One of the best ways to support the Tampa Bay Black community is to shop small. Here is a list of Black-owned restaurants, shops, crafters and more from around the Bay area.
This is a growing list. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with additions. Special thanks for research assistance to Green Book of Tampa Bay, a directory of Tampa Bay Black-owned businesses.
FOOD & DRINK
7th and Grove is gearing up to celebrate its one-year anniversary of serving Southern comfort food in Tampa. The restaurant recently debuted a new summertime menu featuring a “fry-fecta” of Southern sandwiches. Check out 7th and Grove’s menu here.
Ladies of the Sea
2705 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33610
This family-owned seafood restaurant mixes soul and the sea. Check out their Instagram highlights for their menu and soulful side dishes.
This Jamaican restaurant is no stranger to Tampa, with three locations in Seminole Heights (its newest), South Tampa and one near USF’s campus. The iconic restaurant specializes in jerk chicken, sweet plantains, oxtail stew, Jamaican beef patties and its fan-favorite rum punch.
Al’s Finger Licking Good Soul Food or Al’s Finger Licking Good Bar-B-Que
2302 E. 7th Ave. Tampa, FL 33605 (Soul Food)
1609 Angel Olivia Sr. St. Tampa, FL 33605 (Bar-B-Que)
(813) 515-5036 (Soul Food) or (813) 956-0675 (Bar-B-Que)
Al’s Tennessee-style barbecue began in 2003 as a concession stand and has since moved up to the beloved Ybor restaurant. The family restaurant has two locations in Ybor: Al’s Finger Licking Good Bar-B-Que and Al’s Finger Licking Food Soul Food.
Flavaz Jamaican Grill was opened in 2017 after the owners could not find good, authentic Jamaican food in their area. The restaurant provides savory Jamaican food, including vegetarian options.
Chef Melly is the owner of this gourmet food truck that makes stops around the Tampa Bay area. Three Generations Food Truck has just reopened after taking a small hiatus to upgrade the truck for COVID-19 safety precautions.
The restaurant’s two chefs, Reaves and Katrina, focused their menu around decades of family recipes and traditions. They often visit their guests’ tables to make sure they’re loving their dining experience.
The owner of Island Crew Restaurant and Catering, Chef Pappy, grew up in the Bahamas, where he learned traditional Caribbean dishes and family recipes. Island Crew’s menu features island cuisine served fresh daily.
Kay’s Kitchen is all about Chicago-style cuisines, from fried chicken to catfish. Kay’s Kitchen also features an authentic Chicago-style mild sauce. So if you’re craving the flavors of the Windy City, you can check out the menu here.
Owners Elihu Brayboy and Carolyn Brayboy are serving Creole-inspired meals that honor Elihu’s late mother. His mother grew up in Louisiana, and it’s where she learned to cook in the Creole style. The Brayboys are serving lunch from 11 to 4 p.m. and dinner from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
This pop-up waffle shop stops all across St. Petersburg. To find out where the food truck will be next, make sure to follow Pop Goes the Waffle’s socials. The innovative waffle shop can even cater your next event.
The wine bar is open Wednesday through Sunday for drinks, tapas and hookah. The lounge was designed by brothers and owners Maxim and Sebastion Thuriere to provide an upscale atmosphere while also paying homage to their cultural influences as children.
Heavy’s Food Truck serves soul food across the Tampa Bay area in its restaurant on wheels. The food truck is run by two chefs with a combined 31 years of experience. If you’re looking to try Heavy’s food, make sure to check out their socials for where they’ll be parked next.
Chef Ray has taken traditional soul food recipes and transformed them into plant-based options. During COVID-19 closures, Ray’s Vegan Soul launched “Soul to Go,” prepackaged meals with new options each week.
Rush Hour serves more than just its namesake, chicken and waffles, including shrimp and grits, full platters and other soul foods. Recently, the restaurant has been providing a drive-in experience by showing family-friendly movies in their parking lot.
Island Flavors and Tings
800 2nd Ave. N.E., St. Petersburg, FL 33701 (St. Pete Pier)
1411 49th St. S., Gulfport, FL 33707
(727) 804-1849 (St. Pete Pier) and (727) 804-1849 (Gulfport)
Island Flavors and Tings is inspired by the flavors of the Caribbean islands and acts as a restaurant, grocery store and catering service. Now, because of COVID-19, Island Flavors and Tings asks that you order ahead for pick up orders. To view their menu, you can visit their website.
Hogg Batch Coffee puts a boozy twist on coffee roosting. Each batch of coffee is soaked in a unique kind of alcohol to pick up the unique depth of flavors provided by the liquor. They have coffee beans soaked in whiskey, gin, Jamaican rum and other types of alcohol. Check out their website for more flavors and to order your own coffee.
