A Day in Black-Owned St. Louis, Missouri
By Leah Freeman-Haskin
From the Gateway Arch to catching a St. Louis Cardinals game, there is no shortage of entertainment and attractions in this city. But if you are looking to spend a day supporting black-owned businesses, St. Louis is bustling with options.
Start The Day At Turn
At Turn, David Kirkland designed his menus with a local farm to table philosophy that people still love and respect. The café opened this spring offering breakfast and lunch in the Grand Center neighborhood of St. Louis. The DJ-turned-chef has decorated the space with a mural of classic album covers to make you feel right at home.
Grab A Seat At Teatopia
Teatopia is proud to offer its customers over 70 teas from traditional to exotic. The shop is small, but welcoming. Its mission is to make your life better when you visit. Not a bad way to start your day.
Lunch At Southern
According to their website, Southern was one of St. Louis’ most highly anticipated restaurants of 2015. And it hasn’t disappointed. Built by a few award-winning chefs, Southern places an emphasis on soul food, friendly service, and fast-casual dining, with all of the comforts of home.
Grab Something Sweet At SweetArt
From pies to brownie bars and cupcakes, SweetArt has certainly made dessert an art form. This family-owned bakeshop is on a mission to change lives for the better not only through sweets but also by creating an atmosphere of community and caring. And what makes their sweets so good? They say it’s their added touch of love and magic.
Gab A Beer At Hop Shop
Brothers Ryan Griffin and Justin Harris opened The Saint Louis Hop Shop in 2014 with the mission of providing the community with the best craft beer the world has to offer. Be sure to check out their calendar. With happy hours and various events throughout the year, your timing could be just right to partake in some of the festivities.
Caribbean Cocktails & Food
Rhone Rum Bar offers a taste of the islands right in St. Louis. Live music, indoor sand volleyball, corn hole, and the classic Soggy Dollar ring game make this the perfect spot to end your day. The Rum Bar pays homage to the British Virgin Islands with over 100 rums, classic Caribbean cocktails, frozen drinks, and authentic island fare.