Organizational Communications.

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