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How To Spend A Day In Black-Owned Atlanta

By Rachel George

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Atlanta is a city full of opportunities for residents and visitors.  The city has become a melting pot of people, food music, and culture. Taking a trip down south? Check out Atlanta’s best black-owned businesses on your trip.

Just Add Honey Tea 

Tea lover? Well this place is perfect for you. In 2006, New Orleans native Brandi Shelton also known as “the tea lady” started the company after creating her own blend of tea leaves and herbs while studying abroad. All of the ingredients are fresh and pure, combining flavors from all over the world for an eclectic taste. To test out their flavors, book a tea tasting.

 

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Learn about our history

Start at the visitor center and work your way through Dr.  Martin Luther King Jr.’s childhood home, his church, Ebenezer Baptist Church and the memorial site where he was buried, alongside his wife. Learn about the impact of his movement on the city of Atlanta and the world. The APEX (African-American Panoramic Experiencemuseum is an educational exhibit focusing on the African Diaspora.

 

True Colors Theatre

Award-winning playwright and director Kenny Leon started the True Colors Theatre Company to celebrate black storytelling while giving a voice to other cultures. Currently playing is Nina Simone: Four Women, a play about women who suffer from self hatred due to colorism.

 

Black Dot Cultural Center

In 1989, community activist Adigun Kazemde Ajamu began connecting more with his Afrikan roots and want to help spread the message of Black positivity, the Afrikan community, and consciousness. Come and enjoy live performances of spoken word, cultured lectures, gatherings and networking. The Black Dot Cultural Center is a coffee shop and also selling exclusive jewelry, art, clothing and other gifts.

 

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The Gathering Spot

Need to get some work done. Founded by entrepreneurs Ryan Wilson and TK Petersen, The Gathering Spot acts as a safe haven for entrepreneurs, professionals, and creatives with a  luxury work environment. It’s also has a bar and restaurant geared towards other entrepreneurs, artists, and creatives. Although the facility is for members only, they host weekly, sometimes, nightly networking and cultural events open to all.

 

City of Ink Tattoo Parlor

This unique tattoo parlor and art gallery located in Atlanta’s Old 4th Ward. Artist and Owner Miya Bailey hopes for this space to become a breeding place for artists, creatives to showcase their work.

 

Iwi Fresh Garden Day Spa and Atlanta 

Known as the skincare chef, Yolanda Owens uses fresh hand-picked fruits, vegetables, herbs, and oils from the garden to create skincare recipes for long-lasting results. The skincare line turned into a full day spa including veggie facial and nail services with everything made from scratch.

 

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Busy Bee Cafe’s Fried Chicken

This sultry soul food restaurant offers some of the city’s best fried chicken and world-class southern food. Opened in 1947, the cafe’s name was inspired after a trip to California by owner Tracy Gates.

 

Cupcake Craving

End your day at the go-to place for cupcakes in Atlanta, CamiCakes Cupcakes. Owner/Baker Andra Hall created a wide variety of flavors, along with a signature smooth buttercream or cream cheese frosting for the ultimate unique cupcake experience.

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