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How To Spend A Day In Black-Owned Phoenix, Arizona

By Parker Diakite

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Despite the low population of Black people in Phoenix, where roughly 6 percent identify as African American, minority-owned businesses are thriving in Arizona’s capital city.

In fact, the 25 largest minority-owned companies in Maricopa and Pinal counties generated $524.9 million in revenue in 2017, according to the Phoenix Business Journal.

If you’re looking to take a trip to Phoenix, Arizona and want to spend the day frequenting some Black-owned businesses, you should give these a try.

Morning

Breakfast at A.T. Oasis Coffee & Tea Shop

First on your itinerary should be a stop at A.T. Oasis Coffee and Tea Shop.   The café was founded in 2013 by Aisha Tedros and her husband Abdul. Located on E. Thomas Road,  A.T. Oasis serves as a neighborhood gathering place where people can experience the flavors and traditions of Ethiopian coffee. 

Also on the menu, fresh baked goods, including Sambusas, fresh salads, and more.

Spa Day Arabella’s Total Kin Care MedSpa

At Arabella’s Total Skin Care Med Spa their focus is total wellness, mind, body and skincare. They are known for how they incorporate essential oils into treatments to aid in the overall improvement of your health and wellness. Take some “me” time out for you at Arabella’s.

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B&R African Styles

B&R African Styles was founded in 2015 by Perodin V. Bideri and Rebekah Bideri and is known for its large collection of African fashion and prints.   

Photo courtesy of B & R African Styles Phoenix.

Visit Mitchell’s Barber and Beauty Supply

Don’t let its name full you,  Mitchell’s Barber and Beauty Supply is more than a black-owned hair supply distributor.

They also have the largest selection of African American Mattel Barbie dolls in Arizona. 

Afternoon

Lunch At Ezekiel’s Restaurant

Ezekiel’s Restaurant is a family-owned and operated business that has been serving up delicious home-style cooking for several years in Arizona.

This counter-serve restaurant is home to the best-fried chicken, catfish, and other soul food dinners and sides.

SETAY Dance & Fitness

Even though SETAY Dance & Fitness provides studio space for instructors to rent, they host various events that you may be interested in, including Chicago step, Zumba, Caribbean dancing, yoga, and belly dancing. 

Annette Yates, the founder of the studio, said her goal is to encourage clients to pursue their highest physical fitness levels through movement.

Evening

Dinner at Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles

Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffle is home to its famous recipe made from scratch.  They serve chicken and waffles all day, as well as Southern favorites such as catfish, and chicken gizzards.

Photo courtesy of Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles
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