With Martin Luther King Day approaching (as well as what would be Dr. King’s 93rd birthday on January 15th three days before) we wanted to do something special. On January 18th we will be donating $1 from every transaction at our Georgetown and Aurora dispensaries to the Africatown Land Trust. Dedicated to preserving the community’s culture while making space for Black owned businesses to thrive, Africatown Land Trust has proven to be the Central District’s great protector.
In honor of Dr. King’s dream, we encourage going out to support one of the many amazing Seattle Black owned businesses around the city. Whether you're seeking something flavorful or looking to spice up your wardrobe, these organizations are sure to deliver on expectations. Here is a list of some of our favorites to consider.
Owned by incredible taste-maker Chef Kristi, Communion brings home-style comfort and intimacy to the Central District of Seattle. Communion is located in the Liberty Bank building, originally home to the first Black owned bank in the Pacific Northwest. Chef Kristi’s cooking style is ‘the story of culture and the cross-pollination of neighboring communities’ per the restaurant’s website. The vision of Communion is executed as a family with Chef Kristi’s son filling the position of general manager. Her son, Damon Bomar, shares the chef’s passion for atmosphere and cultivating a space that encourages connection and demands something real. While casual in spirit, Communion is far from a dive hole in the wall establishment or drive through—instead it’s the perfect place to discover something new about an old friend over a glass of wine or sweep someone off their feet during a second date. This Seattle Black owned business has knocked it out of the park when it comes to providing a warm, safe, gathering place topped off with a soul nourishing menu. Photo from communionseattle.com.
Small businesses across Seattle have been impacted by COVID, and The Station has been no exception. The difference here is that The Station is a Latinx and Black owned business that isn’t shy about raising up their community. The Station prides itself on hiring people from BIPOC and LGBTQ communities. Their clientele in Beacon Hill is a mash up of movers and shakers that are tired of watching people do nothing while things stay the same. They define themselves as much more than a coffee shop and wine bar by being a haven to creatives, advocates, activists, young and old, new or local. With times as unpredictable as they are, The Station remains dedicated to taking care of their staff and community. Photo from The Station's Instagram.
Dripping with Southern comfort vibes, Fat’s Chicken and Waffles is worth the cheat day to go and experience. This Black owned business celebrates New Orleans fare in a chilled-out space located in Seattle’s Central District. Their offerings include an incredible weekend brunch that will satisfy both your sweet tooth and your savory cravings—itis inducing breakfast sandwiches, biscuits and andouille sausage gravy, and of course their legendary chicken and waffles. Photo from Fat's Chicken and Waffles instagram.
Herbanfarm is an experience created by Ras Levi Paynado and inspired by his Jamaican roots. As the son of a fourth-generation Jamaican farmer, Ras has turned his talents to bringing flavorful beauty into the world. His magic can be found at Pike Place market, but it all comes from his own urban garden. It doesn’t get anymore from scratch than this! The herbs and peppers grown by Raz carry a tradition from his family that you can quite literally taste. His offerings include spice rubs, hot honey & jams, sauces, herbal blends, and more. Photo from herbanfarmonline.com
Chef Trey is a Seattle local born and raised in the city, more specifically in his grandmother’s kitchen most of the time. This Caribbean restaurant is an oasis of flavor and culture. Spurred by his heritage, The Jerk Shack became a reflection of Jamaican cooking with no corner cutting. Down to the spices ground in house, Chef Trey honors things being done the right way when served in his Belltown restaurant. Photo from Jerk Shack's instagram.
Seattle based Basics clothing is taking over the PNW, in case you haven’t heard. This company has been putting in the work since 2015 and it shows. If you’re a Seattle local, chances are you’ve seen the threads from this entrepreneur while walking the sidewalks. Basic’s message is about growth which they touch on when explaining the map pin in their logo. “It’s about where you are and where you’re going, not about where you come from.” We couldn’t agree more. The merchandise features pieces that are bright, witty, fun, or just comfortable with a focus on everyday necessities in people’s closets. Hoodies, slides, scarves, shirts and with every purchase supporting a local, Black owned company ready to stay focused on grow. Photo from back2basics.co.