It’s important to see yourselves represented even as you travel. As 2020’s Black History Month comes to a close, I would like to highlight a few black-owned businesses you should visit while traveling the US.
In 1980 the Brown family purchased an abandoned ranch on the eastern hills of Napa Valley. The family’s three children decided to make wine from the fruits of their parents’ labor in 1995, so to speak. Brown Estates in Napa Valley has a tasting room in Downtown Napa and the Winery is located in St. Helena, CA. At the Downtown Napa location, guests can enjoy flights, Prixe Fixe menu or wine and small plates. Reservations are highly encouraged over the weekends.
Since the 1990s Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns has offered an upscale lodging experience. It is owned by husband and wife duo, Glenn Pogue and Monique Greenwood. Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns has multiple locations including Brooklyn, NY, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, PA, Cape May, NJ and The Poconos, PA. Each location has its own vibe and feel. So you’ll have multiple places to visit in the USA.
There are several black owned breweries around the country for you to visit. If you are in Minneapolis, MN, ONE Fermentary & Taproom is a trendy brewery. If you are in the ATL, Khonso Brewing Company offers an eclectic beer recipe that has bold flavors, aromas and a distinct vibe. If you are in Harlem or the NYC area, Harlem Brewing Company is a black woman owned brewery with deep African roots. Those are just a few.
Share your favorite black owned business in the comments.