PattyeCakes was created in 2019 by Pattye L. Sawyer after deciding to share her family recipes with St. Petersburg. Sawyer’s menu of baked goods can be found on her website, where you can also order online.
Cephas’ Juice Bar
1613 E. 7th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605
The longtime Ybor City favorite Cephas’ Hot Shop recently moved and reopened as a juice bar, serving up fresh aloe vera shakes, coconut water, herbal teas and sugar cane juice.
3320 E. Osborne Ave.
Tampa, FL 33603
The Rumlin family is serving up home-cooked Southern cuisine Friday through Sunday at this walk-up spot in Seminole Heights. Their food is known to sell out, so call ahead or go online to preorder oxtails, meatloaf, garlic herbed baked chicken or their weekly special, plus sides like mac and cheese, collard greens and candied yams.
ARTS, CULTURE & FASHION/RETAIL
Christina, a Tampa native, founded this website-based candle boutique. Each candle is made with hand-poured soy wax that are made with different essential oils. Blue Sage Boutique believes in reducing its carbon footprint, so each shipment is packaged using recycled materials to reduce waste. To check out Blue Sage’s website, click here.
African Extravaganza features authentic African clothing, accessories and decorations on its website. You can shop for the entire family because they sell men, women and kids clothing. Check out their selections here.
Best Richardson African Diaspora Literature Museum
1463 Tampa Park Plaza
Tampa, FL 33605
This nonprofit museum, bookstore and gift shop provides its guests with artifacts and readings on African Diaspora literary and cultural history. You can tour their museum by booking online here, or you can purchase books or gift items from their website.
Accent Styles Boutique is an online boutique that allows each purchase to help to provide a child in Kenya with an education. Each product sold on its website is handpicked and handcrafted from Kenya. To view Accents Styles Boutique’s products and to find out more about how it is helping children in Kenya, visit their store or website.
Pop-up bookstore location: The Well
833 22nd St. S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
This St. Petersburg-based children’s bookstore has a mission to promote self-love for people of color. The bookstore hosts story times, book clubs and community events. On Sundays, Cultured Books can be found on 22nd St. S. in St. Petersburg, or you can visit their website to purchase books.
The mission of this museum is to teach and preserve African American history to a diverse audience through museum activities. The African American history of St. Petersburg is a constant and central focus of the museum, but the museum also features different exhibits focused on African American history. Because of COVID-19, the museum is currently closed; continue to check their socials for openings and hour changes.
Coopers Hill Boutique sells clothing inspired by European, Caribbean and New York fashion. The culmination of styles is available in regular and plus sizes. The size-inclusive brand wanted to offer fashionable and affordable clothing for all body types.
This screen printing shop located in Tampa, near Ybor, works with its clients one-on-one to create something unique. Debonair Prints prints for events, business and local creatives looking to get their ideas out there.
Everything Ariel Boucor has an assortment of women’s clothing, shoes and accessories. In addition, the boutique also offers a selection of home decor that includes wall art, canvases and more.
Owner Jessica Collins is based in Wesley Chapel and does most of her business online through the boutique’s website. JC’s Boutique specializes in bright fun colors while also offering comfortable clothing. Each item sold online is available for free and local pick up.
Timari Candle Collection is an all-natural Tampa-based home fragrance company that is committed to bringing non-toxic fragrances into your home. Their products are made in small batches to ensure that each home receives a quality product. Lots of care and attention to detail is given to each and every product.
Seeking to create a total sensory experience, Treble and Flame Candle Company makes 100% soy candles based on music. Each candle comes with a QR code linked to a custom-curated playlist, from “Purple Rain” (’80s R&B) to “Zulu” (Afrobeats) and “Bonita Applebaum” (’90s hip-hop). The company is owned by husband-and-wife duo Damarces and Lakivia Sharkey, both U.S. Air Force veterans, and their products have been featured by outlets like Buzzfeed, The Grio and Cosmopolitan.
HEALTH & BEAUTY
Vanessa Byrd created Body Butters by Design after she realized that many commercial beauty products were not made with safe and sustainable products. All products are made with all-natural ingredients, including Byrd’s body butters, which are made from mango butter.
Annie’s Beauty Supply strives to be its customers’ one-stop-shop for all products needed for natural hair. The St. Petersburg store is temporarily closed, but you can shop on their website.
Locs of Wisdom
4939 E. 7th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605
This full-service hair salon focuses on keeping its clients’ hair and scalp healthy. The salon offers cuts for all hair types and the entire family, offering children’s haircuts.
