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How To Spend A Day In Black-Owned Phoenix, Arizona
Editorial note: This piece on Black-owned Phoenix was originally published on October 2, 2019, and updated to reflect current information.
Despite the low population of Black people in Phoenix, where roughly 6 percent identify as African American, minority-owned businesses are thriving in Arizona’s capital city.
In fact, the 25 largest minority-owned companies in Maricopa and Pinal counties generated $524.9 million in revenue in 2017, according to the Phoenix Business Journal.
If you’re looking to take a trip to Phoenix, Arizona and want to spend the day frequenting some Black-owned businesses, you should give these a try.
Have Breakfast at A.T. Oasis Coffee & Tea Shop
First on your itinerary should be a stop at A.T. Oasis Coffee and Tea Shop. The café was founded in 2013 by Aisha Tedros and her husband Abdul. Located on E. Thomas Road, A.T. Oasis serves as a neighborhood gathering place where people can experience the flavors and traditions of Ethiopian coffee.
Also on the menu are fresh baked goods, including Sambusas, fresh salads, and more.
Enjoy a Spa Day at Arabella’s Total Kin Care MedSpa
At Arabella’s Total Skin Care Med Spa their focus is total wellness, mind, body, and skincare. They are known for incorporating essential oils into treatments to aid in the overall improvement of your health and wellness. Take some “me” time out for you at Arabella’s.
Go Shopping at B&R African Styles
B&R African Styles was founded in 2015 by Perodin V. Bideri and Rebekah Bideri and is known for its large collection of African fashion and prints.
Visit Mitchell’s Barber and Beauty Supply
Don’t let its name fool you: Mitchell’s Barber and Beauty Supply is more than a Black-owned hair supply distributor.
They also have the largest selection of African American Mattel Barbie dolls in Arizona.
Work up a Sweat at SETAY Dance & Fitness
Even though SETAY Dance & Fitness provides studio space for instructors to rent, they host various events that you may be interested in, including Chicago step, Zumba, Caribbean dancing, yoga, and belly dancing.
Annette Yates, the founder of the studio, said her goal is to encourage clients to pursue their highest physical fitness levels through movement.
Enjoy Dinner at Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles
Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles is home to its famous recipe made from scratch. They serve chicken and waffles all day, as well as Southern favorites such as catfish, and chicken gizzards.