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These 10 Black-Owned Businesses Are Recommended By San Franciscans, For San Franciscans

By Jamie Ferrell

These 10 Black-Owned Businesses Are Recommended By San Franciscans, For San Franciscans

Black History Month is coming to an end, but you can keep supporting these businesses all year long.

February marks a special time to reflect and honor the Black community in our city and beyond, and many community members and programs have gotten involved. The San Francisco Public Library was busy with virtual education sessions and more, and a woman in West Oakland commissioned a giant mural on the side of her house to honor the women of the Black Panther Party.

At the beginning of the month, we rounded up 10 Black-owned restaurants to support in the City, ranging from soul food to coffee. We also profiled Old Skool Cafe, which helps train up at-risk youth, many from Black communities, to work in the restaurant industry.

On Thursday, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced a spending plan for historic reinvestment in SF’s African-American community. It will direct $120 million over the next two years to improve outcomes for the Black community in San Francisco.

As this month comes to a close, we wanted to take more of our followers’ opinions and interests into account, so we posted an Instagram poll asking for recommendations of their favorite Black-owned businesses in San Francisco. They certainly delivered, and below is a list of the top 10 spots recommended by San Franciscans, for San Franciscans.

Be sure to keep these businesses and others on your radar as we all work to lift up the Black community of San Francisco, during February and beyond.

 

Food

1. Rize Up Sourdough

Azikiwee Anderson founded this innovative micro-bakery in the spring of last year. It started as a quarantine project in response to nationwide unrest after the murder of George Floyd and the uneven impact of Covid-19 on the Black community. He now bakes dozens of delicious, creative sourdough loaves per week, with fun flavors including ube and jalapeño bacon.

 

2. Eko Kitchen

Eko Kitchen partners with local businesses to provide delicious Nigerian comfort food in San Francisco. Enjoy dishes featuring fried plantains, smoked goat meat, chicken in sweet and spicy bell pepper, Nigerian honey beans, and much more.

Location: 130 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107

 

3. Anthony’s Cookies

Anthony Lucas started selling cookies out of his car in the Bay Area in 1997. Anthony’s Cookies has since grown into a large enterprise producing thousands of cookies a week. They currently have 2 stores – one in San Francisco and one in Berkeley – but they are hoping to expand and incorporate ice cream in the future.

SF Location: 1417 Valencia Street, San Francisco CA 

Berkeley Location: 2575 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley CA

 

4. Miyako Old Fashioned Ice Cream

San Francisco’s only Black-owned ice cream shop is owned by 82-year-old Thomas Bennett. They boast over 100 flavors of delicious ice cream, as well as plenty of other treats at great prices. After a break-in last year, the community came together to keep the shop afloat, raising almost $20,000 overnight.

Location: 1470 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA

 

Drink:

5. Sextant Coffee Roasters

Sextant Coffee Roasters offers high-quality Ethiopian coffee roasted right here in San Francisco. It was founded by first-generation Kinani Ahmed from Ethiopia, who works directly with farmers in his home country, Kenya, Colombia, and more.  You can buy coffee by the bag or enjoy a variety of drink options in the shop.

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Location: 1415 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 

 

6. Excelsior Coffee

This hip coffee shop is run by Excelsior residents Lea and Andre Higginbotham. They welcome different local chefs to provide a rotating pop-up breakfast menu every weekend. Their delicious coffee is inspired by the Excelsior district in San Francisco and features blends from Guatemala, Ethiopia, and Malawi.

Location: 4495 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 

 

7. Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

This popular brewery is owned by Oakland businessman and one-time mayoral candidate Ces Butner. The Big Daddy IPA was at one point the best-selling IPA in the city, and it’s still a brewery favorite. Also be sure to try their Prohibition Ale, their very first iconic beer from 1997.

Location: 1195 Evans Ave, San Francisco, CA

 

Other:

8. YuBalance Gyms

Shala and Rory Cox started YuBalance Gyms in 2011 for people who “hate the gym.” They have 3 locations across the city that are clean, open, and free of that gym anxiety. 

Locations: 1461 Church Street, 26 Clement Street, and 447 Irving Street, San Francisco, CA

 

9. SwapFilm

Calling all film photographers! SwapFilm offers black and white film memberships that cost $35 for 3 months. You may shoot an unlimited number of rolls one at a time, mailing in your film to be accessed within 7 days on Google Drive. Color film processing is also available.

 

10. Relove Vintage

This re-sale boutique curates a beautiful collection of vintage, designer, and independent labels that don’t break the bank. Join their community of fashion-forward, socially conscious individuals.

Location: 1815 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 

 

[Featured Image: @shoprelove via Instagram]