This St. Petersburg barbershop is currently accepting bookings on booksy.com after closures for COVID-19. To help out its community, Central Station Barbershop and Groomer gave out free haircuts to all medical workers on May 31 and raised money for medical workers.
Owner of Blue Hibiscus Organics Larease Trotman struggled with skin products causing her skin to break out, so she created her own skincare line that can be purchased online. If you’re thinking ahead, the Tampa Bay-based business is offering Father’s Day bundles that include your choice of soap and beard oil.
Pink Butterfly Bush Steam Lounge had its official opening on June 3. This new business offers holistic feminine care to women of all backgrounds. Each product used in their treatments are organic and catered to each individual’s needs. To find out more about their services, you can visit their website.
My Shade and Texture describes itself as a “beauty bar for naturalistas.” The goal of this store is to offer affordable and attainable products to all women. The store’s Beauty Curators are there to assist anyone in finding the best products for a person’s color and texture. You can order products online or choose curbside pick-up.
After noticing many store-bought soaps weren’t made with wholesome ingredients, Jasmine Elhaddad created Pure With Love. Now she’s making natural and handmade soaps, bath products, moisturizers, cosmetics, skincare and more. For now, order via her site; Pure With Love will open a retail location later this year.
This Tampa-based natural hair care brand nurtures the hair and scalp and delivers lasting moisture and hydration to help curls look their best. The treatments, moisturizers and serums are available in sets or singles and come with a satisfaction guarantee.
The island-inspired spa has been helping people go on a tropical getaway without leaving Tampa since 2013. Led by owner Andrea Nash, Caribbean Mystique offers massages, facials and skin care, waxing and sugaring, and body wraps and scrubs. Select a spa package for a mini-vacation, or ask about the Invest in Your Health membership program for special pricing on services.
Bricks & Bubbles
Cleanliness has never been more important. Sara and Shane Jones run this full-service janitorial company, which offers all kinds of custodial services, floor care, special event services and COVID-19 disinfecting.
Bee Sure Heating & Cooling
5668 Fishhawk Crossing Blvd. #328
Lithia, FL 33547
Tiffany and OJ Mitchell keep Tampa Bay homes and businesses cool. They service residential and commercial A/C systems, coolers, ductwork systems, repairs, installations and new construction.
Kingdom Seminars is a business specializing in a number of coaching services. These services include finances, human services, mental health and more. To read about all of their services check out their Facebook page.
This moving company can help you with any space, be it your office or home. They offer moving services in the Tampa Bay area and will help you move across Florida. For more information on their services, check out their website.
Creative Kidz Learning Academy Preschool
6130 Florence Street
Gibsonton, Florida 33534
This preschool is located in Gibsonton and would be perfect parents looking for childcare in the Riverview area. To find out more information on their childcare services, you can call the preschool at (813) 677-1300.
(813) 214-5726 and (813) 803-2245
Created by Michael Wiggs and Cecil Coleman, CWworks is here to provide all your cleaning and janitorial needs. They strive to make their customers happy. If you’re not happy, they’re not happy. They are a certified, licensed, and insured cleaning company and would love the opportunity to discuss being your dedicated cleaning provider. They currently offer commercial, residential and disinfecting services.
CHARITIES & NONPROFITS
Pinellas County Urban League
333 31st St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
The Pinellas County Urban League serves all 24 Pinellas county municipalities. Its goals are to encourage economic development, encourage education, provide housing and healthcare. To learn more about Pinellas County Urban League’s initiatives and work, you can visit their website.
This nonprofit organization is sponsored by the Dreamfaith Foundation, which is a 501c3 nonprofit meant to empower families in under-served areas. St. Pete Strong celebrates and recognizes St. Petersburg natives who have excelled in their communities and jobs. The money raised for St. Pete Strong goes toward scholarships, educational workshops and the expansion of Dreamfaith Youth Conferences. To learn more about the organization, you can click here.
Deuces Live St. Pete
833 22nd St. South, Suite A
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
Deuces Live is a nonprofit organization created with the goal of revitalizing South St. Petersburg’s historic 22nd Street. The street, nicknamed “The Deuces,” is a a hub of African American life in the city, and Deuces Live St. Pete is meant to encourage its prosperity and continued growth. To find out more about its mission and its initiatives, check out Deuces Live St. Pete’s website.
The Make It Out Foundation is intended to help incoming freshmen, graduate students and transfer students hailing from St. Petersburg who are pursuing higher education at Florida A&M University. The foundation provides a scholarship, dorm essentials, education, mentorship and more. If you’d like to find out more, click here.
Young Kings and Queens College Prep & Mentoring provides mentoring to African American youth. The goal is to help encourage kids to pursue secondary education and to explore their post-high school graduation options. To find out more about their mission, you can visit their website.