By: Cierra Harper
1. Milk & Honey is a Black-owned restaurant founded by Chef Sammy Davis, winner of Food Network’s hit show “Chopped”. Milk & Honey is a breakfast and brunch dining service with an upscale twist to their menu which includes shrimp and lobster dishes. Milk & Honey first location opened in Beltsville, Maryland on Oct 9, 2016. Chef Davis uses his outstanding cooking techniques to produce award-winning meals to every customer. He decided to bring his remarkable skills to the DMV area after the closing of his restaurant in Atlanta. Since the first opening of Milk & Honey, Chef Davis has opened up two more locations in the DMV area. https://www.milknhoneycafe.com/
2. Busboys and Poets is a Black-owned bookstore, coffee shop, and restaurant founded by Andy Shallal in 2005. Andy Shallal is an activist from Iraq who decided to open Busboys and Poets to create a spot in the community where race could be dismissed and the love for poetry and writing is the greater denominator. Shallal opened the first Busboys and Poets in Northwest, Washington, D.C. Since 2005, Shallal have opened multiple locations in the Washington metro area.
3. Elevate All the Time (EAT) is a clothing brand founded by Malik Jarrett. Created in 2016, Jarrett used EAT as a way to bring his creativity to life and share it with his hometown of Washington, D.C. Jarrett uses the saying “If you don't EAT you die in the streets” as his motivation for his everyday lifestyle, expressing that “no matter what industry you are in, mediocrity is not an option.” EAT apparel line consist of luxury shirts, hats, swimwear and more. https://www.allhomage.com/
4. Marjani Beauty is a Black-owned cosmetics line that was founded by Kimberly Smith, an Ivy League graduate from Washington, D.C. Ranging from skin cleansers to lipsticks, Marjani Beauty aims to capture the beauty of all women of all shades. Smith uses her line to reflect on the special quality in makeup that society does not consider standard beauty. “I started this company to create a space where women of color can find products, from a curated selection of brands, that address our needs without us having to compromise in quality, price or our
appearance.”- Kimberly Smith https://www.marjanibeauty.com/
5. Hunnybunny boutique is a skincare company founded by the mother of Nya and Zuri. This boutique skincare line is made by all natural ingredients that nourishes the skin and helps fight off acne. Known for their creativity, Nya and Zuri, creates each pure and natural product by hand. Hunnybunny boutique exercises the importance of a Black owned business with female ownership. http://hunnybunny.boutique/