Richmond’s Black-owned business scene stands as one of the strongest in the nation. Virginia Public Media highlights that 20% of businesses in the greater Richmond area are Black-owned, positioning the city as an ideal spot for celebrating and supporting Black culture and heritage throughout the year and especially during Black History Month. The city is a treasure trove of culinary delights, ranging from soul food to Ethiopian cuisine, and creative hubs like bookstores, gift shops, and fashion boutiques. These venues offer a wealth of experiences that showcase the vibrant culture and heritage. This is your guide to spending a day in Richmond, engaging with and celebrating the Black community by supporting its businesses.


Begin your day with a warm welcome at Urban Hang Suite, a cozy spot that not only serves up a delicious cup of coffee but also embodies the spirit of community. After you savor your morning brew, consider picking up a book from The Book Bar, a sanctuary for book lovers that promotes BIPOC authors and stories that resonate with the Black experience.

A Black woman stands in a boutique

Very Ashley

Continue your day with a little shopping; stop by Little Nomad for an exceptional selection of thoughtfully curated children’s books, clothing, and toys that celebrate diversity and kindness. For fashion enthusiasts, head to Very Ashley, located in Short Pump Town Center, for an exquisite collection of apparel and accessories for ladies. If you’re looking to pick up a bauble or perhaps get an old watch fixed, don’t miss Waller & Co Jewelers, Richmond’s oldest Black-owned business, offering exquisite craftsmanship and timeless beauty for more than a century. For those looking to incorporate more natural beauty products, pop into Adiva Naturals for an extensive selection of natural skin and hair options.

A Black man and his mom stand outside a restaurant in Richmond

Mama J’s

Richmond’s culinary scene is a testament to the Black chefs and entrepreneurs who enrich the local dining options. Mama J’s provides a soulful dining experience with its comforting and delicious Southern cuisine rooted in family recipes. For a taste of Africa, Addis Ethiopian offers authentic Ethiopian dishes that are both vibrant and flavorful. Craving a sandwich? Don’t miss Cheddar Jackson’s creative selection of soups and sandwiches, or for something unique, Soul Taco offers a unique twist on traditional tacos, blending soul food flavors with Latin American classics.

The musuem is lit up at night

Black History Museum And Cultural Center Of Virginia

Post-lunch, immerse yourself in the rich history and contributions of the Black community at The Black History Museum, then cap off the afternoon by satisfying your sweet tooth with a visit to Ruby Scoops for some locally-made, artisanal ice cream, or grab a juice or smoothie from Ms. Bees Juice Bar. Don’t forget to pop into Brookland Park Flowers and Gifts, for unique gifts and flowers just a few doors down. Alternatively, engage your creative side at Wick and Sip Candle Lounge, a unique space where you can create custom candles while enjoying a relaxing atmosphere.

The window of ML Steak

ML Steak

As the day winds down, treat yourself to an exceptional dinner at ML Steak, a modern chophouse that promises a memorable dining experience, or head to Southern Kitchen for classic Southern comfort food with local ingredients.

For more ways to explore Richmond’s Black-owned businesses, check out BLK RVA’s itineraries here